The Light (Spock's Beard album)

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The Light
Studio album by Spock's Beard
Released January 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Progressive rock
Length 57:03 (Original)
72:21 (Reissue)
Label Metal Blade
Radiant Records
Giant Electric Pea
Producer Neal Morse and Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard chronology
The Light
Beware of Darkness
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard 10/10 stars[2]

The Light is the 1995 debut album by American progressive rock band Spock's Beard. The album features two different covers—one for its domestic release, and one for its European release.[3] "The Light" has since become Spock's Beard's signature song. The album has since been remastered and re-released by Radiant Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neal Morse except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "The Light"
  • I. "The Dream"
  • II. "One Man" (Alan Morse, N. Morse)
  • III. "Garden People"
  • IV. "Looking Straight into the Light"
  • V. "The Man in the Mountain"
  • VI. "Señor Valasco's Mystic Voodoo Love Dance"
  • VII. "The Return of the Horrible Catfish Man"
  • VIII. "The Dream"
2. "Go the Way You Go" 12:07
3. "The Water"
  • I. "Introduction/The Water"
  • II. "When It All Goes to Hell"
  • III. "A Thief in the Night"
  • IV. "FU/I'm Sorry"
  • V. "The Water (Revisited)"
  • VI. "Runnin' the Race"
  • VII. "Reach for the Sky"
4. "On the Edge" 6:14
Total length: 57:03
Bonus track on album reissue
No. Title Length
5. "The Light (Home demo)" 15:18
Total length: 72:21


Additional personnel

Release details[edit]

  • 1995, USA, SynPhonic, CD
  • 1998, USA, Metal Blade ?, Release Date 8 September 1998, CD
  • 2001, USA, Giant Electric Pea GEPCD1017, Release Date 30 July 2001, CD
  • 2004, UK, SPV Records SPV08528200, Release Date 22 March 2004, CD
  • 2004, UK, SPV Records SPV08728208, Release Date 17 May 2004, CD (Cover artwork special edition)


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "The Light - Spock's Beard | AllMusic". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 115. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Jan-Jaap de Haan. "Counting Out Time: Spock's Beard - The Light". DPRP. Retrieved 14 September 2016.