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Flying Colors (Limited Edition Digipak) [Limited Edition]

Flying ColorsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mascot Records
  • ASIN: B0076NAWWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

[Limited Edition Digipak]
Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (guitar).

In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to the world renowned musicians and producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea and the prospect of working together, the four musicians signed on to form a band and record a first album. Flying Colors convened for just nine days in early 2011, and composed and recorded this album during a short and intense session.

'This album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us,' says Portnoy. 'The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved.'

'It was quite an experience,' recalls Dave LaRue. 'The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!' The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording.'

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greater than the sum of its parts March 26, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Frequently, supergroups produce some of the least "super" and most underwhelming music out there. More often than not, we see great players and creative minds collaborating on albums with one another, only to discover, upon hearing these records, that none of the individual member's defining characteristics have been preserved. Instead, these supergroups-- the Chickenfoots of the world-- produce music that's bland and colorless; that is simply "there"; that is, without a doubt, "less than the sum of its parts."

Thankfully, that is NOT the case with this new album. Instead, this record is some of the most inspired playing and most creative music that I've heard from any of the artists involved in quite some time. It is not watered down in the slightest, as supergroups tend to be. Nor can it be caricatured one way or the other; as "prog rock" or anything else. It defies labels. It is, simply put, five guys with unique attitudes toward music coming together to produce something genuinely fresh, new, and exciting. Sometimes it's prog, or metal, or 70's/80's rock, but listening to it you always get the sense that these five guys are playing this music and making it their own-- rather than coming down to from their expertise to play as studio-guys. Everyone shines here, and everyone's going all out. That maybe is why it's called "Flying Colors".

Though I initially had my reservations that this album would simply become another Neal Morse solo project, that has not been the case. Neal's contributions are apparent, but the primary singer/songwriter here seems to be Casey McPhereson, who I sincerely hope will make this project the main outlet for his creativity henceforth. Although, at this point, I'm not sure who is responsible for which songs, the songwriting here is top-notch.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars prog metal titans create restrained work of art March 30, 2012
By antiman
Format:Audio CD
i've been anxious to hear this for months since hearing about it, and what a mindblowing album! i believe this to be the best thing to happen to mike portnoy since leaving dt... ( i thought dt was getting 'tired' and apparently he thought the same thing, so wanted to take a hiatus, but the band severed ties and went ahead with new drummer. i think that album is the best they've sounded in a long time) however, here isn't a showy album of prog metal histrionics... HERE is art.

'supergroups' often leave me cold, as is the case with 'adrenaline mob'... it just sounds like more of the same, good, not great. definitely not inspired... it sounded like some killer players having fun and goofing off for a few weeks... but this surprising group of folks have created a real winner...

all the players obviously have the chops to shred for days, but they don't. the songs are wonderful, and the players show off occasionally in very tasteful ways. i love mike's drumming, i am impressed with steve morse and dave larue, (though i've never been a fan of their bands' music, i appreciate their ability) and neal morse is one of my faves, especially for his vocal arrangements.

but the addition of a radio-friendly 'pop' singer-songwriter is the masterstroke of genius here... casey is wonderful and SUCH a surprising addition here. he makes me think at times of john legend, bruce springsteen and daniel johns without sounding like a copy of anyone. i have never previously heard of him, but i'm a fan.

if this album doesn't explode onto the charts it'll be a crime.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haven't heard anything like this in years... March 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a temptation to review this project from a musical perspective, analyzing and comparing each of these outstanding musicians to their previous successes and to other musicians efforts. However, since many other reviewers have already done that and I'd to keep this on the brief side, I will contribute this:from a purely emotional response perspective, listening through the first time, I was reminded of how I felt when I first heard Toy Matinee Toy Matinee Special Edition, Yes: Fragile Fragile, Jellyfish: Bellybutton Bellybutton, Ambrosia Ambrosia & occasionally Muse. Not saying it sounds 'like' any of those, but (as with each of those), it's definitely one of the most fresh, unique, truly musical and melodic sounding projects I've heard in many years. The musicianship is extraordinarily tasteful on each players part and production is exceptional. As much as I really enjoy Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa, the solo guitar work on this recording consistently brings the word 'soaring' to my mind...not showing off chops, but real musical note selection and passion in the playing that actually "moves" me. The engineering and production of the drums is amazingly real and present (minimal use of effects/eq on what already sounds like a great sounding kit), not to mention the playing, of course. Vocals are above and beyond, bass and keys are very tasty and the lyrics are wonderfully meaningful, as well. Every part played is essential to the sound, no filler and no unnecessary flailing. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The whole equals more than the sum of its parts
The members of Flying Colors are already well-known for their individual musical abilities, but this debut effort shows that they can work together to create a new... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Douglas E. Hahn
5.0 out of 5 stars New Prog Supergroup hits it out of the ballpark.
When I first heard Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Steve Morse and Dave LaRue were joining forces to make a cd my response was I cant wait. Well it was well worth the waite. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Hickcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations-fulfilled
I went in to this purchase with a little apprehension because sometimes I get a sense of Neal Morse's records being somewhat repetitious. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Mad Prophet
5.0 out of 5 stars YES. A RESOUNDING YES.
Flying colors is completely awesome. I need more. Only problem, my cd case was broken a bit. otherwise, there are no complaints.
Published 3 months ago by Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Product arrived home yesterday and was well packaged and intact.
This project formed by STEVE MORSE was a big surprise, especially musically, great compositions, has only one... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luiz Oliveira
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed Neal Morse's music for many years
I have enjoyed Neal Morse's music for many years. His music constantly evolves as a series of new projects with a core group of musicians. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Marler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the year
I would say this is my favorite album that came out this year. It has immense talent and the songs are awesome. It does take a few listens though. Read more
Published 4 months ago by krisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this CD great musicians. I will purchase more of their music. Good rock and Roll with progressive rifts.

Published 5 months ago by Anthony J. Scala
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Colors!
Steve Morse, Dave LaRue, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, & Casey McPherson, all together in one cohesive, creative, & collaborative group. Say no more: just buy it.
Published 5 months ago by Chazz Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying Something..
Considering who all is involved with this band, I was expecting a bit better, especially after some of the reviews of this album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cecil A. Allen
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Supergroup Flying Colors w. Mike Portnoy, etc.
The album is great !!! Casey McPherson is the main voice.
Feb 18, 2012 by Rod |  See all 4 posts
What's the difference between the two editions?
i would like to know as well!!
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