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Neal Morse - "There's A Highway" (audio)

Ο Neal Morse δεν χρειάζεται συστάσεις (τουλάχιστον για τους φίλους του prog). Ταλαντούχος μουσικός που έγινε (σχετικά) γνωστός μέσα από μπάντες όπως οι Transatlantic και οι Spock's Beard. Στην μεγάλη χρονικά καριέρα του (βρίσκεται στο "κουρμπέτι" από το 1980) τον έχουμε δει / ακούσει επίσης και στους The Neal Morse Band - Flying Colors - Yellow Matter Custard, ενώ προσφέρει τις υπηρεσίες του (ως guest) σε δίσκους των Dream Theater, Ayreon, Jordan Rudess κλπ. Το νέο του δισκογραφικό πόνημα δείχνει μεγαλεπήβολο. Πρόκειται για rock opera υπό τον τίτλο "Jesus Christ The Exorcist" και θα κυκλοφορήσει (σε διπλό cd - τριπλό βινύλιο) στα μέσα Ιουνίου...

Δελτίο τύπου: «"Jesus Christ - The Exorcist" is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. “Jesus Christ the Exorcist” will be released on June 14, 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.

Today, the first song from this masterpiece has been unveiled, "Get Behind Me Satan". "I don’t know why it came to me in quite this way, but definitely the influences on this song are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple primarily. I even asked Rich Mouser when he was mixing the song to listen to “Paranoid“ because I thought that vocal effect would be cool on Ted’s (Leonard) voice," says Morse of the track.

When asked about what fans can expect sound wise from the album, Morse explains, "Oh, it is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope that people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in this piece of music."

He continues, "These songs and pieces of music were all written for this rock opera specifically. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June."

With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, Jake Livgren and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear... let him hear!”

“Jesus Christ - The Exorcist”, had it’s live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant), Nick D'Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock's Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more.

Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) were added to the performance as well. Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.»

Neal Morse: «This song is about Jesus beginning his ministry and telling people to "repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand". The concept of "There’s a Highway" is that if we humble ourselves before God, then he will lift us up! For those who are feeling low, there is a "Highway" to a better place indeed! Thought this would be a nice song to release on Good Friday. God bless you all!»

Artist / Band: Neal Morse
Born: August 2, 1960
Country of origin: United States
Location: Van Nuys, California
Genre: Progressive rock / metal
Instruments: Vocals, keyboards, drums, guitar
Years active: 1980-present

Το τραγούδι του Neal Morse "There's A Highway" από το album "Jesus Christ The Exorcist"
Audio: "There's A Highway"
Album: "Jesus Christ The Exorcist"
Type: Full length
Release date: June 14th, 2019
Label: Frontiers Music S.r..l.
Format: 2CD, 3LP

Track listing - CD1:
01. Introduction
02. Overture
03. Getaway
04. Gather The People
05. Jesus’ Baptism
06. Jesus’ Temptation
07. There’s A Highway
08. The Woman Of Seven Devils
09. Free At Last
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes
11. Love Has Called My Name
12. Better Weather
13. The Keys To The Kingdom
14. Get Behind Me Satan

Track listing - CD2:
01. He Must Go To The Cross
02. Jerusalem
03. Hearts Full Of Holes
04. The Last Supper
05. Gethsemane
06. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial
07. Judas’ Death
08. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion
09. Mary At The Tomb
10. The Greatest Love Of All
11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)

Full cast:
Ted Leonard - Jesus
Talon David - Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio - Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - The Devil
Matt Smith - John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse - Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue - Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - Demon 4
Julie Harrison - Servant Girl

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