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They re back at it! Flying Colors launched in 2012 following a formation that began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who in becoming a band delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music. Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani) Neal Morse (Spock s Beard), Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev), and Steve Morse (Deep Purple).

The Blu-Ray and DVD release Live In Europe captures the quintet in Tilberg, Holland performing at 013 on September 20, 2012. Directed and Edited by Bernhard Baran (Guns n' Roses, The Cure, Porcupine Tree), the performance was filmed with a large array of cameras including cranes, dollies and GoPros bringing fans a larger-than-life concert experience. The show presents the entire studio album along with popular favorites by individual members.

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mascot Records
  • ASIN: B00EELPO7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Wilmar and Maya VINE VOICE on October 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Reviewers may have given poor reviews to the Blu-Ray release (and deservedly so, again) for the unplayability of the disc but you have nothing to fear about technical issues on the Audio CD counterpart of this release.
Well, actually, the technical aspects are what make this CD such a gem! Most likely you have already heard (and loved!) the band's self-titled debut album and this double CD has 17 tracks to reaffirm that these players not only recorded a great album, but for those fortunate enough to see them in their very limited tour, they also performed fantastic shows! But enough of the adjectives, let's get to some facts:
To begin with, CD 1 has the following track list
1. Blue Ocean ( tack 1 from their debut release)
2. Shoulda Coulda Woulda (track 2 from their debut release)
3. Love Is What I'm Waiting For (track 6 from their debut release)
4. Can't Find A Way (a Casey McPherson [the band's lead singer] original)
5. The Storm (track 4 [and one of my three favorites] from their debut release)
6. Odyssey (written by Steve Morse, originally from the Dixie Dregs' 1978 album "What If")
7. Forever In A Daze (track 5 from their debut release)
8. Hallelujah (YES< the Leonard Cohen original, made famous by Jeff Buckley et al)
9. Better Than Walking Away (track 8 from their debut release)

CD 2:
1. Kayla (track 3 from their debut release)
2. Fool In My Heart (track 10 from their debut release)
3. Spur Of The Moment (Written by Dave LaRue, a solo Bass piece)
4. Repentance (Dream Theatre's song off the Systematic Chaos album, although the original is 10min long, this is only 5)
5. June (Neal Morse, originally recorded by is band Spock's Beard)
6. All Falls Down (track 9 from their debut release)
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If you read my other reviews (which you most likely don't, they're poorly done. Sorry 'bout that.), then you'll notice I'm a sucker for live albums. I've just always been one to think "If you can't play it live and play it WELL, then you're not really a band". Well, these guys are a band. What's fun about them, is even though it's a band made up of virtuoso musicians, they don't let egos get in the way. There's no over-the-top, flashy playing, no trying to out-do each other, etc, etc. This is one of those side project bands where you can tell the guys are out there strictly for the fun of it.

As was mentioned in another (more well written review) there's really not too much variation in the songs from the studio album to the live performances, but that's fine with me. I've never been a fan of when bands mess up their songs far beyond recognition anyway. Maybe a little extra guitar solo or drum solo here and there is nice, but for the most part, I want to hear the song I'm used to. (That's just me...) Since the band only has one album out, this album has been padded with selections from each band members OTHER bands. Alpa Rev (Casey McPherson), Spock's Beard (Neal Morse's former band), Dixie Dregs (Steve Morse & Dave LaRue) and Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy's former band.)

Since this album contains the entire "Flying Colors" debut album in it's entirety (not in order, but still has every song throughout), I think I'm most likely going to find myself listening to THIS album more often than the studio version.

Sorry my reviews are lame. At least I was able to support the band by giving the album the "star" vote it deserved...
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I love the fact that this includes 100% of the studio album tracks. The extras from the pasts of the members are a plus, and I actually think Casey's "Can't Find a Way" is the highlight of the non-Flying Colors tracks. There's a fan-made youtube video from one of their shows where Casey admits that this song is now better than the original. No surprise there, since he's got the ultimate band backing him up.

I knew these guys could pull off the music live, and they do, but Casey's performance is really what impresses me. He's dynamic and true to the originals. I can't stand it when a great live band is held back by a singer who takes too much liberty with an established vocal melody (I'm looking at you, DLR). We all love these songs partly because of the strong, memorable, and sing along worthy melodies. Casey, Neal, and Mike deliver.

Another thing that stands out to me is how strong Neal's backing vocals are, and how much they enhance the songs. "Can't Find a Way" is a perfect example. When Neal takes lead, he performs just as well as he did on Transatlantic's Whirld Tour 2010.

Musically, Mike, Steve, Neal, and Dave are just what you'd expect. I do enjoy being able to hear a bit more of Dave's bass playing on this live recording than certain times on the studio album.

I hate to bring this up, but I have loved almost everything Mike has done since leaving Dream Theater. I couldn't be happier that Flying Colors is in the process of making a followup album, and that Mike has time to play with Transatlantic (new album releasing this month), Neal Morse, and the Winery Dogs. For me as a fan, Mike's post-DT work has been a gift.
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