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High Tension Wires (digi)

Steve Morse Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Steve! Feb. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was 22 years old when I bought this CD.At that time I didn't know Steve Morse at all. When I put it on my player, I was blown out: the intro of "ghostwind" was simply great and its development was even more astonishing. I remember that I thought that the first track was the best one and that the other ones were surely not on the same level as the first (I was used to listen to guitar players that sold their album thanks to only one or two tracks). Well, I was wrong: here every track seemed to be better than the previous one and eventually when I finished to listen to the last one I realized: this guitar player is incredible not just for his superb technique but above all for his genious mind! Why he is not famous in Italy? (Before Deep Purple it was very difficult to find his albums.)
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morse the guitar god? No, Morse the composer.. Sept. 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
Look through any guitarist's magazine or the "similar artists" sections on this site and you'll see a few names repeatedly come up. Satriani, Moore, Vai, Malmsteen, huge names in the world of guitar. You'll find reviews describing jaw-dropping proficiency and technical brilliance. Listening to them makes you wonder if they're even human due to the near-physical-impossibility of their playing.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey into a unique musical world. Dec 26 1999
Format:Audio CD
As a barely adequate rhythm guitarist, I'm hardly qualified to proclaim that Steve Morse has the very best guitar chops in the known universe. Certainly, few would argue that the man truly has an amazing technical prowess, but then again, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and a host of other "guitar heroes" have their share of worshipers in that regard. I believe that Mr. Morse's accomplishments as a composer are what truly set him on a musical pinnacle. The way he seamlessly combines rock, jazz, country, Celtic, and baroque/classical elements into his work are what put me in awe. One reviewer described his compositions as "manic," but to me, that's entirely too limiting an adjective: despite his usually high-energy approach to music, Morse's work shows an incredible scope and depth of musical vision.
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
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best guitar album I've ever heard. Dec 9 2000
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
I still remember buying this the day it came out and how it blew away even my high expectations. Steve Morse is one of the most well-rounded and technically capable guitarists on the planet, as well as the best composer for the guitar-period. Many of his earlier albums probably wouldn't be appreciated by non-musicians ( they are brilliant, however...), but HTW is different. I know at least five people who are not musicians and love this album.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest and most melodic guitar album ever released
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 more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by lucas biela
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
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 more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by "eruptionvan"
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure & Simple; One of the best guitar albums ever recorded!
This 1989 solo release by Morse is a phenominal recording. Possibly some of his greatest songs are on this disc. Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by D. L. Worthing
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to make you weep
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 more
Published on Feb. 27 2002 by Alexander Canduci
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best
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 more
Published on Feb. 1 2002 by Douglas Archerd
5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN ,NY
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
Published on Jan. 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Anybody That Loves Instrumental Music
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 more
Published on April 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Though a deviation from his usual style, it's a masterpiece!
Having listened to just about all of Steve's work, from the Dixie Dregs to Kansas and his solo career, I can honestly say this is by far his best work to date. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 1999
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