Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Neal Morse

Symphonic Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Neal Morse Jesus Christ The Exorcist album cover
3.86 | 78 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection

Write a review
from partners
Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Introducing (2:31)
2. Overture (3:19)
3. Getaway (2:41)
4. Gather The People (5:17)
5. Jesus' Baptism (3:09)
6. Jesus' Temptation (10:18)
7. There's A Highway (4:06)
8. The Woman Of Seven Devils (5:41)
9. Free At Last (5:05)
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes (7:04)
11. Love Has Called My Name (4:14)
12. Better Weather (1:42)
13. The Keys To The Kingdom (4:48)
14. Get Behind Me Satan (3:23)

CD 2
15. He Must Go To The Cross (3:10)
16. Jerusalem (3:55)
17. Hearts Full Of Holes (3:40)
18. The Last Supper (3:50)
19. Gethsemane (7:39)
20. Jesus Before The Council And Peter's Denial (3:12)
21. Judas' Death (3:33)
22. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion (8:14)
23. Mary At The Tomb (2:45)
24. The Greatest Love Of All (5:00)
25. Lover Has Called My Name (Reprise) (1:30)

Total time 109:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / keyboards, guitar, vocals (as Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1), composer & producer

- Paul Bielatowicz / lead guitar
- Bill Hubauer / keyboards
- Randy George / bass
- Eric Gillette / drums
- Ted Leonard / vocals (as Jesus)
- Talon David / vocals (as Mary Magdalene)
- Nick D'Virgilio / vocals (as Judas Iscariot)
- Rick Florian / vocals (as The Devil)
- Matt Smith / vocals (as John the Baptist)
- Jake Livgren / vocals (as Peter and Caiaphas)
- Mark Pogue / vocals (as Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
- Wil Morse / vocals (as Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1)
- Gabe Klein / vocals (as Demon 2, Pharisee 4)
- Gideon Klein / vocals (as Demon 4)
- Julie Harrison / vocals (as Servant Girl)

Releases information

Sub-titled "A Progressive Rock Musical by Neal Morse"

3xLP Frontiers Music SRL ‎- FR LP 955 (2019, US)

2xCD Frontiers Music SRL ‎- FR CD 955 (2019, Europe)

Thanks to mbzr48 for the addition
and to AtomicCrimsonRush for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy NEAL MORSE Jesus Christ The Exorcist Music

Jesus Christ The ExorcistJesus Christ The Exorcist
$13.67 (used)

More places to buy NEAL MORSE music online Buy NEAL MORSE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

NEAL MORSE Jesus Christ The Exorcist ratings distribution

(78 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

NEAL MORSE Jesus Christ The Exorcist reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Flucktrot
4 stars (I'm not a big fan of musicals, and I already got a Neal Morse album this year that I have thoroughly enjoyed, so I really thought I would sit this album out. Only by chance did my wife want me to try her new set of headphones and put something she thought I would like on to try them out. Of course just five minutes was enough to get me totally hooked, and I ordered it that night.)

Have you ever wanted to hear what it would sound like if Neal wrote an extended piece himself (as opposed to the everybody writes model he often uses now) but without him doing triple duty in the vocal and instrumental roles? That's about the best way I can sum up this album.

There are some truly excellent moments to be found JC the Exorcist, and it is really enhanced by the choral arrangements. It's almost like a cover band or composer taking existing Morse material and reworking it just enough so that it sounds interesting to those who were familiar with the earlier pieces. Structurally this strikes me as most similar to Neal's Testimony albums, which involves more single-length songs arranged into larger acts. Then you'll hear clear call backs to Spock's Beard here and Sola Scriptura there. I mean, come on--the Love Has Called My Name chorus is a crystal clear rework of Wind at my Back, complete with NDV hitting the high harmony. When you're as prolific as Neal, self-plagiarism is going to happen to some extent. I'm totally fine with it for the most part here, because the choral elements make those eyebrow raising moments just different enough from where I've heard them before, but if this has turned you off from Neal before, it's highly likely to happen again here.

Highlights: Jesus' Temptation, Woman of Seven Devils, He Must Go to the Cross, the Crucifixion. Given my discussion of similar themes above, I do have to point out that there are also many, many moments of pure, delightful, originality. Special shout out to Rick Florian as the devil in a Dio-esque performance. Talon David really delivers as Mary, and her duet with Ted Leonard to close out the album is flat-out beautiful (and that's a compliment coming from me as I'm not a sappy ballad guy).

Lowlights: There's a Highway, Get Behind Me Satan, Hearts Full of Holes. I love probably 80% of what Neal puts out, which often makes the other 20% so confusing for me sometimes. I understand these songs are here for thematic (and not just musical) reasons, they don't fit in my opinion. No one needed a straightforward, plain Jane Ted Leonard rocker in Highway, or the unnecessary Black Sabbath Paranoid clone in Satan. The previous song ends with Peter saying that he would follow Jesus anywhere, anywhere but the cross. The first song of Act II is called He Must Go to the Cross. It would have been a perfect transition between acts if the Satan song just wasn't on there! And Holes is is a sappy NDV vocal feature, and I never really dug those moments back in the Beard days either.

I would start with 3 stars for this album, mostly from the borrowing from previous material, but then bump it up to a super solid 4 stars when considering the cohesiveness and quality production. It's a beautiful sounding and thematically intriguing (and spiritually inspirational and rewarding, depending on your religious persuasion) album, and it sits right up there with many of Neal's best works.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I do believe it won't be an exaggeration if i say that "Jesus Christ | The Exorcist" is probably Neal Morse's best solo album. Before delving into the music, i would like to talk about the line-up a bit and why it makes the key difference between his other records. Probably the most devastating ... (read more)

Report this review (#2243120) | Posted by The Duke of Prunes | Sunday, August 11, 2019 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Back in the 1970s there was Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, but as far as I'm aware no one has written a rock opera based on the life of Jesus since then. Until now, when along comes Neal Morse with Jesus Christ The Exorcist, and in my opinion it stands up well beside its famous predecessor ... (read more)

Report this review (#2233108) | Posted by AlanB | Monday, June 24, 2019 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of NEAL MORSE "Jesus Christ The Exorcist"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives