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First View by Steve Oliver

First View is a terrific debut release from guitarist Steve Oliver. He has assembled an all-star cast for this one, including the likes of Paul Taylor, Jeff Kashiwa, and Rob Mullins. He also handled writing and arranging duties (note the interplay between Steve and Paul on "Highway One" and "East Wind") and makes it seem almost effortless. And in the Benson mode, he even weighs in with vocals on the heartfelt "I Know" and the EWF-tinged "Sunrise Celebration". In the end, it all comes back to the guitar, and he can play! The track that stands out the most for me is the last one, "We Will Be". With the music stripped to its essence - guitar, vocals, and a bare whisper of keys and percussion - he makes the strongest of statements.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Steve Oliver
  • CD Title: First View
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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