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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #175 on: March 04, 2011, 09:20:53 AM »
Oh snap... I should very much like to see the show in VA! It's the closest to me (about 3 hours away), so I may start saving up for the ticket and trip!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #176 on: March 04, 2011, 02:33:18 PM »
Damn, I just realized he's coming to Mexico City. I never thought I would see Neal live, but I actually am!  :hat :hat
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #177 on: March 04, 2011, 06:08:00 PM »
sweet, I hope I am still around in May to hit the LA show!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #178 on: March 04, 2011, 07:22:32 PM »
It's your turn to road trip to N. Cal. for a show.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #179 on: March 04, 2011, 09:39:45 PM »
i just got the calprog email and was just going to pm you to see which show you were hitting (I knew you wouldn't miss it).  I'm game for NoCal, but make sure you grab me a seat this time  :biggrin:

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #180 on: March 05, 2011, 11:21:33 PM »
^^^

What yesh said.  I'd rather see NMT2 than DT11.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #181 on: March 06, 2011, 12:11:48 AM »
i may go to the NY show, im listening to Sola Scriptura right now  :metal

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #182 on: March 06, 2011, 01:12:33 AM »
He's playing in MY TOWN!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #183 on: March 07, 2011, 08:44:50 AM »
i just got the calprog email and was just going to pm you to see which show you were hitting (I knew you wouldn't miss it).  I'm game for NoCal, but make sure you grab me a seat this time  :biggrin:

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What yesh said.  I'd rather see NMT2 than DT11.

:lol  I was pretty much joking.  I'm not sure if I'm going or not.  But now that I know there's interest, I'll consider it. 

That venue is actually pretty nice.  But it's all G.A., not seated.  However, there are some really prime spots to scope out.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #184 on: March 23, 2011, 11:15:55 AM »
***EDIT:  SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT THAT YOU MAY NOT WANT TO HEAR BECAUSE IT WILL RUIN A COOL SURPRISE IN THE MUSIC FOR T2***

anyone seen this update from Neal Morse? It's a little preview of Testimony 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1P4gYuNgc
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #185 on: March 23, 2011, 11:28:09 AM »
***SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT THAT YOU MAY NOT WANT TO HEAR BECAUSE IT WILL RUIN A COOL SURPRISE IN THE MUSIC FOR T2***


Very cool.  I edited your post to include a spoiler alert.  I mean, it should be obvious that it would contain spoilers, but that reprise is something that I can see people maybe not wanting to know about in advance.  I like how it worked into the next riff.  I'm really looking forward to this release.  I don't doubt that the music will be awesome.  I'm just a little apprehensive that the lyrical content may leave me feeling a little like:  "Eh, did this really need to be said after Testimony I?"  I'm sure Neal will do a good job, and I'm sure he has a lot to say, but I'm just gunshy of sequels that don't, on the surface, feel like they need to be done after seeing what Queensryche did to Mindcrime with the release of Mindcrime II.  Not only did it feel unnecessary, but it also somewhat spoiled the original, IMO.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #186 on: March 23, 2011, 11:30:34 AM »
Saw that a while ago when it was posted on his FB page, cannot wait to hear this. :giddy:

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #187 on: March 23, 2011, 11:34:41 AM »
Thats ok Bosk, the spoiler alert was a good idea.

Anyway, i like what NM previewed. Im really looking forward to the new album. Honestly Testimony 1 is my least favorite of the ones i know (Testimony, One, ?, and Sola Scriptura) I still need to get Lifeline though. But T2 sounds interesting, and based on the preview, i might like it more than the first one

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #188 on: March 23, 2011, 11:39:57 AM »
Cant wait to see him at the EMP in Seatle!!!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #189 on: March 23, 2011, 02:29:42 PM »
i would love to see him and MP in NYC. im 95% sure im going

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #190 on: March 28, 2011, 09:42:37 PM »
New radio interview with Mike and Neal about Testimony 2...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiLf-tY9R6M

SPOILER ALERT!!!





Neal got the guys in Spock's Beard to sing on T2 about the time when SB was starting to get big! It's a bit ironic/cool in that SB are singing about SB on Neal's album... but this just made me wet my pants even MORE than before about this album!





END SPOILER ALERT!!!



May 23rd, folks!!! Be ready!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #191 on: March 28, 2011, 10:23:59 PM »
I would go to the NYC show, but there's a dredg/Dear Hunter show 4 days earlier and a Blackfield show 3 days earlier that take extreme precedence over Neal. Maybe next time he comes around.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #192 on: March 28, 2011, 10:26:52 PM »
I would go to the NYC show, but there's a dredg/Dear Hunter show 4 days earlier and a Blackfield show 3 days earlier that take extreme precedence over Neal. Maybe next time he comes around.

But...It's Neal AND Mike and the original Testimony Tour Band!!! They played "Stranger In Your Soul" with real string instruments last time!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #193 on: March 28, 2011, 10:31:57 PM »
I would go to the NYC show, but there's a dredg/Dear Hunter show 4 days earlier and a Blackfield show 3 days earlier that take extreme precedence over Neal. Maybe next time he comes around.

But...It's Neal AND Mike and the original Testimony Tour Band!!! They played "Stranger In Your Soul" with real string instruments last time!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #194 on: March 28, 2011, 10:42:42 PM »
I would go to the NYC show, but there's a dredg/Dear Hunter show 4 days earlier and a Blackfield show 3 days earlier that take extreme precedence over Neal. Maybe next time he comes around.

