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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B00006FN6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TrickeyMickey on 24 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album was my introduction to Neal Morse and Spock's Beard. I bought it because a lot of other Genesis and Yes fans seemed to be trying it. It took me a while to get into it, because the music changes a lot (prog/hard rock/ballads/jazz etc) and it throws too much information at you to digest straightaway. But I persevered, and boy was it worth it! The concept may be straight out of Tommy and the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but musically SNOW piles up one stunning melody after another. Also, every riff rivals Led Zep at their very best. It's like listening to all your favourite bands from the last 30 years in one go! The Wind At My Back finale is one of the great knock-out blows in rock, audacious, stupendous and tear-inducing in equal measure. Along with Tommy and Hey Jude, it must rank as one of the greatest album endings of all time. I'm in my forties, brought up listening to The Beatles, Genesis, Yes, Floyd, Led Zep, Mike Oldfield - got over 2,000 records! For me, SNOW must be pretty awesome to make an impression amongst that lot! Since discovering Spock's Beard, I've bought everything Morse has done. I'm not a Christian, but I even love the recent religious epics because, musically, they reflect his ongoing zenith.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chip on 6 Nov. 2002
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The fact that Snow is 2 hours long may put a lot of people off. But don't let it. Snow is a truly remarkable album, the best I've heard in a long long time, possibly ever.
There's no getting away from it. This is a 'Progressive Rock' album in every sense of the word. It's big, it's bold, it's beautiful. It's soulful and spiritual.
It's also quite accessible - refreshing for this genre. There are 3 or 4 songs on here that have 'chart hit' written all over them - it isn't going to happen of course, but they provide the hooks to draw you into the album. And from then it just gets better and better. And I must say, the final track (Wind at my Back) is the single most beautiful song I have ever heard.
5/5 no question. Pure genius.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gingerguru VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the one and only Spock's Beard album I own and, on the strength of this immense double CD release, I will be rushing out to explore the rest of this intriguing band's output.

This is unabashed prog rock in all its glory providing music of great diversity and passion. As you'd expect, the quality of playing by all concerned is very high as are the arrangements of the various sections (as opposed to songs) which combine to create a very enjoyable musical journey. This is a shining example of a true concept album.

Being a cynical Englishman, however, I am bound to say that the subject matter is a little hackneyed at times and, as my fellow reviewers have pointed out, the story borrows heavily from previous concept album ideas and motifs of the spiritual/religious type. At times, I cannot help but cringe a little at some of Morse's earnest lyrics although there is no doubt he belts out his lines with complete and utter sincerity. Musically, the album cannot be faulted and, at times, the overall effect is quite rousing and moving.

Particular highlights for me are Stranger In a Strange Land, Love Beyond Words, Open Wide... and the truly magnificent Wind At My Back which appears at the end of the first CD and is reprised with gusto as the album closer.

There is no doubt that this is a 5 star album and I would recommend it most highly to all prog rock and mainstream rock fans alike.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tony T on 10 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought my first album in 1961 and have been through Beatles, Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Dylan, Floyd, Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Van der Graaf etc., and classical music too but I rate 'Snow' as a candidate for the title of 'Greatest Album of all time by anybody'. If I played you a few odd tracks from this album you may wonder why? Although some of the tracks, especially 'Open up the floodgates', 'Solitary soul' and the wondrously simple but beautiful 'Wind at my back' to name but a few, are very strong in their own right. The magic of this concept album spanning 2 CDs is revealed when listened to as a single piece of work when the cliche 'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts' was never more applicable. The story line, concerning an albino, with mystic powers to feel other people's emotions, who rises to greatness from shunned obscurity only to be brought down again when rejected by a girl, is not especially exceptional - a variation on a common theme. It is the way the music handles the story, using a variety of styles expertly perfomed by this talented band, that tears at the heart strings, of even a grumpy old man like me, leaving you feeling emotionally drained but immensely satisfied by the time it ends. The only tiny criticism is that in the reprise of 'Wind at my back' (the final track), as it concludes Neal Morse goes over the top with his final ad-libbed vocals which grates a bit but I supposed that's to be expected of an American. Wouldn't do for a reserved Englishman!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ratnaz on 6 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The unusual thing about this album is the way it allows particular musical ideas to crop up in different places, allowing different sections to "refer" to each other. You'd really think you'd see a lot more of this but the phenomenon tends to be limited to concept albums. In the latter case it's usually rather clumsy and obvious (eg Floyd's The Wall). Here, you often don't even notice it in the first few listens, then you're suddenly surprised ("Oh, that's that bit from earlier......"). For example, the way the "Love Beyond Words" 5-note theme is repeated in a much less pleasant way in "All Is Vanity" is positively eerie.

Occasionally they lose it a bit. "Caaaaaaarrie / .... / let's take our chance and run / With just what we can caaaaarry..." Ouch. It seems to me Neal Morse is a very spiritual kind of guy; maybe he doesn't do earthly love that well.

On that subject, even though I'm not a Christian and will never be, the fact that Neal Morse is obviously so spiritually inspired shines out here and can be very moving. When he's singing about opening up the floodgates you can tell he believes it. Most bands seem to project some sort of personality from their music, and it isn't always a very pleasant one, possibly because they're trying hard to be cool and rebellious (Eminem and Oasis spring to mind). Others, like Queen, Rush and these guys, give out something much more philanthropic. I assume this is at least partly because emphasis is on musical creativity rather than image. You get the feeling they'd do it even if they weren't being paid. This is one of the reasons I like this album so much.
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