Asia– Heat of the moment solo is horrible.
Sitting in the back of a cab the other day and this song came on the radio. I’ve heard this many times and somewhere in the back of my mind knew that it was one of those bands like Boston, Asia or Yes or someone – hadn’t paid that much attention to it but it was very familiar to me.
Anyway, I was listening along and then I noticed that this song has a *horrible* guitar solo and I was thinking ‘Jeez – whoever that guitarist is has produced a solo nearly as bad as that one by Graham Coxon’ in that it sounds like someone who has only been playing the guitar for about 5 minutes and decided that this is enough experience and practice to be able to put down a stinging lead. It has out of tune bends, crappy rhythm, nasty tone, poor contour, obviously has had no planning whatsoever, etc., etc. and is just plain ‘yech’.
Anyway, when I got home later I dug through Wikipedia to find out who was the culprit for this abomination and to my horror I discovered that the guitarist in Asia for this album was none other than Steve Howe!!! JESUS!! SHOCK!!! I mean, this guy is a god and err, well, just goes to show, even the best of us can have an off day… hear the horror starting at about 3:00
(usual disclaimer applies: I haven’t sold any records, haven’t put out any hit singles, and haven’t recorded any iconic solos horrible or otherwise), so haters, I’m doing your work for you…