Prior to this 2015 double-disc Rhino collection, there never was a Steve Howe chronicle. That may be due to Howe being a titan of album-oriented progressive rock, a style that traditionally doesn't lend itself to compilation, but Anthology
is nicely executed, running 33 tracks over two discs, offering a sampling of every Howe solo project, including the unreleased 1967 set that was later unearthed for the Mothballs
project. Howe assembled Anthology
with his son Virgil
and it's interesting to see how he slips in covers of Bob Dylan
and the Ventures
' "Walk Don't Run" in between his own compositions, a move that warms his sometimes distant prog rock and helps this turn into a full portrait of Howe, the progressive rocker.