"Sects,Drugs&RocknRoll" gives the viewer a chance to see the great Steve Morse in 2 different bands. The disc contains a concert of Morse with the Dixie Dregs as well as with his own band in an intimate setting. Steve Morse has received many accolades for his playing ability since he started the Dregs back in the 70's. His career includes many solo albums, as well as recordings and tours with Kansas and Deep Purple. His diversity is one of his strengths. Great compositional skills, onstage interplay, and an unreal amount of chops are other strengths that are on display on this DVD. In addition to the 2 concerts there is a picture gallery and a comprehensive interview with Morse that I found to be well worth a viewing. The concerts are both worthy of multiple viewings.
The Dixie Dregs were formed by Morse and some college cohorts of his in the mid 70's. They mixed ,from their jazz influences; chops,improvisational skills, compositional skills together with rock energy and a bluegrass/country sound to form one of the most distinctive sounds in fusion. The show features the Dixie Dregs combo that has been touring together for the last 5 years. Dave Larue on bass, Jerry Goodmand on violin along with original Dregs members Morse, T Lavitz(Keys) and Rod Morgenstein(Drums). The Dregs show is called "Official Bootleg" for a reason. It is obvious that this doesn't hold up to the latest and greatest DVD releases for sound and editing. However, the sound is fine and the footage doesn't miss anything. The important thing is that you aren't missing anything and the music is great. The concert contains 14 songs that include Dregs classics such as "The Bash", "Cruise Control", "Take it Off the Top", "Blood Sucking Leeches" and "Assembly Line". The performance is great. Telepathic interplay, virtuostic displays, and the distinctive Dregs sound are all there. There is even a cover of Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Dance of the Maya" which John Mclaughlin would be proud of. Despite the lack of top quality production values, the show doesn't lack anything and the music is top-notch. This is a must have for any Dregs fan. If this was the only thing on the DVD it would be worth it.
The Steve Morse Band concert is a quasi-Unplugged effort. Steve is joined by Dave Larue and T Lavitz for a set of Morse at his diverse best. Morse plays classical; Bach's "Jesu,Joy of Man's Desiring"(flawlessly I may add)his own quasi-classical compsitions;"Point Counterpoint" and "Flat Baroque"; Country/Folk "Rocky Top"; and in his own rock/fusion style; "Tumeni Notes" and "Country Colours" to name a few. There are 13 songs in all. Each one performed flawlessly by one of the most diverse guitarists walking the planet.
The bottom line is this. If you are a fan of Steve Morse's music then you must get this. The sound and footage for both concerts is above average and you won't miss a thing. Steve Morse isn't going to release any garbage. The man has too much integrity to do that. Don't let the negative reviews scare you, this is Morse at his best;TWICE! If you don't have any Morse; get this and you have an introduction to one of the most diverse and talented guitarists in any genre, as well as a concert of one of the essential to have Jazz/Rock/Fusion bands. Highly Recommmended.