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3.81 | 60 ratings | 3 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1

01. Intro (1:32)
02. On A Perfect Day (8:01)
03. In The Mouth Of Madness (4:59)
04. Crack The Big Sky (10:36)
05. The Slow Crash Landing Man (7:05)
06. Return To Whatever (6:37)
07. Surfing Down The Avalanche (4:26)
08. Thoughts - Part 2 (4:59)
09. Drum Duel (4:49)
10. Skeletons At The Feast (7:15)

Disc 2

01. Walking On The Wind (10:04)
02. Hereafter - Ryo Solo (3:36)

As Far As The Mind Can See:
03. Part One: Dreaming In The Age Of Answers (5:07)
04. Part Two: Here's A Man (3:36)
05. Part Three: They Know We Know (3:15)
06. Part Four: Stream Of Unconsciousness (5:49)

07. Rearranged (6:57)

08. The Water (6:13)
09. Go The Way You Go (7:49)

Line-up / Musicians

- Nick D'Virgillio / vocals, drums, guitar
- Dave Meros / bass
- Alan Morse / guitar
- Ryo Okumoto / keyboards
- Jimmy Keegan/ tour drums

Releases information

SPV 79822 DCD IOMCD 295

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SPOCK'S BEARD Live ratings distribution

(60 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(59%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

SPOCK'S BEARD Live reviews

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars While I'm not really in favor of this recent trend of bands releasing a live album after evry studio album, this one is not bad. The members of Spock's Beard made a wise choice to stay away from most of the not terribly progressive pop songs from "Feel Euphoria" and "Octane", and focus on what most of us fans want: hard driving toght prog.

They do a fine job on the songs originally sung by Neal Morse (Was he raptured this weekend? Jus wondering). Classic SB pieces like In The Mouth Of Madness and Crack The Big Sky fare quite well under Nick D'Virgilio's voice. And Thoughts (Part 2) is wonderful on this set.

The highlight has to be Return To Whatever, a song from an Alan Morse solo album. This piece magaes to capture a bit of Return To Forever, while keeping Spock's Beard's overall sound.

The low points are the Drum Duel between NDV and Jimmy Keegan (no one without the last name Bruford or Peart should leave the drum solo on their live albums) and Ryo Okumoto's tepid solo, Hereafter.

It's mostly high points, so four stars.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
3 stars I remember buying this one when I was on holidays and was just hanging out for some New Beard. It was the only Spock's Beard album on the shelf that I didn't have so I took the chance. I was mildly enthused by the set list as it featured some of my faves especially 'Surfing Down the Avalanche' from "Octane". Instead I was a little underwhelmed as the songs were simply too close to the original albums without the creative spurt of an extended lead break or a drum solo worth mentioning. Certainly the music is great as usual, but I always prefer the band in the studio, other than actually being there at the concert.

The great parts of the concert are towards the end of CD 1. Highlights are here with 'Return to Whatever', 'Surfing Down The Avalanche' 'Thoughts - Part 2', 'Skeletons At The Feast' and then later the full version of 'As Far as the Mind Can See'; all definitely worth a listen. The band lineup is one of the best with vocalist Nick D'Virgillio, also a great guitarist, bassist Dave Meros, guitarist Alan Morse, and keyboard wizard Ryo Okumoto. Jimmy Keegan's drums are nothing special though. In fact the whole album is nothing special, and only comes across as yet another live album. The best is yet to come for Spock's Beard live. In comparison ex-Beardist Neal Morse's live albums are masterful and streets ahead on every level.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is the first live album of Spock's Beard that I actually decided to listen to all the way through, and I have to say, it's very well done. The sound quality is fantastic, very clean and polished. But that's not the most important part of the review. This should be said first: Nick D'Virg ... (read more)

Report this review (#195036) | Posted by AmericanKhatru | Thursday, December 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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