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« on: March 01, 2008, 04:18:08 PM »

You knew it was coming.   

I haven't heard Spock's Beard yet, but Transatlantic and his solo stuff are just fantastic.
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008, 04:22:45 PM »

oh my god, neal morse is the only god in the universe, the almighty and everbeing reason why I'm alive and my absolute forever hero in eternity  Grin (sorry, charlie)
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 04:41:19 PM »

..haven't heard SB yet?! Man, do something about it! Neal Morse is cool in my book, I love Spock's Beard and Transatlantic, and I do listen to his solo work fairly often. (Used some of his solo stuff a lot when I was the sound technician for the youth group in my congregation -my pastors loved it as well Cheesy ) Sola Scriptura keeps growing on me.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 04:44:29 PM »

Spock's Beard is cool...
Neal's solo stuff is cool...
Transatlantic is cool...

but you want Neal at his absolute best?
Yellow Matter Custard - "Oh! Darling"

Nothing tops that performance.

And I was there  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008, 04:46:17 PM »

so you're not spock's bearidified yet; well, let me tell you that: if you like transatlantic and his solo stuff then you'll love spock's beard...

in that case I'd start with snow and then move to the earlier works (incl. neal) and then go and turn to present spock's ..
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 05:07:09 PM »

Presenting...
The Legend of the Morse Brothers:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CuGDZNxrKn8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/CuGDZNxrKn8</a>
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2008, 01:15:45 AM »

Transatlantic, his solo stuff and Spock's Beard are all amazing. One of my favourite artists.
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2008, 04:39:18 AM »

Spock's Beard is cool...
Neal's solo stuff is cool...
Transatlantic is cool...

but you want Neal at his absolute best?
Yellow Matter Custard - "Oh! Darling"

Nothing tops that performance.

And I was there  Cool
I was blown away by YMC!  I don't think the "Beatles" could have done better!
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2008, 08:07:50 AM »

Presenting...
The Legend of the Morse Brothers:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CuGDZNxrKn8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/CuGDZNxrKn8</a>


 Shocked WOW that is very cool!

in that case I'd start with snow and then move to the earlier works (incl. neal) and then go and turn to present spock's ..

I haven't hearded those bearded spocks either so I think I'll be taking this advice as well. Neal Morse is fantastic I love his music and I love Transatlantic!
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2008, 09:19:45 AM »

in that case I'd start with snow and then move to the earlier works (incl. neal) and then go and turn to present spock's ..

I haven't hearded those bearded spocks either so I think I'll be taking this advice as well. Neal Morse is fantastic I love his music and I love Transatlantic!
Good idea, Snow or V are probably the best places to start.
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« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2008, 01:12:38 PM »

I saw him on Tuesday in Budapest on his Acoustic Solo Tour. Neal was amazing. One of the best musicians of the world.  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2008, 05:55:50 PM »

I'm a pretty big fan of Neal. I only have one SB album, and it was ironically the last thing involving him that I picked up. It all started with Transatlantic for me, and two of my favorite albums of all time. From there I picked up his solo stuff and very much enjoy Neal Morse, Testimony, One, and ?. The SB disc I have is V and that is also pretty solid.
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« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2008, 10:09:45 PM »

Transatlantic is godly, I love The Kindness of Strangers and ? is decent (though I need to give it more ear time). All in all for Mr. Morse
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 08:11:31 AM »

Transatlantic is godly, I love The Kindness of Strangers and ? is decent (though I need to give it more ear time). All in all for Mr. Morse

? and One are two of my favourite albums they never cease to amaze me. As for Transatlantic...words are not enough.
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2008, 11:20:38 AM »

Bridge Across Forever and ? are in my top 10 albums.
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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2008, 01:08:45 PM »

All solo stuff, All transatlantic and Snow are all stupidly amazing stuff.

I vote for kicking three and BTBAM off progressive nation and putting neal morse and porcupine tree in their place Cheesy

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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2008, 02:11:36 PM »

As much as I favor heavy music, I must confess that Neal is one of my top 2 artists (whether he is #1 or #2 just depends on my ever-shifting mood).  *appreciates*
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2008, 02:19:17 PM »

I saw him on Tuesday in Budapest on his Acoustic Solo Tour. Neal was amazing. One of the best musicians of the world.  Grin

awwwwww, I could KICK myself really bad; why didn't I go there??? I was thinking about it back and forth; but then I was broke after the symphony x thing in munich the weekend before...  I hate myself; why didn't I take this 2,5 hrs drive Huh?
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« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2008, 02:29:36 PM »

ok, before I go to bed I have to kick myself again 
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« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2008, 08:37:45 AM »

As much as I favor heavy music, I must confess that Neal is one of my top 2 artists (whether he is #1 or #2 just depends on my ever-shifting mood).  *appreciates*
This. DT is having a hard time keeping the top spot nowadays.

