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  • Spock's Beard: The Oblivion Particle

    Anyone have any opinions about The Oblivion Particle? Good album? Bad album? Favorite songs? Least favorite songs? Any individual performers stand out to you in a special way?

    As it stands, if Spock's Beard, which seems to be informally on hiatus, doesn't come back, this would be their second to last studio album. It's their twelfth studio album overall, and second of three with Ted Leonard singing lead.

    Dave Ragsdale, who recently left Kansas after a lengthy tenure, plays violin on the final track as a special guest.
    "A lot of the heavier conversations I was having with Chris toward the end were about his desire for this thing to go forward. He kept reiterating that to me. [...] He kept telling me, 'No matter what happens, Yes needs to continue moving forward and make great music. So promise me that that's something you want to do.'. And I have to keep making music. It's just what I do. [...] I'm a fan of the band and I want to see it thrive and that means new music." -Billy Sherwood

  • #2
    I'm a huge Spock's Beard fan and funny enough this was the first album by them I heard. I love it. John Boegehold's writing contribution in all of Post-Morse Spock's Beard albums are the stand out to me, this album included. In fact the spin-off Pattern-Seeking Animals is rooted in his writing. Based on the credits in Noise Floor, it seems like this was a way to get Spock's Beard *players* to write more yet give Boegehold an avenue for his own excellent writing.

    By the way, Mirror to the Sky and Pattern-Seeking Animals latest album Only Passing Through feel like spiritual sister albums.

    Favorite Oblivion Particle songs are probably the opener and Minion, A Better Way to Fly, and To Be Free Again. But this whole album really works for me. I prefer it over the other Leonard era albums.

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    • #3
      I'm not too partial to Get Out While You Can, but I simply love the rest. One of my favourite post Morse Spock's albums.
      Actually I love all three post D'Virgilio albums, but if I really had to choose it would be this one.
      Symphony
      Karmachromatic
      It's only static
      The key defines the scale we climb
      To at last perceive we are
      We are contrast in harmony‚Äč

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      • #4
        O. Particle is actually my favorite of the Ted Leonard Spocks albums. Love the opening track, Minion (very Kansas), A Better Way To Fly, Bennet Built A Time Machine, and Disappear (powerful!). I think a lot of people prefer the previous album, and although that's great, this one stands out for me. Plus imagery that deals with inventors, scientists, time machines, alchemists etc. is pretty cool in general.

        I have yet to check out Pattern Seeking Animals, and they got 3 albums out already. I'm behind on that stuff. I generally like Ted Leonard, and have been digging some Enchant recently. What's up with Spocks Beard, are they done?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker

          I have yet to check out Pattern Seeking Animals, and they got 3 albums out already. I'm behind on that stuff. I generally like Ted Leonard, and have been digging some Enchant recently. What's up with Spocks Beard, are they done?
          Each one is better than the previous one, and the first one is already quite good.
          Symphony
          Karmachromatic
          It's only static
          The key defines the scale we climb
          To at last perceive we are
          We are contrast in harmony‚Äč

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker
            O. Particle is actually my favorite of the Ted Leonard Spocks albums. Love the opening track, Minion (very Kansas), A Better Way To Fly, Bennet Built A Time Machine, and Disappear (powerful!). I think a lot of people prefer the previous album, and although that's great, this one stands out for me. Plus imagery that deals with inventors, scientists, time machines, alchemists etc. is pretty cool in general.

            I have yet to check out Pattern Seeking Animals, and they got 3 albums out already. I'm behind on that stuff. I generally like Ted Leonard, and have been digging some Enchant recently. What's up with Spocks Beard, are they done?
            Totally agree with everything you're saying there. Brief Nocturnes gets most people's votes it seems but this is the special one to me.

            I don't think Spock's Beard are done. Ryo Okumoto has said they're not. However that was a few years ago. I don't know if anything's changed since then. I can't imagine Spock's Beard ending now though, the guys have so much music left.

            Has anyone heard the Okumoto solo album? Spiritual spock's beard

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            • #7
              Haven't heard Okumoto's recent solo album, but have the one called Coming Through which didn't really bowl me over too much but then I may have played it only once or twice. Spiritual Spocks Beard? That would probably be Neal Morse stuff, a lot of which is very good. Especially NMB (Neal Morse Band) featuring Mike Portnoy. Innocence & Danger is pretty good.

              A lot of Yes/Asia fans here probably already know of GPS, the one-off Asia spinoff featuring Okumoto with John Payne, Jay Shellen and Guthrie Govan from 2006.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker
                Haven't heard Okumoto's recent solo album, but have the one called Coming Through which didn't really bowl me over too much but then I may have played it only once or twice. Spiritual Spocks Beard? That would probably be Neal Morse stuff, a lot of which is very good. Especially NMB (Neal Morse Band) featuring Mike Portnoy. Innocence & Danger is pretty good.

                A lot of Yes/Asia fans here probably already know of GPS, the one-off Asia spinoff featuring Okumoto with John Payne, Jay Shellen and Guthrie Govan from 2006.
                Myth of the Mostrophus sounds so much like Spock's Beard in places I basically call it a spiritual successor to Noise Floor.

                And I love all the Neal Morse stuff too. NMB, his solo stuff, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, I dig all that

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