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Whirlwind (2CD & DVD) Box set

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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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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Century Media
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Whirlwind (Part 1-12) (77:56)
Disc: 2
1. Spinning (09:58)
2. Lenny Johnson (04:20)
3. For Such A Time (05:22)
4. Lending A Hand (08:43)
5. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (08:26) (Genesis cover version)
6. A Salty Dog (04:59) (Procol Harum cover version)
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Making of Whirlwind (approx. 60 mins)

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The Whirlwind is a 77 minute piece of music that is sure to satisfy the legions of Transatlantic fans that have patiently waited almost the entire decade for the reunion of these four musicians. Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, Marillion's Pete Trewavas and Roine Stolt from the Flower Kings once again converge for another trademark outing into the prog-rock stratosphere.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joolz on 14 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a Prog old-timer, I often find today's "retro"-Prog a little forced: modern musicians trying too hard to recreate a vibe that died essentially 30 years ago. While Transatlantic is a bunch of accomplished musicians with their own styles and sensibilities, they can still fall into the same trap with a listener concentrating more on influences than on the music itself - and The Whirlwind has them all ....

.... that said, it is a fine album: assured songwriting, melodies with lots of variety; elegant, creative arrangements; rousing performances, excellent musicianship; well recorded: the suite [not a single piece!] mostly flows pretty well from pastoral beauty to vamped-up rock to rustic acoustic to grandiose ballad; intensity shakes hands with gentleness, fluctuating moods; lengthy instrumental sections liberally dispersed. Trewavas' energetic basslines are superb; heavy, powerful; I find Portnoy a trifle too hyper at times on drums, and some lyrics become a trifle preachy, but that's a relatively minor quibble.

My only previous Transatlantic record was debut SMPTe which left me unconvinced; a typical supergroup that flattered to deceive; but nine years later they sound much more `together' as a true band working in harmony, with subtle interplay and sensitivity: this is key to my enjoyment of this record and whether I will still feel as positive about it in a year's time, but I think I will! The Whirlwind is a classy, well-balanced record: the best retro-Prog album I have heard for many years; it knocks spots off most neo-Prog output!

PS - the extras on disc 2 [special edition] are fully realised recordings; OK in themselves but they don't really add any value unless you are a committed Transatlantic fan.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Bottle on 18 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was initially a little reluctant to get this, although I have the first two; the reason being my concerns about the possible domination by Neal Morse. I acknowledge his musical prowess but have become wary of his fixated output.
However - I needn't have worried as this is a GROUP affair; indeed Stolt, Trewavas and Portnoy frequently lead things. Reference has been made by one or two reviewers to Portnoys imposing drumming; well, he is an imposing drummer. Personally, I don't think he is that overpowering. Listening to this one appreciates Trewavas's solid bass and assured playing and Stolt's tight guitar runs. Of course Morse's smooth multi-instrumental skills are pretty much a backbone.
The title track is a 12 part 78 minute excursion into a variety of styles reflecting the performers various characters and influences; it's all played to perfection and very much a group effort - it might be my imagination, but I kept picking up The Beatles and Yes - what a mix. Then - it is Marillion, Flower Kings and Spock's Beard all rolled into one - not much Dream Theater!!
I am reviewing the Special Edition 2 disc set and believe it well worth getting.
CD2 starts with 4 originals the most surprising of which, is Trewavas's "Lending a Hand" - a even paced rock song led by Pete's plaintive voice and some really lush instrumentation.
They have fun with the Genesis cover - "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" which builds to a frantic climax.
Another surprise is a cover of Procol Harum's "A Salty Dog" with Mike Portnoy taking the vocal role and dedicating it to his father.
It ends with a rousing "Soul Sacrifice" - a real belter.
I am very glad Transatlantic have returned - they made it all worthwhile; all four playing together as one but each making their mark. A first class rock album from a first class outfit. My fears are allayed and - well; Neal's done good!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Martin West on 14 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Before I start, I'm not a Christian. However, I'm confused by the numerous references to Neal Morse's religious beliefs. Clearly, his lyrics are influenced by these beliefs, but surely all lyrics are based on some form of beliefs/ideology. As prog fans, we have endured years of lyrics based on obscure musings [Tales of Topographic Oceans / Passion Play / Pawn Hearts spring to mind], but these albums are simply taken for what they are, brilliant albums. Surely, it's all about what inspired the artist. I think Layla is the greatest love song of all time, but my not knowing or loving Patti Boyd, doesn't matter because Eric Clapton did and that's what inspired him. In the same way, Neal Morse talks of his religion, he's not going to convert me and I don't think that's his aim.
The album has great moments and some mediocre moments. The playing as always is tremendous with Stolt delivering some of his best playing. The production is tight and the piece progresses with a natural flow. The lyrics are sometimes trite, but that's nothing unusual in prog land. Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.
And if the religion bit is worrying you, fear not. Passing the local Christian book/music shop, I stuck my head around the door and asked if they had anything by Transatlantic, he hadn't heard of them, we're 'safe'!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevan James on 27 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's welcome back to Transatlantic!! A masterful piece of music - all 77 minutes of it! OK, it sags a bit in parts and is slightly too religious sounding (at least on the two listens I've had) but when you reach the epic closing section "Dancing with Eternal Glory/Whirlwind (reprise)" you'll wonder where the time went!! Of course, although it's sold to us as one piece of music, it's really lots of bits and pieces cobbled together - but it flows nicely!

If I have any complaints about this album it's the fact that Mike Portney's drums are often very prominent in the mix. MP is a great drummer but there are places here where it feels like there's too much of him (part 2, "The Wind Blew them All Away", is probably the worst example of this).

There's also a limited 2CD set available as well, with 4 shorter tracks and 4 cover versions, of which I have only heard their take on the Genesis track "Return of the Giant Hogweed", and an even more limited box set sort of thing with a 'making of' DVD.

Now it's fingers crossed for another European tour!!
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