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Cover 2 Cover

Morse Portnoy George Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B007R3B5R0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Cover 2 Cover is the 2012 CD from Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George! Together this group of musicians hand-picked these classic cover songs to complete the second such CD in the band's extensive catalog. This widely diverse selection of songs is sure to capture the essence of the age of music that has impacted these accomplished musicians! Like the first Cover to Cover, most of the song choices on this CD are rooted in the 70's and are songs/bands we grew up with. With nine brand new songs along with five previously recorded ones, Morse, Portnoy and George once again create an album of songs that is sure to be enjoyed for years to come.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! May 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Great stuff as with all the music these three put out together. Similar to the first Cover to Cover cd, these are master musicians stretching it out in the studio playing songs they love (generally from the 70s/80s). Music recorded during two Neal Morse cd recording sessions (2008 and 2012) as follows:

2012 Momentum Sessions
1. Lido Shuffle (Boz Scaggs)
2. I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren)
3. Rikki Don't Lose That Number (Steely Dan)
4. Teacher (Jethro Tull)
5. Driven to Tears (The Police)
6. Come Sail Away (Styx)
7. Southern Man / Needle and the Damage Done / Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
2008 Lifeline Sessions
8. Crazy Horses (The Osmonds)
9. Lemons Never Forget (The Bee Gees)
10. The Letter (Joe Cocker version)
11. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding (Elvis Costello)
12. Starless (King Crimson)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morse, Portnoy and George Has It All Covered August 12, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Doing covers of great songs can be a dicey proposition for a band but not so with prog greats Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. Cover 2 Cover is the follow up album to 2006's Cover to Cover by MPG and, boy, is it ever chock full of ear tingling, memory provoking music from over the years. Immediately recognizable and, yet, distinctly different, Morse, Portnoy and George have made these musical jewels all their own.

What I found oddly coincidental about this album involves Crazy Horses (and one of the Boomerocity favorites off of this album), originally recorded by the Osmond Brothers back in 1972. Just before I received my review copy of Cover 2 Cover, I was listening to satellite radio while driving around and this song came on. I wondered to myself why the tune hadn't been picked up and covered by another artist or group. I then received Cover 2 Cover and was immediately in love with it - even though Portnoy's scary vocals had me looking under my bed for monsters for three nights after I first heard the cover.

Another favorite off of this album is the guys' treatment of Styx's Come Sail Away. Not only is this an outstanding cover of classic great, it just may be the version needed to rid my mind of the South Park version so cruelly planted in my mind when my daughter played the video for me. There's hope yet.

Choosing a third favorite out of an album full (twelve, to be exact) is difficult if not impossible. So, what I had to do was close my eyes and let my finger fall on the track list in order to make my choice. That choice? Their cover of Todd Rundgren's I Saw the Light. Wow! What an incredible version of that iconic hit!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful cover album May 22, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Hot on the heels on the highly succesful Flying Colors [Limited Edition]here is more good news from the relentlessly creative pair of Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy. Covering 12 of their favorite songs.

And a very interesting collection covering a diverse range of artists: from Bee Gees and The Osmonds to Neil Young and King Crimson. A few classics like "The Letter" and "Rikki Don't Loose That Number", but mostly they have dug up some real gems. "The Teacher" and "Lemons never Forget" are certainly not the first tracks that usually come to mind when talking about Jethro Tull and the Gibb brothers.

Neal Morse sings everything with conviction and - once again - shows what a great multi-instrumentalist he is. Randy George is an inventive and versatile bassist and Mike Portnoy, well, I think it's fair to say he's simply one of the best drummers around. A man who can really PLAY the drums, not just banging around. Using his amazing chops instead of just 'demonstrating' them.

Like all good cover/tribute records they manage to make the songs their own. Putting a new spin of many tracks. But perhaps doing this they tend to make the album slightly monotonous, not really paying tribute to the individual song and it's uniqueness.

None the less this a true gift for all fans of classic rock, prog and the joy of superb musicianship and sheer class!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission just for "Starless" September 17, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Boz Scaggs, The Police, Steely Dan, Tull, King Crimson... an odd collection, probably because these guys don't plan their cover albums; they just play what feels like it would be fun at the moment while they're recording another album, then throw all these covers onto a single disc when they've collected enough of them.

It's worth the price of admission just for their cover of "Starless" by King Crimson - powerful. thrilling and expertly played.

However... 2 full albums of covers by Neal and Company and I'm STILL waiting for them to pull off some ELP! Come on, guys! Let's hear "Take A Pebble," for cryin' out loud!

You'd also do yourself a favor picking up "Momentum" by Neal Morse (the recording sessions of which are where most of these covers have originated from). I can't recommend that album enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Sound Check June 8, 2014
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Generally when artists who record albums primarily of their own stuff, they warm up with or kill leftover studio time with covers. Stuff they'd used in bar bands in the process of paying their dues. That isn't the case with this album, which like the earlier "Cover TO Cover", is a by-product of work on some of Neal Morse's primary albums. These "sound checks" range from a pre-disco Bee Gees (remember THOSE Bee Gees?) "Lemons Never Forget" to the Joe Cocker version of "The Letter" (where'd they get that horn section?) to King Crimson's John Wetton-era epic "Starless". All 11-or-so minutes of it--usually sound check stuff is some radio-friendly version of songs. And I downloaded this album, so I have no idea where Morse got that killer mellotron sound--from a real one (he's used them on occasion) or some synth. Last I knew, synthesis couldn't quite match that sound. And Randy George got that muted jazz guitar sound used by Robert Fripp in lead parts spot on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Published 16 days ago by Kevin William Finn
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun disc to spin
This is significantly better than their first cover to cover album. What I really like about the album is that you can tell these guys are having fun! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The collaboration of these two music innovators. They do a very nice job on these cover songs. I have ordered more of their music.

Published 11 months ago by Anthony J. Scala
5.0 out of 5 stars a trip down memory lane
want to hear some of your favorite tunes with a slightly modern twist---this is it---no weak tracks-the vocals are superb and the playing is heavy without losing the feeling that... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kernan W. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have I been all this time?
Doing cover work has really opened my eyes to the unreal talent of Neal and Mike.Their prog rock stuff(though some of it is really good) just isn't my venue. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert Burns Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun, it goes to 11.
Love the choices they selected for this cover album.

I think my favorites (besides Starless) are the Neil Young block and Crazy Horses. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul Progman
4.0 out of 5 stars Neal, Mike, & Randy have done it again
I've always been a fan of inventive cover songs, and this trio have delivered the goods again. Unlike the other reviewers so far, it wasn't the "BIG" numbers here that got me... Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by A fan from Meriden, CT
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable for what it is
I think one of the aims of these cover projects was to record good songs that were written/recorded by not-necessarily great bands. Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Mr. P. T. Huxley
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