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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely and Utterly Fantastic!
If you thought live in America was great then you're in for a shock because this is about 500% better! Morse, Stolt, Trewavs and Portnoy were obviously more played in on this record because the band just sound like an incredibly well oiled machine effortlessly recreating their complex and demanding epics in a live environment. Besides being played with consumate skill...
Published on 7 Nov 2003 by Amazon Customer

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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must do better
Bought this to catch up on what modern day 'progressive rock' had tooffer. Stupid really because 'Supergroups' (even if they are made up ofmusicians from relatively obscure bands) rarely work. Much of thepackaging describes the last-minute rehearsals for this European tour andit shows!
Bum notes and wonky harmonies apart, the biggest disappointment has to bethe...
Published on 24 April 2004 by flatustube


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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely and Utterly Fantastic!, 7 Nov 2003
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Amazon Customer "matkudasai" (Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Live In Europe (2 cds) (Audio CD)
If you thought live in America was great then you're in for a shock because this is about 500% better! Morse, Stolt, Trewavs and Portnoy were obviously more played in on this record because the band just sound like an incredibly well oiled machine effortlessly recreating their complex and demanding epics in a live environment. Besides being played with consumate skill the music is also played with a great deal of humour and really sounds as though everyone is having a ball. The album opens with a particularly sublime version of Duel with the Devil in which Stolt's guitar sounds terrific - far higher in the mix than on the studio version. Next is My New World which is one of favourite Transatlantic compositions with everyone playing beautifully. The We All Need Some Light with impassioned vocals from Morse and great acoustic guitar from Stolt. This is followed by a wild version of Suite Charlotte Pike with Side two of the Beatles' Abbey Road merged with the original song. The band really have a ball on this tune and for prog rock the performance is very rock 'n' roll. My second favourite Transatlantic tune (Stranger in our Soul) follows with pounding drums and bass from Portnoy and Trewavas taking us into the song proper. I've alwas like Trewavas' lead vocal parts on this song. He may not be the best of vocalists but for this song his lead vocal parts really work. Neil Morse states that this is his favourite Transatlantic tune and I can see why - it has great arrangements and dynamics. It may be thirty minutes long but the piece is so well constructed it never gets boring. The same coudl be said of the final tune All of the Above which is performed superbly. Mike Portnoy says in the liner notes that he considers the recordings of this band to be amongest his best and that its a great shame that the band didn't last longer. Listening to a recording as great as this one its difficult not to agree with this. If you're a fan of prog rock or even just like rock music that written, arranged and performed with great craft than you should have this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progtastic, 19 Nov 2009
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Gerard Deegan (Surrey, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live In Europe (2 cds) (Audio CD)
If you're a fan of Prog you'll love this. Fabulous instrumentals, epic songs. You can hear the 'Flowwer Kings' and 'Spocks Beard' influences in different tracks. Superb.
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must do better, 24 April 2004
This review is from: Live In Europe (2 cds) (Audio CD)
Bought this to catch up on what modern day 'progressive rock' had tooffer. Stupid really because 'Supergroups' (even if they are made up ofmusicians from relatively obscure bands) rarely work. Much of thepackaging describes the last-minute rehearsals for this European tour andit shows!
Bum notes and wonky harmonies apart, the biggest disappointment has to bethe lyrical content which is cheesy to the point of inanity. Some of themusical themes are interesting but it has none of the slightly spooky andunusual flavour of early Genesis, ELP, Camel etc.
Caricaturing Prog Rock i could live with, but this is predominantly acollection of sub-standard rock tunes, played by overtechnical musicianswho happen to own a Mellotron (or at least a decent set of Mellotronsamples)!
Very poor indeed, please see teacher after class!!!
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