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Transatlantic Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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.

The name of the group was originally planned to be "Second Nature", but was ... Read more in Amazon's Transatlantic Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B002QAQ9V6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All of the Above
2. We All Need Some Light
3. Mystery Train
4. My New World
5. In Held (Twas) in I

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality music for the discerning rock fan 12 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Life was great in the 70s. I was in my 20s and bands like the Beatles and 'Floyd had already launched an exciting period where many musicians and writers were no longer satisfied with producing 3 minute ditties - the new music was being called Progressive Rock and it was, well, progressing. Bands like Camel, Yes, Genesis, ELP and others produced sounds which involved the listener, challenging them to improve their attention spans - most of it was brilliant stuff and you could even listen to it on British radio on Saturday afternoons courtesy of Alan Freeman. Happy days - this would surely be the classical music of the future!! Well, for a while there, it appeared not. Punk, boy bands, hip hop etc. all took there turns in swamping the airwaves and prog. rock seemed to be doomed to extinction - it even became the butt of DJ jokes. But it's back!!
I'm in my 50s now and after a period in the musical doldrums have just discovered Transatlantic - I know I've been slow off the mark and taken my eye off the ball these past few years but better late than never.
If you're a prog. rock fan buy this album. If you are not, become one and buy this album. The music appears to be largely influenced by Yes and Genesis although I also hear touches of Rick Wakeman, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and others. Most of it is a unique Transatlanticness, though. Buy the CD to find out what that sounds like - you'll love it. It's brilliant.
I'm off to buy their other albums and check out Spock's Beard etc. Music is progressing again. Happy days return.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My first Transatlantic cd and it is an absolute gem. What I think Dream Theater has lost over the years I found here. Mike Portnoys precision that I am addicted to, make sure you have got a good music system to hear all the microdynamics as for me without it you will miss what it is all about. Have bought A Bridge Across Forever and although fantastic as well I find SMPTE better, more relaxed and stronger. For people that appreciate quality this is a must.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Amazing Album 24 May 2007
By gingerguru VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Music is clearly a subjective thing and that is starkly apparent in the mixed reviews of this album. So, to try and give a balanced and objective view of this work, you have to start by dealing with the basic and undeniable facts.

This is a HUGE album - well over an hour of original music plus a lengthy Procul Harum cover - Track 5. Fact.

This is an incredibly diverse album with a whole plethora of styles covered including delicate pop rock ballad, funk, fusion and classic prog rock. Fact.

The vocals and playing are to the highest standards in rock. Fact.

The majority of the original tracks on here are accessible to fans of mainstream rock. Fact.

There is clear musical influence from The Beatles and most of the big prog rock bands from the 70s. Fact.

Some of the tracks are epic at around the 30 minute mark but are mostly broken down into clearly defined shorter sections. Fact.

Now that we've got the basics covered, all that remains is to say that the combination of the factors outlined above produces a quite brilliant example of modern accessible progressive rock.

Morse excells on vocals/keyboards and is probably the most dominant force in terms of the influence brought to the Transatlantic sound from that of his main band at the time, Spock's Beard. Portnoy & Trewavas combine to form a superb rhythm section. Stolt is also worthy of mention for some very tasteful and restrained guitar lines (sometimes a little too restrained for my liking), not to mention his varied but always sweet guitar tone.

In my view, there is no weak track on this album. All of The Above is rapidly becoming an all time favourite - 30 minutes of sheer musical bliss.

Whatever you do, approach this album with an open mind and ignore the negative reviews which stupidly put me off buying this for some time.

This is undoubtedly a modern classic in prog rock.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Lives On 17 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
A great album with very strong overtones of the prog classics: Floyd, Yes and Genesis.
Great musicality and terrific musical talent from the band members. A treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought Prog was dead. 10 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
putting it simply , this is Prog at it's best.This is a real prog album made by talented guys who know and love prog. There is no prog stone unturned all the classic characteristics of 70's inspired prog but without clichet and produced and performed to a modern standard.
You get YES, Genesis, Camel, ELP, Tull, and more blended seemlessly on an album that also allows the members talent and influences shine through. What players they are too. Top drawer.
Long tracks, time changes, melodies and harmonies, drama, quirks this album has it all.
I am now going to buy the other albums by Transatlantic but will take my time as this music deserves time and your listening attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transatlantic Prog Rock 6 Sep 2010
By Brizer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw Transatlantic for the first time at the High Voltage festival in Hackney last August (Great festival). Performed the whole of the Whirlwind track from the album of the same name and, being a 70's 80's prog rock fan this completely blew me away.Natural response was to go and buy a few albums and these did not let me down with SMPT being a constant presence in the car and the Whirlwind having a permanent place on the music system at home. Fav track "My new World". As with any music not everyones cup of tea but if like me you were part of the prog rock scene and somehow missed out on this one then listen in, you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably a great album
This album is without doubt a great work. The references and inspiration come from the prog period of the 1970's - although this album could not have been made back then, as it... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2006 by Mark Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars ... could have been way better ...
It's like a very bad vintage port wine. It's supposed to be brilliant: the producer thinks it's great, the controller thinks it's wonderfull, it's made of the best grapes of the... Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2006 by Vaclav Smerda
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype!
I'm bracing myself for an avalanche of negative feedback as I seem to be one of the few (if not only) reviewer/s who consider this recording to be a very disappointing effort. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2005 by Kevin O'Keefe
3.0 out of 5 stars A good effort but stick with your bands
I'll pitch it between the reviews above. I suppose it just proves music is a very personal thing. This is a good album but not, in my view, great. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!!
I had high hopes for this album when I got (I was already very familiar with the work of Portnoy, Morse and Trewavas)... and just for once they were fulfilled!!! Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2002 by M. I. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars THE album of 2000!
Forget your Boyzones and your Westlifes.... TRANSATLANTIC are a TRUE rock band and their first album is extremely promising! Read more
Published on 19 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars There's life in the old dog yet
Well, I bought this album purely on the strength of the reviews I read here and I'm not disappointed. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2001 by Lucas
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