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Dixie Dregs - Greatest Hits Live
King Biscuit Flower Hour Archive Series
By MuzikMan
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2004-01-16
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Artist: Dixie Dregs
Title: Greatest Hits Live
Genre: Rock-Instrumental
Label: King Biscuit Flower Hour Archive Series-www.kingbiscuit.com
Website: www.stevemorse.com

When you think of great guitar players Clapton, Blackmore, Beck, and Page come to mind, but how often do you hear the name Steve Morse? I would be willing to bet not nearly enough. He is in my top ten all time great rock guitarists and his band the Dixie Dregs is one of my favorites, they always have been. I do have an affinity for entertaining instrumental music performed by excellent musicians, and that is what the Dregs clearly define in my estimation. King Biscuit Flower consistently puts out quality performances and the Dixie Dregs Greatest Hits Live just adds another to their long list.

In 1979, the band had three years into their recording career yet they had built up a head of steam and were playing at their optimum best. As the liner notes indicate, they were heady at that point but could back it up with incredible performances (200 per year) that matched and at times outdid their studio efforts.

After hearing an outstanding live recording such as this it came as no surprise to me they were able to duplicate and enhance their catalog of songs in front of an audience so brilliantly. They were indeed superb musicians that knew exactly how to present their unique brand of instrumental fire. They played a little bit of this and a little bit of that, to come up with one of the most unusual sounds available for the discerning ear yet not to complex and advanced for the average listener.

This CD is 12 tracks of prime and uncut Dixie Dregs featuring a young guitarist that would soon become a legend in the eyes of his peers and fans alike. They were not a million selling blockbuster band, but one thing you could count on was innovative ground breaking instrumental fusion that nobody else was creating. I knew I discovered something special back in the early '80s when someone turned me on to their album What If. This CD further validates my convictions that Steve Morse and the Dixie Dregs continue to be an important cog in the ever-turning musical wheel.


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