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THE ABSOLUTE UNIVERSE - THE ULTIMATE EDITION

Transatlantic

Symphonic Prog


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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

- The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (extended version):

CD 1 (47:12)
1. Overture (8:11)
2. Heart Like a Whirlwind (5:11)
3. Higher Than the Morning (5:29)
4. The Darkness in the Light (5:43)
5. Swing High, Swing Low (3:48)
6. Bully (2:11)
7. Rainbow Sky (3:19)
8. Looking for the Light (3:59)
9. The World We Used to Know (9:21)

CD 2 (43:02)
10. The Sun Comes Up Today (5:38)
11. Love Made a Way (prelude) (1:25)
12. Owl Howl (7:05)
13. Solitude (5:41)
14. Belong (2:49)
15. Lonesome Rebel (2:53)
16. Looking for the Light (reprise) (5:12)
17. The Greatest Story Never Ends (4:17)
18. Love Made a Way (8:02)

Total Time 90:14

- The Absolute Universe: The Breath of Life (abridged version):

1. Overture (5:53)
2. Reaching for the Sky (5:40)
3. Higher Than the Morning (4:32)
4. The Darkness in the Light (5:43)
5. Take Now My Soul (3:31)
6. Looking for the Light (4:04)
7. Love Made a Way (prelude) (2:13)
8. Owl Howl (5:26)
9. Solitude (4:24)
10. Belong (2:22)
11. Can You Feel It (3:17)
12. Looking for the Light (reprise) (4:57)
13. The Greatest Story Never Ends (2:57)
14. Love Made a Way (9:02)

Total Time 64:01

- Blu-ray (5.1 surround mix):

1. Overture (8:11)
2. Reaching for the Sky (5:40)
3. Higher Than the Morning (5:29)
4. The Darkness in the Light (5:43)
5. Take Now My Soul (3:31)
6. Bully (2:11)
7. Rainbow Sky (3:19)
8. Looking for the Light (3:59)
9. The World We Used to Know (9:21)
10. The Sun Comes Up Today (5:38)
11. Love Made a Way (prelude) (1:25)
12. Owl Howl (7:05)
13. Solitude (5:41)
14. Belong (2:49)
15. Lonesome Rebel (2:53)
16. Can You Feel It (3:17)
17. Looking for the Light (reprise) (5:12)
18. The Greatest Story Never Ends (4:17)
19. Love Made a Way (8:02)
20. The Making of "The Absolute Universe" documentary (62:27)

Total Time 156:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Neal Morse / vocals, piano, Hammond organ, Minimoog, Mellotron, acoustic guitar, charango
- Roine Stolt / vocals, electric & acoustic 6- & 12-string guitars, ukulele, keyboards, percussion
- Pete Trewavas / vocals, bass
- Mike Portnoy / vocals, drums & percussion

With:
- Josee Weigand / violin, viola
- Gideon Klein / cello, viola, string bass

Releases information

Mike Portnoy says: "We've got two versions of this album. There's a two CD presentation (Forevermore), which is 90 minutes long, and a single one (The Breath of Life) which is 60 minutes long. The single CD is NOT an edited version of the double CD. They're new recordings. What we have done are different approaches to the songs for this! We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different."

The Absolute Universe - The Ultimate Edition collects both versions together as a limited deluxe clear 5LP + 3CD + blu-ray box-set, featuring expanded 16 page LP-booklet, 5.1 surround sound mix with visuals, making-of documentary, 60x60cm poster - contained within a lift-off box finished with silver foil.

Label: InsideOut
February 5, 2021

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TRANSATLANTIC The Absolute Universe - The Ultimate Edition ratings distribution


4.79
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(79%)
79%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(7%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team
5 stars The supergroup is back with another album, this time a pleasant and uplifting 90 minutes journey into the absolute universe of symphonic prog rock. The music is based mostly on a good dose of Neal Morse and Flower Kings with some Beatlesesque, Yes, a bit of jazz, and a rip-off of the song ''Starless'' of King Crimson. This album is made to listen in one take like a big epic with some recurrent themes. My favorite parts are the dark parts that show a slightly different style from the Transatlantic style of the past. There is nothing more to add about the professionalism of those musicians and the overall quality of the production. The bass playing of Pete at the end of the album is breathtaking. It's no surprise to hear at the end on a Neal Morse project a nod to the multi-part vocals of Gentle Giant. This is a very enjoyable ride crossing the Atlantic reunifying the British, the US, and the Swedish. This review is taken from the Blu-Ray Edition which adds to the excitement of it all...

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