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Spock's Beard


Symphonic Prog

4.00 | 79 ratings

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4 stars Another excellent offering from Spock's Beard.

The musicians need no presentations and their play is as tight and inspired as usual. The quality is certainly as good as studio versions and in some cases higher. Take "The Bottom Line" for example. Considering the complexity of some songs, I'm always amazed to see that they can perform them live with such self-assurance. A mention needs to be made for Alan Morse, he really shines. No wonder why he's my favorite guitarist.

The style varies throughout the double album and comes even close to? Gun's and Roses at times. The parallel is especially true for Nick D'Virgilio's voice (in "Climbing up that Hill" or "As Long As We Ride" for instance). But NDV shows us that he can play with his voice and can vary his singing depending on the needs. Listen to his interpretation of "At The End Of the Day", brilliant! More on the vocal aspect, Spock's Beard are renowned for their vocal harmonies and they prove it here.

To sum up, you can't go wrong with that one if you appreciate good shows with lots of energy and passion. Okay, sometimes it rocks harder than it "progs" but to me it's not an issue at all. See it as a full plate of prog rock seasoned with a dash of hard rock. This is a perfect blend! 4,5 stars.

phillihp | 4/5 |


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