Formed in Los Angeles in the Spring of 1992, Spock's Beard built a solid and loyal following with their first two releases, The Light and Beware of Darkness. The group now introduced themselves to a wider audience with their first nationally distributed release, The Kindness of Strangers on Metal Blade/Radiant Records.
Consummate and seasoned professionals, individually the members of Spock's Beard have performed or recorded with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Genesis, and Tears For Fears. Drummer Nick D'Virgilio is one of the more high profile members of the band. He is currently featured on the latest Genesis record and recently recorded with Peter Gabriel. Ryo Okumoto brings his Hammond Organ and Mellotron to the band after stints with Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Bassist Dave Meros joined the band after working with Eric Burdon and Gary Myrick. Rounding out the band is Alan Morse on guitar, cello and Mellotron, and Neal Morse, who writes all the band's material and contributes lead vocals, piano, synths, and guitars. Neal is the creative mind behind the band, writing the majority of its material from standard four minute tunes to 15 minute rock suites. "Writing this music is so much fun because you can follow the music to wherever it seems to want to go," says Morse "On The Kindness of Strangers, we do have a few shorter tunes along with the epics."
Influences of the band include Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Pink Floyd and many other progressive rock greats from the 70's! Small wonder that Spock's Beard seems to command such respect from fans of those bands.
"Spock's Beard is the most fulfilling band that I've been in," says bassist Meros. "Neal's songs are consistently superb, everyone can really play add everyone really gets to play. It ROCKS!"
Neal Morse Band/Morsefest 2015: "?" and "Sola
Scriptura" LIVE! ....4 CD + 2 DVD Set $35.99
Neal Morse Band/Morsefest 2015: "?" and "Sola Scriptura" LIVE! ....double Blu-Ray $24.99
Hot on the heels of 2016's most acclaimed progressive rock release, The Similitude of a
Dream, the Neal Morse Band announces the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime
concert event: Morsefest 2015. In addition to the Neal Morse Band, featuring Mike
Portnoy, the 38 musicians on stage create a prog orchestra. Over two nights (one on each
video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal Morse's career.
The two concerts span over five hours, venturing beyond the studio versions they're based
on. In addition to complete performances of the Sola Scriptura and Question albums, there
are songs from Spocks's Beard (featuring guest Nick D'Virgilio), Transatlantic, and
surprises - including performances with guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Accompanied by
extravagant visuals, including three video screens and live dancers, Morsefest 2015 is the
most massive live release of Morse's career. Morsefest 2015 was an epic show with
epic music and epic performances! Free from the constraints of studio recording
deadlines, Morse added any instrumentation he imagined, including live strings, a 5-piece
horn section, and a 14-piece choir (in addition to background singers, and the vocals of
the band). At the center is the Neal Morse Band: singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse,
drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric
Complimenting this level of musicality, is a multimedia visual presentation. It begins with the most elaborate lighting set-up Morse has ever used, constructed specifically for this event, designed by Ryan Proplesch. A video graphics track, projected on three screens, was created by media artist Christian Rios to illustrate every moment of each song. Live dancers provide further visual interpretations, adding a dimension to the performance that is rare in progressive rock. In addition to both concerts, a one-hour documentary puts audiences behind the scenes for this epic event. Featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians, and crew - it's an engaging glimpse into the whirlwind staging of this event. And there's even a Prog Jeopardy featurette. Sonically, outstanding audio is delivered by veteran mix engineer by Rich Mouser, who has helmed every Neal Morse, Spock's Beard, and Transatlantic studio album. The package is presented as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. "Morsefest 2015 was absolutely incredible for me! We performed Question and Sola Scriptura plus a lot of other really cool stuff with full choir, horns, orchestral percussion, strings, piano harp, Cuika and dancers! The artwork on the video wall was absolutely mind blowing. Combine that with the atmosphere of the community of fans and the love in the room ... it was definitely a peak experience in my career, and I think the DVD and Blu-ray are among the finest we've ever produced. - Neal Morse. Morsefest 2015 happened only once. Viewers can now experience it any time, with stunning visuals and audio fidelity. And audiences can hear the next chapter of the Neal Morse Band, performing The Similitude of a Dream in its entirety, across Europe and selected world locations, throughout the spring of 2017.
Neal Morse Band/The Similitude of a Dream ....double CD
Neal Morse Band/The Similitude of a Dream [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD + DVD $27.99
It's here. Up and over... now the BIG ONE! The first of its kind. The juggernaut flagship masterwork from The Neal Morse Band. This is the double concept album fans of progressive rock have been waiting for, whether they know it or not. This is the second studio release from the collective minds of prog legends Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy with their resident cohort Randy George and relative newcomers Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer. At the conclusion of the grueling recording sessions, Mr. Portnoy said rather prophetically: "Boys, I think we just made the album of our careers." Clocking in at over 100 minutes on 2 CDs, this amazing piece of prog storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused, and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. The Deluxe Edition comes in a digipack and includes and includes "The Making of a Dream" DVD.
Neal Morse Band/Alive Again ....double CD + DVD $24.99
Neal Morse Band/Alive Again ....Blu-Ray $18.99
Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album, The Grand Experiment, The Neal Morse Band set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop. The Alive Again package shows them at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in Holland March 6, 2015.
