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Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1992 - Still active as of 2018

SPOCK'S BEARD was formed by NEAL MORSE, who wrote all the band's material and contributed lead vocals, piano, synth and guitars. This is a superb Progressive rock in the Seventies' spirit, full of contrated climates, breaks and complex compositions based on tortuous, audacious and elaborated instrumental developments. They combine strong melodies with intricate arrangements and superb musicianship. SPOCK'S BEARD should appeal to fans of the FLOWER KINGS and UK.

This adventurous band has built a solid and loyal following with their first two releases. "The Light" received rave reviews across the globe and "Beware of Darkness" was by far the best progressive rock album of the decade. The next releases ("The Kindness...", "Day For Night" & "V") were issued to insatiable fans world wide. The next album, "Snow", was the band's double CD concept album in the vein of GENESIS' "The Lamb...".

With Neal MORSE's departure in 2002, "Feel Euphoria" marked a fresh new beginning for the band. The album fueled a new creative period in the band's career. The album was followed up by "Octane" in 2005 and the band-titled release in 2006. SPOCK'S BEARD ended the decade with another discography highlight with the release of "X" in 2010. Jimmy KEEGAN provided some additional vocals on the release and later followed the band on the promotional tour for the new material. The release of "X" marked another turning point for the band seeing that the Nick D'VIRGILIO finally decided to concentrate on his solo career and thus left the band in 2011.

On November 21, 2011, it was announced on the bands official website that ENCHANT vocalist Ted LEONARD and touring drummer Jimmy KEEGAN would be joining the band. SPOCK'S BEARD will be releasing their 11th studio album, "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep" in mid 2013.

No matter what happens next one thing's for sure, The BEARD is out there and you WILL believe!

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SPOCK'S BEARD discography


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SPOCK'S BEARD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 634 ratings
The Light
1995
3.65 | 488 ratings
Beware Of Darkness
1996
3.75 | 479 ratings
The Kindness Of Strangers
1998
3.25 | 416 ratings
Day For Night
1999
4.14 | 790 ratings
V
2000
3.86 | 659 ratings
Snow
2002
3.25 | 368 ratings
Feel Euphoria
2003
3.13 | 370 ratings
Octane
2005
3.35 | 358 ratings
Spock's Beard
2006
3.81 | 543 ratings
X
2010
4.00 | 652 ratings
Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
2013
3.79 | 322 ratings
The Oblivion Particle
2015
3.64 | 90 ratings
Noise Floor
2018

SPOCK'S BEARD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.68 | 34 ratings
The Official Live Bootleg
1996
3.69 | 58 ratings
The Beard Is Out There
1998
3.41 | 35 ratings
Live at The Whisky and Nearfest
1999
3.02 | 69 ratings
Don't Try This At Home
2000
3.71 | 24 ratings
Don't Try This @ Home Either!
2000
4.00 | 30 ratings
There And Here
2001
3.99 | 77 ratings
Gluttons For Punishment - Live 05
2005
3.79 | 58 ratings
Live
2008
3.44 | 25 ratings
Live at High Voltage Festival
2011
3.70 | 49 ratings
The X Tour-Live
2012
4.00 | 26 ratings
Live at Sea
2014

SPOCK'S BEARD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.94 | 13 ratings
Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go
2000
4.23 | 51 ratings
Don't Try This At Home-Live / The Making of V
2002
4.19 | 57 ratings
Live
2008
4.75 | 9 ratings
Live at Sea
2014
4.60 | 30 ratings
Snow Live
2017

SPOCK'S BEARD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 9 ratings
Don't Try This/Feel Euphoria
2006
4.62 | 29 ratings
The First Twenty Years
2015

SPOCK'S BEARD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.81 | 22 ratings
From the Vault
1998
3.27 | 11 ratings
Skin
1999
3.27 | 15 ratings
All On A Sunday
2001

SPOCK'S BEARD Reviews


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 The Kindness Of Strangers by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.75 | 479 ratings

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The Kindness Of Strangers
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

3 stars Ah the album with the hallmark card album cover.

All jokes aside I think this album has some great highs but some quite low lows. Its a mixed bag.

The Good Don't Last 6.5/10 an enjoyable listen but i'm note entirely sure what the song is trying to be, plus some production is poor in places. Pretty catchy though

In The Mouth of Madness 5/10 Good instrumentals as per usual but some of the lyrics are really questionable "hey you Mr. Fancy Pants". Really?

