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Poll Question: Which Spock's Beard period contains their best work ?
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    Posted: April 26 2012 at 19:37
Ive been on a little Spock's Beard kick lately, and I decided to go back to the only post-Neal album I have, "X", and my opinion of it is much better than when I bought it a few months ago. It's a solid album, with some great moments throughout. It still doesn't make me want to get more post-Neal albums just yet, but I like X by itself.

I'm looking to get Beware of Darkness next.
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Morse Era.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote malentendu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 08 2011 at 04:08
I don't really understand the question... Of course it is the Neal era.

The only ones saying the opposite are the hardcore Neal Morse haters.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Roland113 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2011 at 15:27
I'd actually like to see how this poll goes in like a year from now and separated into three eras.

X is another transition album, we just didn't realize it at the time.  When you put two and two together, I don't think I'd classify 'X' to be in the NdV era.  I understand that he was still the singer, but as far as writing, he only had joint credit for writing a single song.  I don't think that NdV contributed too much to the creation of X due to the previous commitments that ultimately signaled his end in the band.  I think 'X' marks the beginning of the next era, which I'm going to call the Meros / Alan Morse era as they were the primary writers for X.

I am eagerly awaiting the next album as I think it's going to expand in the direction that X went, with arguably, the best lead singer that the band has seen.

That being said, by the constraints of the poll, I've got to vote Neal Morse era, "Snow" is excellent and the five that came before it have some great highlights as well.
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Neal Morse era. The Light, V and Snow are the only SB I listen to9

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote davemuttillo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 18 2011 at 00:29
The Neal Morse era is by far superior to the post Neal era. Nick and the band have been generally bland at best until X.
X is a brilliant album and hopefully represents the Beard finding their own style after Neal's departure. But, across the board I can only say that the Neal Morse led Beard far outclasses the post-Neal version. It is no contest. Not sure what people are smoking in Slovenia, but it must be potent.
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Originally posted by RUSHMANIAC RUSHMANIAC wrote:

Post. Neil Morse sucks. He is a terrible singer.
Glad to see someone here agrees with me on that
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Generally I like the Morse era.
V is fantastic.
But Snow was so mediocre that it seemed to indicate that Morse was spent.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Morningrise Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2011 at 09:38
Morse era. On the strength of The Light and V. X is great too, as many others said before.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RUSHMANIAC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2011 at 06:09
Post. Neil Morse sucks. He is a terrible singer.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slaughternalia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 18:23
Morse era had their debut, which is, imo, their only worthwhile album
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Prognaut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 16:13
Neal's era for me as of today and after listening to the Beard without him, I'm still believing that "V" and "Snow" are the most remarkable albums released by the band.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Queen By-Tor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 12:31
Haven't heard "X" yet. But there's no way that the one album could surpass The Light, Beware of Darkness and V on its own. Octane has really grown on me though...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DisgruntledPorcupine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 12:25

Morse era, although X might be their best yet.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 11:53
Neal's era.
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Morse era!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yanch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 06:21
Clearly, as a whole, the Neal Morse period is better, but "X" is a superb album and ranks with the best of the Morse period Beard.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 05:13
Neal Morse period!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote martinprog77 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 03:16
Originally posted by iluvmarillion iluvmarillion wrote:

Oh well. Should have made this poll a post Spock's Beard Neal Morse versus a post Neal Morse Spock's Beard! Still think that "X" is one of the best Spock's Beard albums that the band has ever recorded.
absolutly agree ."X" is really good and grows better each listening Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Harry Hood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 27 2011 at 02:01
Nick's Beard are the underdogs here, and they get my vote for that reason.

When you consider that they're a band that lost their primary songwriter, and none of the other musicians were actually songwriters themselves (just talented session musicians), I think they've done a pretty good job of making and maintaining a name for themselves (abiet with the help of some outside songwriters).

Also, Nick's voice makes me smile. He reminds me of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo.
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