Flying Colors/Flying Colors ....CD $15.99
Flying Colors/Flying Colors (Ltd. Ed. Digipack) ....CD $15.99
Flying Colors/Flying Colors ....double vinyl LP $21.99
It started with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. A band followed, evolving into Flying Colors: Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals), and Steve Morse (guitar). Together, they create a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship, contemporary music and blistering live performances. It needed exactly the right musicians. In addition to be being extraordinary players and writers, they would need to be a natural creative fit, complementing each others' abilities. There would be proven chemistry from past collaborations, but the new band would be different from anything they'd done. The world didn't need another supergroup. As with the classic albums, there also would be a strong production team who, creatively, would be an extension of the band: a visionary producer, imaginative engineer and compelling visual artist. Though they were seasoned artists with impressive backgrounds and catalogs, this would be new territory for most of them. And without a budget or a label, they came together with nothing more than a shared vision to create something special and unique.
Flying Colors/Live in Europe ....CD $16.99
Flying Colors/Live in Europe ....DVD $16.99
Flying Colors/Live in Europe ....Blu-Ray $17.99
It started with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. A band followed, evolving into Flying Colors: Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitars), and Steve Morse (guitars). Together, they create a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship, contemporary music and blistering live performances. Their self titled debut album proved the former. Now comes Flying Colors Live in Europe to demonstrate the latter. Live In Europe captures the quintet in Tilburg, NL performing at 013 on September 20, 2012. The DVD and Blu-Ray editions include the 45 min. documentary 'First Flight' featuring exclusive interviews with each band member, meet & greet footage and candid moments on the road captured during the 2012 tour. Available formats: 2-CD, Ltd Ed Boxset, DVD, Blu-ray.
Flying Colors/Second Flight: Live at the Z7 ....double
CD + DVD $19.99
Flying Colors/Second Flight: Live at the Z7 ....double CD + Blu-Ray $19.99
In 2014, on the 8th show of their fall tour, Flying Colors took to the stage at Switzerland's storied Z7 venue and on film captured a breathtaking live performance. With their critically acclaimed sophomore album Second Nature out for only a week, the concert recorded an exceptional rarity: band and audience, together, discovering an album for the first time. Featuring Steve Morse (guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums), Neal Morse (keyboards), Dave LaRue (bass) and Casey McPherson (vocals).
Flying Colors/Second Nature .....CD $16.99
Flying Colors' second studio album, Second Nature. The finest in muso-prog-pop! Flying Colors band members, Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals), and Steve Morse (guitar), have created their second, slightly proggier album that Portnoy says he likes even better than the first! Perhaps Steve Morse summed it up best when he said, "This is an album full of many layers. The more you listen, the more you can hear. It's an album to keep listening to." Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet's modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, 'crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.' Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature - 'Open Up Your Eyes' and the multiple-part 'Cosmic Symphony' - the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut. Portnoy stresses that the music's proggier path was "not conscious at all." The drummer continues: "Direction was never even discussed. We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to 'trim the fat' possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more." Perhaps Steve Morse sums things up best with the statement: "This is an album full of many layers. The more you listen, the more you can hear. It's an album to keep listening to."
Neal Morse/"?" ....CD $13.99
Neal Morse's much anticipated new release has been shrouded in mystery from the beginning. Affectionately known as Neal's 'Secret Project,' this CD is a musical landscape that has no equal. With startling performances by an unprecedented array of geniuses like the early Genesis legend Steve Hackett, mastermind Roine Stolt from Sweden's Flower Kings, arguably the finest keyboard player alive today, Jordan Rudess, and the quirky genius Neal's own brother Alan Morse from Spock's Beard, this CD does not disappoint. Neal's creativity is in full swing and his voice has never sounded better. Laid upon the prog solid foundation produced by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater (Drums) and Randy George of Ajalon (Bass) this is 56 minute epic that never lets up. With Roine Stolt and Mike Portnoy present the Transatlantic comparisons are bound to be made, but this is an album all its own. After all the hype, all there is is the music. And there it is in all its glory. Listen for yourself and see...or would it be hear? As for the subject matter of the album: Neal says "If you show someone a door and say 'here's a door, walk through it' they'll probably say 'forget it'! But, if you show them a wall and say 'there's a door here somewhere find it!' it becomes much more interesting. It is always more interesting when you find something for yourself."
Neal Morse/? Live ....double CD $19.99
Neal Morse is known for many things. As founder of both Spock's Beard and Transatlantic, he is known for his amazing talents on the keyboards and guitars as well as being the main vocalist and songwriter. However, he is also known as one of the world's great front men and his live shows have reached legendary status. So, then, why have there been no live albums since his departure from the aforementioned bands? Well, only Mr. Morse knows the answer to that question; all we can say about this new live album, his first official live album as a solo artist, is "it's about time!" This live album is stellar in its quality of musicianship and performances. Unbelievable melodies, ripping riffs and brilliant composition are laced throughout this album that captures the audience and their excitement as well as the impeccable musicianship that Morse's fans have come to expect. Joined by some of the best musicians in Europe, Neal lays down more than two hours of his best work! This is a shockingly good live album.
