What does it sound like?:
This series of cds is a collection of music that comes from the Yes guitarist’s extensive personal archive of home demos. The earlier volumes featured tracks that were ultimately turned into songs for Yes, Asia, GTR and the like, but with this new addition to the series Howe has changed tack. All these twenty one pieces are previously unused and unreleased, so this is a handy way to finally make them available for public consumption. They cover the years from the late seventies right up to 2016, and showcase the undoubted skill, diversity and extensive range of his playing styles. The music is fine as far as it goes, with many interesting musical ideas on show, demonstrating his technique to good effect. However, the pieces are all so short, mainly around the two minute mark, that ideas never really get the opportunity to come to fruition. You feel that some of these, with more work, could have been developed into full blown songs in their own right, or at the very least be incorporated as part of longer pieces of music in a band setting, but too many are nipped in the bud just as they get going, which can be quite a frustrating experience for the listener.
What does it all *mean*?
Overall, as technically well played as these pieces are, I preferred the earlier volumes where you can trace the germs of ideas into songs that you’ve come to know over the years.
Goes well with…
Enviously marvelling his expertise with the guitar, and anticipating a new Yes album, ‘The Quest’, in October.
Might suit people who like…
One for Howe/Yes completists only really.