High Tension Wires (digi)
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Steve Morse is best known for being the current guitarist of Deep Purple, replacing Ritchie Blackmore back in 1993. But his passion for rock started long before joining the legendary British group. The exclusive reissue of his third solo album from 1989 -
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His work is a mixture of various influences all blended together, it is hard to classify it. You will love this album either you like rock, or heavy, or pop, or jazz, or new age, or classics, or country...
Steve has collaborated with many great artists and bands of different generes during his career (Barrueco, Petrucci, McLaughlin, Dixie Dregs, Kansas, Deep Purple...): this means that he is obviously very well appreciated and shows his great passion for all different kind of music.
I'm not exagerating if I say that it's a must have for everyone!
Steve Morse, on the other hand, leaves no doubt about being human. Not because he can't shred just as well - take a listen to "Tumeni Notes" - but because the strength of the compositions and the pure soul that comes through the playing is, far and away, miles beyond any generic blaze of 128th notes. He never seems like he's showing off since the playing tries to fit the songs, and not vice versa. Some of the songs are based on no more than one simple progression ("Country Colors," "Ghostwind," "Modoc"), but the playing over this whole album is filled with such tone and color that you wish they'd go on for 10 more minutes.
I'm not necessarily knocking Satch and the others; there are virtues to their playing too. But nothing I've heard yet from them gives me goosebumps like "Ghostwind" still does after a couple hundred listenings, or paints beautiful landscapes in my imagination like "Highland Wedding." As Hal Johnson said below, it's what comes from Steve's mind that sets him apart from just about anyone else who's picked up an axe. Guitarist or not, musician or not, this is an album for anyone who appreciates music, talent, or simply beauty when they find it.
For those who have only experienced Steve Morse's work through the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, or Deep Purple, "High Tension Wires" is perhaps the best introduction to his post-Dregs compositions. As a previous reviewer related, "Highland Wedding" is truly an amazing piece, and I had it played at my own wedding, to the dismay of a few older relatives.
Mr. Morse has been showered with much adulation for his guitar talent, and deservedly so. However, I believe that, decades from now, he will be admired more for what came from his head than from his fingers. HJ
Most or the album is quite mellow and embraces you with it's warmth, although Steve threw in "Tumeni Notes" for the shred-heads out there, and that is a BLAZING piece of work. "Ghostwind" starts the disc off and it remains to this day my favorite Morse composition.
This album is special in that it contains many moods and styles, and can be enjoyed by musician and non-musician alike. If you're into good folk, classical, country, rock, or fusion guitar playing, buy this gem before it goes out of print.
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This album is the first Morse's solo effort. He founded the jazz-fusion (actually jazz, rock, country, classical) band Dixie Dregs in the seventies and released with them six... Read morePublished on Dec 20 2003 by lucas biela
this album is an example of what is spawned when a truely gifted guitarist just plays from his heart. this album has a very strong celtic theme which is something to be admired. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003
This 1989 solo release by Morse is a phenominal recording. Possibly some of his greatest songs are on this disc. Read morePublished on April 2 2002 by D. L. Worthing
The title "guitar god" has been given to Steve Morse by many people (and rightly so), but this can lead to the mistaken belief that he is a shredder in the vein of... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Alexander Canduci
If you are unfamiliar with Steve Morse, this is the album to start with. Arguably his best of all time (and, according to interviews with the man himself, his personal favorite). Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2002 by Douglas Archerd
This is steves best solo recording.Each song has a diffrent sound
and feel to it.The problem i had was every cd he put out after this one sounded the same,some songs sounded... Read more
Steve Morse is musical divinity. As a lifelong devotee to guitar and instrumental music i recommend this C.D, as the highest musical acheivement ever. Read morePublished on April 9 2001
This may well be Steve's finest recording. This is an essential CD to own for anyone who enjoys Steve's music.Published on Feb. 2 2001 by Victor Manuel