Obviously the title says it all, this is the entire "Snow" album performed live. I won't go into the review of the original album considering you probably know it. I'm a sucker for live stuff. I'm picky that way.
There are some good and bad aspects of this album: Good: Seeing as how this is a concept album and the songs are meant to lead into the next, I was happy to see there's no talking except a brief part during half time between songs. That really messes up the flow. Both drummers Nick and Jimmy play drums as well.
Bad: I was bummed to find the other two singers Open Wide The Flood Gates - Spocks Beard - The Making Of Snow (DVD) get to do more songs than they did. Granted, this IS a Neal era album, but it would've been cool to see how the other guys would've handled the songs. Jimmy Keagan sings a track too, but I can't seem to recall it at the moment. Sorry 'bout that. So the final verdict on this: If you're just a casual SB fan, you probably don't need this.
And now, for a little extra! There's a fun moment during the encore track "Falling For Forever", but I ain't squealing! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Visually, however they need to have a quiet chat with their lighting designer - flooding the stage with blue light throughout the show may have been dramatic at the time, but for us watching at home it is like oncoming car headlights - the first couple of times you blink and wait for them to dip, but as the show progresses and it's still looking like CCTV footage from inside a Nuclear Waste recycling facility.
A real shame. Amazon, please update your product description too. Its a great recording of my all time favourite album performed live, for the first ever time, some 15 years after it was released, featuring ALL current and ex members of Spocks Beard! Whats not to like? How blessed where this audience, at Neals own "Morsefest", to experience 3 great Charismatic vocalists and frontmen, in Neal Morse, Nick D Virgillio, and Ted Leonard strutting their stuff, taking turns at lead vocals.
Only one small problem As previously stated by 2 other reviewers, Amazon had clearly led me to believe I had ordered the limited deluxe Artbook version, when this is just the standard CD pack, albeit with DVD too. Don't get me wrong Its Great value for money Thought it was cheap for the Artbook. Next up is going to be the Vynil version. Treat your ears Possibly the greatest Rock Opera ever written, staged and performed fantastically in an operatic manner by charismatic performers.
True Brilliance And after you've bought it buy the studio album too!! Love it! I did receive the "Deluxe Artbook" version, so perhaps the other reviewers who didn't, need to return their copies as they obviously received the wrong product. My biggest surprise with this product is that the audio appears be bog standard stereo on all of the formats in the package.
The sound quality is actually OK, but a Blu-ray with no 5. The venue also looks Open Wide The Flood Gates - Spocks Beard - The Making Of Snow (DVD) a school hall, with the musicians appearing cramped on the stage, and overall, this doesn't seem like a particularly high budget production.
Maybe I'm being unfair, as the musicianship here is top notch. Perhaps a huge production isn't the be all and end all, and this is probably the best the band could afford.
That said, some of the video shots look like they were captured on a phone camera, and I think I was expecting something which appeared perhaps a little more professional, given the price of the package. I really can't see the point of including both DVDs and Blu-ray, when the audio and video quality doesn't really justify the volume of different formats.
If you are massive SB fan, and one of the Snow album, you will love this, but I really feel they have missed a trick with the underwhelming audio presentation. Wouldn't consider myself to be a die-hard Spock's Beard fan, and it's not so easy to get into albums if your MP3 player is set to shuffle, but tracks from Snow have grown on me over many years. I considered going to see the European live performance of the album in Loreley but it's a bit of a trek.
Wished I had now, though, having seen this: A superb line-up of highly competent musicians playing a lengthy set - incredibly faithful to the studio originals - and apparently enjoying themselves and the music at the same time. It gives you a feel for what the atmosphere must have been like at the venue. Visually slightly grainy but the audio comes across nicely.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good value as the vinyl come with a full CD as well but again as with the Stave Hacket album fourth side is an etching instead of more music, would have preferred more music.
Report abuse. Flow CD 2: Fire Intro Return To Whatever Surfing Down The Avalanche Thoughts Part 2 Drum Duel Part Two: Here's A Man Part Four: Stream Of Unconsciousness Rearranged Medley The Water NWC Disc Two Ghosts Of Autumn As Long As We Ride The Light Total Time: Beware Of Darkness George Harrison Gibberish Neal Morse Thoughts, Pt.
Harm's Way Neal Morse Ryo's Solo Disc 2 The Great Nothing Ghost Train In Your Eyes Distance To The Sun We Can Work It Out The Good Don't Last Irish Folk Song Mein Kleine Gruner Kaktus Strange World Strawberry Fields with Mike Portnoy on vocals Baba O'Riley with Dream Theater We All Need Some Light Carpet Crawlers Can't get it Wrong Mouth Of Madness Introduction Mouth of Madness Squonk Orozco Cover: George E.
Go the Way You Go On the Edge Bonus track: Stratus Into Fire The Light Home demo Excerpts from The Doorway Open Wide The Flood Gates - Spocks Beard - The Making Of Snow (DVD) The Doorway Home demo Waste Away Alt. Solitary Soul continuation Wind At My Back Carrie Looking For Answers Devil's Got My Throat Revisited Falling For Forever Total Time: SeptemberSeznam skladeb: Footage taken from their second and final show of the cruise.
In the Mouth Of madness Thoughts Pt. Rearranged Medley: The Making Of Snow B. Acoustic Snow - songs featured in the acoustic sets: Thoughts II Stranger in a Strange Land Open Wide the Flood Gates Pride In the Name of Love The Healing Colors Of Sound Deluxe Bonus Tracks June Live In Chicago Live Acoustic Sessions Snow studio out-takes Total Time: The Making Of V Total time: Walking On The Wind Total time: Beware of Darkness In the Mouth of Madness Cakewalk on Easy Street Al's Guitar Solo Flow Ryo's Keyboard Solo Walking on the Wind All On A Sunday re-recorded, The Truth new track, The Healing Colors Of Sound edit, Carry On Total Time: She Is Everything Jaws Of Heaven Start Movie Their Names Escape Me The Man Behind The Curtain On A Perfect Day Skeletons At The Feast Is This Love All That's Left With Your Kiss The Slow Crash Landing Man Wherever You Stand NWC - mp3 There Was A Time The Planet's Hum - mp3 Watching The Tide As Long As We Ride.
Special Edition Bonus Disc When She's Gone Follow Me To Sleep Game Face Broken Promise Land Someday I'll Be Found I Was Never Lost The Formulation Of Octane.
Onomatopoeia The Bottom Line Feel Euphoria Shining Star Ghosts Of Autumn. A Guy Named Sid: I - Intro II - Same Old Story IV - Judge V - Sid's Boys Choir VI - Change.
DISC 2 Second Overture I'm The Guy Reflection Carie Looking For Answers Freak Boy All Is Vanity I'm Dying Freak Boy Part 2 Devil's Got My Throat Open Wide The Flood Gates - Spocks Beard - The Making Of Snow (DVD) Snow's Night Out I Will Go Hurt European bonus track.
Go The Way You Go, Open Wide The Flood Gates - Spocks Beard - The Making Of Snow (DVD). On The Edge. DISC 1 Intro In the Mouth Of madness Crack The Big Sky Return To Whatever Surfing Down The Avalanche Thoughts Pt. Drum Duel Skeletons At The Feast. Walking On The Wind Rearranged medley: The Water The Ballet Of The Impact I Wouldn't Let It Go She Is Everything Climbing Up That Hill Letting Go Harm's Way Ryo's Solo Ghosts Of Autumn As Long As We Ride The Light.
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