I've just been getting into this band in the last year. One (of many) things I like about them is the fact that they rarely have long self-indulgent solos. Even though they have long instrumental passages, there is very little soloing. Not that I don't like prog instrumental excesses, but it's refresh to hear a prog band that rarely indulges. Also, I got my first Spock's Beard CD shortly before Leonard Nimoy died. I don't know what that means, exactly.
Was really skeptical of their post-Neal Morse direction, but they stayed every bit as progressive, actually moreso. It's the lack of pop hooks that make them less 'accessible' currently, the keyboard playing and basslines have actually gotten a good deal more intricate with the same direct lyrics. It's a good style, gonna have to look into the new album when it's out...Tides of Time has quite a bit of Yes and Kansas in it!
@dr_bun, I got into them through At the End of The Day and All on a SUnday (the first is awesomely proggy, the second is catchy and very Beatles styled.) Hope that helps, Mister Ryu Okumoto on the Keyboards is awesome ELP as well, if you like them.
hey, for the Kevin Gilbert fans who may come here (Kevin worked with Spock's on both The Light and Beware of Darkness, and "The Great Nothing" is thought of largely about Kevin Gilbert), Kevin's 1st solo record "THUD" could be coming out on VINYL. !Please make a comment (for those who have Facebook) in this Post if you are interested. https://www.facebook.com/kevingilbertofficial/photos/a.240786302798926.1073741842.224649184412638/240785206132369/?type=1
Spocks Beard European Tour kicks off next week, I will be at The Garage, London... Love the new album, the addition of Ted Leonard on vox/guitar along with his writing skills was truly a superb move on their part :) See ya there!
I just got Snow, and so far I really like the music. I'm not sure about the lyrics, but the music is very powerful. I really like a lot of the post-Morse work, too. I thought X was a great album. I will definitely need a few more listens to Snow to determine where I think it fits in the hierarchy of greatness.
Yes it is, and it was my favorite SB album for a long time and I never payed enough attention to their other records because of it, but now i'm rediscovering earlier albums and can't believe how great they are. Snow is great conceptual album, for me maybe the greatest conceptual prog album ever (except forTransatlantic's ''The Whirlwind'' if we take it as 12 separate tracks, that album really got my love) but their other albums are as amazing as Snow and deserve much attention. ''Beware of Darkness'' is pure prog rock orgasm from first to last minute, for example. Right now I'm also listening a lot of post-Morse era albums, which I ignored for awhile (lack of time mostly) and find them very, very good too. Can't wait for new album, I have a very god feeling about it! Spock's Beard rules, for sure! Sorry for bad english.
Ted Leonard is a very good vocalist -- on paper, he may have a better voice than Morse or NDV did.
I'm not sure how close a match he would be for Spock's Beard, though. (While Enchant did progressive rock, it wasn't quite the sort of progressive rock that SB did.)
I couldn't get into the new Spock's Beard style when they switched to Nick. Alan's song writing lacked the silly/cool humor that Neal had. And everything neal put out with Transatlantic was great, but some of his solo stuff was hit and miss with me. The Testimony Albums were awesome. So was the song "So Many Roads"... everything else just didn't compare to Spocks Beard. But I could sorta see how Neal was about to leave when they put out Snow... I just couldn't listen to Snow all the way through. It was to much. To grand of a concept.... to much involvement... and not as fun as The Light, or Day for Night. Those two albums have to be my fav.