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Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream


Morsefest 2017: "The Similitude of a Dream" and "Testimony 2" LIVE!
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Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream

 

The Neal Morse Band, the progressive rock collective comprised by singer/guitarist/keyboardist Neal Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette, released their critically admired double-disc concept album The Similitude of a Dream, almost two years ago on November 11th, 2016. It was the eighth studio album with the core of Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current lineup.

Clocking in at over 100 minutes, The Similitude of a Dream became the most applauded release that Morse has helmed to date, garnering raving reviews from critics and fans alike. The 2017 tour was their largest yet, including new continents for the band, and ended with a final performance at Neal's annual event Morsefest, held at the New Life Fellowship in Cross Plains, Tennessee, during Friday September 1st and Saturday September 2nd, 2017. Free from the constraints of studio recordings, Morse expanded his musical vision for Morsefest 2017, augmenting the already astounding Neal Morse Band with live strings, a horn section, orchestral percussion, dancers, female background singers and a full choir. The first night of the event saw the performance of rare epics songs from the Morse’s catalog plus the Testimony 2 album in its entirety, while The Similitude of a Dream album was played from head to toe for a last time during night two.

November 16th 2018, this once-in-a-lifetime event will be released on Radiant Records, and distributed by Metal Blade Records/SONY in several formats. Dubbed as Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream and clocking in over 5 hours of material, the fans will be able to choose from the following:

  • 2DVD/4CD Digipak
  • Double Blu-ray Set
  • Limited 50 pages Deluxe Artbook Set (includes 2 DVDs, 4 CDs, 2 Blu-ray) with never-before seen photographs, 5 postcards, an exclusive poster and a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide!

Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes. Sonically outstanding, the audio was mixed by the band's own guitarist Eric Gillette (who also recently mixed their The Similitude of a Dream: Live in Tilburg 2017 release), and mastered by long-time collaborator and world renowned engineer Rich Mouser.

Additionally, a one-hour documentary* will give viewers a fly-on-the-wall perspective at what really happened behind the scenes during this epic event; featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians and the crew: a truly engaging glimpse into the whirlwind of staging such a monumental production. Last, but not least, for the first time ever the versions including Blu Ray discs will feature Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS-HD Master 5.1 as additional audio options.

* Included only on Blu-ray discs, not on DVDs

 

CD TRACKLISTING

DISC ONE

1    Intro    01:47

2    Lifeline    12:23

So Many Roads:

3    Part I - So Many Roads    04:40

4    Part II - Star for a Day    04:39

5    Part III - The Humdrum Life    05:26

6    Part IV - All the Way to the Grave    05:16

7    Part V - The Eyes of the Saviour    07:13

8    Part VI - So Many Roads (Reprise)    01:16

9    Supernatural    07:54

10   Seeds of Gold    26:36

 

DISC TWO

1    Mercy Street    06:15

2    Overture No. 4    05:20

3    Time Changer    06:24

4    Jayda    07:32

5    Nighttime Collectors    04:34

6    Time has come Today    04:44

7    Jesus’ Blood    06:40

8    The Truth Will Set You Free    07:52

9    Chance of a Lifetime    06:49

10   Jesus Bring Me Home    04:46

11    Road Dog Blues    02:49

12    It’s For You    05:57

13    Crossing Over / Mercy Street Reprise    11:59

 

DISC THREE

1    Intro    02:56

2    Long Day    01:52

3    Overture    05:56

4    The Dream    02:45

5    City of Destruction    05:12

6    We Have Got To Go    02:30

7    Makes No Sense    04:16

8    Draw the Line    04:01

9    The Slough    03:01

10   Back to the City    04:26

11   The Ways of a Fool    09:41

12   So Far Gone    05:14

13   Breath of Angels    07:24

 

DISC FOUR

1    Slave to Your Mind     06:08

2    Shortcut to Salvation    04:42

3    The Man in the Iron Cage    05:20

4    The Road Called Home    03:34

5    Sloth    06:04

6    Freedom Song    04:02

7    I’m Running    03:46

8    The Mask    05:18

9    Confrontation    03:54

10   The Battle    03:04

11   Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)    10:47

12   Author of Confusion    10:05

13   The Call    10:54

 

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACKLISTING

SET 1 - RARE EPICS:

1. Lifeline

2. So Many Roads

3. Supernatural 

4. Seeds of Gold

 

SET 2 - Testimony 2 Album:

5. Mercy Street

6. Overture No. 4

7. Time Changer

8. Jayda

9. Nighttime Collectors

10. Time Has Come Today

11. Jesus’ Blood

12. The Truth Will Set You Free

13. Chance of a Lifetime

14. Jesus Bring Me Home

15. Road Dog Blues

16. It’s for You

17. Crossing Over / Mercy Street Reprise

 

Extras: Documentary - Behind the Scenes at Morsefest 2017 (only present in Blu Ray discs)

 

NIGHT 2

SET 1 - The Similitude of a Dream, Part 1:

1. Long Day

2. Overture

3. The Dream

4. City of Destruction

5. We Have Got to Go

6. Makes No Sense

7. Draw the Line

8. The Slough

9. Back to the City

10. The Ways of a Fool

11. So Far Gone

12. Breath of Angels

 

SET 2 - The Similitude of a Dream, Part 2:

13. Slave to Your Mind

14. Shortcut to Salvation

15. The Man in the Iron Cage

16. The Road Called Home

17. Sloth

18. Freedom Song

19. I’m Running

20. The Mask

21. Confrontation

22. The Battle

23. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)

 

Encores:

24. Author of Confusion

25. Agenda

26. The Call

 

 

SPECIAL BUNDLE DEAL! Save $5 when you buy LIFE & TIMES Live DVD with the Morsefest 2017: Deluxe Artbook Set! BONUS: NEAL WILL SIGN THE FIRST 100 BUNDLES! (Buy them together in the option listed below.) **NOTE: both items will ship together in time for the "Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream" release date on 11/16/18.**

 

Release date is November 16, 2018.

 

 

 
Picture of SPECIAL BUNDLE: Morsefest 2017: Deluxe Artbook Set + LIFE & TIMES Live DVD
SPECIAL BUNDLE: Morsefest 2017: Deluxe Artbook Set + LIFE & TIMES Live DVD

 

Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide! Includes 2 DVDs, 4 CDs, 2 Blu-ray, artbook, 5 postcards, an exclusive poster, and certificate of authenticity. (The first 100 Special Bundles ordered will be signed by Neal Morse - both the artbook and the LIFE & TIMES Live DVD. ALSO: The 1st 100 bundles ordered will ship with an exclusive 8.5" x 10" picture signed by Neal Morse. This picture is not even included in the artbook pages - a true collector's perk!)

**NOTE: both items will ship together in time for the "Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream" release date on 11/2/2018.**


$79.99 (USD)
Picture of Morsefest 2017: Deluxe Artbook Set
Morsefest 2017: Deluxe Artbook Set

Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide! Includes 2 DVDs, 4 CDs, 2 Blu-ray, artbook, 5 postcards, an exclusive poster, and certificate of authenticity.


$64.99 (USD)
Picture of Morsefest 2017: 2DVD/4CD Digipak
Morsefest 2017: 2DVD/4CD Digipak

$39.99 (USD)
Picture of Morsefest 2017: 2 Blu-ray Set
Morsefest 2017: 2 Blu-ray Set

$29.99 (USD)
Audio Download (MP3)

Digital download of the 4 CDs (MP3)


$19.99 (USD)
Audio Download (WAV)

Digital download of the 4 CDs (WAV)


$19.99 (USD)
Artwork

$0.00 (USD)


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