Cakewalk on Easy Street 4/10 Just kind of an average track, a bit forgettable

June 5/10 I know a lot of people like this song, but its really not what im looking for in spocks beard. Too cheesy for me.

Strange world 4/10 Worst song on the album in my opinion, just forgettable

Harms way 10/10 One of SBs best songs. Really just great, I get genesis vibes towards the end and the chorus nearly gives me chills

Flow 8/10 second best song on the album.

I know most of the review seems negative, but there's decent stuff here.

 Beware Of Darkness by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.65 | 488 ratings

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Beware Of Darkness
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

3 stars Really 3.5 Stars

I enjoy this album quite a bit but it really took a while to grow on me. As per usual the instrumentals are really solid but the vocals and lyrics can be spotty at times

Beware of Darkness 6/10 just an ok track. I swear everytime he says farts that linger and not thoughts that linger though.

Thoughts 8/10 A pretty solid gentle giant esc song. One of their most unique songs

The Doorway 8/10 love the intro to this song reminds me of firth of fifth, some of the lyrics are quite unimaginative which is kind of a theme with spocks beard. Pretty solid

Chatauqua 6/10 Not a bad song but its just a short nice accoustic piece

Walking on the Wind 9/10 the highlight of the album for me, really solid instrumentals and vocals all around

Waste Away 2/10 probably some of the worst lyrics ive ever heard. The key board is alright but kinda embarrassing to listen to.

Time Has Come 8/10 another highlight of the album.

Overall solid, I don't think its an essential spocks beard album but a pretty enjoyable listen.

 V by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.14 | 790 ratings

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V
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars Along with the light, this is spocks beards other essential album. Snow is great but these two just rise above.

At the End of The Day 9/10 a song I instantly fell in love with on first listen. At a time I was loosing hope with spocks beard after listening to kindness of strangers and day for night, this song returned my faith in the band.

Revalation 7.5/10 a song that took a while for me to like but now I rather enjoy it

Thoughts Part 2 9/10 One of the highlights of the album imo. Everything is just solid about it

All on a Sunday 6/10 more prog pop but still an enjoyable listen

Goodbye to Yesterday 6/10 the low of the album but its still decent.

The Great Nothing 9/10 the epic of the album, at almost 30 minutes this song is not an easy one to get into. But once you do its a fantastic song

While I still prefer the Light this is a fantastic album throughout

 The Light by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.85 | 634 ratings

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The Light
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

4 stars 4.5 Stars

Along with Images and Words by dream theater, this is an essential 90s prog album. Its Spocks Beards best tightest sounding effort and any classic prog fan will likely enjoy it. It is brilliant throughout

The Light 10/10 Its rare that I love a prog song on first listen but this song was an exception, with various movements and fantastic instrumentals/vocals throughout this song can make 15 minutes just melt away.

Go the Way You Go 9.5/10 This on the contrary took me quite a while to get into but its such a fantastic track throughout, not quite as good as the light but still among their best songs

The Water 7.5/10 one of spocks beards longest songs coming in at around 23 minutes (dont quote me on that). This one by far took me the longest to get into. The Instrumentals throughout the whole song are great, but, the FU/im sorry section really inst very good unfortunately. The rest is really solid though

On The Edge 10/10 I love everything about this song. Meros bass is predominantly a standout feature here.

Bottom line, I love this album and highly recommend it.

 Snow Live by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover DVD/Video, 2017
4.60 | 30 ratings

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Snow Live
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Gerinski
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Spock's Beard double concept album Snow was released in 2002 and Neal Morse left the band right away, without ever doing a tour for the album. This caused many to consider Snow 'the Beard's Lamb Lies Down on Broadway', but at least Genesis did tour the album before Peter Gabriel left. So in a sense, dreaming of a Spock's reunion to play Snow in its entirety felt to many like many of us dreamed of a Genesis reunion to play again the whole The Lamb in the 1980's or 90's. Nope, it never happened'

But this time the dream came true. With occasion of MorseFest 2016 and for a one-off concert, Neal rejoined the new complete Spock's lineup together with Nick D'Virgilio to perform Snow from top to bottom. So we get a 7 members band plus a trumpet and a sax for some songs. The 2 drummers Nick and Jimmy Keegan, 2 keyboardists Neal and Ryo (with Neal of course also playing guitars), Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ted Leonard who sings and plays guitars, and all of them doing some vocals. The venue was Neil's local church so the audience is rather limited, and I envy them.

