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Formed in 1999 - Disbanded in 2002 - Reunited in 2009

TRANSATLANTIC is Prog's premier super group. A truly illustrious collection of amazing talent that push the barriers which redefine the meaning of a progressive rock supergroup! Of course thats no surprise, looking at the all-star line-up: keyboardist / vocalist NEAL MORSE (Spocks Beard), drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), guitarist ROINE STOLT (Flower Kings), and bassist Pete Trewavas (Marillion). Together, these multitalented guys have created some truly amazing music. For an all-star progressive rock band, TRANSATLANTIC has a chance to make some musical noise in the United States.

All four musicians agree that "SMPTe" is a timeless piece of rock history and one that shows such diverse influences as PINK FLOYD, YES, GENESIS, KING CRIMSON and The BEATLES. This album captures some of the finest progressive rock ever recorded. Barring the prog-nazis and their arrogant opinions! "Bridge Across Forever" is definitely more of a full-band effort. Those familiar with all the band members styles will certainly identify everyones characteristic touches -- Morses melody, Stolts vibrant playing, Trewevas tasteful licks, Portnoys intense drumming. Also appearing are: Chris Carmichael, violin, viola and cello; Keith Mears, saxophone; and the "Elite" choir, background vocals. Each member of the band gets a shot at lead vocals, and the vocal harmonies are outstanding. In all cases, the musicianship is intense, technical, and ambitious, but never goes over-the-top. Made for fans by fans, "Bridge Across Forever" will stand the test of time to epitomize progressive rock.

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TRANSATLANTIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 718 ratings
SMPTe
2000
4.16 | 798 ratings
Bridge Across Forever
2001
4.04 | 898 ratings
The Whirlwind
2009
3.82 | 565 ratings
Kaleidoscope
2014

TRANSATLANTIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.41 | 132 ratings
Live in America
2001
4.45 | 190 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
4.51 | 194 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
2010
4.29 | 117 ratings
More Never Is Enough
2011

TRANSATLANTIC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.84 | 109 ratings
Live in Europe
2003
3.88 | 48 ratings
Building the Bridge / Live In America
2006
4.65 | 202 ratings
Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
2010
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Official Bootleg DVD
2010
4.42 | 52 ratings
KaLIVEoscope
2014

TRANSATLANTIC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 79 ratings
Bridge Across Forever - The Limited Edition
2001
4.52 | 76 ratings
SMPTe (The Roine Stolt Mixes)
2003

TRANSATLANTIC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Live in Europe by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Live, 2003
4.45 | 190 ratings

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Live in Europe
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars During a brief trip to Holland (fulfilling a life long dream), I found this CD in a music store in Amsterdam. I was quite disappointed to find so few prog CDs in one of the biggest records stores in that town, so I ended up buying this CD because: a) at just 10 euros it was a bargain for a double live CD and b) although Transatlantic is not exactly one of my favourite bands it was a live album and I supposed the performances would be great. Fortunately I was right. The first two Transatlantic albums did not really excited me much: the combination of four members of four of the most important prog groups in recent history (Spocks Beard, Flower Kings, Marillion and Dream Theatre) promised more than what actually was delivered, In fact it sounded too much like Neil Morse's band (specially on their debut) and the production was too slick, burring most of the guitars and taking away some of their spontaneity.

But on stage the story was different: As I supposed, the tracks had more edge, they are rockier and doubtless the talents of the four members shine equally. Neil Morse, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas and Mike Portnoy finally show what they are capable of together. There are even some improvisations here and there, even if most of the songs are played with a surgical precision. The last comment may lead you to think if there was some studio overdubbing, but anyone who saw them live knows those guys can cut the most difficult material with a smile on their faces, even adding some fascinating vocal harmonies. This supergroup is really super live (to top it all they also count with the precious help of Pain Of Salvation mastermind Daniel Gildenlow. Not bad at all!).

There is not much to say about the performances themselves, since words like "perfection" and "impeccable" comes to mind all the time, and that pretty much sums it all. Of notice we have only the 30 minute Suite Charlotte Pike, where they pick up one of the less interesting tracks of their second CD and make it really special by intertwining it with the Beatles Abbey Road medley of the second side of that album. The results are stunning, with Transatlantic proving they can play the Beatles stuff with precision and respect. It is really impressive how their verses come and go with the Beatles, blending it all so seamlessly.

