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One

a Studio release
by
Neal Morse (The Neal Morse Band)

Release Year: 2004

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Radiant Records

The Special Edition contains a bonus CD of 9 additional tracks

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 10/15/2004 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 9/3/2011 8:43:00 AM by: Rob
  1. The Creation (18:22)
      I) One Mind
      II) In a Perfect Light
      III) Where Are You?
      IV) Reaching from the Heart

  2. The Man’s Gone -(2:50)
  3. Author of Confusion (9:30)
  4. The Separated Man (17:58)
      I) I’m in a Cage
      II) I am The Man
      III) The Man’s Gone (Reprise)
      IV) Something Within Me Remembers
  5. Cradle to the Grave (4:55)
  6. Help Me/The Spirit and the Flesh (11:13)
  7. Father of Forgiveness (5:46)
  8. Reunion (9:11)
      I) No Separation
      II) Grand Finale
      III) Make Us One
    Bonus Disc (Special Edition only)
  1. Back to the Garden (4:26)
  2. Nothing to Believe (3:29)
  3. Cradle to the Grave (Neal's Voc) (4:55)
  4. King Jesus (4:48)
  5. What Is Life? (4:28)
  6. Where the Streets Have No Name (5:46)
  7. Day After Day (3:25)
  8. Chris Carmichael's - Aria (1:07)
  9. I'm Free / Sparks (6:36)
Neal Morse
Keyboards,Vocals
Randy George
Bass
Mike Portnoy
Drums
Guests
    Phil Keaggy
    Guitars
    Chris Carmichael
    Violin, Vocals
    Gene Miller
    Vocals
    Rick Altizer
    Vocals
    Michael Thurman
    French Horn
    Rachel Righton
    Violin
    Hannah Vanderpool
    Cello
    Dave Jacques
    String Bass
    Jim Hoke
    Sax
    Neil Rosengarden
    Trumpet
    Bill Huber
    Trombone
    Glenn Caruba
    Percussion
    Aaron Marshall
    Vocals
    Missy Halle
    Vocals

Reviewed by Marc on 21 Nov 2004


A year ago Neal Morse put out his first post Spock Beard album, the excellent and highly autobiographical Testimony. Now Neal is back with, in my opinion, an even better CD entittled One.

Listening to One I quickly recognised Neal Morse's unmistakable style, meaning very ambitious and emotional symphonic and progressive rock, influenced by The Beatles and Gentle Giant. Compared to Testimony, One is closer to Spock Beard albums.

For prog lovers highlights will be the two epic tracks, "The Creation" and "The Separated Man", both of them comparable to Morse's better creations of the past, clocking at about 18 minutes (somewhat on the short side for Neal;)) and featuring very distinct sections. The album also contains a couple of touching ballads, "The Man’s Gone" and "Father of Forgiveness" and a few other prog jems all clocking at around 10 minutes. Mike Portnoy is again behind the drums and the music lets him even more show off his great talent than on any previous Morse-Portnoy collaboration.

In a recent interview, after I asked Neal what we could expect from One he laughed and answered : "You can expect it to be really great. It’s a little proggier than Testimony, a little heavier. I think it’s one of the strongest albums I’ve ever done... I think you should expect to love it.".

I could not have put it better. Highly recommended and a candidate for album of the year.

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