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Songs / Tracks Listing

DVD 1 (147:22)
1. The Whirlwind (79:52)
2. All of the Above (30:19)
3. We All Need Some Light (8:40)
4. Duel with the Devil (28:31)

DVD 2 (36:03)
5. Bridge Across Forever (6:03)
6. Stranger in Your Soul (30:00)

Total Time 183:25

Extra features:
1. Documentary
2. Band Interview
3. The Return of the Giant Hogweed (bonus track)

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
- Roine Stolt / lead guitar, vocals, mixing
- Pete Trewavas / bass, guitar, vocals
- Mike Portnoy / drums, vocals

- Daniel Gildenl÷w / acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, percussion, vocals
- Steve Hackett / guitar (DVD bonus track)

Releases information

Live recording of 2010 Tour closing concert in London + Extras

2DVD Radiant Records - 3984-34061-9 (2010, US)
3CD + 2DVD Inside Out Music - 0505429 (2010, Europe) CDs w/ same track list as on concert video

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TRANSATLANTIC Whirld Tour 2010 - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire, London reviews

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
4 stars The show start with a impressive performance of the complete Whirland cd or song if you prefer. And then when the next song is finish, you realize that the show is at the 100 minutes mark. The next song : "We all Need Some Light" change the pace of the show with a excellent duel of guitar between Neal Morse and Ronnie Stolt. Then the show end with the great song : "Duel with the Devil". There's a lot more to come with the encore on the second DVD and as a bonus we can enjoy Steve Hackett playing with the band the "Return of the Giant Hogweed" on the High Voltage show.

The picture quality and sound are excellent including the extra footage with Steve Hackett, but for those who have a home theater, the 5.1 surround sound doesn't give you much. The sounds coming from the rear speakers are too low and serve mostly to hear the crowd and sometimes the sounds of Daniel Gildenl÷w instruments.

The 2 hours documentary is a Behind the scene during the 11 countries tour. This documentary is lead by Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy who are the most extrovert members in the band wich gives some animation in what could have been another very ordinary documentary. But i think that, just to see those great musicians together is special.

And finally after seeing the 20 minutes interview with the band, i can say that there will be another Transatlantic cd in the future.

For those who don't have any DVD of Transatlantic, this is the one to have, despite the 5.1 sound. So, i am giving 4 stars and half.

P.N. (This is the 2DVD review)

Review by darkshade
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Every time I watch this I get a big grin on my face, especially at the beginning of the first set, starting off The Whirlwind. That album is easily one of the best symphonic albums of the 2000s, and up there with the classics of the 70s.

It's great to see everyone having a good time. It makes you wonder if all the members (including Daniel) are thinking about making Transatlantic their full time band. 3 out of the 4 main members are not in a full time band, one is, and one is a hired gun (but may as well be a 5th member). It seems they all enjoy the band and its music, and this is evident on this DVD.

You get all the big TA epics, plus a riveting version of We All Need Some Light, with the crowd singing along. Sends chills down my spine. All the big epics are played with emotion and delivered perfectly. I like how almost all the songs are tuned down half a step (for you musicians out there) which gives the songs a little bit different of a feel (though they're the same songs)

There is really nothing wrong with this DVD/Live album, it's a perfect 3 hour long prog rock concert, performed by some of the best in the business today. Long Live Transatlantic and may their 4th album come out sooner than later!

Review by Muzikman
5 stars The Transatlantic tour took place in April following practice sessions in Southern California then finished up in July. This is all documented on this set.

The TA performance from Shepherd's Bush Empire in London includes 147 minutes of footage from the first set on disc one. Keep in mind that this band has not performed together in over 9 years so what you will see is quite incredible based on that fact alone. Those of us familiar with all these fine musicians and their projects know how good they are and we should not be surprised that this performance is nothing short of spectacular. As a bonus Steve Hackett (formerly of early Genesis, when they were prog) comes on stage to perform a Genesis classic "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed" at their High Voltage Festival performance, the last stop on the tour. Of course, Hackett is simply amazing and Portnoy and everyone else are just beaming with delight to have him out there playing a prog-rock gem like that.

The first set kicks off appropriately with "The Whirlwind", the title track from their ambitious 2009 double studio album (see review). The next three tracks 'All Of The Above", "We All Need Some Light" and "Duel With Devil" are extensive and solid proof of the band's prowess as musicians and entertainers in that configuration even after a 9 year layoff. It's a given that any prog song live is going to have improvisation and a guarantee that it will be an extended version of an already extensive track. This of course is what everyone wants in a live session and Transatlantic does not disappoint for one second. What I appreciate with this band is that they are not flashy or bombastic in any way; they just play good music with a flair for mixing classic prog with modern day twists and turns.

