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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.

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1986
RecordedThe Townhouse, London, 1985-86
GenreProgressive rock, AOR
ProducerGeoff Downes
GTR chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[3]

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. The album 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.[4]


Track listingEdit

  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)



  • 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


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen T. (2011). "GTR - GTR | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ Hogan, R. (2011). "GTR: GTR : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (10 July 1986). "GTR 'GTR'". Kerrang!. 124. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. pp. 16–17.
  4. ^ "Steve Hackett and Steve Howe's 'GTR' Album Receives Deluxe Reissue".