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Album Review

As with the other entries in the Magna Carta Prime Cuts series, the Steve Morse edition collects several standout recordings that the guitarist played on for the label. While this ten-track release (the last track being a video interview) should in no way, shape, or form be considered a Morse overview — not a single track from his Dixie Dregs or Deep Purple eras is included (as well as nada from most of his solo recordings) — Prime Cuts does serve as a kind of "unconventional taster" of Morse's playing. For example, you get a simply shredding rendition of Rush's never-ending instrumental "La Villa Strangiato," as well as some nifty acoustic guitar diddling on Yes' "The Clap." And while they may not be the best-known solo cuts from his career, tracks such as "Heightened Awareness" and "Busybodies" are indeed worthy showcases of Morse's vast guitar talents.

Customer Reviews

This guy is great

Steve Morse reminds us that the guitar makes a fine musical instrument.But He keeps it fun.

Was a good starter for me

I had heard of Morse for years, but never happened to hear anything of his. When I came across this CD a few years back, I picked it up just to finally satisfy my curiousity. It did not disappoint. His technical ability, as well as his sense of melody and composition, are well displayed on this collection. If you've not heard any of Steve Morse's songs, this is a good one to start with. Definitely move on to his Dixie Dregs work from here.

La villa strangiato

Excellent cover of the classic Rush song!


Born: July 28, 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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