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Steve Morse

Sects, Dregs and Rock N' Roll - BluRay

Review by Larry Toering

This film consists of four long hours of  live material from 1999, 2001 and 2002. Also to be found within, there is plenty of bonus footage and even a piece from the Deep Purple Total Abandon DVD recorded in April of 1999. To view this all in one sitting isn't very easy, due to its massive length. Still, one can always take in small doses and also skip around to make it more interesting. I prefer to watch one concert and the other at another time, and other bits and pieces here and there. Either way this is simply an awesome experience, but the only complaint would be that the Blu-Ray release doesn't contain any better quality in the audio and visual departments. Essentially, all they did was change the menu screens from the DVD to the BluRay. So, this isn't any more recommended than the original DVD release. As for the material, I recommend it anyway because it speaks for itself. Besides, that is really all that matters at the end of the day. It's simply a fantastic combination of  things that sells itself. The strength of that alone makes it for me, and although it's not the greatest release in the Steve Morse catalog, by no means is it the least either. Having the best seat in the house never hurts either.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2012  Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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