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.