Beginnings (Steve Howe album)

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Beginnings
Steve Howe Beginnings.jpg
Studio album by Steve Howe
Released October 31, 1975 (UK)
November 19, 1975 (US)
Recorded 1975 at Morgan & Advision studios
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:51
Label Atlantic
Producer Steve Howe and Eddie Offord
Steve Howe chronology
Beginnings
(1975)
The Steve Howe Album
(1979)

Beginnings is Yes guitarist Steve Howe's debut solo album, released in 1975.

The five Yes band members each released a solo album in 1975/6. Members Alan White and Patrick Moraz from that line-up guest on Beginnings, while Howe performed on White's Ramshackled album. The album also features former Yes drummer Bill Bruford on "Pleasure Stole the Night" and "Break Away From It All". There are also members of the English medieval progressive rock band Gryphon, Graeme Taylor, Malcolm Bennett, Dave Oberlé on one of the songs.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Allmusic's retrospective review deemed Beginnings an artistic failure, summarizing that "The playing is strong throughout, but towards what end is the mystery -- none of the songs are particularly memorable, nor is the production[...] and Howe is such a weak singer that he'd have been better off[...] sticking to instrumentals."[1]

Track listing[edit]

The words and music are by Steve Howe except where noted.

  1. "Doors of Sleep" (Steve Howe, Alice Meynell) – 4:08
  2. "Australia" – 4:13
  3. "The Nature of the Sea" – 3:57
  4. "Lost Symphony" – 4:41
  5. "Beginnings" (Steve Howe, orchestrated by Patrick Moraz) – 7:31
  6. "Will o' the Wisp" – 6:00
  7. "Ram" – 1:53
  8. "Pleasure Stole the Night" – 2:57
  9. "Break Away From It All" – 4:19

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Howe – electric and acoustic guitars, bass, lap steel, vocals, mandolin, Moog, organ
  • Alan White – drums (1, 2, 4, 6)
  • Bill Bruford – drums (8, 9)
  • Graeme Taylor – guitar (3)
  • Malcolm Bennett – bass, flute (3, 8)
  • Dave Oberlé – drums (3)
  • Colin Gibson – bass (4)
  • Patrick Moraz – piano on (4), piano, harpsichord, moog on (5), grand piano, Mellotron on (6)
  • Bud Beadle – saxophone (4)
  • Mick Eve – saxophone (4)
  • Patrick Halling, William Reid – violin (5)
  • John Meek – viola (5)
  • Peter Halling – cello (5)
  • Chris Laurence – double bass (5, 8)
  • James Gregory – flute, piccolo (5)
  • Sidney Sutcliffe – oboe (5)
  • Gwyd Brooke – bassoon (5)

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard Pop Albums 63
1975 UK Albums Chart 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Beginnings at AllMusic

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