X (Spock's Beard album)

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Studio album by Spock's Beard
Released May 2010
Recorded 2009 - 2010
Studio The Mouse House in Altadena, California and Clear Lake Audio in North Hollywood, California
Genre Progressive rock
Length 79:49
Label Mascot
Producer Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard chronology
Live at High Voltage Festival
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rock Hard 8/10 stars[1]

X is the tenth studio album by American progressive rock band Spock's Beard. Similar to what Marillion did for Anoraknophobia, the album was funded by pre-orders of a limited edition of the album before the album was recorded. Those who ordered the album's "Ultra Package" had their names listed in the CD booklet and included as part of the track "Their Names Escape Me", which is exclusive to the limited edition. The album was released independently in May 2010. A retail and digital release with Mascot Records was released in August 2010.[2] This album is the last studio album recorded with former drummer and vocalist Nick D'Virgilio, who left the band on November 18, 2011 to focus on other commitments.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Edge of the In-Between" John Boegehold Dave Meros 10:30
2. "The Emperor's Clothes" Alan Morse A. Morse, Neal Morse, Larry Kutcher 6:01
3. "Kamikaze" Instrumental Ryo Okumoto 4:15
4. "From the Darkness
  • I. The Darkness
  • II. Chance Meeting (add lyrics by A. Morse)
  • III. On My Own
  • IV. Start Over Again"
Nick D'Virgilio D'Virgilio 16:53
5. "The Quiet House" Boegehold Meros 9:13
6. "Their Names Escape Me" Boegehold Boegehold, Meros 8:51
7. "The Man Behind the Curtain" A. Morse A. Morse, Stan Ausmus 7:44
8. "Jaws of Heaven
  • I. "Homesick for the Ashes"
  • II. "Words of War"
  • III. "Deep in the Wondering"
  • IV. "Whole Again""
Boegehold Meros, Boegehold 16:22

The above track listing is for the special edition. There are a few changes with the standard edition:

  • "The Emperor's Clothes" and "Kamikaze" are swapped over in the track listing.
  • "From the Darkness" is 17:09.
  • "Their Names Escape Me" is not included.


Additional personnel

  • Stan Ausmus - songwriting
  • John Boegehold – additional keyboards, guitar, vocals, songwriting
  • Jimmy Keegan – backing vocals



  1. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 281. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "SPOCK'S BEARD NOW SIGNED WITH MASCOT RECORDS". June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 1, 2010.