The Grand Experiment
The Grand Experiment, featuring the talents of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, and Eric Gillette, is sure to blow the minds of all prog fans and appeal to anyone who loves hooky songwriting with virtuoso performances from some of the best musicians in the world of Prog!
For the first time ever prog icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette...with NOTHING! He had no prepared material at all. Neal comments, "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk!" On previous albums, like the Testimony album for example, Morse had the entire album written in advance. "I used to be rather paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short space of time we had available...so I would fill all the space in advance!" This album was totally different. "I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of...we found out...in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a "grand experiment" that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations!
Here's what reviewers are saying about the album:
"The Grand Experiment is a true success, an explosion of enthusiasm, a true work of art. This is what proggers live for." - Progarchy
"This is no doubt destined to be one of the best album of 2015" - The Prog Report
"Neal Morse shows us once again he is a master in his field... The best album produced by Neal Morse in his career." - Le Suricate Magazine
1. The Call
2. The Grand Experiment
5. Alive Again
1. New Jerusalem (Freedom Is Coming)
2. Doomsday Destiny
3. MacArthur Park
4. The Creation (Live from Morsefest)
5. Reunion (Live from Morsefest)