Steve Tibbetts Yr on Frammis records 1980. The all-instrumental Yr is Tibbetts' second homemade album and like the first, it is a guitar freak's dream. Tibbetts overdubs acoustic and electric instruments in a Hendrixian mindscape of production wizardry, often combining up to 20 guitars on one track. He layers the sound into breathtaking guitar choirs and intricate superstructures. His solos are twisting, singing journeys that evolve with the sense of spiritual awakening you'd hear in a Coltrane soprano run. After building to an exuberant climax that nears the breaking point, he supplants it with a plaintive acoustic guitar passage that initiates the next trip.
Steve Tibbetts - Yr
Though Yr consists of eight pieces, they all flow together as one extended composition in which a percussion ensemble provides continuity, color, and propulsion. The two tabla players maintain the questing forward motion that marks Indian music, while Marc Anderson plays a variety of instruments that give shape and ambiance to the heady atmosphere of Tibbetts' compositions. The effect is one of being carried down a fog-covered tropical river that unveils a new sight at every turn.