Testimony (Neal Morse album)

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Testimony
Testimony.jpg
Studio album by Neal Morse
Released 23 September 2003
Recorded The Morse House, Nashville 2003
Genre Progressive rock
Length 123:43
137:22 (for the Ltd. Edition)
Label InsideOut Music
Producer Rich Mouser
Neal Morse chronology
The Transatlantic Demos
(2003)
Testimony
(2003)
Testimony Live
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
DPRP (?)[2]
Tollbooth (positive)[3]

Testimony is a progressive rock concept album by Neal Morse. Released in 2003, this double-album is in five sections detailing the composer's life and conversion to Christianity.[4] The album features performances from ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Kerry Livgren of Kansas,[5] although the majority of instruments are played by Morse himself.

Footage from the writing and recording sessions for this album was released as a two hour long DVD titled Making of Testimony: Rough Edit in September 2007

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Neal Morse.

Disc One[edit]

Part 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Land of Beginning Again"   3:10
2. "Overture No. 1"   5:58
3. "California Nights"   5:46
4. "Colder in the Sun"   6:20
5. "Sleeping Jesus"   5:32
6. "Interlude"   1:56
7. "The Prince of the Power of the Air"   2:43
8. "The Promise"   2:52
9. "Wasted Life"   6:50
Total length:
41:08
Part 2
No. Title Length
1. "Overture No. 2"   2:31
2. "Break of Day"   6:55
3. "Power in the Air"   5:03
4. "Somber Days"   5:06
5. "Long Story"   5:35
6. "It's All I Can Do"   6:25
Total length:
31:38

Disc Two[edit]

Part 3
No. Title Length
1. "Transformation"   3:00
2. "Ready to Try"   4:48
3. "Sing it High"   4:48
Total length:
12:06
Part 4
No. Title Length
1. "Moving in my Heart"   3:06
2. "I Am Willing"   6:28
3. "In the Middle"   2:27
4. "The Storm Before the Calm"   7:31
5. "Oh, to Feel Him"   6:17
6. "God's Theme"   2:31
Total length:
28:19
Part 5
No. Title Length
1. "Overture No. 3"   1:05
2. "Rejoice"   2:28
3. "Oh Lord My God"   3:54
4. "God's Theme 2"   2:10
5. "The Land of Beginning Again"   0:54
Total length:
10:33

Disc Three (Limited Edition)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The fang... sings!"   0:18
2. "Tuesday Afternoon/Find My Way Back Home""   13:21
Total length:
13:39

Personnel[edit]

  • Neal Morse - producer, composer, guitars, synth, piano, organ, vocals
  • Mike Portnoy - drums
  • Kerry Livgren - guitar solo on "Long Story"
  • Eric Brenton - violin, flute
  • Chris Carmichael - violin, cello, strings
  • David Henry - Cello
  • Jim Hoke - Sax
  • Neil Rosengarden - Trumpet
  • Katie Hagen - French horn
  • Mark Leniger - Saxophone, Soloist
  • Byron House - string bass
  • Glenn Caruba - percussion
  • Johnny Cox - Pedal steel guitar
  • Jerry Guidroz - Engineer, Handclapping, Sampling
  • Pamela Ward, Aaron Marshall, Rick Altizer, Terry White, Gene Miller - backing vocals

Release details[edit]

  • 2003, UK, Inside Out Music/Spv 6-93723-60412-1, Release Date 22 September 2003, CD
  • 2003, UK, Inside Out Music/Spv 6-93723-00502-7, Release Date 29 September 2003, CD (Special Edition 3-CD set)
  • 2003, USA, Radiant Records I491302, Release Date 22 September 2003, CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ DPRP review
  3. ^ Tollbooth review
  4. ^ "Allmusic: Testimony review". Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Neal Morse official website: Testimony". Retrieved 1 July 2009.