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3 stars O.k. I bought the limited edition because I heard 'Roine's Demo Bits' very often on Delicious Agony (Prog Rock radio station) and considered it very good. Now, heard the whole Bonus CD I can say that it is very interesting. We have a very good Cover version of Pink Floyd's 'Shine on you Crazy Diamond', a funny studio chat where the guys discuss how a part should sound like and a very cool version of 'and I love her' originally a Beatles Song...but you can't hear them sing because it was played spontaneously and by the way recorded nobody thought that it will become a track on the bonus dics...same with 'smoke on the water'...all guys played different instruments...Mike Portnoy on Bass, Neal Morse on Drums and so on, really funny... 'Dace with the Devil' and 'Roines Demo Bits' are demos or parts of the songs you hear on the album...but this are very early versions and you can hear the difference. On your PC you can see a movie that shows the guys in Neal Morse's house rehearsing and writing a song, interesting... If you want to buy 'Bridge across forever' I would recomment to buy the limited edition because you get some interesting stuff AND very good music, not 'just' very good music ;)
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Posted Thursday, March 25, 2004 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Great album, but is the bonus material worth it?

I've posted a review of the standard edition of this album separately, so I won't repeat it here except to say that it is indeed an excellent piece of work.

The limited edition version comes in a luxurious hardback digipak sleeve, the sort Inside Out Records does so well, and containing a well illustrated and informative booklet.

It also includes a second disc, with an enhanced section and six additional tracks. The cover version of Pink Floyd's "Shine on you crazy diamond" (an edited version of both side one and two of " Wish you were here") is pretty faithful to the original, except that organ replaces guitar for one solo.

After five minutes of superfluous studio chat, an eight minute rendition of the Beatles "And I love her" emerges. It's a bit hard to spot the actual tune, submerged as it is in a lounge jazz piano mood. Deep Purple's "Smoke on the water" is a more faithful rendition, but still little more than a studio playtime, with the band members swapping instruments for the run through. The version of "Dance with the devil" is Morse's demo of what went on to become track one of the album, complete with ELP type keyboards. "Roines demo bit's" is just that, interesting for one listen, but hardly essential. The interactive section has good footage of the band at work, very much a "making of" with which we are all becoming so familiar these days with the advent of DVD extras.

It's just a bit sad that already it stands as a historical document.

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Posted Thursday, July 22, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars this album is a masterpiece through and through!!!!....transatlantic music bring out the BEST in EACH members song writing ability, their technical ability, and their ability to just simply make classic music without a single second of time wasted within any given song.....the first track is the definition of what GOOD progressive music is...its not mindless oddtime signatures and soling..there is a true natural purpose behind every note they play....there music is beautiful, epic, heavy, technical, challenging, passionate and very proggy, so to say:p....transatlantic is the only reason i even began to listen to prog and i became a memeber of this site just to give these guys some recognition...sure there are lots of other prog bands i love, but im too lazy to review them all....these guys r worht every bit of time and energy!!!....suite charlotte pike is very catchy and beatly but still very prog, bridge across forver is unbelievable, it hits my emotions so deep, its so moody and heart felt...i love the lyrics...and the last epic is AMAZING......once you have given this song a good 3 or 4 listens u will find yourself humming the melodies and the different musical themes...its a nice blend of good heart fekt singing epic,technical prog, even some metal!!! and it provides the perfect epic ending any good good album deserves!!!

this album deserves 5 stars just because of the first disc, the bonus disc is somewhat not essential

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Posted Friday, January 15, 2010 | Review Permalink
4 stars as a daily album seeker ive came across this album while searching for some symphonic prog rock album. and ho my what have i came across. at first i was like ok... and then the first song hit me. the music is very intresting and considering i listen to alot of symphonic prog prock it is not often i find somthing that's "newish". and this album is very much the definition of a success in is own music genre. "Duel with the Devil"-.every single note is genius, you can listen to the whole thing and be amazed all the way... i loved it so much. its Beyond compare to any other song tho it have a bit resemblence to "windchase-simphinity songs" ill end up and say its not a masterpiece but its definitly a hidden gem every symphonic prog enjoyer should listen to and considering adding it to his collection
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