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by Tim Morse

Progressive rock in the style of 70's era Genesis, Yes, Kansas, Pink Floyd, etc.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wake Up
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2. Labyrinth
11:32 $0.99
3. The Marquis
3:27 $0.99
4. The Path
9:04 $0.99
5. Mary Celeste
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6. My Ally
4:05 $0.99
7. Circle / Talisman
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Keyboardist Tim Morse To Release New Album
Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, keyboardist Tim Morse will be releasing his 3rd album “Tim Morse III” featuring songs about spiritual epiphanies, longing, friendship and loss. The original idea for Tim's third album was that it would be a completely solo project where he would play all the instruments and sing all the vocals. However, even at the demo stage he missed the input of others, and decided to bring in some of his favorite musicians for cameo appearances (mostly drummers and guitarists).

Says Tim, “I'm not really a multi-instrumentalist - I'm a pianist and guitarist. By extension I play other keyboards, bass and a little bit of percussion. Anyone can play drums as good as I can! You can hear me play everything on one song 'The Marquis' and I play most of the instruments on 'My Ally' and 'Talisman' as well.

“It was very important to me to get to the 'emotional core' of the songs on this recording and so I looked for ways to eliminate some of the fiddling about - don't get me wrong, this is still a progressive rock album - but I wanted to make sure the message was clear. My work with The Mangoes and the music of some of my favorite recording artists like Field Music and Kevin Gilbert influenced this approach. Also, I knew from the start that there would be a vinyl release and so that was an exciting aspect of the project. It's been a dream of mine since I was thirteen to release a vinyl album of my original music and it's finally coming true! I'm very proud of the songwriting on 'III,' I definitely feel that it features some of my best work.”

When the writing was finished Tim decided that it was essential to record on as much vintage gear as possible - Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Mini-Moog, and Mellotron samples. He spent a day at the Oakland Vintage Synthesizer Museum tracking songs with all kinds of analog synthesizer goodness (including the mighty Moog Taurus Bass pedals).

Says Tim, “On this recording I wanted to find the right balance between structure and improvisation. Of course, all of my solos were improvised (most of them are first takes done on the original demos), but even parts that might seem structured were done one pass on the fly. I believe that adds a vital feel to the music. I also kept a lot of scratch tracks where some precision may be sacrificed because the feel of the music was right.”

Most of the recording was done in Tim's home studio (and others contributed parts from their project studios). However, he did track drums at Andrew Glasmacher's Studio 12 West in Utah over a few days. Also, all of the lead vocals were recorded at Paradise Studios with Craig Long. Craig is a mini-local legend in northern California, having worked with multi-platinum acts like Cake, Tesla, Bobby Brown, Tony, Toni, Tone! and many others. Tim wanted his expertise for the vocal sessions and Craig also made important contributions to the mix and did the final mastering of “Tim Morse III.”



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Matt Riddle

The journey continues...
The new album by singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Tim Morse, simply titled III, is a terrific extension of the the journey that started with Transformation in 2005 and continued with Faithscience in 2012.
Tim along with a host of guest musicians have recorded a collection of highly accessible and melodic songs that are fun to listen to.
What strikes me foremost is the heartfelt honesty that comes through clearly in these recordings.
Obviously Tim understands, and is a fan of, progressive music. Bearing such hallmarks as syncopated rhythms, odd time, interesting and virtuosic solos, thouthful lyrics, Mellotron, Moog and Hammond keyboard textures blend seamlessly with the guitars to create a satisfying sonic palette without sounding cliche. Tim Morse and company accomplish all of this without getting lost in the weeds by deftly avoiding lengthy development sections full of rambling solos but instead simply stick to the point of serving some really beautiful and thought provoking songs. This is sure to fall into regular rotation on my prog playlist.

-Matt Riddle

Arlene H.

Time for Tim
I always pay attention to lyrics, and I like how deep you can go. Nice arrangement and harmonies., too. I'm drawn to the first song, Wake up, and My Ally, as I'm more upbeat! You had me with the year "72 also, as that's the year I was born... As a classic rock lover, I enjoyed this easy going CD of yours Tim... good for the soul.


PROG for dinner
The PROG album of 2018.
“III”, is a masterpiece, every track. Author of the loved Yes book, “Yesstories”. Listen to the samples, easily found on CDBaby and i-tunes. (Calling all PROG-stations. LISTEN!)
(#1) “Wake-up” begins the journey as any good PROG album would. Tim is clearly very influenced by David Sancious, classic PROG keyboardists and Jazz masters alike. The kicker is that Tim’s own lead and harmony vocals are not often found in Prog keyboardists. Add lovely harmony from other guests, along with the recipe of influences from, Kevin Gilbert, Beatles, Neal Morse, and Todd Rundgren. Without even knowing it, Tim made an album that reminds me of Brent Bourgious on PROG mushrooms.
(#2) Labyrinth. No words describe the guitar playing of Mark Dean. His clear tone and emotion slays me. The ending of Labyrinth reminds me if Brian Wilson ever made a PROG rock album with David Gilmour, and it was as aggressive as this.
(#3) The Marquis. Very much like a McCartney song…. a cool jazz vibe and infectious melody.
(#4) The Path. If Rick Wakeman, Kansas and Pink Floyd together made a catchy Prog song it might sound like this. Vocals in the end are very moving from Tim.
(#5) The Merry Celeste. Immediate Mellotron sounds and a quick first chorus vocal. Lovely and gorgeous violin is performed by Oisin McCauley – the longtime fiddler from Irish Trad band Danu. After a brilliant PROG-RIDE the track concludes as it started… King Mellotron and Queen violin.
(#6) My Ally, a bit of The Byrds and Supertramp. Very up, fun, melodic, and a sure single candidate. It may be the most personal track on the album, yet only 4:00 length is the most Pop-like. It’s about friends, and remembering them… appreciating them. The long lasting friends who made an impact on your life. I get it.
(#7) Circle/Talisman the intro of Circle is romantic with mandolin from Brett Bingham, reminding me a bit of Seals & Crofts’ best progressive-folk tunes and an emotionally gorgeous conclusion.
“III” gets III Michelin stars…. Best album of the year.