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  • Audio CD (April 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capricorn
  • ASIN: B0000064TT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Steve Morse and the rest of the Dregs deliver a heavy dose of Southern blues on their second Capricorn recording.

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The Dregs peform much better than Steve Morse's band.
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I'm glad to see these classics have been released in a digital format.
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Now only college stations are worth listening to on FM.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on May 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this album circa 1980, after seeing the band on TV's "Midnight Special." I'd been listening a lot to Jean-Luc Ponty albums like "Cosmic Messenger" and "Egocentric Molecules", on which the songs had fantastic, intricate opening and closing sections, but in the middle were long solos while the band vamped on two chords. The Dixie Dregs, who like Ponty were inspired by the Mahavishnu Orchestra, took Ponty's approach to the next level. While a Dreg soloed, the rest of the band was always doing something interesting to keep the listener's attention. The result was the best answer America has ever been able to produce to Britain's prog-rock bands like Yes or ELP: five virtuoso musicians, playing instrumental-only rock music with great melodies, intricate arrangements, and catchy solos, in a variety of styles that somehow all worked together. Led by Steve Morse, who for my money is the best guitarist on the planet.
"What If" has better production and more consistent songwriting than the first Dixie Dregs album, "Freefall". The cuts, mostly written by Morse, include straight-ahead rock ("Take It Off the Top"), progressive rock ("Odyssey"), ballads ("What If" and "Night Meets Light"), bluegrass ("Gina Lola Breakdown"), and even a baroque piece for classical guitar and violin ("Little Kids"--a passer-by once asked me if it was Vivaldi). The best cuts are "Take It Off the Top", the funky "Ice Cakes", and "Night Meets Light", but even the weakest track would be a highlight on many a lesser band's album. "Night Meets Light" is a stunner, a long, gorgeous tune with a lot of time-signature changes that aren't immediately apparent (there's a lot of 5/8). The Dregs' signature sound is electric guitar and violin playing in unison to create a wailing sound.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
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If you ever found yourself shipwrecked with only one Dreg's album, this is the one you'd want. Of all their albums, this one probably best epitomizes the true range and scope of this great band. Steve Morse's compositions and performance bring together all the elements of his eclectic styles. This band could have been anything it wanted to be; progressive rock, jazz fusion, country, baroque, classical. It chose to be all and does so magnificently on this album. The musicianship from all fronts is unlike anything ever assembled. As a musician, I'm always taken aback by rockers such as "Take It Off The Top" and "Ice Cakes". "Travel Tunes" is a fun track that's hard to sit still on. "Odyssey" is the classic Dreg's song; seering guitar by Morse, incredible strings (Allen Sloan), incomprehensible keyboards (Mark Parrish) and flawless rhythm (Andy West, bass and Rod Morgenstein, drums). Since this line-up of performers was their first and last time together, it has always left me wondering....What If?.....
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Tidwell on March 5, 2004
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In the late '70's, I went to see someone else, and the Dixie Dregs happened to be the opening band. All I knew about them was they were on Capricorn, the "southern rock" label. And when they came onstage, as I expected they looked "southern rock"--but then they started to play some of the most challenging and original music I had ever heard. I was transfixed, certain I was an early witness to an emerging musical genius. Most of the material was from this album, just released. I bought it the next day. "What If?" was an instant classic, and a defining work. The sound and style are strikingly original. The compositions are brilliant, spanning an incredible range of styles, with stops at rock, blue grass, classical, and jazz. The players are each instrumental geniuses, so technically adept they run the danger of being too facile. The music is mercurial, a blend of tight ensemble playing, well focused solos, and lightning fast interchanges between the performers. The Dixie Dregs demonstrated on "What If?" they were fully equal to the original Mahavishnu Orchestra or the Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Al DiMeola version of Return To Forever. And a lot of fun to listen to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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I got into Dixie Dregs quite by accident while playing in a band which never got past the pubs and clubs circuit. Our drummer played Take it off the Top, which had long featured as backing track to a music show on the BBC. Having started off by saying 'hey I know this,' by the time I'd heard a couple more tracks I just asked incredulously - 'who the hell are these guys?' Given the answer, I remarked: 'Never heard of them.' To the great majority of you out there who haven't heard of them either, let's just say this is quite sublime music - a voyage through three centuries of the art from Baroque classic to heavy rock and beyond. It may sound quirky, but my Haydn-loving father remains ecstatic about Night Meets Light more than ten years on. The rest is almost as good. Buy it - and buy the rest of the Dregs catalogue.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael DiFrancesco on January 15, 2003
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A Simply Masterful Introduction to Instrumental Music. Even if you don't normally listen to bands this diverse; if you like fusion or instrumental guitar rock/jazz-rock you'll like this album (and this band doesn't just feature guitar). also 1 of top 5 Steve Morse albums.
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