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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #245 on: May 03, 2011, 04:10:42 AM »
Wow, this is not cheap.  But I gotta bite the bullet and do it...
I did.

Went for the best package. 50 bucks!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #246 on: May 03, 2011, 04:12:10 AM »
played around long enough and got all the songs....enjoying so far.  will have to continue to spin
How did you manage that? I am jealous.
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #247 on: May 03, 2011, 07:55:12 AM »
Listening to the main CD right now. Got it playing as I am here at work, so not necessarily giving it my full attention. So far, I am enjoying what I am hearing...

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #248 on: May 03, 2011, 08:13:39 AM »
Seeds of Gold is pretty good. Hope it grows on me some more. It's not bad, but it hasn't hit me yet.

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #249 on: May 03, 2011, 08:15:15 AM »
Seeds of Gold hit me, and pretty damn hard. Something about the lyrics.

I've listened to it like 100 times already.

The production is bad, though. These are just demos, I hope, right?

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #250 on: May 03, 2011, 08:19:08 AM »
Admittedly, I was half asleep and about to hit a food coma when I listened to it...so I can't remember much of it. :lol


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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #251 on: May 03, 2011, 09:06:38 AM »
Seeds of Gold hit me, and pretty damn hard. Something about the lyrics.

I've listened to it like 100 times already.

The production is bad, though. These are just demos, I hope, right?

Do you have a link that I could hear one of the short songs and compare it to the CDs I am listening to right now?

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #252 on: May 03, 2011, 09:30:25 AM »
Seeds of Gold for sure is not a demo (I have the demo version on an inner circle disc).  I wouldn’t be surprised if the production isn’t totally top notch.  In my opinion, the songs on Lifeline’s bonus disc had production not nearly as good as the main disc as well.  Having now heard the 3 songs on disc 2, I think disc one will be quite a bit better.  I’m not disappointed with them, but Neal’s songwriting I think is better in conceptual pieces and he was probably “in the zone” when writing T2.  These are random songs not written during those writing sessions.

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #253 on: May 03, 2011, 10:34:14 AM »
Ha ha ha, boy am I stupid. . .  I was on my lunchbreak, checking e-mails and stuff.  I decided to reorganize emails. . .  Somehow I accidentally deleted my e-mail from Radiant records that included my link and password for downloading Testimony 2. . .  And of course I had just emptied the trash can, so it is irretrievable and gone forever.  The ironic thing is, I was just thinking about forwarding it to my work e-mail to make sure I didn’t lose it.  When I went to it to forward it, it was gone!!!

(deep breath)  I guess on the bright side I have more to look forward to when it arrives in the mail!!!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #254 on: May 03, 2011, 02:31:39 PM »
May I ask how you all are listening to the new CD? I want to listen to it!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #255 on: May 03, 2011, 02:39:59 PM »
May I ask how you all are listening to the new CD? I want to listen to it!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Y8WOSA/ref=dm_sp_alb

Looks like the second disc of the album is now available for MP3 download on Amazon! Just bought "Seeds Of Gold" for $0.99!!! It's downloading now...can't wait to listen to this 26 minute EPIC... review to follow sometime today...

EDIT - Actually, I bought the whole 2nd disc (I mean, it's only 3 songs, $2.97...can't beat that price for over 36 minutes of music) just so I can listen to the complete album, albeit in MP3 form, by week's end when the RadiantRecords download becomes available on Thursday!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #256 on: May 03, 2011, 03:33:46 PM »
May I ask how you all are listening to the new CD? I want to listen to it!

As a part-time, noncompensated music journalist who contributes to a website when I feel so inspired, I received a promo copy (2CD version, no artwork) in prep for an interview I will be doing with Neal. I will have to pony-up for a CD so I can get the artwork at some point...

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #257 on: May 03, 2011, 03:53:24 PM »
Thanks guys, I appreciate all the appreciation. :tup
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #258 on: May 03, 2011, 03:53:43 PM »
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #259 on: May 03, 2011, 04:07:18 PM »
played around long enough and got all the songs....enjoying so far.  will have to continue to spin
How did you manage that? I am jealous.

just all songs from disc 2 via amazon...are you still jealous?   :-*

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« Reply #260 on: May 03, 2011, 09:40:26 PM »
So I've been listening to T2-Disc 2 a LOT in the last day or so and it's just growing on me more and more, and "Seeds Of Gold" is fastly becoming one of my favorite Neal Morse epics!

I really cannot wait to hear the album on Thursday! I don't think I've been this excited about a new Neal Morse album in a LONG time. Then again, the MMPLM project has me on the edge of my seat!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #261 on: May 03, 2011, 09:47:37 PM »
so all songs on disc 2 are for DL on Amazon.. and i get a free download of disc 1 through the pre order on the 5th? im pumped!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #262 on: May 03, 2011, 10:06:33 PM »
so all songs on disc 2 are for DL on Amazon.. and i get a free download of disc 1 through the pre order on the 5th? im pumped!

