Album Reviews

Steve Morse – High Tension Wires (Retro Review)

Released by: Metalmind Productions

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Rock Instrumental


Line Up:

Steve Morse / guitars

Allen Sloan / violin (1,7,8)

Rod Morgenstein / drums (2,3,5,6,7,8,9)

T Lavitz / keyboards (2,3,7,9)

Jerry peek / bass (2,3,5,6,8)

Andy West / bass (7)


1. Ghostwind

2. The Road Home

3. Country Colors

4. Highland Wedding

5. Third Power

6. Looking Back

7. Leprechaun Promenade

8. Tumeni Notes

9. Endless Waves

10. Modoc

For those curious minds that don’t know anything about Steve Morse, well is hard to understand why you wouldn’t but in case you need a little background on Morse then you will have to go no further then to know Steve replaced Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple after he split from the band in 1993.  But Steve was an inspire guitar player that started his passion for rock long before he ever joined the classic rock icons.

In 1976 Steve joined a band right after high school named the Dixie Dregs, but what started out as an unsuccessful band raised some interest in Morse as a guitar player, the band got an opportunity to play in 1978 at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. This eventually led him to start his own band. This particular release of High Tension Wires was the groups third studio album, which featured more laid back compositions as opposed to earlier albums. Widely considered a great instrumental record, Metalmind Productions has decided to re issue the first 3 albums from Steve Morse Band.

The soft undertones of Morse’s guitar sound is a trademark that you will hear if you listen to this particular record. The more dixie hearted tribute of “Country Colors” displays his southern soulful side. The more folk inspired “Highland Wedding” has an almost Blackmore’s Night vibe to it. The more epic sounds of Leprechaun Promenade plays like a symphonic journey through a storybook. The all guns blazing riffest of “Tumeni Notes” brings back flashes of Steve’s earlier records, with a ferocious constant pounding of the guitar and bass.

For guitar enthusiasts out there you can’t deny the talent of Morse, with his countless award winning magazine features and unique and complex chord instrumentation, he is widely considered as influential to many aspiring guitar players. The vast amount of genres he has covered validates that claim furthermore. With this reissue discs you have a retrospect of his solo offerings for fans wanting more.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys    8/10

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