Steve Morse is one of those guitar heros that your duller guitarist friends keep going on about - the kind who can’t shut up about the dirty sophistication of humbucking pickups, the beauty of a quilted maple top, the sheer ecstacy of rosewood fingerboards etc. etc.. Personally, Steve has passed me by - although I don’t blame him for the dullness of his followers. I was even amazed to learn that he had joined and ‘revitalised’ Deep Purple - a band that I had assumed long dead (and probably cremated).
Steve’s track, called ‘Derailleur Gears’ was released on his ‘Major Impacts’ solo album. The album is a compendium of tributes to great guitarists, and Derailleur Gears is a homage to Eric Clapton in his Cream years (and a reference to Disraeli Gears). To my ear, the track feels a bit like something you might find on a DVD titled ‘Teach Yourself Rock Guitar with the legendary Steve Morse’ - but it is pleasant enough.
You can hear 90 seconds of the track on iTunes.