High Gear is the first studio album by the American hard rock band Howe II, released in 1989 through Shrapnel Records. Howe II was a short-lived group fronted by guitarist Greg Howe and his brother Albert Howe on vocals.
|Studio album by |
|Studio||Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, California|
|Producer||Mike Varney, Steve Fontano, Greg Howe|
|Howe II chronology|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||7/10|
Andy Hinds at AllMusic reviewed the album positively, saying that "The songs on High Gear are good, the riffs are killer, and the execution is flawless." He praised Greg Howe's guitar playing as "more effective than ever; focused like a laser, his brilliant solos drive home the point of the songs rather than being the point of the songs" and likened Albert Howe's vocals to David Lee Roth. More praise went to the band overall: "The entire band plays with an articulate, inspired precision and energy that is truly awesome." Journalist Martin Popoff described the album as "a rhythmic good time metal party" and the production as "a bit blocky, but vital like Van Halen".
All tracks are written by Albert Howe and Greg Howe.
|2.||"Carry the Torch"||4:01|
|5.||"Thinking of You"||5:02|
|6.||"Standing on Line"||3:32|
|8.||"Don't Let the Sloe Gin (Order the Wine)"||5:08|
Recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, California