|A huge new release from Neal Morse with loads of guests!
Format: CD / Cat No: FRCD955 / Released: 17/06/2019
Track Listing: CD 1: 1. Introduction / 2. Overture / 3. Getaway / 4. Gather the People / 5. Jesus' Baptism / 6. Jesus' Temptation / 7. There's a Highway / 8. The Woman of Seven Devils / 9. 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
CD 2: 1. He Must Go to the Cross / 2. Jerusalem / 3. Hearts Full of Holes / 4. The Last Supper / 5. Gethsemane / 6. Jesus Before the Council and Peter's Denial / 7. Judas' Death / 8. Jesus Before Pilate and the Crucifixion / 9. Mary at the Tomb / 10. The Greatest Love of All / 11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
More information: Morse says on the albumís sound: ďItís completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well.
ďItís 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 thatís where they will really find the power in it.
ďThese songs and pieces of music were all written specifically for this project. 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 couldnít be happier with the final outcome.Ē
To mark the album announcement, Morse released a video for Get Behind Me Satan featuring guest vocals from Leonard.
Morse explains: ĒI donít 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 Tedís voice.Ē
Neal Morse - keys, guitar, vocals as Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Paul Bielatowicz - lead guitar
Bill Hubauer - keys
Randy George - bass
Eric Gillette - drums
Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant) - vocals as Jesus
Talon David - vocals as Mary Magdalene
Nick D'Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock's Beard) - vocals as Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - vocals as The Devil
Matt Smith (Theocracy) - vocals as John the Baptist
Jake Livgren (Protokaw) - vocals as Peter and Caiaphas
Mark Pogue - vocals as Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - vocals as Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - vocals as Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - vocals as Demon 4
Julie Harrison - vocals as Servant Girl