CD/DVD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Snow - Live"

(9/10) It was in March this year when Neal Morse, together with The Neal Morse Band, released an awesome capturing of a show the band did during the 2015 edition of the well-known Morsefest. Spread out over two nights the band created a real prog rock feast, which included enough excellent material to fill three CD’s and DVD’s.

Seven months after this release saw the light of day it’s again Neal Morse who delivers a new live album which will be a next delight for fans of progressive rock music. This time it’s him, together with Spock’s Beard, releasing another unique moment in time. As you probably know, it was the awesome “Snow” album from 2002 that marked the end of a first era of Spock’s Beard. It was the last album that included Neal Morse who decided the leave the band after the longplayer was finished and in the shelfs.

Since the release was the last step of the first Spock’s Beard era means that “Snow”, with all its musical brilliance, never got the attention needed. Fans welcomed the album very much and it’s more Neal Morse and Spock's Beard themselves who never really had a chance the see the seed growing.

What felt like a missed grande finale over all these years led to a live show at Morsefest 2016 with Spocks’ Beard, in the original line-up and with current members, performing the entire “Snow” album. The show, that took place in Nashville, felt like a dream that became true – for fans and band. The missing link isn’t missing anymore and the grande finale was a great moment for prog rock.

It goes without saying the production and the sound of this live album is exquisite, giving the songs on the two CD’s the right frame and foundation to shine. What's even more exciting is the DVD set. As with the previous Neal Morse Band live release also "Snow - Live" is kept rather simple when it comes to the scenery. The songs from the "Snow" album are so good that extra gimmicks on stage aren't needed at all. Actually they would be a distraction from what such a concert is about - the music. Instead the approach was more to support the "Snow"-anthems with a video installation in the back and a well-done light installation. Various camera's capture in a perfect manner the pure joy of everybody involved that night. Not only that Neal Morse and his musical companions obviously enjoyed very minute of this gig, also fans were hungry for a live performance of these progressive rock classics.

"Snow - Live" is a treat for ears and mind. Excellent musicians perform great songs which is very much appreciated by fans who joined that night. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

 

CD 1:

  1. Made Alive/Overture
  2. Stranger In A Strange Land
  3. Long Time Suffering
  4. Welcome To NYC
  5. Love Beyond Words
  6. The 39th Street Blues (I’m Sick)
  7. Devil’s Got My Throat
  8. Open Wide The Flood Gates
  9. Open The Gates Part 2
  10. Solitary Soul
  11. Solitary Soul (continuation)
  12. Wind At My Back
  13. Second Overture
  14. 4th Of July

CD 2:

  1. I’m The Guy
  2. Reflection
  3. Carrie
  4. Looking For Answers
  5. Freak Boy
  6. All Is Vanity
  7. I’m Dying
  8. Freak Boy Part 2
  9. Devil’s Got My Throat Revisited
  10. Snow’s Night Out
  11. Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards
  12. I Will Go
  13. Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back
  14. Falling For Forever

DVD 1:

  1. Made Alive/Overture
  2. Stranger In A Strange Land
  3. Long Time Suffering
  4. Welcome To NYC
  5. Love Beyond Words
  6. The 39th Street Blues (I’m Sick)
  7. Devil’s Got My Throat
  8. Open Wide The Flood Gates
  9. Open The Gates Part 2
  10. Solitary Soul
  11. Solitary Soul (continuation)
  12. Wind At My Back
  13. Second Overture
  14. 4th Of July

DVD 2:

  1. I’m The Guy
  2. Reflection
  3. Carrie
  4. Looking For Answers
  5. Freak Boy
  6. All Is Vanity
  7. I’m Dying
  8. Freak Boy Part 2
  9. Devil’s Got My Throat Revisited
  10. Snow’s Night Out
  11. Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards
  12. I Will Go
  13. Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back
  14. Falling For Forever

 

Spock’s Beard features:

  • Neal Morse (lead vocals, piano, synths, electric and acoustic guitar),
  • Alan Morse (electric guitars, vocals),
  • Ted Leonard (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals),
  • Jimmy Keegan (drums, percussion, vocals),
  • Nick D'Virgilio (drums, percussion, vocals, acoustic guitars),
  • Ryo Okumoto (keyboards, hammond organ, mellotron, jupiter 8, minimoog, vocoder),
  • Dave Meros (bass, vocals).

 

Label: Radiant Records / Metal Blade Records

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

 

 

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