The second DVD is160 minutes in length bumping up the ante for the entire prog package which includes a road documentary (ala homemade via a lot of Neal's own video camera), a band interview, and the aforementioned bonus track of the Genesis classic.

"Bridge Across Forever" is an amazing track with shifting atmospheres and outrageous time signatures flying around. The jaw dropping changes are indeed a highlight, although this is typical for a band like Transatlantic, and they make their own way with a definitive stamp that nobody can reproduce.

This is a very special group of individuals and I wish that I would have caught this show live because who knows when it will happen again. Perhaps now that Mike has left Dream Theater some good things could happen (although that saddens me) or some other interesting configurations may come to light suddenly. These prog rock dudes really get around and you just never know when one of them is going to pop up on another project or play with a band you are already familiar with.

My hat is off to the band for adding Daniel Gildenlow to the concert tour. He adds yet another facet and energy to the already outstanding sound they create. His contributions on guitar, keys and backup vocals give their sound an additional texture and layer that is welcome in the live setting. I have no doubt that if TA goes back into the studio, they should consider asking Gildenlow to join them.

If you have been waiting for this to happen, the time is now to grab this DVD set and experience Transatlantic live along with all the other bonuses they offer. The up close coverage you get during the tour makes you feel like you are hanging out with the band, it was a nice touch to get closer to their fans and they should be applauded not only for their musical brilliance but how in touch they stay with their audience.

I have always been so impressed with each member of this band, their humbleness and appreciation for what they do, how they present it, and most of all what they give us in return for supporting them. Thanks to Transatlantic, I have many memories and fantastic music that I can enjoy for the rest of my life. Try finding that on any radio station these days.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: All 7! Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Review by lor68
3 stars Ok, for a moment I don't think of Spock's Beard, Marillion and Flower Kings and try to analyze strengths and weaknesses of this DVD/CD live, concerning this superband from California...first of all the sound is good, a little be distorted (especially the acoustic parts of the piano by N. Morse, accompanied by his voice, but also some pedal effects, being not always so clear...), but it's well supported by their direct approach and some good, sometimes remarkable, interplays, even though not often different from their style you can regard in their previous experiences along with the bands above...Instead, talking about the video editing and the camera angle, probably the director has not performed his job in the best manner: the camera jumps from an angle to another, trying anyway to take the whole scene on stage with all the members, while the musicians are playing and singing (without forgetting the keyboards) and that's a difficult task!

So, for sure it's not simple to direct such a complex performance, especially if the band always has to play their most famous tunes (such performance cannot be so different from a jam to another), but their usual highlights "Duel With The Devil", "All Of The Above" and "Stranger In Your Soul" must be witnessed anyway in the best manner.

Unfortunately every new jam is becoming a little bit tiring and quite prolix also in their live version, after a long duration!! They have been playing these tunes for several times; but this feature could represent their boring side at the end, if They don't add new fresh music ideas to their retro-prog/melodic metal prog...ok the harmony vocals, the guitar effects by Roine Stolte and his solos together with those ones by N. Morse, are quite in the vein of Yes and the early Genesis, often being well done, but at the end their arrangements are quite dated and their suites perhaps too much long and a bit prolix...even though the unedited live performance with Steve Hackett, regarding the immortal Genesis tune "The Giant Hogweed", is a very good performance (the right track for M. Portnoy on drums) and is worth the price of the whole DVD!!

Final note: regardless of the defects inside, you could anyway add another half star at least...but I've been honest in my evaluation, whose score is inferior than any review concerning Transatlantic live...

Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars I guess the term "supergroup" is damned nowadays. And it is a more than proved fact that the gathering of great musicians don┤t exactly mean that their collective work will be also great. On the contrary, several attempts into making supergroups resulted in far more failures than success. However, once in a while, a reunion of some real outstanding musicians do result in an amazing chemistry where the music is actually bigger than the sum of its parts. Transatlantic is indeed one of those. Expectatiosn were high, of course, since the group included some of the most iconic and talented personalities in modern prog music. Namely: Neal Morse (former leader of Spock┤s Beard), Roinde Stolt (from swedish giants The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion) and Mike Prtnoy (Dream Theater). Although I can┤t say their two first albums were all that great in terms of recording quality (which of course adverselly affected the resulting sound), the third, Whirlwind, finally gave them the chance to show their potential in all its glory. So I was quite curious how they would sound live, specially since they did not play together on stage for several years. As a special guest they had Daniel Gildenl÷w (leader of swedish prog metallers Pain Of Salvation).

But when I put the DVD on I knew from the very start that I was facing a classic. Amazingly they do not only play the whole 79 minutes fo the Whirlwind suite, but also several cuts from the previous two albums. And watching them play one might wonder how they are able to reproduce those long and complex pieces with such ease and passion. Unlike several prog acts, they do move, have a very good stage presence and produced a strong connection to the audience all the time (Gildenl÷w seems to be specially fired up). The impression they give is that they are having the time of their lives and even the normally reserved english public reacts accordingly.

