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GTR - GTR (Arista AL8-8400) (1986)

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Artist:

GTR

Title:

GTR

Released: 1986
Label: Arista
Catalog: AL8-8400
Genre: Rock / Progressive Rock
NOTE: Featuring Steve Howe and Steve Hackett
T R A C K L I S T:
01 When The Heart Rules The Mind
02 The Hunter
03 Here I Wait
04 Sketches In The Sun
05 Jeckyll And Hyde
06 You Can Still Get Through
07 Reach Out (Never Say No)
08 Toe The Line
09 Hackett To Bits
10 Imagining
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Album Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Most supergroups don't last long, and GTR was no exception to the rule. Steve Hackett and Steve Howe -- lead guitarists for the prime periods of Genesis and Yes, respectively -- formed the band in 1986, not with the intention of reviving classic prog rock, but with the idea of making a stadium-shaking hard rock band. It was two veterans with very clear musical identities of their own, teamed with a trio of supporting musicians eager for a big break. Not the ideal formula for a perfect rock album, since the scales were already tipped toward one side as the recording began. And, GTR's lone eponymous album didn't deliver the fireworks that Howe and Hackett fans desired. Part of the problem is that the two guitarists crowd each other out; it rarely sounds like they're trading licks, but rather like they're stepping forward for solos at their pre-scheduled times. Despite the largely cool reaction of Hackett and Howe's dedicated fan base, GTR wound up being a respectable hit in America, thanks to the terrific leadoff track, "When the Heart Rules the Mind." The one track where the group's go-for-broke arena rock formula paid off huge dividends, this is anthemic, professional stadium rock at its best, with a great hook on the chorus, a fine performance by Max Bacon, and some nice, tightly controlled soloing. There are other moments that work pretty well on the record but, on the whole, the record feels a bit like a missed opportunity. There are glimmers of what might have been -- what GTR could have done if they dropped their crossover ambitions -- but as it stands, GTR marks the point in time when both Howe and Hackett took one last stab at commercially oriented rock, before turning toward more ambitious solo projects.


GTR - The Hunter [12'' single] [Arista Records ADP-9513] (1986)

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GTR

Title:

The Hunter [12'' single]

Released: 1986
Country: USA
Label: Arista Records
Catalog: ADP-9513
Genre: Rock, Arena Rock
Note: Promotional Copy - stamped on back cover


T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Hunter (Single Version)
02 The Hunter (Album Version)
03 The Hunter (Special GTR Mix)
04 Sketches In The Sun
05 Hackett To Bits
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GTR's Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Like most supergroups, GTR didn't stay together very long -- only one year and one album with 1986's GTR. Comprised of guitarists Steve Howe (Yes) and Steve Hackett (Genesis), vocalist Max Bacon, bassist Phil Spalding, and drummer Jonathon Mover, the group didn't deviate from the progressive rock of Howe and Hackett's full-time bands. Nevertheless, the group managed to have a number 14 hit with "When the Heart Rules the Mind," and their album went gold. However, Hackett decided to go solo after their success, and his departure put an end to the group.
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