GTR – GTR (1986)

GTR were a short-lived British rock band founded in 1985 by former Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett. In comparison to the two leaders’ earlier work within progressive rock, GTR appealed to album-oriented rock radio stations. The band was short-lived, lasting for two years and one album. Hackett has subsequently been strongly critical of the project, though not necessarily of the other musicians involved in it.

GTR is the 1986 self-titled debut album and sole official studio release from the short-lived supergroup GTR. The album peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the single “When the Heart Rules the Mind” reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Another single, “The Hunter”, peaked at No. 85. The instrumental piece by Steve Howe, “Sketches in the Sun”, resurfaced on his solo album Motif Volume 1 and again on his Anthology album. Steve Hackett’s “Hackett to Bits” was a simplified version of the title track from his Please Don’t Touch album. (It had no connection with the similarly titled “Hackett to Pieces” from Highly Strung.) Asia later recorded their own version of the Downes-penned “The Hunter” for their 1997 compilation album Anthology.The group, founded by ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and then ex-Yes and ex-Asia guitarist Steve Howe, disbanded in 1987. Geoff Downes, another former Yes member at the time, produced the album.

The band’s name came from an abbreviation of “guitar” as used for track labelling in multi-track recording studios, anecdotally, comes from the marking on the studio mixing console that indicates the ‘guitar’ volume control.

Tracklist

1.  “When the Heart Rules the Mind” – 5:24  (Hackett, Howe)
2.  “The Hunter” – 4:51  (Downes)
3.  “Here I Wait” – 4:54  (Hackett, Howe)
4.  “Sketches in the Sun” – 2:29  (Howe)
5.  “Jekyll and Hyde” – 4:42  (Bacon, Hackett, Howe)
6.  “You Can Still Get Through” – 4:53  (Hackett, Howe)
7.  “Reach Out (Never Say No)” – 4:00  (Hackett, Howe, Spalding)
8.  “Toe the Line” – 4:29  (Hackett, Howe)
9.  “Hackett to Bits” – 2:10  (Hackett)
10.  “Imagining” – 5:49  (Hackett, Howe, Mover)

Personnel

Production

  • Geoff Downesproducer
  • Alan Douglas – engineer
  • John Brough – assistant engineer
  • Noel Haris – assistant engineer
  • Andy Mason – assistant engineer
  • Howard Fritzson – art direction
  • Ian Miller – design
  • Mike Russell – photography
  • Miki Slingsby – photography
  • Tom Biondo – photography
  • Jimmy Starr – remastering
  • Eddie Wilner – reissue producer

Notes
Released: July 1986
Recorded: The Townhouse, London, 1985-86
Genre: Progressive rock, AOR
Length: 44:43

Label – Arista Records