This time last week I played you a track focusing on the guitar wizardry of Eric Johnson. I don’t know if you enjoyed it, but I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to make every Tuesday a guitar day. (Well, for a while anyway until I run out of guitarists.)
This week we have Steve Morse. Mr. Morse is a musician who’s invariably described as a musician’s musician (which I guess is handy when you’re a musician). He first made his name (in guitar circles, if not anywhere else in the regular world) in a band called the Dixie Dregs in the mid- to late-70’s. After that he went on to release albums as either the Steve Morse Band or just plain Steve Morse throughout the 80’s and 90’s, but also spent a little time playing guitar in Kansas (the band, not the American state – in 1986), got his pilot’s license, worked as a commercial airline co-pilot (in ’87/’88), and then joined Deep Purple in 1994 (he’s a busy boy, is our Steve). He’s still in Deep Purple (which prompts me to wonder how he feels about playing “Smoke On The Water” almost every night), and has recorded four albums with them.
Today’s track is called “The Introduction” which is the title track of his first album recorded after leaving the Dixie Dregs. If you’re not a fan of guitar heroes, you’ll be relieved to know that the track, although purely instrumental, is not just an exercise in fretboard gymnastics – it has actual tunes, and wouldn’t sound out of place in the collection of any fan of 80’s rock. So, hit the “Play” button, crank it up (it sounds better loud), and enjoy some Steve Morse:
I have to say that The Introduction is one of my all-time favourite instrumental rock albums. For me, it has tunes, great guitar playing, plenty of variety, and there isn’t a weak track on it. And it’s nice and short (36:52) because it doesn’t bore you with endless guitar solos (which, to me, are almost as boring as endless drum solos).
Hear for yourself: