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High Tension Wires (digi)

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B004FEDV8U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2003
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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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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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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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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