Live In Europe, finally, shows Transatlantic at their full potential mode, and it is far more convincing as a live group than in studio (at least until they released their third excellent effort, 2009's The Whirlwind).

Rating: something between 4 and 4,5 stars. Excellent addition to any prog music collection. And then some.

 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 898 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The supergroup, Transatlantic, has quite the impressive line up when it comes to its performers. These are all musicians that have played in other neo-progressive bands. You have Neal Morse from 'Spock's Beard', Mike Portnoy from 'Dream Theatre', Roine Stolt from 'The Flower Kings', and Pete Trewavas from 'Marillion' performing together on this album. So, you would expect a lot of great music from this, wouldn't you? Lots of amazing keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion, with plenty of meter changes, mood shifts, dynamics and everything else you expect in a typical neo-prog band. So how does everything work together in this record? I must say that it's rather straightforward and a good rock album for the most part, but it definitely isn't challenging.

I obtained this CD several years ago while working for a music store chain. As usual, I was interested in everything progressive, but I knew I didn't particularly like Neal Morse's vocal delivery in most cases with 'Spock's Beard', so I wasn't really that interested in buying it. But since this was a demo that was sent to the store, and since it was a practice to give away promos to employees a year after they were received by the store, I was happy to snatch this one up. Since this time, I have determined I am not really a huge fan of Transatlantic, though their music is definitely progressive, I have a hard time with it feeling like the music is just too forced, too predictable, and not really authentic.

The album itself is a double album, with the first CD being made up entirely of the 77 minute title track, which is a suite divided up into 12 tracks. Now that's ambitious, isn't it? The first track consists of the 'Intro' and the title track 'Whirlwind' combined into one track. The 'Intro' has everything you would expect, some great (but short and undeveloped) solos, meter changes, and so much else going on. It sounds great on paper, but there is a lack of development in all the short sections. The hope here, right off the bat is that this is like many other Intros to other epic works, basically a preview of themes and etc. that are going to be going on throughout the suite. If that is the case, then this is all understandable. You can easily tell when 'The Whirlwind' section of the track starts, because things immediately fall into an simple 4/4 meter with a simple, straightforward feel and the vocals start off almost immediately. This main theme continues through the rest of the track. Pretty much what you would expect so far.

'The Wind Blew Them All Away' is a straightforward rock song, albeit, it is decent with some great soloing, but there is nothing really groundbreaking that stands out here. It's just a good rock song. 'On the Prowl' begins with a good keyboard-led section, with a jazz fusion feel. Soon a nice guitar/violin call and answer section starts up, and it develops into exactly what you expect. The vocals start eventually, but again, it's what you expect it to be, nothing extraordinary, just some good musicianship. The same basic feel continues through most of 'A Man Can Feel', just bright rock, but we do finally get into a minor key during the last half, which is a welcome change, but it's short lived as the next song; 'Out of the Darkness', sounds like a pop song.

This basic pattern of straight forward rock/pop, with some nice solos, pretty much describes the rest of the first CD. It's good rock music with some good solos and a few short sections that approach prog-iness (like 'Evermore' and the 2nd half of 'Is It Really Happening?') which are always over much too quickly, but not much more than that. Not a lot of emotion really, more like a job that has to be done out of necessity. By the time you get to 'Evermore' you realize that this is actually Christian rock. Oh yeah, a lot of the lyrics are corny'.'You got to lay down your life/Like rain in Spokane/You got to fall through the sky.' (?????) As far as the suite overall, it's got some great moments, but they are far overshadowed by the many weak moments. Except for the last track, there is not a lot of emotion in the vocals either. But that last track is just a lot of pageantry that goes on far too long. I can just imagine the people at their concerts with one hand raised in the air, rocking back and forth slowly. I often wondered why no one has thought to put a pane of glass in front of them, put some glass cleaner in one hand and a cleaning rag in the raised hand and Presto!....you have your windows washed.

The 2nd CD has 4 original songs and 4 covers. 'Spinning' starts off the original songs, with a duration of 9 minutes. The vocals on the first section are corny and unmistakable Pop. The 2nd half of the song is instrumental and much, much better. It is obvious that the strong suit of the band is the instrumental sections. It's a shame that the vocal sections are so annoying. If you pay attention, you will notice the snippets of Grieg's 'Peer Gynt Suite: Morning Song'. Next is a 4 minute song called 'Lenny Johnson', a story-song about a loner. I guess this is their 'Eleanor Rigby' or something. Pretty much a straightforward song. 'For Such a Time' comes next, more acoustic driven, a somewhat religious, soft rock song. 'Lending a Hand' is a boring 8 minute mid tempo song that goes nowhere for 8 minutes with some Beatle-esque harmonies in the choruses.

