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this album further emphasised Steve Morse's mastery of the genre.

If 'Southern Steel' was Steve Morse's return to the instrumental power trio then 1992's 'Coast To Coast' further emphasised his mastery of the genre. Joined again by bassist Dave LaRue and drummer Van Romaine, LaRue would also co-produce the album, which had a bigger sound and shone with many jaw-dropping pieces of music.

From the opening repeated flurry of notes that heralds the brilliant 'User Friendly' to the closing acoustic piece 'Flat Baroque', Morse gives a masterclass that shows exactly why he won Guitar Player magazine's top guitarist award so many times. His fluidity on 'Morning Rush Hour' and the guitar/bass interplay on 'Collateral Damage' are worth the price of this CD alone (LaRue gets a showcase himself in the latter), whilst the catchy structure and goosebump solos of 'The Oz' show all those neo-classical pretenders how it's done. 'Get It In Writing' and 'Over Easy' have shades of Kansas and Dixie Dregs respectively and the stop-start rocker 'Cabin Fever' (inspired by his occasional career as an airline pilot) has many layers and a beautifully atmospheric part in the middle.

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If you thought Steve Morse was just the guy copying Ritchie Blackmore's licks in Deep Purple then you couldn't be more wrong, he's an awesomely talented guitarist with a long and varied career stretching back to the early seventies. You can pretty much pick any of his Dixie Dregs or solo releases as a perfect example of what he's capable of, and these are three of the very best.

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