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    Steve Howe discusses his new LP, "Love".

    From Goldmine;

    'Love' is Steve Howe's newest solo melody

    By Mike Greenblatt

    By his own estimation, guitarist Steve Howe has been in 10 bands, the most famous of which, Yes, in 1969, started without him. His debut on the band’s third record, in 1971, though, was the one that catapulted Yes into the stratosphere. For the next 49 years, Howe, in whatever project drew his attention, has been one of the most significant, unerring, thrilling, complex and entertainingly satisfying lead guitarists in all of progressive rock.

    Now comes his 13th solo album, Love Is (BMG Records), his first in nine years. It’s not the progressive jazz-rock fusion instrumental blockbuster that he’s totally capable. It’s mellow. It’s melodic. And he sings lead on five of the 10 songs.

    It was an honor to finally speak with him and, as a lifelong fan, this longtime music journalist just had to gush a bit.

    GOLDMINE: This new album is very melodic. You’ve written some melodies that stick in your brain long after the music stops. Was it your intention to write so melodically?

    STEVE HOWE: No, not at all. My intention was simply to get some very good material together in building a solid album. There was never any particular focus on melody, though. Maybe it’s just me liking that style more in my own solo work when I write. It delights me that you think that.
    GM: You also have some very profound lyrical themes as well on this album in an environmental sense. I love the quote from (naturalist) Alexander Humboldt where he warns over 200 years ago about destroying the planet. Boy, was he right!

    SH: Isn’t that amazing? And I quote 1970 Joni Mitchell, too, on the same subject. It’s still going on. We just don’t learn. That’s probably why we are where we are now.
    GM: I didn’t realize you were such a good singer!

    SH: I do believe I got better over the years. I did get to sing on some of the early Yes records with no experience at all. As I’ve aged, I liken my voice to a good old piece of leather that wears well. I’m more competent than I used to be. I mean, that’s how I sing. If you can’t deal with it, then don’t!

    GM: I guess being in a band with possibly the greatest progressive-rock singer of them all, Jon Anderson, might’ve made you not do too much singing.

    SH: Somewhere along the way, I did have but one singing lesson and it started me on understanding vocal technique. I mean, I didn’t want to know too much as I’m more an instinctual singer, but I still maintain my few minutes of vocal exercises.

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    GM: I didn’t realize you were such a good singer!


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    It sounds exciting and new.

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    Bummer that Goldmine couldn't get the title correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starless and bible black View Post
    Thanks! Great interview..

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    It is a great interview (especially talking abut his sons), I just found the allusion to Hackett's negative stance about the GTR experience somewhat heavy handed:

    I liked your GTR band with Steve Hackett of Genesis. He did not have very complimentary things to say about his experience with you.
    I looked for a relevant interview on the same site, but didn't find one.
    Does anyone know, which quote the interviewer was referring to?
    τί ἐστιν ὃ μίαν ἔχον φωνὴν τετράπουν καὶ δίπουν καὶ τρίπουν γίνεται;


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