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“The solo studio albums I’ve released since 1975 all speak somewhat of my story, my difficulties - of my enjoyments; music speaks of a life” – Steve Howe

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B00006RY6H
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Small Acts of Human Kindness
2. Meridian Strings
3. Secret Arrow
4. Moon Song
5. Shifting Sands
6. Avenue De Bel Air
7. Resonance
8. The Anchor
9. Moment in Time
10. Simplification
11. Camera Obscura
12. Small Acts

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Steve HOWE Skyline CD

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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Simon Barrow on 2 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
For many of us music at its best is a dangerous, demanding adventure in mountaineering: the higher the peak and the greater the cloud cover, the more exhilarating and worthwhile it feels. But sometimes it does the soul good to spend some quiet time in the foothills; to meander around admiring the sheer, undemanding beauty of the scenery. Steve Howe’s ‘Skyline’ is an album for precisely those moments. It surveys the melodic shadows of the horizon with an unhurried ear. It is fret-less guitarism in the emotional rather than the technical sense of the word.
Essentially a set of fresh soundscapes ideally suited to Howe’s crystalline playing (the Gibson ES-175D and Fender Precision Bass take the most prominent spots in a sea of strings that also includes Koto, Danelectro Coral sitar, Autoharp and mandolin), ‘Skyline’ employs electronic keyboards for atmosphere and texture. The bass additions harmonise unobtrusively into the instrumental blend, and the percussion provides more of a pulse than a beat, “pushing the rhythms enough to complement the flavour”, as Howe says in a brief, prosaic liner note. Paul Sutin, a long-term collaborator, takes the keys on eight of the twelve tracks – which clock in at exactly one hour in total. A very rounded project.
Under the bar code on the back of the package we are encouraged by InsideOut to ‘File under Progressive Rock’. This is a tag that Howe will never escape, and just to rub it in there are two stickers reminding us that he is ‘the guitarist of [rather than ‘for’, interestingly enough] Yes’.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Room for a lingering view 2 Dec. 2002
By Simon Barrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Essentially a set of fresh soundscapes ideally suited to Steve Howe's crystalline guitar playing (the Gibson ES-175D and Fender Precision Bass take the most prominent spots in a sea of strings that also includes Koto, Danelectro Coral sitar, Autoharp and mandolin), 'Skyline' employs electronic keyboards for atmosphere and texture. The bass additions harmonise unobtrusively into the instrumental blend, and the percussion provides more of a pulse than a beat, "pushing the rhythms enough to complement the flavour", as Howe says in a brief, prosaic liner note. Paul Sutin, a long-term collaborator, takes the keys on eight of the twelve tracks - which clock in at exactly one hour in total. A very rounded project.
Under the bar code on the back of the package we are encouraged by InsideOut to 'File under Progressive Rock'. This is a tag that Howe will never escape, and just to rub it in there are two stickers reminding us that he is 'the guitarist of [rather than 'for', interestingly enough] Yes'. In 'Skyline's context such labels are largely meaningless, of course, though they emphasise the particular market niche which provides Howe's bread-and-butter income. And at least they fend off the other term that might well pollute such a venture, 'New Age'. It's hard to deny that this is restful, ambient music. But that need not be the insult it often implies. There are some softly strong themes at work here, and in a couple of places ('Secret Arrow' and 'Camera Obscura' come to mind) it as if a few of Howe's trademark ascending and descending runs, with their oddly metered phrasing and counter-harmonic propensities, are being gently lowered toward us from the rooftop. This is soloing in slow motion, composition patiently reconstructed, improvisation through temporal expansion.
Each of the dozen tracks has its own charm. Howe uses twenty-one different instruments (including electric, steel, Spanish and FX, 6- and 12-string) to good effect. In each case it is the overall tapestry of sound and emotional scope he is interested in, not instrument-swapping for its own sake. A few of the pieces drift in and out of consciousness, some stand out and call for more attention. I'm none-too-keen on fades, and that remains true even in this essentially pastoral setting. The hinted vocals and keyboard patches on the opening and closing pieces ('Small Acts of Human Kindness' and its reprise) are the most questionable aspects of the whole enterprise, and (ironically) they are also the point at which the guitarist's lineage is most evident. They might just have worked better in Yes, and Yes might similarly work better sometimes if it paid more attention to Howe the colourist.
However, if Steve Howe is about the nearest Yes have got to a muse, his heart is rarely obscured. He tells us in his notes that "Skyline offers me the opportunity to explore the partnership of melodic and improvisational playing." He is known for both, of course. Here you have the opportunity to view them at close quarters and at contemplative pace. Pleasingly, the join is hard to detect. In spite of its merits, some will probably still dismiss this album as elevator music. I can see why, to be fair. But 'elevational' seems much more fitting to the tenor of 'Skyline', and (like the music itself) it is a more generous and measured judgement.
A last word about the overall presentation: the lacquered disc comes in a beautiful two-texture digipak with a charming booklet and with glorious photography throughout from Howe. The front cover picture evokes the back of Yes's 'Going For the One' (also recorded in Switzerland), but with the built environment receding into the night air. Like the music it envelopes, the freshness of the imagery cleanses the palette. In a violent and demanding world I am not ashamed to say that this album simply provided contentment. I'm unlikely to stay there for more than an hour at a time, but it is a good and necessary place to focus on, as Steve Howe knows.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
More than just a legendary prog-rock guitarist 22 Jan. 2003
By D. L. Worthing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Knowing and liking Howe's work from the prog-rock group Yes, I decided to give his solo work a listen. What a pleasant surprise! He is so much more than just a rock guitarist. He is a guitar virtuoso.
He plays many different styles and stringed instruments on this disc. A total of 24 as a matter of fact.
He ranges from New Age to Jazz to Flamenco. It is a very melodic and soothing album. If your looking for the long guitar solos of Yes, you're not going to find them here. What you will find is 60 minutes of wonderful, outstanding guitar playing from one of the music world's most talented guitar players.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is not your usual Yes stuff.... 27 Jan. 2003
By jedi008 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a long over due album form Steve Howe. He brilliantly plays almost all the instruments (most of which are guitar or other fretted stringed instruments) and layers them in a non-competive way. Although this is a much more ambient style album, it is clearly a musician's album as anyone who takes the guitar serious would thoroughly enjoy his work.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Inmerecidas malas críticas 24 Feb. 2004
By J. B. Fresno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
En ocasiones, una mala (o buena) crítica hecha, en un momento dado, marca para siempre un disco. En este caso, todo el mundo parece estar de acuerdo en que "Skyline" es una obra menor dentro del catálogo de Steve Howe. A mi, por el contrario, me parece un disco excepcional. Tranquilo y lejos de los vertiginosos fraseos que utiliza en Yes, este disco es una auténtica delicia. Catalogar a esto como New Age es hacerle un flaco favor. Darle una oportunidad y escuchad Skyline, vuestros oídos lo agradeceran.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Elevator Music - This definitely is not rock and roll 8 May 2011
By The Wise Old Owl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Yes and Steve Howe fan and I just don't get this one. Blah. This could easily be on-hold music for when you call some business. I can't believe this is Steve Howe. The only pleasant surprise is the opening song, "Small Acts of Human Kindness" ...which is the only song with singing - other than its reprise at the end of the CD. It is rather relaxing as another person cited. So if that's what you're after, try it; but don't say I didn't warn you. ;0)
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