Steve Howe's Remedy — Live
(Classic Rock Productions DVD7044X, 2005, DVD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2007-03-01The live DVD documenting Howe's touring band featuring two of his talented sons is a testament to the guitarist's artistry and identity. Howe had hinted many times in the past how much he would like to take his own music on the road and showcase the various elements of his songwriting and arrangements. Additional guitarist Ray Fenwick adds a much needed foil to Howe's solo passages along with layered chordal backing from Virgil Howe. Best performances include "Sensitive Chaos" where Howe spends much of his time riffing on Stratocaster. The guitarist's classy country leanings are also evident from "Country Viper," "Pennants," and "Diary of Man Who Vanished." From pedal steel guitar to short rags and flights of fancy it's a well thought out vehicle. Yes fans will also be pleased by the inclusion of his excerpts from "Close to the Edge," "Würm," and "America," as well as his rare solo renditions of "The Ancient" and "To Be Over." The solo acoustic guitar performance section spans seven pieces including the passive "J's Theme" and his version of "Intersection Blues" that leads into his signature piece, "Clap." The interview portion of the disc is also sweet if only to hear the two sons gushing about working with dear old dad. The tour diary section also shows the group playing intimate settings with a good crowd response. Overall this is the best representative film of where Howe is at this stage at his career and it's a must see for guitarists.
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