R. Herbert | Charlotte, NC USA | 09/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the strictest sense, you might really have to be a fan of Steve's to appreciate this DVD - or just a devotee of great guitarists. But there is much to love here. Steve separates himself from the Yes music that he is so well known for to present a diverse mix of tunes with a very capable band backing him. It's a more intimate and relaxed feel than the typical Yes outing, and shows Steve's talents and interests to be much more widespread than would normally be expected. The styles are varied, but the playing is just to die for. For good measure, there's a Yes tune or two added for proper effect. Most stirring is the finale of Wurm; a typical Yes concert-ender which normally is played on the back end of Starship Troopers, but here pared down to feature just Steve's primary parts. As it always, it ends the show leaving just the right balance of energy and satisfaction.
Sound quality is extremely good - right up there with any of the best DVD concert videos. We can finally hear - with some measure of accuracy I suspect - what Steve is striving for, tone-wise, from his instrument. Both acoustic and electric come across as more than satisfying. This comes as a welcome relief from virtually all of the Yes DVD's whose sound often borders on average and many times struggles to reach that. Video quality is also quite good, with the presentation being well edited and enjoyable to watch.
While it's fun to see Steve's sons get into the act (playing capably within a controlled range, even if not up to the level of their father's enormous talent), and his sidemen on bass and guitar are obviously great musicians, the focus here is certainly Steve. And rightly so. The man seems incapable of playing a bad note. He's been a gift to me - in terms of musical enjoyment - for 35 years. This DVD finally shows the broader range of his skills, and makes me appreciate his talents even more.
Steve Howe (the elder) at his very best
Barton Spencer | Hattiesburg, MS United States | 11/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is, as others have said, of superior video and audio quality compared to most other DVD items available that include Steve Howe.
I'll go out on a limb here - Though I think that the Yessongs film/dvd shows Steve at his very best at a young age, this new concert video with Remedy shows that Steve can play blistering guitar 30+ years later. You'll find many albums and videos since Yessongs, mostly after the 1980's, that don't seem to show Steve in the best light. THIS video/DVD shows that Steve Howe still retains all of the exquisite technique that drove me crazy for his playing in the first place. Quite frankly, he is unbelievable on this DVD. I don't know if it is because he is playing with talented family members or what, but he ignites the video with masterful playing that is amazing. Plus, we get to see him playing his favorite guitars (like his ES-175d) to perfection - what a wonderful gift! (Literally) I am buying copies of this to give away to family members so they can share the wonder I felt when watching this for the first time.
Kevin Caffrey | Fredericksburg, VA | 09/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Howe fans, run don't walk to buy this DVD. In addition to an hour long concert of Steve Howe's Remedy (Howe w/ sons Dylan (drums) and Virgil (keys) and bassist Derrick Taylor and an accompanying rhythm guitarist), there is a half hour documentary of how Remedy came together and Howe's approach to the tour. There's also a half hour of just Howe's "acoustic" section of the concert, which includes "The Ancient," "Clap," and "Second Initial" among others.
The fact that this is the first time Howe has toured with a full band to perform songs off of his solo albms, notably _The Steve Howe Album_ and _Turbulence_ ("While Rome's Burning" & "Sensative Chaos), is astounding. The performances are great -- Dylan Howe is an excellent drummer. Howe's playing is also excellent, with his electric guitar tone being much stronger than recent performances with Yes. Moreover, songs from _Remedy_ were very, very good -- I wasn't familiar with the album, but hearing them performed on this DVD makes me want to go buy it -- always a good sign.
I watched this DVD the same weekend as watching _Songs from Tsongas_, and the latter didn't come close to holding my attention as much as this one did."
WHILE ROME'S BURNING.............
t'amant | WA | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...The Howe family (and friends) are creating a little slice of human enlightenment...or is it Small Acts of Human Kindness? Thanks Steve (and the whole group) for FINALLY releasing a dvd highlighting so much of your great music. Hey, I'm floored with the "Steve Howe Acoustic" section, first of all (I would love a long dvd like this)! The Topographic excerpt clearly shows the incredibly beautiful harmony interlacing that inspired recording. J's Theme just continues the beauty (from the excellent Natural Timbre)! Isn't it nice after all of these years to have the chance to lay it out like this for appreciative fans and music lovers? Mood for a Day and The Clap are songs I have always adored, and the versions here are nearly perfect (I play them both, but this level of presentation is an inspiration, especially Clap). The redo here of To Be Over from Relayer, one of my favorite songs, is a lesson I will watch often to see if I can emulate. Second Initial and Intersection Blues are fun and worthy additions to the Howe to play guitar with melodic/harmonic genius canon (a nod to Chet Atkins I'd say). This is WORTH IT JUST FOR THIS if you are a Howe/YES fan, but the acoustic section is just an EXTRA!
The Main Remedy Live Concert with Dylan, Virgil, Derrick & Ray is a new look at Steve and sons having the time of their lives together (watch the other extra showing how this came together and interviews first before watching the concert itself, the special character of this occasion will be more apparent). The concert starts out nicely with the gentle Small Acts of Human Kindness and builds through Diary of a Man Who Vanished. Sensitive Chaos is really a great song, this is the only live version EVER I believe! Country Viper and Across the Cobblestone warms Steve up for America...If you are a big Howe fan (guitar player especially), you will be foaming at the mouth after the America guitar lead section...Howe stalks the fretboard admirably just like the extended version! He owns this song when it comes to electric guitar. The cool Nature of the Sea (from the first solo album) is a [...] example of the Steve Howe (very unique) musical vision that has been simmering on the backburner far too long - BRING IT ON HOME STEVE! KEEP IT COMING! The other guitar player, Ray Fenwick, is a nice addition to the band, a total pro and Derrick Taylor anchors the show with classy bass playing (you can tell he could tear it up if he was in the spotlight). WURM and CLOSE to the Edge are very fun! Here's an idea...try sitting in the Paris subway (or other public forum) with your case out, play this and watch how many YES fans come out of the woodwork...YOU THINK I'M KIDDING - you could travel the world playing songs like this (great look at quintessential YES classics)? Pennants and Lost Symphony gets the crowd in Newcastle going but While Rome's Burning kicks it into high gear...the energy pours over the ledge and there is no holding back after this - It's an official success! Dylan & Virgil have won over the crowd with their impressive start on a professional touring music career. Dylan especially shows moments of brilliance in the family tradition - I see that Virgil is on his way too (he often sings some nice harmony with Dad, and their voices are almost identical...kinda freaky!). How great would it be to have Rick Wakeman, Alan White, Bill Bruford, etc. hanging around helping you with your chops? Steve does sing a few times, but if you know him after all of these years, it is not an issue - you won't be disappointed. He comes off pretty well on vocals, settled and confident, although we all know he isn't Jon Anderson. The totally TRIPPY Raga/My White Bicycle rendition will have you seeing psychedelic pinwheels on your inner screeningroom, he even puts on the magic psychedelic technicolor jacket for this piece!
This is very enjoyable all through, every minute! And all Howe fans know this is a rare treat...DON'T PASS IT BY! Your harmonic sensibilities will be wrung out like Chinese laundry when you are through with this! I have been watching it over and over...it IS that good! Enjoy and go learn The Clap or J's Theme once and for all with this close-up view. Thanks for bringing us these small acts of human kindness guys, nothing brings more joy than a good song well played (well, almost nothing), this is a very nice addition to the Howe/YES catalogue. Peace through music (it connects us all)!"