Monday, 2 February 2015

The Doorway (Spock's Beard, 1996)

Actually, a pearl in the brilliant US prog ocean, this one! Coming from the album "Beware of Darkness", this track is the perfect fusion or rock, folk and classical inspirations, something most of us old prog lovers like very much. All the instruments play as one, while the tempo continually changes and the mood too, including warm country passages along with full symphonic rock riffs. And what about the acoustic guitar solo bridges, the piano intro or the surprising finale? Wow...

"Beware of Darkness" was SB's second studio album.

I also think this is one of the best Neal Morse's vocal performances, and that's saying something! IMHO, this song captures the early, purely prog spirit of Spock's Beard, before any internal struggles and theological lyrics. They were ready to go on their own musical and spiritual path, but I adore the way they were back then, so full of energy and ideas.