Tag: GTR

Thursday 6/3/21 1am ET: Feature LP: GTR (1986)

GTR is the July 1986 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 ex-Yes and ex-Asia member at the time, produced the album.

The band’s name, anecdotally, comes from the marking on the studio mixing console that indicates the ‘guitar’ volume control.

The album was reissued in 2001 in a remastered CD edition, it was out of print, with the exception of a Japanese mini-LP CD released in 2006, until a deluxe 2-CD version was released in 2015.

“When the Heart Rules the Mind” – 5:24
“The Hunter” – 4:51
“Here I Wait” – 4:54
“Sketches in the Sun” – 2:29
“Jekyll and Hyde” – 4:42
“You Can Still Get Through” – 4:53
“Reach Out (Never Say No)” – 4:00
“Toe the Line” – 4:29
“Hackett to Bits” – 2:10
“Imagining” – 5:49
“The Hunter (Special GTR Mix)” – 4:56
“When The Heart Rules The Mind (single version)” – 4:28
“The Hunter (single version)” – 4:00

Max Bacon – lead vocals
Steve Hackett – acoustic & electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, backing vocals
Steve Howe – acoustic & electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, backing vocals
Phil Spalding – bass guitar, backing vocals
Jonathan Mover – drums, percussion