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The Letter M:
Hello and welcome to my 4th Annual(?) Spock's Beard Survivor, for the 2019 season! Here I will post the album results, and eventually, the finals!

To start off with, I'll post the track lists/options for each survivor, then as we finish each album, I'll update the track lists with the final results.

As usual, the top two songs on each album go to the finals, and each album's 3rd place song will move to Consolation, with the exception of Snow, which will have it's 5th and 6th place songs move into Consolation, while it's top 4 songs will move to the Finals (as I have done with previous double albums in other Survivors).

Because of that, the Consolation Rounds will consist of 14 songs (2 from Snow, and 1 each from the other 12 albums) and the Finals will consist of at least 34 songs (4 from Snow, and 2 from each of the other 12 albums, plus the top 2 of the Consolation Rounds and the top 4 from the B-Sides/Bonus Tracks Survivor*).

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The Light
1. The Water
2. The Light
3. Go The Way You Go
4. On The Edge

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Beware Of Darkness
1. The Doorway
2. Walking On The Wind
3. Thoughts
4. Time Has Come
5. Waste Away
6. Beware Of Darkness
7. Chatauqua

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The Kindness Of Strangers
1. Flow
2. Harm's Way
3. The Good Don't Last
4. June
5. In The Mouth Of Madness
6. Strange World
7. Cakewalk On Easy Street

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Day For Night
1. The Healing Colors Of Sound
2. Day For Night
3. Crack The Big Sky
4. Skin
5. Gibberish
6. The Distance To The Sun
7. The Gypsy
8. Can't Get It Wrong

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V
1. At The End Of The Day
2. The Great Nothing
3. Revelation
4. Thoughts Part 2
5. All On A Sunday
6. Goodbye To Yesterday

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Snow
1. Made Alive / Overture
      I'm Dying
3. Stranger In A Strange Land
4. Solitary Soul
5. Open Wide The Flood Gates
6. Long Time Suffering
7. Made Alive / Wind At My Back
8. Devil's Got My Throat
9. All Is Vanity
10. Open The Gates Part 2
11. Wind At My Back
12, The 39th Street Blues (I'm Sick)
13. Love Beyond Words
      I Will Go
15. Welcome To NYC
16. 4th Of July
      I'm The Guy
18. Freak Boy
19. Second Overture
      Carie
21. Devil's Got My Throat Reprise
22. Looking For Answers
      Freak Boy Part 2
24. Reflection
25. Snow's Night Out
26. Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards

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Feel Euphoria
1. Ghosts Of Autumn
2. A Guy Named Sid
3. Onomatopoeia
4. The Bottom Line
5. Feel Euphoria
6. East Of Eden, West Of Memphis
7. Carry On
8. Shining Star

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Octane
1. A Flash Before My Eyes
2. There Was A Time
3. The Planet's Hum
4. NWC
5. As Long As We Ride
6. Watching The Tide

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Spock's Beard
1. On A Perfect Day
2. With Your Kiss
3. Skeletons At The Feast
4. Is This Love?
5. Rearranged
6. All That's Left
7. As Far As The Mind Can See
8. The Slow Crash Landing Man
9. Sometimes They Stay, Sometimes They Go
10. Wherever You Stand
11. Hereafter

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X
1. Jaws Of Heaven
2. From The Darkness
3. Edge Of The In-Between
4. The Quiet House
5. The Man Behind The Curtain
6. The Emperor's Clothes
7. Kamikaze

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Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep
1. Something Very Strange
2. Submerged
3. Afterthoughts
4. Waiting For Me
5. Hiding Out
6. A Treasure Abandoned
7. I Know Your Secret

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The Oblivion Particle
1. A Better Way To Fly
    Disappear
3. Tides Of Time
4. Hell's Not Enough
5. To Be Free Again
6. The Center Line
7. Get Out While You Can
8. Bennett Built A Time Machine
9. Minion

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Noise Floor
1. So This Is Life
    One So Wise
3. Somebody's Home
4. To Breathe Another Day
5. What Becomes Of Me
6. Beginnings
7. Box Of Spiders
8. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

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Bonus Tracks, B-Sides & Non-Album Tracks
Into Fire
Stratus (Cover)
Hurt (Cover)
The Truth
Southside Of The Sky (Cover)