The performance is top notch and the sound and video quality are very good as you can expect from a 2017 release. You can see that the guys really enjoyed themselves in this gig. Having Keegan as double drummer allowed Nick D'Virgilio to take more center stage and sing lead vocals on some songs, something he clearly enjoys. Alan also visibly had a great time. The only one looking a bit more contrived is Ted Leonard, which is rather understandable being relegated to a small podium behind Alan and with Neal Morse clearly stealing the show with his endless energy. Even though Ted gets to sing lead on both runs of 'The Devil's Got My Throat' and does a lot of backing vocals and accompanying guitars.

As said the performance of Snow is flawless, and as encores we have (yeah you guessed it?) 'June', and the 27 minute suite 'Falling for Forever' including a very nice drums duet between Nick and Jimmy. And as bonus we have about 1 hour of Q&A with the band members, including producer Rich Mouser, and about half an hour interview with Neal about the writing of Snow and the idea of rejoining the Spock's for this gig. Plenty of stuff to enjoy.

So for all fans of The Beard this is a dream come true.

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.64 | 90 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by King Manuel

3 stars I donīt know why, but this Spockīs Beard album leaves me cold. And I have tried very hard to like it. Bought it, actually pre ordered it on itunes and got it on the day it came out and since then played it regularly in the hope I might finally get it. Now looking at the track list I must admit, I cannot hum a single second or remember any outstanding part. And I am not one of those fans who lost interest in the Beards after Neal left, no, I almost listen more to the post Neal output in the meantime. Unlike its predecessors who all had a number of highlights on (The Center Line, A treasure abandoned, Jaws of Heaven, The Slow Crash Landing Man, The Ballad of the Impact, Ghosts of autum ... just to name a few), this one is a slightly uninspiring affair. In its defence I need to say, it is not unpleasant to listen to Noise Floor. Nothing urges me to press skip (like a number of tracks for example on Snow or Feel Euphoria). Cool prog rock background music.
 The Oblivion Particle by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.79 | 322 ratings

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The Oblivion Particle
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Of all three albums Spock's Beard had recorded with Ted Leonard on vocals, this is the most eclectic and less accessible of them. Still a very good one, though. But I must admit that, to my ears, it is not as charming and exciting as the other two. Maybe the fact that it is a concept album The Oblivion Particle works better within its context than as songs themselves, I don't know. Listening to it I can not find anything really wrong with it and the second half of the CD is quite strong. That is where the better stuff is, on epics like To Be Free Again and the closer Disappear, although when looking carefully on each one for this review I find that all the tunes have its positive side.

As usual you will find a perfect sound (in terms of production and mixing) and the impeccable performance of all musicians. Leonard was really a much needed blessing for the band and his vocals are simply terrific all over the CD. Still I miss the incredible power and freshness of Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep and, especially, of Noise Floor. This one will certainly satisfy the ones who want to hear something more complicated and dense.

Rating: 3,5 stars. Very good.

 Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 652 ratings

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Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Well, after I heard the new SB album (2018īs brilliant Noise Floor) I had to go back and listen to the previous ones that had Ted Leonard as their vocalist. Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013) was the first one and, man, do I understand the glowing reviews and high ratings! Although this debut album of the "new" Spockīs Beard is not as powerful and developed as Noise Floor, it is clear that the new line up is by far their best ever and the chemistry worked from the get go. The songwriting is much stronger, there is more direction and the level of energy reaches a point where the band was never able to deliver before. In fact, they became a whole new band.

Obviously the formula was not entirely ready, but, boy, do they show improvement! Now the melodies are really great, the arrangements do enhance the already fine songs and the performances are terrific! Sometimes their influences are too clear (like the obvious nods to classic Kansas, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd and, more directly, to Gentle Giant on Afterthought), and yet they sound very fresh and exciting. Itīs hard to believe that those are the same musicians that are delivering such powerful solos and riffs: Alan Morse, Ryo Okumoto and Dave Meros (the hardcore trio that are together since 1996īs Beware Of Darkness) never sounded so direct. They are simply on fire here. Ok, some people will complain they are more "commercial", or "less prog" or something like it. Well, in a word: nonsense! The music here may have more hooks and melodies, but it is pure progressive music (can someone please figure stuff like these playing on the radio nowadays?).