Neal Morse/Lifeline ....CD $13.99
Hot on the heels of his breakthrough concert DVD, Sola Scriptura & Beyond, Morse unleashes another progressive rock masterpiece with Lifeline. But where do you go from Beyond? Lifeline is a collection of songs exploring a variety of topics in musical styles ranging from the classic sound of early Spock's Beard to the fiery intensity of Sola Scriptura. For the first time in his solo career, 'most' of the album's songs span five minutes. (Then again, this IS a Neal Morse album. So yeah, you're also in for a 30 minute prog tour de force with the majestic epic "So Many Roads," not to mention the 13 minute title track.) Overall, Lifeline is a breathtaking leap into uncharted musical territory, and a triumphant return to the eclectic sound of his early work with Spock's Beard and Transatlantic.
Neal Morse/Live Momentum ....2 DVD + 3 CD set $31.99
When progressive rock icon Neal Morse was preparing to tour his highly acclaimed 2012 studio release, "Momentum," he turned to YouTube to audition touring players to support his faithful duo of Mike Portnoy (drums) and Randy George (bass). He had high hopes, but the final players selected from more than 70 applicants dramatically surpassed his expectations. They hit the road for an 8-stop North American tour. And now that band's epic New York performance is captured on the new "Live Momentum" 2DVD/3CD Box Set. Fortified by the energetic live contributions of Eric Gillette (keyboards, guitars, vocals), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, violin, sax, vocals) and Adson Sodre (guitar and vocals), Morse, Portnoy and George blazed through two lengthy sets that spanned Morse's entire, highly-heralded catalog, with the exception of material from "Testimony 2," which was previously captured in 2011's "Testimony 2: Live in Los Angeles" box set. The setlist is mammoth. The players are virtuosic. Their performances are jaw-dropping. And this dynamic box set documents it all - including a special one-hour behind the scenes look at the tour. It's a Morse tradition to go big, and this new release unquestionably extends his powerful legacy of merging musical madness with addictive melodies in epic compositions that showcase the masterful musicianship of every member on stage. "Live Momentum" reveals the exceptionally inspired nature of this unique band and leaves listeners and viewers mimicking those in the audience on this tour-shaking their heads and wondering, "How could they possibly top that?" This Enormous 2 DVD / 3CD set includes over 4 hours of video, including an exclusive Tour Documentary and over 3 hours of audio.
Neal Morse/Momentum ....CD $16.99
Neal Morse/Momentum (Deluxe Edition) ....CD + DVD $24.99
The time has come to announce one of the most anticipated album releases for 2012, "Momentum." With longtime music companions, Mike Portnoy and Randy George, at the helm of bass and drums, and special guests Paul Gilbert and Chris Carmichael, Neal Morse has once again created a prog masterpiece. "Momentum" features five exceptional stand alone songs and one longer conceptual piece. In addition to the accessible title track, there's the quirkily clever, Gentle Giant-inspired "Thoughts Part 5," which follows in the footsteps of the previous "Thoughts" tracks penned by Morse with Spocks Beard. "Smoke and Mirrors" trods an introspective, acoustic path, while "Weathering Sky" offers a raucous cry for deliverance and renewal from a searching soul. Rounding out the shorter tracks is "Freak," an upbeat, strings-charged song unlike anything Neal has recorded to date. Last comes "World Without End," a near 34-minute, six-part epic that contains everything that defines Morse as a master of the genre. The Special Edition also includes the full, behind the scenes "Making of" DVD which captures Neal, Mike and Randy at their best in the studio, doing what they love most, making music.
Neal Morse/Morsefest 2014 ....4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set
Neal Morse/Morsefest 2014 ....double Blu-Ray $21.99
Long-time collaborators Mike Portnoy and Randy George as well as Neal Morse Band anchors, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette, join Neal as this group of master musicians perform Neal's world renowned classic albums "Testimony" and "One" filmed LIVE in Nashville! Over 5 hours of great performances including the entire Testimony and One albums plus special encores of the Spock's Beard classic, "The Light" featuring Alan Morse, and the Transatlantic epic "Stranger in Your Soul." Also included is a behind-the-scenes documentary with footage of Neal's exclusive acoustic concert, rehearsal footage, "Name that Prog Tune" game with Mike and more! Complete with 4 piece horn section, 6 member female background vocal section, violin and cello, full orchestra percussion with timpani and chimes, dancers, special guests and special staging, this is the most elaborate live release of Neal Morse's career! Neal even flew out Rich Mouser who mixed the original studio albums to do the front of house mix! Neal says "We really went all out this time. I wanted it to be the quintessential presentation and performance of this music." And so it was...and is! Says Mike Portnoy - "I've got to say... as a fan of this wonderful music, how incredible this is! I am so happy to see this come to fruition. This music really deserves this....everything from the incredible presentation, and all these amazing musicians...it's great to hear this music come to life on stage like this. To be doing it in his hometown with all his friends and family present and to be doing it here in this building that has such incredible importance to him and his story, it's elevated the music to a whole new level. This is just been an amazing experience!"
Neal Morse/Neal Morse ....CD $12.99
Neal says of his new album: "It was a lot of fun doing it, but, scary.....you know? It was weird not having anyone to bounce any ideas off of. But it was a gas playing all the parts. I love to play....I'll admit it! You can expect to hear a wide variety of styles. There's piano oriented pop songs, guitar heavy ones like Tom Petty or something, some Spock's sounding stuff....all in all there's 7 regular songs and one 23:00 long progressive thing called "A Whole Nother Trip." Actually I just said that for people who are listening to the album and haven't heard Spock's Beard....for Spock's Beard fans it won't be a surprise! It's a really cool album, if I do say so myself, and I hope people dig it."