I know, right?! It's perfect! I was sad that I wouldn't be able to hear Disc 2 until I got the physical album, but I'm glad I stumbled upon Amazon's uploading of the 2nd disc on MP3 download! What a wonderful coincidence!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #263 on: May 04, 2011, 05:33:31 AM »
played around long enough and got all the songs....enjoying so far.  will have to continue to spin
How did you manage that? I am jealous.

just all songs from disc 2 via amazon...are you still jealous?   :-*
Nope, I'm listening to it as we speak!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #264 on: May 04, 2011, 04:46:26 PM »
So do you think ill be able to DL the first Disc at 12:01? i REALLLLY want to hear it

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #265 on: May 04, 2011, 04:52:00 PM »
So Marc (and others who have been listening), it seems from what I've read that only disk 1 is a continuation of the Testimony storyline and that the songs on disk 2 are completely unrelated, is that correct?  (I preordered and have not downloaded anything yet--waiting for the DL tomorrow and snail mail for my hard copy)
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #266 on: May 04, 2011, 05:04:01 PM »
So Marc (and others who have been listening), it seems from what I've read that only disk 1 is a continuation of the Testimony storyline and that the songs on disk 2 are completely unrelated, is that correct?  (I preordered and have not downloaded anything yet--waiting for the DL tomorrow and snail mail for my hard copy)

Indeed, Testimony 2 is a (near-)direct continuation of the first Testimony album, and it even begins with "Part 6", and continues with "Part 7" and "Part 8". And as per Mike's and Randy's suggestions, Neal included themes/motifs from the first album in the new one, as heard in various YouTube sneak-peaks that have floated around in the last month.

The second disc consists of 3 original songs that are unrelated to the Testimony storyline/concept, and you can read all my thoughts on it on the previous page. Actually I am listening to "Seeds of Gold" as I type, here at work, bored out of my mind :lol

I was also wondering if the Radiant download will be available after midnight tonight! If not, I will wake up early tomorrow morning to see if it'll be available between 8-9am EST. I've been listening to the first Testimony album in my car over the last couple days in anticipation, and up to my drive to work today, I finished "Part 4", which has some of the best music Neal has written in it. When I leave work tonight, I will be listening to "Part 5" on the drive home.

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #267 on: May 04, 2011, 09:05:39 PM »
"Seeds Of Gold" is absolutely amazing! I can't get enough of it!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #268 on: May 04, 2011, 09:19:37 PM »
"Seeds Of Gold" is absolutely amazing! I can't get enough of it!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #269 on: May 04, 2011, 09:39:26 PM »
"Seeds Of Gold" is absolutely amazing! I can't get enough of it!
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I doubly agree. And the opening/closing refrains are just hauntingly great. "Seeds Of Gold" just reeks of Neal's awesomeness. I dare say it's his third best multi-movement, side-long epic ever (behind BAF's "Stranger" and "Duel"). It definitely beats out "The Great Nothing" and "The Water" and "So Many Roads". I really hope he plays this song on the upcoming tour!!!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #270 on: May 05, 2011, 04:30:03 AM »
Did the download work for anybody? Mine keeps asking me the username and password after I write the info that came with my order from Radiant.

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #271 on: May 05, 2011, 06:48:36 AM »
Did the download work for anybody? Mine keeps asking me the username and password after I write the info that came with my order from Radiant.
I don't know if its not ready for download yet but I also can't get the "user" "password" issue solved.
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« Reply #272 on: May 05, 2011, 06:51:38 AM »
Yeah, still nothing :(

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« Reply #273 on: May 05, 2011, 07:44:59 AM »
It's working now! Time for the first listen...oh boy!

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #274 on: May 05, 2011, 09:38:21 AM »
It's out?!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #275 on: May 05, 2011, 09:39:10 AM »
I'm at Jayda in my first listen. :D

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #276 on: May 05, 2011, 09:56:50 AM »
I'm just on the intro section of Mercy Street, and I already have chills from the way that immediate reprise is done.  :lol

Kinda bitter about the fact that the advance preview is only for disk 1.  I know it's only a few bucks for disk 2 on Amazon, but given that I've already given Radiant Records almost $50 for the full package, I'm not inclined to spend a penny more.

Oh, and Nick, you BADLY need to update the release date thread.  I was looking for a quick reference to remind me when the release date is for this album and was annoyed when it wasn't there.  >:(
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« Reply #277 on: May 05, 2011, 10:00:52 AM »
Did you ever post the album with the release date? Because I have updated that thread recently...

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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #278 on: May 05, 2011, 10:03:22 AM »
Am I reading that right on Amazon that the download for the whole album is $2.97?!?!
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Re: Official Neal Morse Appreciation Thread
« Reply #279 on: May 05, 2011, 10:05:44 AM »
For disk 2 (3 songs).
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