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This massive CD (packed with nearly 78 minutes of sonic delights!) offers an uplifting selection of music that begins with the 30-minute epic "All of the Above" and ends with the Procol Harum chestnut "In Held (Twas) In I." The former is much more enjoyable than the latter, but sandwiched in between is some of the finest progressive rock played today. Or any day for that matter.
HOWEVER, there's one big caveat to this band. If you don't care much for Spock's Beard, then you probably won't like Transatlantic too much. Neal Morse's fingerprint is all over Transatlantic. Not only does it boast his unmistakable voice, but his songwriting/arranging talents are also superimposed over everything on this disc. The chord structures, time changes, even the lyrics are extremely similar to Spock's Beard.
I agree with other reviewers. Transatlantic singlehandedly revived my interest in progressive music. I was getting bored with it all, frankly. Especially Marillion. And I had never heard of The Flower Kings. When Transatlantic hit the stores, I soaked it up like a dry sponge tossed into a bathtub.
And I got into Dream Theater again.
And I discovered The Flower Kings.
And I re-discovered Marillion.
And I enjoyed Spock's Beard in a new way.
In short, with Transatlantic, I got interested in FIVE bands because of one CD.Read more ›
Among my favorites, I have found Spock's Beard, Gordian Knot and the Flower Kings. Its really like going back to the days of my youth. Then this supergroup project came to my attention and so I approached it with trepidation. Back in the 60s and 70s, a lot of supergroup projects were spawned to much fanfare, but few of them made any lasting impression on the music world. This CD, however, contained a cover of a song by Procol Harum which is one of my favorite groups so I just had to check it out.
It took me a while to get into it, but I found something new to enjoy every time I listen to it. Absolutely tremendous is the Procolish 30 minute six-part epic that opens the CD, All Of The Above. I don't find anything lame about the lyrics. The spirit of the song is uplifting with the tone being set by the soaring instrumental intro before Morse, Stolt and friends get down to business.
I like the rest of the CD, too, but it is the group's ambitious take on Procol Harum's ponderous second-album opus, "In Held (Twas)In I" that invites comment. To match the scope and quality of that piece would be a daunting project for the average group, but Transatlantic handles the task with aplomb. They do not try to copy it note for note, nuance for nuance. Instead, they give it their own flavor which at times is as breathtaking as the original.Read more ›
I've been a fan of '70s progressive rock for a long time, and I place this album alongside the classics of that era. Being a casual fan of Dream Theater, an admirer of the Flower Kings, indifferent to Marillion, and never impressed with Spock's Beard, I didn't have incredibly high expectations for this album. If anything, I expected another decent Liquid Tension Experiment-type album because of Mike Portnoy's involvement. It turned out, obviously, to be completely different! Oh my gosh! This CD captures everything that made '70s prog great and deftly blends it with a liberal infusion of modern-day musical sensibilities--it moves the genre forward while staying true to its roots, unlike so many recent prog albums that seem to be purely retro. And none of this CD sounds forced or pretentious, as the Flower Kings sometimes tend to be (imho). Not a moment is wasted, and every bit flows beautifully and effortlessly into the next.
These four supremely talented musicians clearly brought out the best in each other during these recording sessions. Portnoy is revealed as being a truly multi-dimensional drummer capable of doing just about anything. Pete Trewavas is a solid, creative bassist, Roine Stoldt is simply a genius (but I already knew that) who plays like Steve Howe only better, and Neal Morse has some great chops that mostly avoid the Wakeman/Emerson imitation trap that so many prog keyboardists fall into. Fresh, innovative, melodic, great constructions, powerful grooves, beautiful atmospherics, dynamic use of light and shade, tricky meters, and Mellotrons!Read more ›
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The music on this 2000 release is very cheery, uplifting stuff. It’s completely over-the-top stadium rock mind you, but still undeniably happy and bubbly. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jeffrey J.Park
Original release from the four man supergroup sets the tone for what is to come later.Published 3 months ago by Joseph Beale
I'd put off buying this, as I was a little wary of the "supergroup" thing. However, in a very short space of time, this has become the disc that never leaves my car CD... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dave