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Albums that changed Steve

In an interview for ClassicRockHistory.com, Steve Morse lists 10 albums that changed his life. And some of those might surprise you.

# 10 – Meet the Beatles – The Beatles (1964)

I first heard The Beatles on [the] Ed Sullivan [Show], which was a family show. I had gotten a small tape recorder and recorded it straight from our TV set speaker. I simply loved the energy, the flawless vocals, the interaction of the guitars, and, of course, the songwriting! Sometime later, after school, my friend invited us to come over to hear The Beatles album. We just sat there and listened, up until the love ballad, which we all agreed to skip, then every song afterward. It was the first time I had listened to an album I instantly loved!

Continue reading in ClassicRockHistory.com.

Thanks to SteveMorse.com for the info.

16 Comments to “Albums that changed Steve”:

  1. 1
    sidroman says:

    Nice to see ELP and YES high on Steve’s list. Both bands are criminally underrated particularly ELP.

  2. 2
    Gregster says:


    Always awesome to hear from DP’s most formidable guitarist since Simon, & what the master has to say !

    Anyhow, to ease the burden of those who may not have the time to view the You-tube footage etc etc, here’s the list form 10-1…

    ***So this is your spoiler alert also ! Move on if you don’t wish to see !!!

    X. Meet the Beatles. – The Beatles…

    IX. Are you experienced ? – Jimi Hendrix Experience…

    VIII. Live at the Fillmore East. – The Allman Brothers…

    VII. Wheels of Fire. – Cream…

    VI. LZ 1. – Led Zeppelin…

    V. Truth. – Jeff Beck…

    IV. Tarkus. – E.L.P…

    III. Fragile. – Yes…

    II. Inner mounting Flame. – Mahivashnu Orchestra…

    I. Well tempered Synthesizer. – Wendy Carlos…

    Peace !

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    My only surprises were Wendy Carlos and ELP (because there is no guitar on the former and little on the latter), Hendrix, Allmans, Led Zep, Mahavishnu and Yes I more or less took for granted because that’s what you hear in Steve‘s playing. I certainly didn‘t expect anything from DP and probably would have thrown in an Albert Lee recording too.

  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Good to see Steve Morse & his influences mentioned as always. Many of those artists I have read about before, however the ELP & Keith Emerson one I don’t recall. Interesting but very much understandable. I also do remember him saying not long after joining DP that Jon Lord was his favourite rock keyboard player. No DP in this listing, interesting. It is always great to see Yes mentioned as well as a few others. The Allman Brothers with that live 1971 album. Geddy Lee has just mentioned Yes a few times with his new book speaking tour. And You & I as his favourite song that moves him the most emotionally. Jon Anderson as the quintessential vocalist. Also Jethro Tull because of the musical quality being of such a high standard but also for not taking themselves too seriously, being into comedy & enjoying themselves while performing live in concert. I think he said it was a Thick As A Brick concert in 1972 that blew his mind. Both Geddy & Neil Peart were the Rush members who both pushed the progressive influence greatly in that band. Big Al was more into the rock blues sort of influences, like Morse was also with Cream, Zeppelin & Hendrix etc. We just cannot get away from ‘classic rock’, of course I don’t mind. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Per Eidnes Sørensen says:

    Listen to Major Impacts 1+2 from Steve. It’s all there – what he prefers. Plus some other influences. RB was not an influence as Steve never wanted to sound like him, but did it pretty much his own way, except may be for Highway Star which is not to be messed with. Steve did combine all those other influences in DP and the band moved on with him. Interesting to see what is coming up with Simon McBride in 2024. Hint: Listen to Roy Buchanan and Gary M. to see the blues influences.

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    MacGregor says:

    I have seen as others may have also Steve Morse & his influences mentioning classical & or flamenco guitarists & even composers from my memory. I thought I had also read about Wendy Carlos before somewhere & Morse isn’t just influenced by guitarists so to speak. Morse & also other musicians that I have noticed in my time can have quite a diverse range of influences. Steve Howe is similar in that aspect. Cheers.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    This is the article we looked at here a few years ago in regards to Steve Morse & influential albums or songs that may represent an album or artist. A top 10, why do these articles limit it to ten or twenty etc? Well I suppose to try & keep it in a nutshell. A couple of changes in regards to this most recent list. Memory serves the listing of these sort of things at the time. They do vary a little with other artists as well I have noticed. It is what they recall at that moment in time & also having to leave out artists that they really don’t want to leave out, but that is limitations for you. Cheers.


  8. 8
    sidroman says:

    I remember years ago when Steve was asked if he preferred The Who or Led Zeppelin, he said he saw both live, and Zep were better, but it might have been to the substances he took.

  9. 9
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Steve’s two Major Impacts albums are veritable works of art.

    Nuff said…. :>


  10. 10
    Dan Russell says:

    I’ll add Paice, Ashton, & Lord: Malice in Wonderland.

    God I loved that album, especially Sneaky Private Lee. Such an amazing groove that is high on my playlist. Afterlife cheers to Tony Ashton and Bernie Marsdon.

  11. 11
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Dan, it’s a great album alright, but how the hell should Steve as a Yank have ever heard it? It probably sold a dozen copies in the US – since its release … 😂

  12. 12
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Uwe, Who would be @11,

    This here Yank in New Jersey (That would me me), has one of them.

    And that would be vinyl. :>


  13. 13
    Uwe Hornung says:

    —> Ted The Mechanic: You, Sir, have done your country mighty proud. Buying the PAL debut in 1977 as a US citizen deserves a Purple Heart …


    I don’t even know what label they had in the US for the release, Polydor like the rest of the world or still Warner Bros.? The cool label with the palm trees? I always loved that.

  14. 14
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Uwe now @13, Warner Bros. is the match!



  15. 15
    Purpect says:

    I see, so Deep Purple is “not” one of those.

  16. 16
    Dr. Bob says:

    I am surprised that Machinehead didn’t make his list.

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