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Unsung Heroes [Import]

Dregs Audio CD
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Southern Fusion/Rock Virtuosos the Dregs' 1981 Release. For this Joint, the Group Featured Steve Morse on Guitar and Banjo, Andy West on Bass, Drummer Rod Morganstein, Allen Sloan on Violins and Violas and T. Lavitz on Keys and Sax. Includes 'go for Baroque', 'Day 444', 'Atilla the Hun' and Five More Instrumental Tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Over Sept. 26 2003
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I guess it was back around 1982,The Dixie Dregs were performing in Philadelphia somewhere and had a future engagement in New York in a couple of days.When the owner of the establishment that I was employed by at the time(in the quiet little town of Kingston,NJ) managed to book them for a night- in the smokey little stripmall bar (that many of us at the time called home away from home)next to a Shop Rite supermarket.Back then everything was top 40 and
arena rock,I tell ya when I heard these guys for the first time I was blown away,I've never seen nor heard any band that was tighter than these guys,they were promoting "Unsung Heroes" at the time.After we heard them many of us ran out and collected there earlier work.When your in a small venue (600 legal limit 300)and you hear
Cruise Control,Twiggs Approved,Ice Cakes,Take it off the top,and Divided we Stand,you are spoiled from then on!the owner of the bar managed to book them the following year,and also the year Industry Standard was released,same little bar, Blood Sucking Leeches!! the rest is history,I have an autographed Unsung Heroes vinyl and an Industry Standard vinyl with Mark O'Connors'signature,if you follow country music at all he has become a fixture at the Grand Ol Oprey.
T.Cala, Brick,NJ
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The name Dixie Dregs was misleading--it always made people assume the band would sound like the Charlie Daniels Band or Molly Hatchett. So for "Unsung Heroes" the name was changed to "The Dregs". The music remained the same, instrumental rock played by five virtuoso musicians in a dizzying array of styles, with music and arrangements as intricate yet insanely catchy as anything either progressive rock or fusion has ever produced. Solos are kept short, and at some point during an album you're bound to hear every possible combination of two instruments play in unison (listen for the violin and bass on "Attila the Hun").
This is the Dregs' best studio album, with a fantastic set of compositions by Steve Morse, the world's greatest guitarist. By now, the formula for a Dregs album was pretty well established: a couple of rockers ("Cruise Control" and "Rock & Roll Park"), a couple of progressive rock tracks ("Divided We Stand" and "Attila the Hun"), a ballad ("Day 444"), and some bluegrass ("I'll Just Pick"), funk ("Kat Food"), and baroque ("Go for Baroque"). "Divided We Stand", "Kat Food", "I'll Just Pick", and "Go for Baroque" are the best songs the Dregs have done in each of their respective genres. In fact, "Divided We Stand" is perhaps the Dregs' best track ever, and unlike anything else you've ever heard. "Cruise Control", which had previously appeared on the "Freefall" album, is reborn in a stripped-down, harder rocking version. "Rock & Roll Park" gives keyboardist T Lavitz a chance to show that he can also play soprano sax. The climax of "I'll Just Pick" has Morse repeating an 8-bar melody, as one by one, bassist Andy West, Lavitz, and violinist Allen Sloan join in with counterpoint melodies. This was Sloan's last album before leaving to become an anesthesiologist, and his simple yet gorgeous solo on "Day 444" is the highlight of that song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Dregs album Jan. 7 2004
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I've been a Steve Morse fan for a long time and own several Dregs albums, so my expectations were pretty high. I was not disappointed. This is among the best of their work. Traditionally, there is usually at least one barouque piece and one Country piece on any given Dregs album, and "I'll Just Pick" is by far the best of the Country efforts on any of the other albums I've heard. T Lavitz's piano work is inspiring, and Morse's playing is as great as always. Other notable efforts include Steve's nylon-string on "Go For Baroque", Andy West's work on "Kat Food", and the way-cool syncopation on "Day 444". My only complaint was the price. It totally cheezes me off that they have to import Dregs' albums from Japan! But that's not the band's fault, so I still give them 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Morse Lover Jan. 15 2003
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Another simply masterful instrumental album by the Dregs/Dixie Dregs. Awesome at fusing/combining Rock, Freejazz, Funk, Celtic, Barouque, Folk, anything I left out. and the Tracks 'Divided We Stand'- best Celtic style and 'Go For Barouque' best dregs Classical Tune; only 1 of 2 to use guiter-violin-bass-piano.And great songwriting as usual. I Belive this is the Quitessential Dregs/Dixie Dregs album. (Just saw them live in San Francisco-January, 2003; they never fail to dissapoint me).
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT July 14 2001
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THIS CD IS ENERGY DRIVEN WITH AN INCREDIBLY TIGHT BAND. there is no other band similar. If you are a musician you will appreciate the quality of this music
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