Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Steve Howe’s Homebrew

YES guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release the seventh edition of his Homebrew album series on 30th July via HoweSound.

The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe’s home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo albums or group projects with YES, Asia, Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe or GTR. However, Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be rerecorded in the future.

“Many are things I’ve enjoyed saving until the right moment,” said Howe, “And the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered.”

Homebrew 7 marks the 25th anniversary ofthe guitar legend’s first album in this series and includes tracks from the late seventies through to 2016 in Howe’s extensive range of playing styles.

Each of the 21 tracks is dated and accompanied by Howe’s background notes and details on instrumentation. Most of the tracks are solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe on drums with Phil Spalding on bass guitar (‘Half Way’). The booklet includes the lyrics for the four vocal tracks and is also illustrated by some of Howe’s atmospheric photography.

Tracks featured on Homebrew 7 are ‘The Glider (2015)’, ‘October (1998)’ ‘Half Way (1997, 2009 & 2015)’, ‘The Only One (2013)’, ‘In One Life (1982)’, ‘Outstanding Deal (1982)’, ‘Be Natural (2013)’, ‘Cold Winds (1983)’, ‘Deanscape (1982)’, ‘Tender Hooks (2015)’, ‘A Lady She Is (1982)’, ‘Two Sided (2013)’, ‘ Strange Wayfarer (2016)’, ‘Devon Girl (1983)’, ‘Safe Haven (2015)’, ‘A Matter Of Fact 1986)’, ‘Touchstone (2015)’, ‘From Another Day (1979)’, ‘Foregone Conclusion (2015)’, ‘Space Void (1978)’ and ‘From The Get-Go (2015)’.

With a total running time of 49.41 minutes, many coming in at under two minutes, the tracks were all written, arranged, engineered and produced by Howe.

You can pre-order the album by clicking here  and at Amazon here.

Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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