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One of rock guitar's most respected — yet seemingly ofttimes overlooked — players is certainly Steve Morse. While he's best known for his stints with such bands as the Dixie Dregs, Kansas, and Deep Purple, Morse has also issued albums on his own, as well as a multitude of collaborations and appearances on tribute albums — quite a few of which are collected on the 2009 compilation, Prime Cuts, Vol. 2. Now, don't be fooled — this is not a proper career-encompassing "Morse best-of," as it merely collects standouts from recordings he's done over the years for the Magna Carta label. But for a taster of modern-day Morse, Prime Cuts, Vol. 2 certainly contains some technique-heavy six-string work, especially on such tracks as "Zig Zags" and "Portrait," and how about a tribute to the undisputed forefathers of prog metal, Rush, with a reading of "Red Barchetta" (which features Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie behind the mike)? For a potpourri of modern-day Morse, Prime Cuts, Vol. 2 is certainly worth a listen.


Born: 28 July 1954 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Steve Morse has enjoyed a healthy following particularly among guitar players, he has scored highly in readers' polls held annually by musicians' magazines. Although initially inspired by the Beatles as a teen, Morse began to expand his listening to include the Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Although he played a little piano and some clarinet, he became fascinated with guitar after seeing a concert by classical guitarist Juan Mercadal, who later gave the teenaged Morse some lessons. Deeply...
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