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Split Decision

Steve MorseAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Steve Morse's career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, has been (and continues to be) a member of several renowned bands.

Steve was born in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of a minister and a musically talented Mother. Both his Mother and Father were also educational psychologists.  The ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Morse Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • ASIN: B0000634G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


Morse and company deliver delightful, memorable music. Good for the ears, good for the soul. -- Jedd Beaudoin for 2/27/02

Morse possesses an uncanny ability to play and compose tunes that effectively cross boundaries of rock, classical, jazz and folk. -- Conrad Stinnett for Goldmine (Review Of The Week) 2/20/02

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it all - hook, line & sinker April 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Insane. When I normally pick up a new album, I'll give it a few listens over the next week and put it in the rotation for a while. Occasionally something comes along that makes me want to keep playing it over and over like a lab rat hitting the pleasure button. Usually an album like this will wear out its welcome after a week or two and reveal itself as little more than catchy fluff. But sometimes.. sometimes such an album will not only stand up to those repeated listenings, but stay just as strong and vital as before.
I've had a month and a half to live with Split Decision.. and I'm still spinning this one like crazy. "Great Mountain Spirits" is full of the sweetest guitar tone you'll hear from anyone this side of Eric Johnson. Let's not forget the usual top-notch sidemen either - the three weave around each other in a graceful dance starting with the first few seconds of "Heightened Awareness" and never lose the beat. Dave LaRue keeps his place as one of the most underrated bass players in the business; if you still don't know why, take a listen to the Celtic-tinged "Marching Orders." Van Romaine is the perfect anchor on drums, adding touches all over the place yet keeping the beat rock-steady. The only thing I can imagine anyone not liking about the album is its higher-than-usual proportion of slow quiet tunes, hence the title. It's something of a mix between Stressfest and High Tension Wires, along with some touches of everything from classical to Celtic to ambient to heavy metal.
If you like substance over flash, buy this album. It doesn't matter if you worship great guitar playing or if you couldn't tell a fretboard from a washboard. Anything Steve puts out is true music - not shred-fests, not flash playing, but a wonder that'll touch anyone with a pulse.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different...but still solid March 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For someone of Morse's stature in the industry, you'd think he'd be content to just rest on his laurels and crank out sound-alike albums until he retires. Steve shows us again with this record that it ain't gonna happen!
This record is much different than anything I have heard out of him. Overall the record is much simpler than the rest of his work, emphasizing his melodic blues chops when not displaying his softer side with lush acoustic layers and layering of clean guitars - few do this better, by the way. About half the album is mid-tempo or slower ballads, immediately bringing to mind his 1989 solo effort, "High Tension Wires". But this is Steve Morse, so you can expect that most of the songs rock out pretty well at one point or's just that it's a little more subtle. A good thing? I think probably so.
There's a ton a variety on this album, from the hooky opening track which sort of had me waiting for the vocals to come in (HA HA just kidding Steve!), to the one tune where he decides to knock your socks completely off from start to finish, "Mechanical Frenzy". Most of the songs on the first half of the record start with a softer intro part and then morph into something that really moves. The aptly named "Gentle flower, Hidden Beast", for instance, starts out with a Santana feel to it and then rocks into a classic Morse anthem.
It's interesting to note that the album he did before this was Major Impacts - which for the uninitiated, was an album of original music written in the vein of several different infulential artists. That record definitely left a mark on this one, with some of the influences on that record shining through loud and clear - like the Leslie West/Mountain parts in the title track.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar! March 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Call this the mellowing of Morse. Though there is just one single truly acoustic song on the CD, there is a balance struck between ripping rock 'n roll and more introspective but uplifting melodies. In the liner notes, Morse claims he couldn't make up his mind whether to go with the rock band concept or explore his more mellow side instead, hence the title "Split Decision."
The resulting song cycle offers plenty of variety, a pleasant and engaging blend that drives the listener through many moods. The opener, "Heightened Awareness" is a heavy duty rocker, followed by the uptempo baroque ditty "Busybodies" in which Morse and bassist Dave LaRue play in unison throughout. "Marching Orders" encompasses the nature of the CD in a single song, starting out slightly jazzy and subdued, ultimately morphing into a raging assault. "Mechanical Frenzy" combines speed metal riffs with southern rock leads as well as Morse ever did with the Dregs, then out of left field, LaRue takes over with a bass lead.
My immediate favorite track on the album, "Great Mountain Spirits" is one of the stately mid-tempo rockers, with multi-layered guitars over booming bass and drums. The only instruments credited in the liner notes are guitars, bass and drums, but if that's not a flute and keyboards I'm hearing in this song, then it is some pretty stellar guitar synths! Nice. Soon, the CD then slows down to a jazzy, sometimes meditative tempo for several tracks, including the brilliant and enthralling "Moment's Comfort," another track where virtuoso Morse makes room for a Dave LaRue bass solo.
"Split Decision" is one of the most fully satisfying CDs of 2002.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Guitar Gods
Steve Morse is one of the most respected and talented Guitar players in the business. Instrumentals are highly underrated. I wish they would play it on the radio.
Published 18 days ago by Mary Ann Skrzyniarz
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought it as a gift
I have no comment, it was a Christmas gift & I am am not the one on the receiving end.
Published 16 months ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Steve Morse winner
If you like Steve Morse, you'll love this one... Steve has put out many good CD's and this one is one of my favorites..
Published on August 26, 2011 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great release by Sir Steve Morse!!!
What can I say? I just got this cd and actually I am still playing it, haven't finished yet (1 song still to go), but as usual... Read more
Published on May 22, 2010 by Ernesto Jose Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
To be honest with you, the music is right up my alley. I love guitar insturmentals. I bought it after listening to some mp3's on Steve's website, was very excited to get it. Read more
Published on November 5, 2004 by D. Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW CAN IT GET ANY BETTER?
As a long time fan who own's almost everything Steve has done from the Dregs, Kansas, solo and Deep Purple, this is one of his best. Read more
Published on January 6, 2004 by hockey nut
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a snooze
A lot more of his mellow stuff. One or two an album is a nice change of pace, but this was a lot of his neo-classical stuff back-to-back.
Published on February 27, 2003 by L. B. Guernsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse is as sharp as ever...
As a long time Steve Morse fan, I would say that this album ranks high among all of Steve's solo and Steve Morse Band albums. Read more
Published on October 3, 2002 by karlsarch
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic SMB
Another terrific album from the maestro - it doesn't get better than this, unless it is 'Southern Steel' or 'Coast To Coast'. Read more
Published on September 26, 2002 by Mahesh Srinivas
1.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Steve Morse record
"Split Decision" is a weak album. Steve Morse Band lost their "StressFest"'s power, "Structural Damage"'s sharm and
"Major's Impact"'s... Read more
Published on August 15, 2002 by Dizzy
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