Snow Live

Spock's Beard

Metal Blade/Radiant Records, 2017

REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa


Neal Morse is a musical chameleon.  You never know what he might do next, but one thing you can be sure of is that it will be good. No one probably ever expected Morse to reunite with his former band Spock’s Beard. Morse left the band back in 2002 right after the release of Snow. He didn’t even tour for this release, so it makes a lot of sense for the reunited band to pick up right where they left off.  my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Morsefest was an ideal place where such reunion could take place. It was a one-off event where the fans could experience something special, and this particular reunion can be counted as such.  Since Morse and Spock’s Beard never had the chance to perform Snow in a live setting, it was a perfect opportunity to see that happen. And if you never did see Morse fronting Spock’s Beard then again, it was a chance of a lifetime. It’s something that never happen again…although we’ve learned to “never say never.”

Judging from the quality of this performance, it appears to that both parties were extremely excited to make this happen. There is definitely a lot passion can be heard and observed during this performance. The band sounds tight, and everyone seems to be enjoying this reunion. Also, it highlights how different Spock’s Beard was under the leadership of Neal Morse. 

Snow was originally regarded as a breakthrough record at the time of its release, and the music still holds up very nicely. It didn’t loose any of it swagger 15 years later. It can be considered as a classic prog album of the early 2000s. And here, of course, the fans can have the live experience for the very first time.

This lavish package has it all. You can listen to the show on CD, or view the experience on DVD. The DVD includes a look behind the scenes, so you can see what went into making this event happen. It’s beautifully put together with a collector in mind. It’s definitely a time machine experience for any longtime fans of Spock’s Beard fans, though in many cases, it’s the initial contact. This release is perfection at any rate!

Rating: A

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