I am really surprised I had never heard of this fantastic CD before. Granted, I was never a fan of Spockīs Beard. Tom e they were obvious great musicians without a personal sound and lacking a strong songwriting team. Now they have both and maybe even a little more. The official record is just impeccable for a new line. My CD came with a bonus disc that has 4 extra tracks. Of course they are not as strong as the main one, and the choice of The Man Youīre Afraid You Are for the opener was a poor one. However, Down The Burning Road is a terrific tune that reminds of the great Kansas of the 70īs (maybe because Ted Leonards timbre is so close to Steve Walsh, plus the vocal harmonies and the violin guest on this track), but with their own twist on it. The same goes for Something Very Strange, a fine showcase of their newfound "formula", with a melody line and arrangement most prog bands would kill for.

All in all Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep surpassed my greatest expectations. A very fine album by a band that finally found their voice and soul. A very nice surprise that I just canīt get enough of it. Rating: something between 4 and 4,5 stars. Maybe not a classic yet, but more than a "mere" excellent addition to any prog rock music collection. Highly recommended!

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.64 | 90 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Wow! this one caught me completely by surprise! Spockīs Beard was never one of my favourite bands and I did not fancy neither when Neil Morse was with them nor their immediately post Morse phase. In both cases they sounded to me like a bunch of great musicians with the right influences but without much of a personality. But everything changed with this CD: the sound here is much more powerful, inspired and soulful. Even with a great diversity of styles included (from symphonic prog to jazz to AOR, and so on) , it still feels focused and unified in the end. Like Aussie-Byrd-Brother said in his very accurate and detailed review, this is an album that most prog people will mistake for a "commercial" effort or something like that, specially if they stick to the albumīs opener the spectacular To Breath Another Day. Itīs the kind of track that Kansas would kill for at their peak. Soaring AOR vocals, ballsy guitar lines, earthquake Hammond solos, all propelled by a blistering rhythm section. Still it does not sound like anything else, thanks to the odd time signatures and the creative arrangement.

And the album goes on with such surprises itīs hard to pinpoint what they look like nowadays. On one hand the music is indeed more direct and hard hitting (most of the time), on the other they retained their prog roots: there are several mood and tempo changes, even some weirdness and avant guard bits here and there. Noise Floor is the kind of CD that seems to reveal new textures every time you listen to it. What is clear is that they are delivering some of their best material ever. It seems that they have come of age at the songwriting department (always their weak point in the past). Finally they are using their terrific musicianship to work for great tunes. Ok, fair enough, it is not perfect, but it comes close. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet is the one track that I still do not totally get it. But it is the only one and, besides, it is only my personal taste. On all others I really canīt get enough of them. Sometimes, maybe because of Ted Leonards voice or Ryo Okumotos Hammond timbres, I feel like Iīm listening to a lost Kansas record of the 70īs. And thatīs a compliment! You can hear echoes of Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Journey, Beatles and many more in the mix. Well, I guess they always did, but they surely did not have such creative, mature and melodic songs. Production is top notch. The arrangements are equally near perfect and very tasteful.

Iīm still listening to Noise Floor and still awestruck by it. It seems that I like it a little bit more with every spin. This is the first Spockīs Beard I can say I really love and I truly hope they keep releasing such powerful stuff in near future. I heard this CD by pure chance and I thank God for it. For it is on my top 5 list of best albums of 2018.

Rating: 4,5 stars until now. But I may uprated it to five soon. Highly recommended to open minded music lovers.

 Noise Floor by SPOCK'S BEARD album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.64 | 90 ratings

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Noise Floor
Spock's Beard Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars I'm quite liking the Spock's Beard albums with Ted Leonard. The Nick D'Virgilio fronted albums started off unimpressive, but as th the band was finding it's groove, NDV ran away to join the circus. But these past three SB albums have been quite strong.

This album brings the group back toward their original sound, with some of the hooks and passages that almost sound like Neal Mo Morse has returned (again).

The first three track make me think of Kansas (in a good way). The lyrics, song structures, and even Ted Leonard's voice are very reminiscent of the 70's version of Kansas. Like Kansas, the tracks are precision-performed arena-like songs with some specta spectacular breaks to take them over the top.

I won't go into every song, but I will point out some standouts:

"Have We All Gone Crazy Yet" sound exactly like a classic SB piece. Written by Alan Morse and Leonard, it has many of the bells an and whistles that still adorn Neal's albums.

I have heard "Box Of Spiders" described as a Keith Emerson styled piece, but to me, it sounds more like The Flower Kings at their peak. Ryo Okumoto is outstanding on this one. I've never heard him play with this much fire.

The bonus EP in the set sounds like it's name "Cutting Room Floor". Three of these songs are forgettable, and the fourth, while mu musically excellent, has an unfinished quality to it.

It's not a perfect album, but it has kept me listening repeatedly for the past few months.

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