NEAL MORSE – Jesus Christ The Exorcist (2019) *EXCLUSIVE*
“Jesus Christ – The Exorcist” is a monumental project in NEAL MORSE’s already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians.
“Jesus Christ the Exorcist” will be released on June 14, 2019, via Frontiers Music.
We are presenting here at 0dayrox the pre-mastering yet final version of the album, in exclusive.
“Jesus Christ – The Exorcist” is a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrum and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.
Neal explains, “Sometimes providence comes with a whisper; sometimes it comes with an unexpected phone call. A friend of mine who works in the music business called me from New York one day in 2008 and said, “Hey man, a friend and I were listening to Jesus Christ Superstar last night and were saying, ‘Man, somebody ought to do a new rock opera based on the Jesus story’.
I told my friend, ‘I know the guy!’ He went on to tell me I ought to write an epic prog piece based on the gospels. With a New York accent he said, ‘Ya gotta do it!’ I laughed and said, ‘Well, I’m busy right now, but I’ll think about it.’
Neal continues; ‘Over the next couple of months, I began to feel that “yes” inside and spent a few months writing the first draft. The strong sense that I was onto something continued to grow and the people that sang on the original version were really into it.
One day the phone rang and it was my friend from New York, Michael Caplan. He said, ‘You’re not gonna believe this, but I’ve got a company interested in the musical!’ I replied, ‘That’s great, ‘cause I am in the middle of a rewrite as we are putting it on at Morsefest 2018 in a few months.’ Very timely! The company is called Frontiers Music Srl and after some communication, we struck a deal! Cool!
So, here we are… ready to release this collection of songs and themes that is very dear to my heart and I believe tells the greatest story ever told in a powerful, new way.”
With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), talented Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith (Theocracy), and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”
The double CD really encompasses Morse’s varied styles, from elaborated progressive rock, to rock&pop and melodic hard rock, just check out the advance here:
The good thing about is its musical delivery. It’s a fluid, melodic recording, and when you realized you need to put the second CD on the player. Of course, musicianship is top notch.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Progressive Rock musicians, Neal Morse is much more than that, not only capable of writing an interesting story, but also add varied flavoring to “Jesus Christ – The Exorcist”; there’s dramatic pop, there’s groove, hard rocking guitars, then tender pianos, etc.
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01 – Introduction
02 – Overture
03 – Getaway
04 – Gather The People
05 – Jesus’ Baptism
06 – Jesus’ Temptation
07 – There’s A Highway
08 – The Woman Of Seven Devils
09 – 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
01 – He Must Go To The Cross
02 – Jerusalem
03 – The Last Supper
04 – Gethsemane
05 – Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial
06 – Judas’ Death
07 – Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion
08 – Mary At The Tomb
09 – The Greatest Love Of All
10 – Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
Neal Morse (keyboards, guitar)
Paul Bielatowicz (guitar)
Bill Hubauer (keyboards)
Randy George (bass)
Eric Gillette (drums)
Ted Leonard (Jesus)
Talon David (Mary Magdalene)
Nick D’Virgilio (Judas Iscariot)
Rick Florian (The Devil)
Matt Smith (John the Baptist)
Jake Livgren (Peter and Caiaphas)
Neal Morse (Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1)
Mark Pogue (Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2)
Wil Morse (Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1)
Gabe Klein (Demon 2, Pharisee 4)
Gideon Klein (Demon 4)
Julie Harrison (Servant Girl)