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THE WHIRLWIND

Transatlantic

 

Symphonic Prog

4.04 | 746 ratings

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Keetian
5 stars I have to confess that were it not for Progarchives.com, I would never have heard of this band. I was just checking them out on this site after I saw this album on the most popular section. I have been wanting to get it for a few months because of the 77+ minute tune. Last thursday I finally got my hands on it.

I have to say here that I would really like to see the price for CDs drop a lot. At over $25 bucks a shot for music, you would have to be a rich man/fem to get all the good music out there. With the internet, a band could sell their own stuff for a few bucks and still make out like fat rats. My wallet is really a limiter as far as buying good prog music goes.

Anyway, I listened to the whole song "Whirlwind" in one setting and I didn't get bored at all! There are a boat load of ideas going on here and it didn't get stale, even after the last note was played.

As far as the music goes, this is true prog and well worth listening to again and again. It has a ton of great moments to it. I enjoy it more everytime I listen to it. A couple of my favorite parts are "On the Prowl" and "Evermore." Lots of heart here and good mood shifting.Pete blended in well on the bass. Great effort!

On the 2nd CD, the first song I listened to was "Return of the Giant Hogweed." All I can say is you have got to hear this! It is amazing! These guys sound very hungry, even starving here. I was deeply impressed! Genesis and Peter Gabriel would be very pleased with Transatlantic's version. The singer really did great on the words. The difference between Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel is that Phil sings the words good, but Peter not only sings well, he becomes a part the the song itself. This is exactly what the singer, I think Neal Morse sang it, did when he sang. I had to listen to it at least three times. This only made me want to hear other Genesis music. When a band can do that to you, they have something there.

The next one I listened to was "Soul Sacrifice." The starving is there also, and it really comes through. Mike is playing some killer stuff as is Roine and Neil. Again, Santana would be very pleased with their version as well.

The 2 songs I didn't care for were, "Lenny Johnson," and "A Salty Dog." "Lenny Johnson" was kind of boring and I couldn't wait for it to end. "A Salty Dog" was the same. When I saw that it was originally written by Procol Harem, I knew why I didn't care for it, since I have never been a fan of theirs.

The rest of the songs on the 2nd CD I can take or leave. They are likeable, but I didn't really want to hear them again right away, unlike the first two I mentioned. All in all this is a historic effort, and the musicianship is immaculate. For this effort I will give it 4.75 stars, because of the epic "The whirlwind," and the two cover tunes I previously mentioned. So for Progarchives, it gets 5 stars!

Keetian | 5/5 |

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