Out Now / Eagle Rock
Steve Morse should need no introduction to readers here at Virtuosity One. If you do suffice to say the guy came to prominence with Dixie Dreggs, won all major guitar magazine accolades in the 80’s, is the main influence for John Petrucci, joined Deep Purple as Blackmore’s replacement in 1996 and since increased his profile considerably. Out Standing In Their Field is Morse’s first new solo album in 5 years and rocks harder than previous efforts.
On this entirely instrumental album, Morse joins forces with long time SM band bassist Dave LaRue and drummer Van Romaine to pound out un-tethered creativity. This is enjoyable stuff from start to finish and is in my opinion the best Morse solo album to date from the grooving Purple-ish riffs of opening brace of Name Dropping and Brink Of The Edge to the more mellow timbres of Here and Now and Then right up to the superb Flight Of The Osprey and the closing classical piece of Baroque N Dreams this is a fine collection of Morse’s wide ranging pallet. All exceptionally well played and more to the point than offerings on previous albums Morse has delivered a compact album that is about write in length with a good flow throughout.
Opinions are divided on whether Morse is right for Deep Purple, but there is no debate as to whether Morse is a true guitar legend.
Rating – 85%