After playing this a couple of times I started realizing that this might be considered as a profile of all things Trevor Rabin has done so far. Starting out with hard rock, slowly getting more complex until landing in Yes playing symphonic rock and after leaving building a successful career in film music. So he does not have anything to prove.
And still he does just that. He proves he is still a very gifted guitar player that knows his way around various other instruments as well. But the guitar playing alone is just a testament of his immense talent. And like in his Yesterdays, he is still able to come up with colourful sounds as well! His accuracy is immense, just listen to Market Street.
He also proves he is able to write and perform in a variety of styles. From jazz, to rock to soundscapes, blues or ambient, he does it all. And you do not miss vocals at all. Mind you, he is a good singer as well, so this is a conscious move.
I can imagine some people will have a hard time taking this in. After all it is music meant to listen to. Not just some Muzak for elevators. But for me, this stuff is priceless and gives a great insight in the work of this gifted musician. Lots of feel and stellar performances. Man, I feel a bit jealous…
For many people Trevor Rabin entered the spotlight when he joined Yes and gave them their first (and only) global hit with 90125 and the song Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Or maybe his name came up on the soundtrack of one of your favourite movies, the successful career he began after Yes.
But what many of you might not know, is that he started with a couple of solo albums before that. And this 1981 album is not even the first of those! I can actually recommended all of his albums (a new one was just released and will feature sometime later).
What is interesting, in hindsight, how does this fare when compared to 90125, the album he would make only a couple of years later? Well, his vocals are distinct, as is his guitar playing. Here less processed, but still you hear he has a good ear for melodies. In his song-writing one can notice that he is already exploring more complex structures. Yet there are also some plain rockers on beard. After all, hard rock was his chosen style here. But also there, he tries to expand on the genre by adding out of context instrumental parts. Who actually fit seamlessly…
With the help of people like Simon Phillips, Jack Bruce, Manfred Mann and Chris Thompson, it was already clear that Rabin was destined for bigger things. There is a certain promise in the songs! Track 1, Heard You Cry Wolf, is not only characterized with a keen chorus, but the extended solo part with a lot of keyboards is just fabulous. So whatever the reason, this is a tasty rock album by an accomplished musician. Still lifts my mood when I listen to it.