With an amazing sound and very good video quality, this is one of the most well recorded shows I ever saw in my life (all the instruments are so well balanced you might think they are reallly just mimicking a CD instead of playing live). Vocals are also a big highlight with all the members contributing actively for the harmonies proving they are more than just skillful musicians, they are also fine singers. My biggest fear was that they might stray away a little in some pointless jams or long solos, but fortunalty that does not happen, even if in a few moments it looks like this is going to. Kudos to them for reducing those self indulgent moments to a minimum. With all their talent and technique it would be almost inevitable, but they manage to give the public good music, not ego trips. Nor - thank god! - ten minute drum solos or anything like that. It was all a very group efford and they gave the public what they wanted (and them some!).

After playing a mere 147 minutes(!) of music, they still come back for an encore of no less than 36 minutes those were performed on the second DVD of the package)! What stamnina they had! The extras include some fine backstage shots, interviews, rehearsals and tour images (all very well done and showing the high spirits of everyone involved). But the true gem of this part is the bonus video showing the band at the High Voltage Festival, where they were joined by guitarrist Steve hackett for an excellent cover of the Genesis classic The Return Of The Giant Hogweed.

Conclusion: Words can┤t really describe the immense emotion I felt while watching this video. Well, I tried. Just do the same and let Transatlantic carry you to a great symphonic journey. Awesome DVD! Even with all the names involved, Whirld Tour 2010 Live In London exceeded my highest expectations by a large margin. The group showed not only that they could perform such excellent elaborated music live flawlessly, but also play it with great energy, personality and conviction. It reminds of other giant bands like Yes and Genesis at their peak in the 70┤s. I mean, almost too good to be true.

Rating: 5 stars, no less. An essential masterpiece of progressive music. A classic video that every fan of prog music should have!

Review by Progulator
4 stars I never really did get into Transatlantic that much. They seemed to me, in many ways, the perfect example of the supergroup whose sum was less than its parts. So how did I end up deciding to write this review of a year old DVD from a band that never really did it for me? Youtube. Being the FLOWER KINGS FANBOY that I am, I've been looking for interviews with Roine Stolt on Youtube lately and I stumbled across one with all the Transatlantic members. After thoroughly enjoying the interview, out of the corner of my eye I spotted a link to a song from the Whirld Tour 2010 DVD. I just couldn't fight the urge; the interview was great and my fingers couldn't stop themselves from clicking the link. And so it was that my mind exploded and now I find myself with a copy of the DVD and twenty-two bucks poorer (albeit happier).

Transatlantic's Whirlwind Tour 2010 DVD made me feel like a kid in a candy store. Somehow I felt that this fine performance of Stolt, Trewevas, Portnoy, Morse, and Gildenlow was the perfect showing of what their vision of Transatlantic's music is: quality composition and a fantastic level of no-gimmicks-needed showmanship. Daniel, although stuck in the back, never ceased to amaze me with his world class voice and ability to be, in my opinion, the perfect hired gun for adding additional everything (vocals, synths, guitar, percussion, etc.). Pete's bassline's were spot on and always finding interesting grooves and runs. Mike's drumming, while often quite a bit heavier than you'd find in most similar bands, always felt like it fit the part and added tons of energy to the set. Plus, seeing his vertically challenged figure crowd-surf literally all the way to the back of the theater after doing a hilarious death grunt joke on Morse made my day. I've never been a fan of Neal's voice, so I'll spare you my opinion there, however, Mr. Morse delivers with flying colors in the keys department, achieving a great dirty Hammond sound with mouth-watering smears galore and splendid all around aggressive playing. I seriously thought he was gonna knock his whole rig over when he was delivering some stunning jamming on "We All Need Some Light." It was awesome.

For me, the biggest surprise and joy was Roine's performance. He's always been great with the Flower Kings, but I felt like he managed to top himself in just about all aspects of his performance here, bringing to the table a sound which is entirely distinct from his soloing style in TKF. His phrasing and sense of touch and dynamic were the best I've ever seen from him, each solo being beautifully executed with him knowing just which notes to milk. Most good performers play their notes perfectly; on this DVD, Mr. Stolt managed to always find the perfect notes and play them divinely. His subdued jazzy section right after the Portnoy drum solo on "Duel With the Devil" is a perfect example of his expressive but never forced playing. Furthermore, the choice of Stolt's vocals on "We All Need Some Light" gave the piece just the beautifully haunting and majestically decrepit feel it needed to make an uplifting chorus that much more powerful.

