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    Posted: December 18 2020 at 05:55
I would personally pick Neal over the other two, although SB have made some really strong albums in every incarnation!
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Hot take: Ted Leonard

Brief Nocturnes is the best Spock's Beard album. The songwriting and ideas there are executed so well, seriously a display of near mastery. Leonard is just such a better singer than Neal, i've never been a fan of NM's voice, it just doesn't fit the genre too well. The follow up The Oblivion Particle is great too, however I have to also give a nod to X with Nick on lead. As for Neal, also some super solid albums with the highlights being V, Snow Live and the Light.


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Ted Leonard. He gave the band a new identity, and they have improve a lot in terms of their musical direction with him.
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Ted Leonard
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Neal Morse of course. The soul of the band.
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On record? Neal.
Live? Nick.
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Voted Ted.
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Neal was of course the mastermind behind Spock's Beard best compositons. But, IMO Nick DiVirgilio had the best vocals.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A Crimson Mellotron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2020 at 11:25
Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

Hot take: Ted Leonard

Brief Nocturnes is the best Spock's Beard album. The songwriting and ideas there are executed so well, seriously a display of near mastery. Leonard is just such a better singer than Neal, i've never been a fan of NM's voice, it just doesn't fit the genre too well. The follow up The Oblivion Particle is great too, however I have to also give a nod to X with Nick on lead. As for Neal, also some super solid albums with the highlights being V, Snow Live and the Light.

I agree that 'Nocturnes' is an unbelievable album. For me, however, it is on par with 'Snow' and 'V'.
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Leonard Nimoy. Ah, I meant Ted Leonard...oh, lets call the whole thing off. Wacko
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2020 at 14:34
Neal for me. I'm actually not very familiar with the later material but I have seen SB live post NM (only once with NM).

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote A Crimson Mellotron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 19 2020 at 02:17
Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Neal for me. I'm actually not very familiar with the later material but I have seen SB live post NM (only once with NM).

I would suggest the 2013 album as the best release post-Neal.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote King of Loss Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 19 2020 at 12:11
Neal Morse.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 19 2020 at 15:36
The Oblivion Particle is the best prog album in the last 20 years so my vote goes to Ted. My only misgivings and it's a small one is that the harmonies of the band don't work quite as well as when Neal was the front man of the band. I think Neal's voice is very underrated.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Awesoreno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2020 at 03:03
Huh. I posted a thoughtful comment about why I chose Nick a day or two ago, but it didn't go through? 

Well, here it is again somewhat:

I think Nick is the best as both a singer and frontman because of the character he brings into his singing. Especially live. Ted initially sounds amazing, but upon further investigation, it seems to me he just gets by on having a high range and great vibrato control. He's a little too sterile. Nick has much more emotional dynamics in my opinion. And it just seems like he has more fun.

Check out Falling for Forever (liver version on YouTube), and you can see what I mean. The part where he takes lead is the most interesting performance in terms of character.
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For me Morse...V is the best thing they ever did....and those first 5 are the only ones that matter for me.
Some nice things on a few of the later ones like X and Nocturnes but just dont have that same vibe.
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