Neal Morse/One ....CD $13.99
NEAL MORSE ONE - At long last. The holy grail of prog! Take great artists like NEAL MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY and PHIL KEAGGY and put them together and LOOK OUT! Heres how one reviewer put it: Take Transatlantic, the orchestral beauty of Testimony and some clear nods to the prog greats of Genesis, YES, and Gentle Giant, along with some lesser pop sounds like old Tears For Fears and some Who derived moments and Neal's inescapable Beatles influence and you have it all. This is ONE great album! He goes on to say: Speaking of Portnoy. Hold on to your socks! There are some absolute freak out moments of drum god envy going on! I mean that guy has done some freaky stuff with Dream Theater to say the least but there are a couple of tunes on here like "Author Of Confusion" that were seemingly written to give Portnoy the opportunity to shine, I dare say, brighter than ever before! Also featured on the album is the guitar work and vocals of the great PHIL KEAGGY who also sings a duet with Neal (The Cradle to the Grave).
Neal Morse/So Many Live Roads In Europe ....triple CD $18.99
This is the quintessential live CD from Neal Morse! Recorded at some of the best venues in Europe, this contains breathtaking performances handpicked by Neal Morse from a series of concerts with his critically acclaimed European band. Neal says "There's some really special moments like Jessica singing the angelic section of Spock's Beard's 'At the End of the Day' and of course the rockin' 'Author of Confusion/I'm the Guy' medley. I also really enjoy our rendition of the Spock's Beard classic 'Walking On The Wind.' That Euro band rules!" With a cross section of the best of Neal's career, from Spock's Beard greats to Transatlantic classics as well as his newer solo work, this is a live album that will please fans to no end.
Neal Morse/Sola Scriptura ....CD $13.99
Neal Morse's controversial new album's title "Sola Scriptura" is as interesting and provocative as the music itself. Featuring Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and the riveting guitar work of Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), this album is huge in scope and sound! Filled with incredible melodies, cascading guitar and keyboards and all the great composition this ex Spock's Beard leader is known for, "Sola Scriptura" reaches beyond what one would think possible in a progressive rock epic. Lyrically it draws on the life of Martin Luther, the Christian reformer who lived in the early 1500s. (He's the one who nailed the 95 theses on the door of the Cathedral in Germany and rocked the entire world at the time.) "I tried to imagine what it must have been like to go up against corruption in high places and risk life and limb for what you believe is right," says Morse. Will this album be controversial? Surely. But Morse has never been one to draw away from a challenge. Musically it's as hard hitting and intricately beautiful as Morse's best work. With 3 long pieces (the longest clocking in at 29 minutes!) and one shorter ballad, this has all of Morse's trademark moments and the addition of Paul Gilbert's blistering guitar work puts it over the top.
Neal Morse/Sola Scriptura and Beyond ....double DVD $19.99
The definitive live Neal Morse experience! 2 DVDs - 2 concerts - 2 legendary albums - and more! Incredible performances of Neal's most acclaimed CDs: Question Mark and his most controversial: Sola Scriptura. And songs from Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, One and Testimony. Nearly six hours of Breathtaking live prog and more! Shot with 6 cameras on an unforgettable evening, Neal and his band of incredible musicians pull off Neal's most powerful and difficult music with flawless precision and heart. This is Neal Morse at the top of his game. A must have for all Neal Morse fans as well as anyone who just loves great music. Audio mixed by Jerry Guidroz and Neal Morse.
Neal Morse/Songs from November ....CD $16.99
The new album, set to be released on August 19, 2014, is said to be Neal's, "singer-songwriter - 'feel good' album." Full of strong melodies and powerfully personal stories, it's not the prog album you might expect from the progmeister - these songs are from Neal's mellower, simpler side. In the words of one reviewer, 'Songs From November' is, "more in the vein of 1999's self titled CD and 2001's It's Not Too Late... despite the lack of Prog moments, this album is every bit Neal Morse."
Neal Morse/Testimony ....double CD $19.99
This is Neal's first outing since his departure from SPOCK'S BEARD and the renowned 'supergroup' TRANSATLANTIC, and what an outing it is! Testimony is a 2 CD set with more than 2 hours of music from the mind behind some of the best prog of the last ten years. Neal has apparently pulled out all the stops employing members of the NASHVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, as well as fellow Transatlantian MIKE PORTNOY, and some new guests like KERRY LIVGREN of Kansas.
Neal Morse/Testimony 2 ....double CD $21.99
Neal Morse/Testimony 2 (Deluxe Edition) ....double CD + DVD $29.99
In 2003, acclaimed solo artist, former Spock's Beard front-man and current Transatlantic force Neal Morse released his Testimony album. It was an artistic triumph that was and is still considered one of his best to date. With Testimony 2, Neal goes even deeper into unchartered musical and lyrical territory. Incorporating the legendary drummer Mike Portnoy and the excellent bassist, Randy George, this breathtaking album is a prog epic with depth that will dazzle and melodies that reach into the soul. The Deluxe Edition of Testimony 2 features a bonus DVD.