Moth Of Many Flames
From The Messenger
When She's Gone
Follow Me To Sleep
Game Face
Broken Promise Land
Listening To The Sky
A Hypernova Explosion (Japanese Exclusive)
Red Sea (Japanese Exclusive)
Their Names Escape Me

The Man You're Afraid You Are
Down A Burning Road
Wish I Were Here
Postcards From Perdition
Iron Man (Cover)
Falling For Forever
Days We'll Remember
Bulletproof
Vault
Armageddon Nervous
Save Our Souls (Japanese Exclusive)

*Note- the last time I did this, I apparently allowed the top 4 songs of this survivor move on to the Finals, and I might again considering there are 26 tracks this time, a lot of which come from the Ted-Era.

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Consolation
Go The Way You Go
Edge Of The In-Between
03. Thoughts
04. Revelation
05. Crack The Big Sky
06. Open Wide The Flood Gates
07. Long Time Suffering
08. The Good Don't Last
09. Afterthoughts
10. Onomatopoeia
11. The Planet's Hum
12. Skeletons At The Feast
13. Tides Of Time
14. Somebody's Home

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Finals
The Water
The Light
The Doorway
Walking On The Wind
Flow
Harm's Way
The Healing Colors Of Sound
Day For Night
At The End Of The Day
The Great Nothing
Made Alive / Overture
I'm Dying
Stranger In A Strange Land
Solitary Soul
Ghosts Of Autumn
A Guy Named Sid
A Flash Before My Eyes
There Was A Time
On A Perfect Day
With Your Kiss
Jaws Of Heaven
From The Darkness
Something Very Strange
Submerged
A Better Way To Fly
Disappear
So This Is Life
One So Wise
Go The Way You Go
Edge Of The In-Between
(B-Sides/Bonus Tracks 1)
(B-Sides/Bonus Tracks 2)
(B-Sides/Bonus Tracks 3)
(B-Sides/Bonus Tracks 4)

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-Marc.

The Letter M:
Some points to discuss if anyone has any opinions one way or the other:

1- I was wondering if anyone would think it better or worse if I split up "A Flash Before My Eyes" into its six separate tracks for the Octane survivor. The last three times I've done the SB Survivor, it was done as one track, and I don't think anyone really objected to it, but I was wondering if changing it would make any difference for anyone here?

2- Should I continue to include the covers in the Bonus Tracks/B-Side/Non-Album Songs survivor? I did last time, and there's only four of them. Like Snow (and other double-albums I've run in the past), this B-Sides Survivor will probably start with multiple-vote/multi-elimination rounds to help narrow it down pretty quickly, and help voters knock out multiple songs they probably don't like as much as the others, rather than drag the whole thing out for 25 rounds.

3- Japanese Exclusive Bonus Tracks. There are three that I am aware of, two from SB9 ("A Hypernova Explosion" and "Red Sea") and one from Noise Floor ("Save Our Souls"). Should I bother including them, since I'm sure I'm one of the few SB fans that actually owns or have actually even heard them?

-Marc.

RoeDent:
Nice! Looking forward to this. First time competing for Noise Floor, if I'm correct. As for the questions:

1. I think Flash should be listed as one song. If you split Flash, you have to split the other NDV-era epics, because what's the difference?

2. I guess on the same principle of consistency, you have to include the covers in the non-album survivor, because of Beware of Darkness, the George Harrison cover that's the title track of their second album.

3. I've never heard those songs, so...eh? I dunno...

DTA:
Definitely one song. I imagine you'll do Healing Colours, As Far As The Mind Can See, and Sid as one track too right?

The Letter M:

--- Quote from: DTA on April 06, 2019, 12:44:17 PM ---Definitely one song. I imagine you'll do Healing Colours, As Far As The Mind Can See, and Sid as one track too right?

--- End quote ---

I think the one difference between AFBME and those other indexed-epics is that AFBME, if I recall, had multiple and different writers for its separate tracks, while THCOS, AGNS, and AFATMCS were all written by one (or two) people - Neal, Nick, and Meros/Boegehold respectively. That was my only line of thinking with regards to separating Flash into its seven tracks, but if most people want it kept together as one, I will leave it as such! I just wanted to throw out that possibility!

And yes, RoeDent, this is the first SB Survivor to feature Noise Floor. The last time I did it was in 2016, just several months after The Oblivion Particle and The First Twenty Years were released.

-Marc.

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