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)The Transatlantic Demos2003
Testimony
(2003)
Testimony Live
(2004)Testimony Live2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
DPRP (?)[2]
Tollbooth (positive)[3]

Testimony is the third studio album, and the first concept album, by Neal Morse. Released in 2003, this double record 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.