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Snow Extra tracks, Special Edition

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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Special Edition, October 30, 2007
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Editorial Reviews

Disc: 1
1. Made Alive/Overture
2. Stranger in a Strange Land
3. Long Time Suffering
4. Welcome to NYC
5. Love Beyond Words
6. The 39th Street Blues (I'm Sick)
7. Devil's Got My Throat
8. Open Wide the Flood Gates
9. Open the Gates, Pt. 2
10. Solitary Soul
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Second Overture
2. 4th of July
3. I'm the Guy
4. Reflection
5. Carie
6. Looking for Answers
7. Freak Boy
8. All Is Vanity
9. I'm Dying
10. Freak Boy, Pt. 2
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Special Edition
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B000VAK270
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

A fan of any Spock's Beard album will appreciate this album.
Jason Mcgorty
You really have to listen to this several times before this all starts to sink in, and when it does you'll want to buy all of Spock's other albums.
D. Miller
To live in a world where there are people who can write such amazing music is truly a great thing.
Lord Chimp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love a controversial album. Any time the comments for an album are strongly polarized you realize there must be something about the album. I had to listen to this CD for weeks to grasp the music, and listen to and read the lyrics many times. Because it took so long for me to grasp the concept of the lyrics and the art of the music, I consider this CD accessible only to those willing to invest time into it. This music is definitely progressive, even though that hallmark of progressive music, the very long track, is not in evidence. No one will confuse this music with pop or top 40 radio.
The concept of "Snow" may have some similarities to "Tommy" and "Powder", but whatever those similarities may be, there are also many differences too. Tommy was a victim of circumstances and his parents. He did not select his path, nor could he be aware of what was happening, giving that he was "...deaf, blind and dumb." Powder had the potential to be Snow, but the story there was more about prejudice and understanding (or the lack thereof), than Snow's story.
Snow exits the world at an early age (mentally), refusing to deal with the torment to which he is subjected. Eventually he wakes up and leaves home, going to New York City. There he witnesses the downside of life, the homeless, prostitutes, and drug addicts. Snow senses these people need something or someone to help them, and believes he can help them. Apparently Snow is able to provide people help, and though perhaps not quite messianic, he does get a big head. However, a girl pops his balloon and he realizes that it was his vanity that has made him believe he was any different than that boy he once was being tormented by other children.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karol Trojanowski on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Now, when have been listening to it for a year, I can finally give my full review.

This album doesn't just stay there in your CD player - I couldn't listen to it for more than an hour through a few days. I didn't actually like any single song in whole, they seemed too 'christian' or even 'Kelly family' (to say the worst) to me. I'd been listening to much heavier hard-rock and metal before I got this, so I was a bit disappointed with the album, and all people on the web kept on singing heavenly anthems for it. I just didn't get it. But, I paused listening to it for a few days, and melodies started to come back to my head. I couldn't stop singing Long Time Suffering. And that was it. I suddenly started to like it, song by song.

At first it sounds like some average rock playing, with some gospel or christian influences, and some prog-likeness as well. Not very attractive at all. Don't throw it away! Leave it in your CD player for a few days more.

This album has a texture that shows after a month of listening to, or so. Its simplicity is mischieving, there is a whole lot of enregetic, fun and spontanous rock playing there, as well as sheer musicianship. It's incredibly deep, coherent and thought-over. Spock's Beard, and especially Neal Morse are very intelligent people and excellent musicians. All the melodies are introduced almost unnoticed, to come back later and give you that nostalgy chill over your body. All the songs are excellent, either by themselves or as a part of the whole. The arrangements are genial. This is musicianship that is only achieved by true geniuses, and I have heard only a few of them. Neal Morse one of them. Too bad he left the band and gave up rock.

Why do I call it an "album for life"? It saved me, I can say something like that.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on December 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be a lot of mixed feeling about this album, and it's easy to see why. This is very diferent from the usual Spock's Beard fare. Gone are the sprawling 20-minute epics, giving way to shorter tracks that all flow into each other, ala Pink Floyd's "The Wall", and just the general feel of the album is different. It's darker, less playful, and the lyrics aren't as abstract and off the wall. But do any of these things mean this album isn't great? Well, perhaps to some, but I don't think so.
While I am disappointed to see that no song on here tops 10 minutes (IMO, no one can write a long song like Neal), there is certainly no less music here. At nearly two hours in length, we have here a full-fledged double concept album reminiscent of the glory days of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and the aforementioned "Wall". And, although my opinion is not shared by everyone, I personally think it is every bit as good as those albums, in fact, I think it's even better. Despite the many criticisms, I think this is a stellar album. There's plenty of diversity, the musicianship is tight, and the melodies are just beautiful. Neal really does have an incredible ear for melody.
The album starts out soft and peaceful with "Made Alive", and launches into an awesome uptempo overture. The story is of an albino man (nicknamed Snow) who moves to New York, and struggles with life, love, and his newly discovered healing powers. It sounds a bit like a ripoff of the movie "Powder", but the story is completely different, and I think, just as good. There are fun, rocking parts ("Freak Boy", "Welcome to NYC", "Devil's Got My Throat"), and softer, more emotional parts ("Love Beyond Words", "Wind At My Back"), and everything fits together perfectly.
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