Friday, March 10, 2017

CD/DVD Review: The Neal Morse Band Showcase Their Energy In New "Morsefest 2015" Release

The Neal Morse Band recently released their longest, most involved, mind-expanding album late last year titled "The Similitude Of A Dream." It has received rave reviews from critics everywhere, with many saying it is the band's best album to date. Now, The Neal Morse Band dive back in time to celebrate "Morsefest 2015" with a soon to be released 2 Blu-ray or 2 DVD set with an additional 4CDs which cover both nights of the band's live performances.
 
The band ran through 30 songs from throughout Neal Morse's career over the course of two nights and invited 38 musicians on stage with them to create a special prog-rock orchestra. The first video covers the band's first night as they kick things off with "The Call." The video quality is amazing as you are right on stage with The Neal Morse Band, watching these musical magicians at work. Songs like "Go The Way You Go" and "MacArthur Park" easily push past the 13-minute mark as you just become in awe of the amazing musicianship within the band. Morse introduces songs from his solo career with the Christian rock appeal of "New Jerusalem" and "Temple Of The Living God," as the additional choir gives the music a gospel-like quality. The additional singers and musicians bring songs like "Solid As The Sun" and "12" to bigger heights as they sound even better in this live setting than their studio versions. The first video (first night) closes with the emotional build-up reprise of "The Temple Of The Living God."
 
The second night features a much shorter set list with only eight songs as most of them last between 7 and 17 minutes. The night begins with the epic piece, "The Door" as the band expands upon the live setting with their iconic progressive rock sound. Neal Morse delivers this Cristian rocker to an audience that adores and expects only the best from this band. He gets right up to fans, displaying his guitar talents on "The Conflict My Heart" and drummer Mike Portnoy leads the band through the intense playing of "At The End Of The Day." Morse invites fellow Spock's Beard member Nick D'Virgilio to join him for the classic prog-rocker "Wind At My Back," before the night closes with "The Wirlwind Medley" from Morse's other band Transatlantic.
 
The Neal Morse Band are heading back out on the road in Europe at the end of the month. For a complete list of live dates and to find out more about "Morsefest 2015," please visit nealmorse.com.

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