Neal Morse/Testimony 2 - Live in Los Angeles ....3 CD + 2 DVD $34.99
Fresh from Neal Morse's recent T2 World Tour, comes this amazing 5 disc Digi-Pak consisting of 3 Audio CDs and 2 Full Length DVDs with over 3 hours of mind blowing music and a whopping 4 hours of concert footage and extras! Guaranteed to excite and satisfy the prog fan for years to come. This is the closest you can get to being on the tour without actually being there! Contains professionally shot footage of the historic reunion of Neal Morse and Spock's Beard, Live from the High Voltage Festival in London and a 90 minute behind the scenes tour documentary!
Neal Morse/Testimony Live ....double DVD-NTSC $21.99
TESTIMONY LIVE (featuring Mike Portnoy) was recorded at the 013, Tilburg (NL) on the 17th of November 2003. Same venue as the Spocks and Transatlantic DVDs. We're not sure why every DVD that Neals involved in is shot there, but we guess that it's practical for some reason. This is possibly the best one yet in terms of quality. Superb camera work, (complete with swooping crane shots), great sound and lighting capture this emotional performance by these world-class musicians in an astounding way. And if the whole Testimony album weren't enough, then they come back for encores of classic material from Spocks Beard and Transatlantic. If you didnt have the opportunity to see one if these rare shows this is the next best thing. Double DVD housed in a stylish slipcase with a 16 page full color enhanced booklet filled with great photographs from the tour. Available in PAL and NTSC(both region free). Total Running Time: approx. 4 hours and 10 minutes.
The Neal Morse Band/The Grand Experiment ....CD $16.99
The Neal Morse Band/The Grand Experiment [Special Edition] ....double CD + DVD $29.99
For the first time ever prog icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette...with NOTHING! He had no prepared material at all. Neal comments, "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk!" On previous albums, like the Testimony album for example, Morse had the entire album written in advance. "I used to be rather paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short space of time we had available...so I would fill all the space in advance!" This album was totally different. "I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of...we found out...in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a "grand experiment" that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations! The album contains five tracks, two long prog epics that are sure to be favorites for years to come, as well as three shorter songs including the catchy title track "The Grand Experiment." Mixed by Rich Mouser. The special edition is a three disc digipak containing the main disc, bonus audio disc featuring three unreleased studio tracks and two live tracks from the Morsefest weekend, and a "making of" documentary DVD in special packaging.
Morse Portnoy and George/Cover to Cover ....CD $13.99
Mike Portnoy makes no mistake about being a huge fan of music from his past. Here is a complete collection of all the covers these guys have recorded over the years plus 7 new songs. From the coolness of their version of the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday" to the gripping "Maybe I'm Amazed" to the rocking fun of "I'm the Man," let's just say we think you'll dig it. Here's what Mike Portnoy has to say about it: "It comes down to this: I am a music fan. No matter how old I get or how much success I've had, I will always be that 11 year old kid in the KISS Army jamming along to Who tunes in my bedroom. Because of this, I still LOVE playing covers. I have been able to tap into my Metal and Prog influences choosing covers with DT, but another HUGE side of my inspiration are my Classic Rock influences from the 60's and 70's. For the most part, the guys in DT don't share this same background so I've never been able to cover these classic bands with them. However Neal and Randy TOTALLY do share this background, so when choosing covers with them rather than taking the obvious PROG road, we've enjoyed paying tribute to the more retro, pop-oriented side of our shared taste. Gathered here on this CD is a collection of all of the covers we did together throughout the sessions for Neal's Testimony, One and ? sessions. Expand your prog ears and enjoy!" MP Also includes Badge, Where Do The Children Play, Feeling Stronger Everyday, Rock And Roll Suicide, Where The Streets Have No Name, Day After Day, What Is Life, I'm Free / Sparks, Tuesday Afternoon, Find My Way Back Home.
Morse Portnoy & George/Cover 2 Cover ....CD $16.99
Return of the Giants? Hogweed! Get ready for another dazzling disc of remarkable re-imaginings from prog's de facto trio. What songs will they tackle? How will their influences manifest themselves? Will Randy complete his transformation to Rob Halford? "Cover 2 Cover" is the new CD from Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George! Together this group of musicians hand-picked these classic cover songs to complete the second such CD in the bands extensive catalog. This widely diverse selection of songs is sure to capture the essence of the age of music that has impacted these accomplished musicians! "One of the first things myself, Neal and Randy usually start talking about when we gather for one of Neal's solo albums is what we can cover should we have some leftover time at the end of the session. And now over the course of both CD's, we have covered 28 songs! Ranging from the obscure to the classics. Like the first Cover To Cover, most of the song choices on this CD are rooted in the 70's and are songs/ bands we grew up with," says drummer Mike Portnoy. With nine brand new songs along with five previously recorded ones, Morse, Portnoy and George once again create an album of songs that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come. Includes songs by Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull, Styx, Neil Young, King Crimson and more!
Mike Portnoy/In Constant Motion ....triple DVD $39.98
Mike Portnoy In Constant Motion 3 DVD set! Featuring three discs with over seven hours of instruction, live and studio performances and insights on the numerous projects he has been involved with, In Constant Motion is Mike Portnoy's latest DVD release from Hudson Music and is the Dream Theater drummer's first DVD since his award-winning video, Liquid Drum Theater, was released in 1999 and covers music from the last three Dream Theater albums as well as several of Mike's outside projects, including tribute bands Yellow Matter Custard (The Beatles), Hammer Of The Gods (Led Zeppelin), Amazing Journey (The Who) and Cygnus & The Sea Monsters (Rush). With such a wealth and diversity of instructional and performance material, In Constant Motion is recommended for drummers of all interest and ability levels. Neal Morse watched it and this is what he had to say about it: "Wow! The packaging and production values on this thing are amazing. It had live Transatlantic footage that I've never seen! With great sound and multi cameras....where did Mike find all that great stuff? It also has great footage of the Testimony band playing in Whittier at the end of the Testimony tour. Not only that, but some Yellow Matter Custard and all of Mike's side projects are featured. He goes through "Author of Confusion" and shows how he plays it all. Really great stuff. And, of course there is a whole disc of DT stuff and ANOTHER whole disc of bonus material. It's an incredible package!"
The Prog World Orchestra/A Proggy Christmas ....CD $16.99
Back in time for the new Christmas! What do you get when some of the top prog artists in the world combine forces to make a world class prog Christmas album? We don't know...but if it ever happened it might sound something like this. Brainchild of prog mastermind Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), this new Christmas CD is like nothing you've ever heard before! Featuring the raging talents of Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis), Roine Stolt (ex-Sane Person), Steve Morse (exit Stage Right), Pete Trewas (Transatlantic & Marillion...he's not an ex but we let him on the album anyway) and more! If you've ever wondered what Edgar Winter's Frankenstein would sound like as a Christmas song, this is the album for you! Soon to be a viral video on Youtube, Frankincense is an instant holiday weird classic. This record is the ultimate Christmas prog album geared toward the major prog fan. Complete with shreddy guitars as well as soothing fretless bass, vocals on occasion by the illustrious Mr. Morse, and everything in between, this is an album the true fan will enjoy for years to come.
|Spock's Beard/The Light ....CD $16.99||Spock's Beard/Beware of Darkness ....CD $16.99||Spock's Beard/Kindness of Strangers ....CD $16.99|
With the critically acclaimed SPOCK'S BEARD at a turning point in their musical development, there is no better time to celebrate the band's rise to the top of the Progressive Rock heap, than to examine the band's landmark beginnings. To do so, Radiant Records and Metal Blade Records are proud to reissue SPOCK'S BEARD's first three albums with never before available bonus material, new liner notes and expanded artwork. And The Light is remastered as well! With well over 100,000 units sold in the U.S., and the band's fervent loyalists chomping at the bit, these new pressings offer and even deeper glimpse into the musical genius of SPOCK'S BEARD.
Spock's Beard/Day for Night ....CD $16.99
"The new record is like listening to FM radio in the early days of FM Rock when there was a great variety of styles to choose from," says Neal Morse, the group's prolific songwriter/vocalist/ keyboardist/guitarist, who's eclectic new material reaches from the stirring pop ballad, Can't Get It Wrong, the the epic prog medley, The Healing Colors of Sounds, and then steps sideays to reveal the modern rock edged Skin and The Gypsy. "There are lots of harmonic and vocally challenging sections on several tracks like Gibberish and The Distance To The Sun that stand out as some of the most creative moments in Spock's history," adds Morse. "We had a lot of fun just coming up with new ideas that we felt were right for the moment without worrying about who's going to like it."
Spock's Beard/Don't Try This at Home ....CD $16.99
Don't Try This at Home is a new live album from Spock's Beard recorded in Tilburg, Holland, during their Day for Night tour in 1999. Performances include Day for Night, Mouth of Madness, Skin, Gibberish, June and the twenty minute epic The Healing Colors of Sound.
Spock's Beard/The First Twenty Years ....double CD + DVD $24.99
Spock's Beard releases "Best Of" collection with a NEW track written by Neal Morse featuring all members of Spock's past and present! Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard are set to release 'The First Twenty Years' collection. Arriving as a special 2CD & DVD package, it includes a selection of the best tracks from their entire career, as well as a brand new 19-minute long track titled 'Falling For Forever' that features every member of Spock's Beard past and present performing, including Neal Morse (who also wrote the track), Nick D'Virgilio & current vocalist Ted Leonard. All the tracks have also been re-mastered by long-term collaborator Rich Mouser, and the DVD portion of the release will include rare footage of the band in the '90s, featuring vintage live performances from Progfest '97 as well as the band rehearsing and recording "The Kindness of Strangers" album.
Spock's Beard/Don't Try This at Home; Making of V ....double DVD $25.99
The long awaited full length concert film from the Day for Night Tour. At last! A full length Spock's Beard concert with good quality film and sound! This was actually shot by a professional crew with 5 cameras and big cranes and the whole deal. Not by someone with a camcorder. I know it's hard to believe, but it's true! And it's on DVD! Witness the Beard in all their glory during the DAY FOR NIGHT tour of Europe. This performance features everything the band is known for: stunning technical ability, spot on vocal harmonies, complex arrangements, and a heavy dose of rockin' good fun. Including a rare feature performance of the complete Healing Colors of Sound, Spock's Beard demonstrate why they are known as one of the great live prog bands! PLUS!! THE MAKING OF V - DVD! A real look inside the recording process of Spock's classic V CD!! Includes the band recording at Kevin Gilbert's studio, overdubs at Al, Ryo & Neal's houses, lyric writing sessions, kids dancing to Tarkus, and Ryo recording the intro for The Great Nothing! Professionally edited by Phil Satterley and narrated by Neal Morse, this 2-hour film will make a great edition to your Beard collection. DOLBY DIGITAL SOUND Total Running Time: Approx. 300 minutes; REGION FREE Will play in any player NTSC & PAL
Spock's Beard/Making of V ....VHS-NTSC $19.99
YOU ARE INVITED INSIDE THE STUDIO WITH SPOCK'S BEARD!! A real look inside the recording process of a classic album is a very rare thing indeed. Imagine having 2 hours of footage of the "CLOSE TO THE EDGE" sessions, or clips of King Crimson recording at Robert Fripp's house....well, we can't offer you THAT, but, courtesy of the digital camcorder we now have tons of cool stuff from the "V" sessions for your viewing pleasure. Here's some of what you'll see: The full band tracking "AT THE END OF THE DAY" at Kevin Gilbert's studio, all the overdubbing at Al, Ryo and Neal's houses including the French Horn and Strings, a hilarious lyric writing session for "REVELATION", Al, Neal and they're kids dancing to TARKUS, Nick dancing to Dave's string bass, and Ryo recording the massive intro for "THE GREAT NOTHING"! Also, included is some rare live footage of the band on their last European tour. Professionally edited by Phil Satterley and narrated by Neal Morse, this 2-hour video has a great look and will make a fine edition to the collection of the uncommon Beard fan.
Spock's Beard/Snow ....double CD $19.99
Neal Morse has jumped over his own shadow. "Until now I've always been absolutely against making a concept album," he admits. "It's so difficult getting the lyrics and the music into the proper balance, and so hard to really combine these two worlds into one unit. But in this particular case I felt that we had a story linking all of our new songs and needed enough room to make something really special." Morse is speaking about Spock's Beard's new double album Snow, a monumental work with over 26 songs and more than 115 (!!) minutes of playing time. Snow is certainly not for the superficial, musical fast-food loving fan. However, for fans of passionately played, diversely arranged, orchestrated rock, this album will open up a world into which one can happily plunge and, for almost two hours, leave the horrors of today's one-dimensional music landscape far, far behind. So it's no wonder that drummer legend Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) spoke about Snow so enthusiastically in the July 2002 edition of the French ´Rock Hard` magazine: "I think that Spock's Beard's seven year career has been continuously developing and leading up to this album. Snow is an exemplary concept album in the tradition of The Who´s Tommy or Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and has earned the right to be mentioned in the same breath as these classics in the annals of Rock' n 'Roll."
Spock's Beard/V ....CD $16.99
Spock's Beard/V (limited edition digipak) ....CD $15.99
The new Spock's Beard album, V, leans more towards a traditional progressive rock feel. Neal was inspired to write more complicated material after the Transatlantic experience and recent listenings to Genesis' Three Sides Live. The album include a 15 and a 25-minute epic as well as shorter straight-forward songs and a sequel to 1997's Gentle Giant-tinged "Thoughts." The Special Edition includes a 32-page booklet and CD-ROM footage of the band in the studio.
Transatlantic/Bridge Across Forever ....CD $16.99
From Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion), a true progressive rock supergroup, comes their third album and second studio recording.
Transatlantic/Building the Bridge and Live in America ....DVD (NTSC region free) $24.99
For those that don't know, Transatlantic is Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater (drums), Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard on keys and vocals), Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings (guitar) and Pete Trewavas of Marillion (bass). "Building the Bridge" is a two hour documentary that takes you through every part of the making of the classic prog album "Bridge Across Forever." From the writing process at Neal Morse's house to Mike Portnoy's amazing drum cam footage, to Roine Stolt's stunning guitar work and Pete Trewavas' spot on bass playing, you'll get to see and hear the music that made it onto this amazing album, and some that was left behind. "Live in America" was recorded in Philadelphia in June of 2000. This two hour concert captures the emotion that is Transatlantic. This is a full documentation of the band in their first year featuring performances from their first album, plus jams and classic covers. NTSC region free. With a bit of bonus stuff this DVD clocks in at approximately 4 hours! What a bargain!
Transatlantic/Kaleidoscope ....CD $16.99
Transatlantic/Kaleidoscope [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD + DVD $27.99
Progressive-rock super-group Transatlantic, featuring Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt and Pete Trewavas will release their brand new fourth studio album 'Kaleidoscope' in the new year. "This is right up there with the best of them for me," says Neal Morse. "Some reviewers have said they think it's better than The Whirlwind, which is pretty high marks in my view. I think we stretched into some new areas on this one that are really exciting. Working with the guys again was just great!" Mike Portnoy says "I can't believe we did it again! The magical chemistry in this band never ceases to amaze me...Following up The Whirlwind was always going to be tough, but I think we have done it again with flying colors!! (no pun intended) : ) Prepare yourself for another epic Prog journey...." The three disc deluxe edition includes a second CD of great covers of pop and progressive classics (as the band LOVES to do) including Yes' And You and I, ELO's I Can't Get It Out of My Head, Procol Harum's Conquistador, Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, King Crimson's Indiscipline, Moody Blues' Nights in White Satin and more. It also includes a "Making Of" DVD and deluxe artwork.
Transatlantic/KaLIVEoscope ....Blu-Ray $17.99
Transatlantic/KaLIVEoscope [Special Edition] ....3CD + DVD $25.99
Transatlantic/KaLIVEoscope [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....2DVDs + 3CDs + BluRay $42.99
Live recordings and special video footage of the 2014 PROG Music Awards "Album of the Year"! "The Kaleidoscope tour was indeed a landmark for Transatlantic. It was our first time in many parts of the world, and it was indeed epic! We grew as a band and as people and if you got to be there at one of the shows, you know how incredible it was! This live DVD, Blu-ray and all the rest, captures Transatlantic in an amazing way, and I'm sure you're going to love it!" - Neal Morse KaLIVEoscope will be available in 3 versions. BluRay (Cologne - 1 disc) containing full live footage (filmed in Cologne), "Behind The Scenes" of the Kaldeidoscope World Tour 2014, band interviews and three further live tracks (filmed in Tilburg). Special Edition Digipak (three Tilburg audio CDs + Cologne DVD), containing a full recording of the Tilburg show and the full live footage of the Cologne show. Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set (Cologne DVD + 3 Tilburg audio CDs + Cologne BluRay + Bonus DVD) Ltd. Deluxe Artbook including 2 DVDs containing a full live footage (filmed in Cologne), "Behind The Scenes" of the Kaldeidoscope World Tour 2014, band interviews and 3 further live tracks (filmed in Tilburg), 3 CDs containing the recording of the full Tilburg show and a BluRay disc containing the full cologne show and also the "Behind The Scenes", band interviews and 3 songs of the Tilburg show.
Transatlantic/Live in Europe ....double CD $24.99
Transatlantic/Live in Europe ....double DVD $25.99
The long awaited live DVD documentary from the new millennium's only Prog-Supergroup - "Transatlantic - Live in Europe." Six major (long-)tracks (over two and a half hours!) that keep the spirit of what prog should be and of what the fans expect from that genres leading supergroup. Featuring Neal Morse (formerly of Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion)."This was the pinnacle of the Transatlantic trip. We were four days into our tour of Europe and it was the perfect time. We were together enough not to have to worry so much about making mistakes, and fresh enough to really enjoy the music, the audience, and each other. Pete, Roine and Mike were in rare form and I recall thinking what a gas it was. It was the only gig I've ever done where the audience wouldn't leave until we played another song. A wonderful gig I'll always remember." NEAL MORSE Recorded live in concert November 12, 2001 at the 013 Club in Tilburg, Holland. Bonus DVD Features: Rare performance of PINK FLOYD's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" from the January 2001 L.A. NAMM show. Plus a behind the scenes look at TRANSATLANTIC from the camera of band member Roine Stolt.
Transatlantic/More Is Never Enough-Live in Manchester ....3 CD + 2 DVD $39.99
5 disc Digi-Pak consisting of 3 Audio CDs and 2 Full Length DVDs. The set includes a 3+ hour concert DVD from Tilburg (plus the "Return of the Giant Hogweed" encore), audio from the whole Manchester show and crazy STRANGER JAMS - (the section where Mike does all kinds of crazy stuff. See Mike crowd surfing in Cologne, and singing Smoke on the Water.) From Founding Member Neal Morse.... "A 5 disc live extravaganza from progressive supergroup Transatlantic? Unbelievable! Sometimes when you are on tour you have the best gigs when the cameras aren't rolling. Such was the case with the Transatlantic Whird Tour one fateful night in Manchester, England. It was the last concert of a long tour and as live sound engineer (and acclaimed producer) Rich Mouser said, as we came off stage, 'Man, you guys really nailed it tonight!' So, this is the complete audio from Manchester, spread over 3 CD's, as well as a beautifully shot 2 DVD compilation from the famed, sold out concert in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Also included are great and hilarous excerpts from other gigs, featuring Mike Portnoy stage diving in Cologne, packaged in a gorgeous 5 Disc Digi-Pak. This is one othe fans are going to love!!!"
Transatlantic/Whirld Tour 2010 ....double DVD $25.99
Prog Rock supergroup Transatlantic unleashes "Whirld Tour 2010 - Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire London. At Last! An evening with Transatlantic, the prog rock supergroup featuring Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) and Pete Trewavas (Marillion), perfectly filmed and edited with a complete version of their masterpiece "The Whirlwind" clocking in at 79:52. Over three hours of great music! Included are all their best songs played impeccably as only this prog super extravaganza can. There are three versions of this great release: 2 DVD version, 3 CD live package and a Limited Edition with all 5 discs in a classy super jewel case with a 20 page full color booklet sure to amaze the true fan.
Transatlantic/The Whirlwind (Special Edition) ....double CD $24.99
Transatlantic the progressive rock supergroup featuring Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Marilliion's Pete Trewavas, The Flower Kings' Roine Stolt and Neal Morse, ex-Spock's Beard, will release their long-awaited third album. The Whirlwind is a 77-minute piece of music that is sure to satisfy the band's legions of fans that have patiently waited almost the entire decade for the reunion of these 4 musicians. The second CD of the special edition will include eight newly recorded studio tracks. Four are brand new Transatlantic compositions. The remainder of disc two is rounded out with The Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), A Salty Dog (Procol Harum), I Need You (America / The Beatles) and Soul Sacrifice (Santana). The Whirlwind will also be available in a three disc Deluxe Edition!! The Deluxe Edition contains the Special Edition as well as a 105 minute long "Making Of" DVD and comes in a box with special artwork. This is the ultimate Transatlantic experience. Watch them make the album as you listen to it!
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