But...It's Neal AND Mike and the original Testimony Tour Band!!! They played "Stranger In Your Soul" with real string instruments last time!

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Steven Wilson & Casey Crescenzo

I only know half of those names... :lol

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #195 on: March 28, 2011, 10:52:29 PM »
You need to hear The Dear Hunter then.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #196 on: March 28, 2011, 11:15:06 PM »
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #197 on: April 14, 2011, 10:58:56 PM »
Just saw this information posted up at ProgArchvies.com -

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CD 1
Part Six: (22:50)
1. Mercy Street
2. Overture No. 4
3. Time Changer
4. Jayda
Part Seven: (22:54)
5. Nighttime Collectors
6. Time has come Today
7. Jesus' Blood
8. The Truth Will Set You Free
Part Eight: (32:36)
9. Chance of a Lifetime
10. Jesus Bring Me Home
11. Road Dog Blues
12. It's For You
13. Crossing Over / Mercy Street Reprise

Total CD1: 78:52

CD2
1. Absolute Beginner (4:39)
2. Supernatural (6:11)
3. Seeds of Gold (25:59)

Total CD2: 36:51

Glad to see it continues with Part 6, and that there's another Overture, as well as new reprises. I wonder if track 8 is a nod to Roine and his TFK song of the same title?

Also - what is "Seeds Of Gold"? A cover? Can't wait to get this album!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #198 on: April 14, 2011, 11:12:32 PM »
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #199 on: April 14, 2011, 11:54:47 PM »
Glad to see it continues with Part 6, and that there's another Overture, as well as new reprises.

Yes!  :clap:

I wonder if track 8 is a nod to Roine and his TFK song of the same title?

Given the subject matter of the album, I doubt it.  It is likely a reference to John 8:32:  "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Also - what is "Seeds Of Gold"? A cover?

Possible, but I don't think so.  I think it's part of the "story."
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #200 on: April 15, 2011, 12:01:50 AM »
wait, is this a new morse album?


yippppppeeeee, if so

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #201 on: April 15, 2011, 06:27:30 AM »
wait, is this a new morse album?


yippppppeeeee, if so

I will slap you :biggrin: His new album comes out next month dude!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #202 on: April 15, 2011, 09:09:04 AM »
wow, where have I been?
sounds awesome!!!!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #203 on: April 15, 2011, 11:40:32 AM »


Here's the cover, too. It's the same tree, just about 8 years later, and Neal's son is also older too...looks pretty awesome and provides even greater continuity for the sequel!

Cannot wait for this - between DT, Steven Wilson, MMPLM and a few others - this is one of my most anticipated albums of the year!

EDIT - http://rock-and-prog.blogspot.com/2011/04/resenas-de-discos-neal-morse-testimony.html
Here's a review but in Spanish, so get your translator ready. Sounds like a very good review, and here's a list of the guests on the album.
Steve Morse
Alan Morse
Nick D'Virgilio
Paul Bielatowicz
Matthew Ward

Although not listed there, I'd hope that Dave Meros made an appearance as well, because I recall Neal saying he had the guys from SB do some cool GG-style vocals on a song on the album, so I'd hope that would have included one of my favorite bassists!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #204 on: April 15, 2011, 02:21:50 PM »
Got tickets to see him on May 24th.  :biggrin:

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #205 on: April 16, 2011, 05:57:18 PM »
I'm finding out new information everyday about this album! Apparently there is a special edition (a-duh) that features 2CDs and a Making-Of DVD documentary!

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Progressive Rock's most successful solo artist releases a prog epic with depth that will dazzle and melodies that reach into the soul. Available as strictly limited 2CD + DVD box set with special artwork and as a 2CD set.
Disc 1 - Testimony 2, the main disc tells us the poignant story of Neal's life from the beginning of Spock's Beard through when he left the band in 2002. The brilliant conceptual piece consists of 13 songsĀ  in three sections each over twenty minutes long. Disc 2 consists of 3 great tracks. Two shorter songs and one 26:00 minute prog epic, "Seeds of Gold" which features a guitar solo by famed guitarist, Steve Morse.
This album marks the audio reunion of Spockā's Beard as it contains a tribute to Spock's where Neal and the guys sing an elaborate vocal section that is reminiscent of the early days of the band.

Duration DVD:    70:00
DVD Content: The making of Testimony 2. An in depth look behind the scenes of the creative process involved in making this amazing record. Edited by Chad Hoerner.
Source: http://www.spincds.com/product.asp?id=9027931

Looks like 2 versions of this album will be available. What's weird is I don't think Radiant Records has a pre-order up for it yet, but you bet I will be ALL OVER IT when it's up. *cross fingers that it will be soon*... can't wait for the end of May when it comes out!!!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #206 on: April 16, 2011, 06:01:48 PM »
I am so getting the biggest package.

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #207 on: April 16, 2011, 06:41:49 PM »
tried to pre-order, but appears it is outside of US.  guess I will wait till US sites offer it

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #208 on: April 16, 2011, 08:58:05 PM »
I'm hoping Radiant Records offers some sort of super cool package with the 3-Disc set, like a cheap tour t-shirt or something signed by Mike and Neal (and maybe Randy too?). Neal likes to do those sorts of things through Radiant when he can. I definitely snagged the Whirlwind 3-Disc Set + So Many Roads 3-CD set package when it was up for pre-order back in 2009!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #209 on: April 16, 2011, 09:01:29 PM »
I got an autographed copy of SSAB where he signed it and "Matthew 6:33" on it. Very awesome