- Vinyl (5 Oct. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Box set
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B00GZAHJZI
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Kaleidoscope [VINYL] Box set
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About the Artist
Fourth album from progressive supergroup, featuring current and ex-members from Dream Theater, Marillion, The Winery Dogs, The flower Kings, and Spock's Beard.
Top Customer Reviews
The bonus disk is very good indeed. The covers of And You And I and Conquistador stand out and their workout on King Crimson's Indiscipline shows a band that's willing to take risks.
The vinyl package which is a triple LP set which also includes the both the CD and the bonus CD is good value, especially when you consider that the average price for a double LP these days is around £25 without an included CD. You still can't beat a gatefold LP sleeve and this one comes inside a slipcase with the bonus LP in its own sleeve. I also got a nice 3D postcard of the cover art thrown in too. Recommended.
The influence of Neal Morse is strongest, but I always enjoy Roine Stolt's vocals and Portnoy's busy drums. The latter's familiar fills are there along with some more unusual moments.
The first disc contains 5 new tracks while a bonus disc offers covers of other 'prog' and rock classic.
First off the quality of musicianship and production is uniformly excellent (and should be no surprise to anyone familiar with the players).
The album opens with the lengthy "Into the Blue". and closes with the even more lengthy "Kaleidoscope".
In the middle there are three shorter tracks (two of which "Shine" and "Beyond the Sun" are ballads)
Overall, I do like this album but it lacks something. Everyone is playing well within their comfort zone here and the songs are all pretty 'safe'. It would be unkind to describe the album as derivative, but it certainly doesn't plough any new furrows and for the most part lacks edge
The best song on the album is Black is The Sky - which romps along at a fair pace while still delivering enough keyboard, bass, guitar and drum virtuosity to satisfy.
The two ballads are also pretty decent .
It's the longer songs that somehow disappoint.
If for no other reason than they feel long - and Into the Blue seems like more a meander through collection of fragments than a coherent piece with a theme or direction.
All that said, Portnoy, Trewavas, Morse and Stolt are so obviously at ease playing together and such capable musicians in their own rights that even if this album isn't their best it is still well worth a listen.
"Shine" is a ballad that put Neal Morse voice and the guitar of Roine Stolt in the spot. "Black As the Sky" show Stolt singing and some spectacular bass/drums/keyboards parts that is very original for the band usual style. This will probably be one of the best short songs in their career. "Beyond the Sun" is a nice short song with Neal singing and some beautiful Steve Howe kind of guitar parts from Roine. And then comes the 31 minutes epic that gets a heavier sound and many tempo changes going from slower passages and many moods and styles, some Pink Floyd vibe and some keyboards parts that sound like some jazz stuff of Chick Corea. The vocals parts of Neal at times gets the pop rock style of the 80's. This song has some darker moods, but it's always tempered with some light passages. The final section of the song brings again some unusual style of music from the band with some tasty keyboards parts.
This is another winner for Transatlantic, the songwriting, the musicianship and the production are top notch. All this with a special second cd of covers with a beautiful version of "And You And I" and a interesting choice of songs like "Indiscipline" (King Crimson) and "Sylvia" (Focus).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great follow up to their last album. Probably will not win them any new converts but for the fans it really delivers.Published 1 month ago by David M. Simpson
Terrific record! My first Transatlantic album and certainly won't be the last. A first class double album and a third disc of covers ranging from Yes to Elton John.Published 6 months ago by Bordercolliedog
I have great trouble coming to grips with two extremely long songs on the one disc.A few edits to make the entire album around 50 minutes long would have made it a better product. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Russell
More of the same Transatlantic formula music. If you have the other albums and like them, this will be the same. Some of the cover version on the bonus disc are excellent thoughPublished 11 months ago by Mr. M. D. Schilling
Another excellent album, full of classic prog tracks that you can really listen and get your teeth into. Definitely one that grows on you the more u listen too it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Fireball 61