The second half of CD 2 is all covers. It starts off with Genesis' 'The Return of the Giant Hogweed'. This is quite an ambitious song to cover on an album that has been fairly mediocre up to this point. The adaptation is pretty faithful, the vocals are a bit stronger than the original sung by Peter Gabriel, and it sounds a little more updated, but other than that, it doesn't add or take away much. Okay, my wife just said this song is annoying, so there you have it. The next cover is 'A Salty Dog', a beautiful song originally done by Procol Harem. The cover is once again, quite faithful to the original, but I do prefer the vocals on the Procol Harem version, and that mysterious feel of the original is missing. Other than that, it's good. 'I Need You' is the next cover, but it is actually 2 different songs with the same name, on done by America and the other by The Beatles, specifically George Harrison. They should have just left this one off altogether, it's absolutely pointless and its Boy- Band awful. Last of all is a cover of Santana's 'Soul Sacrifice'. Again, it's faithful to the original, but therein lies the problem. This was originally a song meant for improvisation, and as such, it is a shame to make it sound so polished and perfect. Yes it's amazing that the band can keep up with it, but if you are going to do a cover of an improvised song, then improvise it. Otherwise, your cover is pointless.

So, overall, this is a good rock album. There are some excellent moments, most of those are in the instrumentals, but there are also bad moments. This is far from an essential release, and for the most part, it is not very progressive. Emotion is lacking most of the time and it is more rock oriented, and as such, it's a good Christian rock album. But that is it. 3 stars.

 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 898 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by guiservidoni

5 stars I've listened to the album a couple of times, but before writing this review was the first time I sat down, put on a great pair of Bose headphones, and paid close attention. I literally am questioning my existence right now, while a bunch of flashbacks run through my head. I swear I'm not high.

This album is stupendously, ridiculously beautiful. The lyrics may seem abstract, but they give you a direction so you can attribute meaning to a lot of the content. And, if you do it well, it will do the job waaay better than 10 self-esteem boosting books. You're not alone, and it's up to you to take out the most of your life while you're here.

Alright, now let's talk about the instrumentation on this little beauty: as astounding as the lyrics. Literally, it is one big song divided into twelve parts, and under no circumstance one shall start if from somewhere other than the first track. The recurrence of themes, the instruments and equalisations so carefully planned as to what was going to be where sounding like how is so good I lost track of time and the tracks on what, I believe, was still the first part/song.

The quartet of Transatlantic was the perfect fit for this masterpiece, and the musicianship is really hard to top here. Portnoy knows exactly when to go nuts, and if it should last one or sixteen bars. Neal Morse's voice here gets close to the one of an angel, given the context of the album. Trewavas' bass hits you really hard when it needs to, and smoothly goes to the background when it's time. To top it all, Stolt's guitar sounds like Genesis 2.0: trippy, yet full of solid riffs and perception of the others.

Seriously, after writing this I'm heading straight to Amazon.com, for having this in physical copy has just become a top priority. I hope it hits you like it did with me. Sit down, grab your best headphones, concentrate on the music and you tell me later.

 SMPTe by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.07 | 718 ratings

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SMPTe
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by martindavey87

4 stars Showing us what a true progressive rock supergroup looks like, Transatlantic brings together some of the biggest and most influential musicians from the prog world, such as Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings, Pete Trewavas from legendary rock band Marillion, Neal Morse, best known for his work with Spocks Beard and his countless solo albums, and of course, Mike Portnoy, known mostly for his work with Dream Theater, and also literally every other band in the universe.

Featuring just five tracks, three of which are fairly lengthy, 'SMPTe' is a fantastic prog rock record, which pays homage to all the great bands of the genres early days, while maintaining its own contemporary sound. Full of lavish instrumentals, complex yet engaging arrangements and emotional vocal work, Transatlantic are an exceptional band that will go on to be more than just a "side project".

Album opener, 'All of the Above' measures in at 31 minutes long, and is truly an "epic" in every sense of the word. