Beware of Darkness [Bonus Tracks]

Beware of Darkness [Bonus Tracks]

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by Spock's Beard
     
 

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The Light is the debut album from Spock's Beard, the Culver City, CA neo-prog rock band whose sprawling exercises in technical proficiency and suite-like compositions made them an underground legend almost immediately. One has to understand that "The Light" is nothing at all akin to anything being done in the mid-'90s.

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The Light is the debut album from Spock's Beard, the Culver City, CA neo-prog rock band whose sprawling exercises in technical proficiency and suite-like compositions made them an underground legend almost immediately. One has to understand that "The Light" is nothing at all akin to anything being done in the mid-'90s. Yes hadn't yet made their full comeback, and the memories of Genesis with Peter Gabriel faded ever more pervasively form view with each subsequent Phil Collins solo release. Here are four sprawling, knotty, syncopated tunes, two of them, the title track and "The Water," are multiple part suites that encompass no less than 48 minutes of the album's 67 minutes. In addition, this album was self-financed, though it was originally issued by Metal Blade. (What "responsible" multi-national recording conglomerate during Nirvana-mania would give them a record deal, after all?). There are wonderfully referenced elements here in these massive and yes, overblown constructions -- but that's what prog's delight is -- overblown and confoundingly complex. There's the great King Crimson "21st Century Schizoid Man" reference in "One Man," and the flamenco-cum-near-gothic metal of the "Return of the Catfish Man," near the end of "The Light" The layered keyboards and backing chorus in "Go the Way You Go," remind one of Yes at their knottiest, before slipping expertly into an altered universe dynamically and becoming a poetic and romantic elegy. And "The Water"'s labyrinthine, apocalyptic, maze-like compositional journey that may not sound like punk, but certainly reflects many of its sentiments, is an anomaly in any kind of music that espouses this M.O. The dodgy (but not substandard) recording makes it sound like classic- '70s vintage, and the music is out of time and space. Fans of this genre have long regarded it as a classic. The 2004 remastered special edition, which comes in a slipcase, contains one bonus track, a 15-minute home demo of the title cut, which crackles with energy and menace and contains liner notes by Neal Morse. For those investigating prog rock, this is a worthy addition to your collection; for those who are already fans, the improved sound and bonus tune are worth the purchase price.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841449327
catalogNumber:
14493

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spock's Beard   Primary Artist
Wanda Houston   Background Vocals
Neal Morse   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ryo Okumoto   Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Group Member
Molly Pasutti   Background Vocals
Nick D'Virgilio   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Resonator,Group Member
Alan Morse   Cello,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Meros   Fretless Bass Guitar,Fuzz Bass,Wah Wah Bass
John Boegehold   Overdubs

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Craig Allen   Graphic Design
Britt Bacon   Engineer
Neal Morse   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
John Woodhouse   Engineer
Spock's Beard   Producer
Frank Rosato   Engineer
John Boegehold   Cover Design

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