2019 album. Also available on vinyl.
‘Jesus Christ The Exorcist’ is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. After finally arriving on the scene in his thirties with the band Spock’s Beard in the mid-90s, Morse has amassed a long list of projects from numerous outfits including Transatlantic, Flying Colors as well as Spock’s Beard, The Neal Morse Band and all his solo albums too! A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. ‘Jesus Christ the Exorcist’ will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories.
Neal explains, “Sometimes providence comes with a whisper; sometimes it comes with an unexpected phone call. A friend of mine who works in the music business called me from New York one day in 2008 and said, “Hey man, a friend and I were listening to Jesus Christ Superstar last night and were saying, ‘Man, somebody ought to do a new rock opera based on the Jesus story’. I told my friend, ‘I know the guy!’ He went on to tell me I ought to write an epic prog piece based on the gospels. With a New York accent he said, ‘Ya gotta do it!’ I laughed and said, ‘Well, I’m busy right now, but I’ll think about it.’”
“Over the next couple of months, I began to feel that “yes” inside and spent a few months writing the first draft. The strong sense that I was onto something continued to grow and the people that sang on the original version were really into it. One day the phone rang and it was my friend from New York, Michael Caplan. He said, ‘You’re not gonna believe this, but I’ve got a company interested in the musical!’ I replied, ‘That’s great, ‘cause I am in the middle of a rewrite as we are putting it on at Morsefest 2018 in a few months.’ Very timely! The company is called Frontiers Music and after some communication, we struck a deal! Cool! So, here we are, ready to release this collection of songs and themes that is very dear to my heart and I believe tells the greatest story ever told in a powerful, new way.”