‘Anthology’ spotlights guitarist Steve Howe’s solo career

Steve Howe‘Anthology’
Steve Howe (Rhino)
3.5 stars out of 5

Though he remains best known for his guitar work in bands like Yes, Asia and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, progressive rock icon Steve Howe has more than two dozen solo albums to his credit over the past 40 years. The best of his solo material has been pulled together for the two-disc set “Anthology.”

Steve Howe CDCurated by Howe himself, the 33-track, two-hour collection offers a nice overview of Howe’s six-string wizardry. Though I’ll always be partial to Yes and Asia, Howe impresses on “Lost Symphony,” “Pennants,” “Curls & Swirls,” “Maiden Voyage,” “Westwinds” and “King’s Ransom.”

Two of the best cuts here are covers of Bob Dylan, with Howe delivering the goods on “Just Like a Woman” and “Buckets of Rain.” Additional keepers include a pair of tunes from compilation albums — “Sharp on Attack” from 1988’s “Guitar Speak” and “Mood for a Day” from 1993’s “Symphonic Music of Yes.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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