Steve Morse - 'High Tension Wires'

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Steve Morse - 'High Tension Wires'

A beautifully recorded and brilliantly played album.

The first of three re-issues from Greek label Metal Mind, 'High Tension Wires' was the former Dixie Dregs and future Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse's third solo album, originally released in 1989. This album saw him easing back into his solo career after a three year spell with US progressive rock legends Kansas that produced two of the band's most melodic AOR-friendly releases, 'Power' and 'In The Spirit Of Things'. With help from regular Steve Morse band bassist Jerry Peek and Dixie Dregs bandmates Allen Sloan (violin), Andy West (bass), T Lavitz (keys) and Rod Morgenstein (drums), it was a surprisingly light affair on which he favoured subtle atmospherics and ringing acoustic guitars to his usual displays of speed and dexterity, although it has to be said that few guitarists can match the feel, technique and soaring melodies of Morse in full instrumental flow.

Always experimental, Morse rarely ever gives his songs names that don't mean anything, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that 'Country Colors' has a country feel to it that's not unlike Dixie Dregs, or that 'Highland Wedding' is a folky Scottish lament with synthesised bagpipes, The haunting 'Ghostwind' and classically influenced 'Modoc' are gentle pieces that feature Steve alone, whilst the album highlights are the full band songs 'Leprechaun Promenade' and the mischievously titled 'Tumeni Notes' on which his trademark fast picking and dramatic fretboard runs are much in evidence. 'High Tension Wires' is a beautifully recorded and brilliantly played album that demonstrated Morse's versatility perfectly.

Phil Ashcroft

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