While a marvel of a DVD, there were two things that could have been improved, in my opinion. Only a minor issue, but I felt like Neal's tron and organ patches could have been mixed at a much more significant volume in order to add more depth to the band's sound. They were somewhat drowned out for most of the film, adding just a subtle hint of texture rather than contributing to a richer, fuller sound. But, I understand that some people like their keyboards in the back, so, whatever. The next thing is a bit of a bothersome issue that either has to do with bad editing or shameless overdubbing. There were two moments during "The Whirlwind" where an instrument or voice clearly didn't match up with what was being played. I hope and pray that this was just an audio/visual syncing mistake, because I think I stand with most prog fans when I say that I'd rather watch a live performance, not a music video. I'll give the band the benefit of the doubt though.

Despite any small complaints, Whirld Tour 2010 makes a fantastic contribution to my DVD collection that I'm sure I will watch and enjoy over and over. Transatlantic's above and beyond stage presence and positive vibe, coupled with the spectacular execution of these songs, make the show and the music really come to life. Their mix of classic rock with epically long progressive composition really came across strong with this group of guys who seem to just be out there having fun and jamming. Except that we were having just as much fun watching them, for three and a half hours, with only six songs. That, my friends, is what you call a feat.

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5 stars Cannot say enough good things about this DVD. Others had documented pretty much everything that needs to be said so I'll just make a list of the great things: 1. A complete, uninterrupted version of the "Whirlwind" masterpiece. 2. A moving version of We All Need Some LIght, complete with (se ... (read more)

Report this review (#2022102) | Posted by MrMan2000 | Tuesday, September 4, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars My ALL-TIME Greatest #25 I chose the video rather than the audio-only version of this fabulous concert because this is a visual besides an unparalleled musical experience. When 4 years ago PA re-opened for me the doors I for long thought closed forever, this was the first saloon I stepped in, ... (read more)

Report this review (#1500319) | Posted by Quinino | Thursday, December 17, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Easily my best DVD purchase since Pink Floyd's Pulse, Neal Morse has really Grown On me, I am not ashamed to admit, I always Liked Neal Diamond's Voice, And This Neal sure can sound like him at Times. One wonders why these guys don't completely ditch their other bands and make more history with t ... (read more)

Report this review (#423342) | Posted by darkprinceofjazz | Saturday, March 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It had been a few months since I watched this so I decided to take this one in again today. It was exactly as I remember it from my first viewing. Absolutely one of my favorite DVD concert experiences. Outside of the superb skills of those playing the music, I think the camera work was stunn ... (read more)

Report this review (#394998) | Posted by cutsofmeat | Saturday, February 5, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars THE WHIRLWIND!!!!!!!!! This monster epic is my favorite song!!! Transatlantic played the whole piece continuously. These musicians are insane, playing a 78 min. + song. They even go on to play three 25 min. + and two ballads. Its a supernatural phenomenon how these guys can do this. Now, got ... (read more)

Report this review (#394078) | Posted by AlexDOM | Friday, February 4, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have seen and listened to one of my new Christmas gifts ! With an all-around cinema sound and a huge TV ! That's a must, for this full-of-epics double DVD ! And I add my voice to the preceding writings : it is the very best 'live' performance I have ever seen ! What is an example of a 'essent ... (read more)

Report this review (#365577) | Posted by Progdaybay | Monday, December 27, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One of the best DVDs of all time! There are ways to deal with the fan in a respectful manner, and a material quality is one. First, the high quality audio and video, and second, the amount of material: music of Genesis, with participation from Steve Hackett, interview with fans, behind the scen ... (read more)

Report this review (#359962) | Posted by nandprogger | Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Just incredible! This is one of the highlights of Progressive rock concerts of the last decennia. Maybe ranked between Yessongs, When in Rome and Live at Pompeii from Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd. To name a few. Why? It might be the craftmanship of the artists, the power of the songs, the atmos ... (read more)

Report this review (#345695) | Posted by wvz1 | Tuesday, December 7, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Best prog rock concert DVD ever? May be yes. This guys are every time better .They are every time playing better. Their display in this concert is much more better that Live In America and In Europe. With such energy and vitality . Well The Whirlwind has been their best album(in my opin ... (read more)

Report this review (#313118) | Posted by robbob | Thursday, November 11, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is an absolutely essential prog dvd. Totaling at over 8 hours of material (2 dvds and 3 cds), this box set will not leave any Transatlantic fan disappointed. The concert footage is phenomenal, flawlessly performed, and full of life. The sound quality and camera work are excellent also. A ... (read more)

Report this review (#308648) | Posted by Earendil | Sunday, November 7, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is for the 2DVD/3CD Deluxe set, which is awesome! The DVD picture, filming, overall quality, and audio are stunning. The setting is fantastic and the set list: Unbelievable... So much value for the money here! 3 CDs of the entire DVD set, 2 DVDs- one of the show and one of the encore, plus a ... (read more)

Report this review (#307583) | Posted by pagan97 | Saturday, October 30, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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