I will get Spock's Beard soon. Thanks for the recommendations, guys.
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2008, 03:41:02 AM »

Yeah you should buy snow then, it rocks Wink

btw, neal's new album, check it out Wink:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-QuVpdb-AS0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/-QuVpdb-AS0</a>
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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2008, 10:19:12 AM »

Don't get me wrong, I love Neal Morse's music, but once you've heard one album, you've heard them all. They are all too similar.

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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2008, 10:43:45 AM »

For the first three, I agree, Sola Scriptura? NO, that went in a completely different direction.
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2008, 09:45:36 AM »

I really need to check this guy's work out.  Sounds awesome.  I've only heard a few Transatlantic songs on Last.fm, and I was impressed, but I get the feeling that you have to hear the whole album to truly "get" it.
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« Reply #24 on: March 07, 2008, 09:54:12 AM »

I really need to check this guy's work out.  Sounds awesome.  I've only heard a few Transatlantic songs on Last.fm, and I was impressed, but I get the feeling that you have to hear the whole album to truly "get" it.
Neal is definitely worth checking out and what did you hear of Transatlantic?
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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2008, 11:02:13 AM »

I really need to check this guy's work out.  Sounds awesome.  I've only heard a few Transatlantic songs on Last.fm, and I was impressed, but I get the feeling that you have to hear the whole album to truly "get" it.
Dude....he is beating out DT as my favorite artist.

Sometimes, anyways.
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« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2008, 12:20:57 PM »

Just bought my tickets to go see his 90-minute acoustic show on Long Island next month.

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« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2008, 01:46:27 PM »

Just bought my tickets to go see his 90-minute acoustic show on Long Island next month.

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« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2008, 02:40:04 PM »

I've been to his show which was filmed for his upcoming DVD "Sola scriptura and beyond" what a great night was that Wink
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« Reply #29 on: March 19, 2008, 06:58:42 PM »

I've been to his show which was filmed for his upcoming DVD "Sola scriptura and beyond" what a great night was that Wink
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« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2008, 11:44:43 PM »

At that time, I wasn´t really into his music, so 99% of what he played was new to me, but between then and now, I almost learned every lyric. And his lyrics are pretty hard to learn Tongue
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« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2008, 02:37:13 AM »

the coolest neal morse thing (and one of my most fav concerts in general) I ever experienced was the testimony show in london together with mp 
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« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2008, 12:43:51 PM »

Recently, a friend of mine got "Snow" by SB. So to share our music with each other, he came over to my house, we got the stero going (I LOVE my stero system!) and sat down for 5 hours to listen to Snow and O3 back to back!

I really appreciated Neal's work on that album (I hadn't heard that particular album before) and I thought it was really cool. However, I must admit that I thought the trilogy crushed it! Haha, well, let's just say I enjoyed them both, but the trilogy I enjoyed more.

Anyway, 5 hours of concept albums is pretty intense, so anyone who tries this should be careful!  Shocked
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« Reply #33 on: April 07, 2008, 03:46:38 PM »

Snow is a great album!!! You can really see how Neal developed his style on this album. It rocks
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« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2008, 11:22:02 AM »

One thing I've always found kind of interesting is the fact that Mike Portnoy is Jewish, yet he's played drums on Neal's last few albums, which have very outspokenly Christian lyrics.
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« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2008, 02:34:50 PM »

One thing I've always found kind of interesting is the fact that Mike Portnoy is Jewish, yet he's played drums on Neal's last few albums, which have very outspokenly Christian lyrics.

I think it's because Mike Portnoy is a very intelligent guy, and more importantly, he is very musicially inclined. It's all about the music, and obviously he wouldn't let religion get in the way of that.

I could be wrong, but at least that's the way I see it. Music is about more than just judging your bandmates for their religion; if everyone sticks to the music and has an open mind about things, then religion wouldn't seperate him and Neal Morse. And boy and I glad for that! Both Neal and Portnoy are amazing musicians, and it would be a loss if religion got in the way of that.
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« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2008, 12:45:54 PM »

unfortunately I don't recall where I read or heard this quote of mike talking about working with neal:

mike said somethin like "not bad for a blue-bearded, long-haired, heavy-metal jew" 

can anyone find the original quote?
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