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Topic: Spock's Beard - Neal Morse or post Neal Morse
Posted By: iluvmarillion
Subject: Spock's Beard - Neal Morse or post Neal Morse
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 01:02
So impressed with the latest Spock's Beard album "X", which has never left my mp3 player. So which Spock's Beard period contains their best work? Neal Morse period or post Neal Morse period? The Light is one of my favourite albums of all time. However I never warmed to Beware Of Darkness, Kindness Of Strangers, or Day For Night. "V" and "Snow" were back to form to me. Of their post Neal Morse albums I really like Octane and the live album, Gluttons For Punishment.

Posted By: King Crimson776
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 01:46
I like all of Morse era, V being the best, Day for Night the worst but still good. After Neal left it took them a couple of albums to straighten up, but the s/t album and X are great. Still, no contest, Morse era.

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Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 01:58
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.

Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 02:01
There is a post-Morse era?  Maybe I should try that, I hate the guy

Posted By: Harry Hood
Date 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.


Posted By: martinprog77
Date 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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Posted By: Prog Geo
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 05:13
Neal Morse period!

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Posted By: yanch
Date 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.

Posted By: Harold-The-Barrel
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 08:14
Morse era!

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 11:53
Neal's era.

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Posted By: DisgruntledPorcupine
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 12:25

Morse era, although X might be their best yet.

Posted By: Queen By-Tor
Date 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...

Posted By: The Prognaut
Date 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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Posted By: Slaughternalia
Date Posted: May 27 2011 at 18:23
Morse era had their debut, which is, imo, their only worthwhile album

Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 06:09
Post. Neil Morse sucks. He is a terrible singer.

Posted By: Morningrise
Date 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.

Posted By: Evolver
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 09:57
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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Posted By: Slaughternalia
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 20:37
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

Posted By: davemuttillo
Date 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.

Posted By: criticdrummer94
Date Posted: December 07 2011 at 14:51
Neal Morse era. The Light, V and Snow are the only SB I listen to9



Posted By: Roland113
Date 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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Posted By: malentendu
Date 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.

Posted By: Fox On The Rocks
Date Posted: December 09 2011 at 14:41
Morse Era.


Posted By: darkshade
Date 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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