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Live (Classic Pictures DVD7044X)(2005)
Steve keeps it in the family...

Steve Howe

In 2004 Steve Howe hit the road for the first time in his own-band format, having completed several solo tours.

This time he teamed up with his sons, Virgil and Dylan (keyboards and drums respectively), bass player Derrick Taylor and GRTR! contributor and guitar supremo Ray Fenwick.

Steve Howe seems a very honest and direct sort of person and the interview material on the DVD illuminates the concert performances. It provides a fascinating insight to Howe's work outside of Yes and the development of a band concept to tour his 'Elements' album.

Ray Fenwick is ever the consummate professional and had the unenviable task of transcribing Steve's guitar parts. The preparation shows in the concert footage, an exemplary display of fine musicianship and superlative guitar playing.

The album 'Elements' is an excellent showcase for Howe but strangely this DVD only features two tracks. Other material is drawn from Steve Howe's previous solo outings including the excellent 'Sensitive Chaos' (from 'Turbulence').

You can't help thinking after watching the two 'lads' Virg and Dylan interviewed, they're not quite sure whether it's cool to be seen playing with 'the old man'.

Nevertheless, the family support - and the presence of Ray Fenwick who belongs to Steve's wider musical family - is a joy to watch.

Super filming and sound make this a DVD worth seeking out, and fans will lap up the bonus Steve Howe acoustic set. Older men rock? Definitely. Cool? Debatable.


Review by David Randall


Album review (Elements)

Album review (Skyline)

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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