“This is the album that really showed me that orchestration can go beyond the normal rock band format. The way that piano, organ and orchestral sounds could be added into a rock band setting was so dramatic.
“Of course, I totally tried to learn to play Roundabout. One of the intriguing things about Steve Howe is how unconventional his guitar parts are. He plays in a way so that the guitar is orchestrated within the arrangement of the other instruments. It’s not just typical guitar player stuff like, ‘Well, I’ll play some power chords here, then I’ll do a solo there.’ He plays things that are interactive as lines and motifs.
“There’s 12-strings, acoustics, electrics, pedal steel, volume pedal swells – all that good stuff. There’s so many interesting applications of the guitar, and Steve proved that it could be a dynamic orchestral instrument in a rock band.”