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Kaleidoscope [VINYL] [Box set]

Transatlantic Vinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Originally intending to include Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, Morse and Portnoy tapped The Flower Kings guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt when Matheos was unable to participate. The band completed their lineup by adding bassist and progressive rock veteran Pete Trewavas from the group Marillion.

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  • Vinyl (27 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00GZAHJZI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Into the Blue
2. Shine
3. Black As the Sky
4. Beyond the Sun
See all 5 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. And You and I
2. Can't Get It Out of My Head
3. Conquistador
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Into the Blue
2. Shine
3. Black As the Sky
Disc: 4
1. Beyond the Sun
2. Kaleidoscope
Disc: 5
1. And You and I
2. Can't Get It Out of My Head
3. Conquistador
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
See all 8 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

Black 3LP+2CD (all album tracks on 2LPs, bonus tracks on LP3 and all tracks including bonus tracks on 2CD; gatefold 2LP+the bonus LP in a standard sleeve i packaged into a slipcase. Standard 2CD jewelcase.

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collide-of-hopes! 28 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Transatlantic! What a band! This is album number four and I remember clearly getting really excited back in the year 2000 when SMPTe was in the pipeline. The article was in 'Classic Rock' magazine and I suddenly realised these four differing and similar personalities could create something unbelievable. SMPTe is still my favourite album because it is so musical and melodic. This is always the album that I recommend as the 'future of prog'.The four individual band CDs at this time were 'Snow', 'Space Revolver', 'Scenes from a Memory and 'Marillion.com'. Then SMPTe dropped on to the progressive landscape like confetti at a wedding. Album number two, Bridge across Forever, did not live up to the majesty of the first album although it is still a pretty decent record. 'The Whirlwind' was brilliant but overlong! Watching them at 'High Voltage' perform the whole thing was magnificent but you just wanted them to play something from the first two albums. A mere four year wait and we get Kaleidoscope and it is another collision of four musical hopes!

Kaleidoscope has two typical Transatlantic epics that bookend the CD and three that mix things up in the middle. The middle three do add a lot of colour and diversity to the whole kaleidoscopic pattern. It's seeing the five tracks arranged so carefully that you realise why Kaleidoscope is called Kaleidoscope. I love 'Shine', track two which is a typical Morsey type guitar motif with lovely instrumentation. 'Black as the Sky' reminds me of the Spocks Beard song 'Crack the Big Sky'; it is keyboard based and is by far the weakest track on view. Beyond the sun is dreamy, atmospheric and beautiful.

'Into the Blue' and 'Kaleidoscope' are the two 30 minute epics that do sit along place the other epics in the Transatlantic canon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem... 6 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Look, it was always going to be an impossible task following the sheer brilliance of The Whirlwind, an album I consider to be in my all time top 10. Maybe if they had tried some different ideas the outcome would have been better. But to go down the well trodden path with material that isn`t up to it just wasn`t going to work. Consequently Kaleidoscope fares very badly in comparison.

There are some very nice parts on the album, but not enough to outweigh the substandard majority so I am left with a feeling of extreme disappointment. Even the Morse ballad, Beyond The Sun, is a dirge. Bridge Across Forever, it ain`t. I found myself playing a game of "Heard this before" or "this sounds like" so many times. It really pains me to say these negative things, as I consider Neal Morse to be one of the best songwriters around.

So are the reviewers giving this album 5 stars really saying this is as good as the Whirlwind? Really? Oh, and one more thing. Please don`t let Pete Trewavas sing again. Ever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic prog rock 31 Jan 2014
Format:Vinyl
I agree with other reviewers that this is exactly what we've come to expect from Transatlantic. That said Kaleidoscope is excellent. On the main album there isn't a duff track. The musicianship is first rate. Into The Blue has some classic 70's synth sounds and reminds me of Yes at their peak. The ballad Shine is gorgeous and ends too soon. The title track is an epic 33 minutes long and not a moment is wasted. If you like prog rock you'll love this.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album by Fabulous band 14 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A completely fantastic album by some of Prog's most accomplished musicians.
matched with a superb hardback book full of inspiring artwork

The disc of covers includes some of the best cover versions I've heard
I'd recommend this album to anyone who thought Prog was dead or any music fan who ever thought about dipping their toe into the ocean of Prog music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Prog rock fom 4 talented artists 1 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like your prog rock, you will love his. Every track has been carefully made to give the full potential of classic prog rock. Cant wait to see this being performed live or a DVD of the concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 14 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have the other Transatlantic albums then you'll know what to expect - chock full of superb playing, melodic themes, intricate prog sections and multi-part epics. While not really breaking new ground, this is top quality music from a top quality band. Some great cover versions on the bonus disk too. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet from TA 13 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've now had some time with this album. It has all the usual TA ingredients: structured symphonic style epics, soaring melodies, superb singalong moments and top playing from all. This time I note in particular the tasteful synth playing, especially the use of mini moog and Hammond. There are no significant weak moments. I prefer the structure of this album to The Whirlwind. I find TA are best at 20-30 minute pieces with recurring themes and moods.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars oh dear! ( again! ) What a disaster!
So hear we have album number four from the multi-talented musicians that are Transatlantic.
I absolutely love everything this group have recorded; in the studio and in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KELLY heroes
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Transatlantic CD
I've had this for a few months and I think it's their best CD to date. All their works are genius but this one seems to raise things to another level. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Big Red
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
The two long songs are brilliant and the short songs not up to the usual Morse classic short standard The covers album is a waste of time and add nothing to the originals (from my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jack Mignall
3.0 out of 5 stars frustrated
unfortunately i can't add the excellent new transatlantic cd to my collection because it as been ruined by the inclusion of a covers cd which is a pet hate. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jazzbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality prog from masters of their art
More of the same from TA, which means top notch quality prog from four genius musicians. Buy it. Now. Go.
Published 3 months ago by HJ Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars quality musicianship
pop and prog in the same package special, transatlantic know how to construct great songs without forgetting the melody a lot of old prog went far to far left field almost jazz... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for rock fans
Classic prog rock . Top musicians at their best , old school rock done as it should be . No 2 minute tracks here .
Published 4 months ago by G.W.PHILLIPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Another minor masterpiece!!
I have a couple of earlier albums by Transatlantic, and was lucky enough to catch them live at High Voltage 2010. I pre-ordered this and when it arrived it did not disappoint!!
Published 4 months ago by D. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic for lovers of great Prog.
Transatlantic, the band originally formed by Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, including his great friend, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings and Marillion's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Gambold
3.0 out of 5 stars So what is new?
Prog Rock royalty release their 4th studio album and I am sure it will sell well just because of their history and media coverage (eg. last months Prog Rock mag). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rikuc
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