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  • Audio CD (October 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B002OB9KPE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture/Whirlwind
2. The Wind Blew Them All Away
3. On the Prowl
4. A Man Can Feel
5. Out of the Night
6. Rose Colored Glasses
7. Evermore
8. Set Us Free
9. Lay Down Your Life
10. Pieces of Heaven
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Disc: 2
1. Spinning [*]
2. Lenny Johnson [*]
3. For Such a Time [*]
4. Lending a Hand [*]
5. The Return of the Giant Hogweed [Cover][*]
6. A Salty Dog [Cover][*]
7. I Need You, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 [Cover][*]
8. Soul Sacrifice [Cover][*]

Editorial Reviews

2009 two CD release from the Prog Rockers. With The Whirlwind, Transatlantic has pulled out all the stops! Their first two albums expanded the boundaries of Progressive Rock with songs like 'Stranger In Your Soul' that span some 30 minutes. Then, nine years later the band comes back with a walloping triumphant record that is one piece of music sprawling over 78 minutes in length! This is unprecedented, and the sheer brilliance of it is that it flows like a Progressive Rock symphony, taking the listener from shadow to glory and back again. What a tremendous whirlwind of music this is!

Customer Reviews

The first four songs are new, but I really don't like any of them.
In short, if you are a fan at all of the first two Transatlantic CDs, odds are that you will dig this one like crazy, too.
Kevin M. Reinwald
The more times you listen, the more you will hear something you missed the last time around.
Kurt Harding

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By pilgrimsprogproj on October 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I purchased the super deluxe version with the extra CD and the Making of DVD.
First of all, Bridge Across Forever is one of my fave CD's and Stranger in Your Soul is one of my favorite prog songs.
The Whirlwind CD is very good, and, compared to the other two Transatlantic CD's, is more consistent throughout. Bridge and SMTPe had some weak areas (Temple of the Gods).
One of the things that really stands out on the Whirlwind is the bass and guitar. The fairly well known rumors of grumbling by Roine and Pete over Bridge (and Roine's re-release of his own mix as proof) are not necessary here. The bass is strong with excellent tone! (I actually envy this bass tone). Roine's guitar parts are well executed with good tone, unlike the spacey wah-fest filler from Bridge.
The lyrics are overall very good. Some of Neal's vocals as usual are borderline too high; will be difficult to do live.
My favorite songs are The Wind Blew Them All Away, Rose Colored Glasses, EverMore, and the Finale. Although this is one big song it fits together nicely and some stand up on their own well.
This would be 5 stars.

The bonus CD (CD2) is hit and miss. The first four songs are new, but I really don't like any of them. Lenny Johnson has an interesting feel but it really doesn't go anywhere. For Such a Time is basically like I Can Only Imagine and would play well on Contemporary Christian (CCM) charts. Since I don't like candy-coated CCM, this is not necessarily a good thing.
These songs wouldn't be all that bad, but the Giant Hogweed song is SO GOOD that it makes these look like less than filler. The Giant Hogweed song has interesting parts, dynamics, funny vocals, and a great, fun feel. This song is 5 stars. The CD, however, is about 3 stars.
The Making of DVD is the usual. Not bad but about 15-20 minutes of interesting content in 90 minute DVD.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Reinwald on November 9, 2009
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In short, this record was well worth the wait. It is tremendous in every way. Great melodies everywhere, tons of hooks, lots of great instrumental work, and both a great beginning and finish. Really, while the first disc is technically a 77-minute song, it is really like 12 songs that all run together. Think of it almost like a concept album, where there are recurring melodies and themes, but most of the songs do stand on their own as great stand-alone songs. The bonus disc has four new songs, as well; "Spinning," in particular, is just dynamite; clearly written by Roine Stolt, it has Yes written all over it. It also has four covers, several of which are nice, and several of which are kind of meh. Their cover of Santana's "Soul Sacrifice" is pretty sick; it was laid down in one take, with all four guys doing percussion following the take. It is pretty rad.

I have seen accusations of this sounding like a Neal Morse solo record but with different musicians all over the place, and honestly, that doesn't make any sense at all. I mean, shouldn't it go without saying that the writing style of the primary songwriters, of which Morse is obviously one, are gonna come out in a project like this, regardless of how collaborative the effort is? I mean, songs like "Spinning, "Out of the Night" and "Evermore" would have all fitted right at home on a Flower Kings record, so can we say that too much of the record sounds a Flower Kings record? Roine Stolt and Pete Trewavas quite obviously contributed far more on this record than they did on the first TA records. In fact, Roine Stolt has stated that this record was much more of a collaborative effort than the first two TA records.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Merritt on October 27, 2009
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Radiant Records came through and I received my copy in the mail on 10/26/09 as advertised.

This is unmistakably Transatlantic. The musicianship is superb, as one would expect given the players involved with the project. Interestingly after the fourth listen, I really think that Pete (Bass) shined on this one. All of the players have their brilliant moments, and their collective talents come together to form a very creative and cohesive effort, one which will take many listens in order to fully digest - Just like all good prog.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Squire Jaco on November 25, 2009
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For a band that has unashamedly composed prog epics of unmatched length, they leave no doubt at the start of this 77-minute epic that you're in for an epic of epic proportions.... ;-)

The opening track starts with a small brass ensemble that transitions to an orchestral flourish before settling into what is essentially the overture for this grand work, introducing the listener to many of the musical themes that we'll hear again in various forms throughout the next hour and a quarter.

In typical Transatlantic style, the recurring themes are catchy, sophisticated, and often turned inside-out to form new and interesting mind excursions. Folks, this is great stuff! It's probably one of my favorite progressive rock albums of the year (just behind the fantastic "Realms of Eternity" by Syzygy). To any naysayers out there, all I can say is that you sound like a baseball fan who is disappointed that the star slugger on your favorite team belted the game-winning home run "only" 400 feet when you were expecting a 500-ft homer instead. Get real, folks - this is some primo stuff.

I like Roine Stolt's increased vocal duties this time around, and I feel like these are the best guitar lines he's laid down since the TFK "Stardust We Are" album. I appreciate the fact that Portnoy is able to de-metalize his drum style for this band, and he really is impressive here. Likewise, Trewavas has his best Transatlantic showing on this cd - his bass is thick, trebly and melodic, and his vocals are great. Neal Morse is great here too - I love his vocals, and if he tends to drag the lyrics back to the edge of Christian music here and there, I'm fine with that.
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There is a 2 disc version of the release. The 1st disc is the regular album which is one 77 minute song and the 2nd disc has, I think, 4 original songs, and 4 cover songs. I know there is a thread with details about the record on Portnoy's forum. It may even be a sticky thread on page 1.
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