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3.78 | 39 ratings | 1 reviews | 46% 5 stars

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BD 1 / DVD 1 - Morsefest 2014 Night 1 - Testimony Live plus Encores

- Part One -
1. The Land of Beginning Again
2. Overture No. 1
3. California Nights
4. Colder in the Sun
5. Sleeping Jesus
6. Interlude
7. The Prince of the Power of the Air
8. The Promise
9. Wasted Life

- Part Two -
10. Overture No. 2
11. Break of Day
12. Power in the Air
13. Somber Days
14. Long Story
15. It's All I Can Do

- Part Three -
16. Transformation
17. Ready to Try
18. Sing it High

- Part Four -
19. Moving in My Heart
20. I Am Willing
21. In the Middle
22. The Storm Before the Calm
23. Oh, to Feel Him
24. God's Theme

- Part Five -
25. Overture No. 3
26. Rejoice
27. Oh Lord My God
28. God's Theme 2
29. The Land of Beginning Again

- Encores -
30. Jayda
31. Time Has Come
32. Jesus' Blood

BD 2 / DVD 2 - Morsefest 2014 Night 2 - One Live plus Encores

1. The Creation
2. The Man's Gone
3. Nothing To Believe
4. Author Of Confusion
5. The Separated Man
6. Cradle to the Grave
7. Help Me/Spirit and the Flesh
8. King Jesus
9. Father Of Forgiveness
10. Reunion

- Encores -
11. It's For You
12. Wind At My Back
13. The Light
14. Stranger In Your Soul

16. Special Documentary - "The Morsefest Experience" created by Randy George

Audio discs (2DVD+4CD Edition)

CD 1 - Morsefest 2014 Night 1 - Testimony Live
Contains tracks 1 - 15 from DVD 1

CD 2 - Morsefest 2014 Night 1 - Testimony Live plus Encores
Contains tracks 16 - 32 from DVD 1

CD 3 - Morsefest 2014 Night 2 - One Live
Contains tracks 1 - 8 from DVD 2

CD 4 - Morsefest 2014 Night 1 - One Live plus Encores
Contains tracks 9 - 14 from DVD 2

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Mike Portnoy / drums, backing vocals
- Randy George / bass, vocals
- Bill Hubauer / keyboards, violin, sax, vocals
- Eric Gillettte / guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals

4-piece horn section, 6-member female background vocal section, violin and cello, full orchestra percussion with timpani and chimes, dancers, special guests

Releases information

Recorded live in Nashville on November 14 and 15, 2014

2BD Radiant Records (2015)
2DVD+4CD Radiant Records (2015, Special Edition)

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(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(46%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
3 stars This double show weekend was done after only four days of rehearsal at Neal's home church in Nashville. Neal is surrounded with his usual band and many back up singers. The intimate venue here has played a major role on how those shows would unravel. It offer the possibility for Neal to get some interactions with the crowd that was already sold to his charm. Maybe people that only visits this church for religious purposes could have been there, because of the religious beliefs of Neil.The story of Testimony 1 is connected with Neal's evolution in his life and the man is comfortable showing his devotion to God, especially for a man that has seen his daughter miraculously cure. The music reflects this evolution with songs that are the expression of a man searching for the truth during difficult times, and other songs that are more upbeat on a more festive side when Neal has found happiness in his life. This live release is more enjoyable with the DVD or Blu-Ray presentation, if you want to see those emotional moments, when Neal is in tears at times, or when he goes in the crowd letting people touch him, or when he show his affection for Mike Portnoy after his 15 years collaboration with him... Mike will return the favor later in the show with a speech. Sometimes when the female choir was singing, i had the impression to be in a gospel celebration in Harlem, but with a complete Rock band. So the music of the band was fitting like a glove in this church. Who wouldn't go to the church every Sunday to see the priest Neal Morse with his little orchestra?

The second disk is the complete "One" album with one additional track unreleased. We have heard previously the two best track : "Author of Confusion" and "The Separated Man" on others live releases, which contains long instrumentals passages of greatness. "Cradle to the Grave" is a ballad with Neal's son singing with him, when the latter was again very emotional. In the encore, the music was a welcome change to the atmosphere of the intense world of Neal with the song "The Light" of Spock's Beard and the final song "Strangers in Your Soul", where we're witnessing a crazy moment when almost everybody are playing others instruments. I didn't know that Mike Portnoy could play bass, unless he was faking... So another tour for Neal and another live release, i would have prefer to wait and hear something new from the latest "The Grand Experiment" album, but i can understand that Neal would jump on the opportunity to record something at home. 3.4 stars

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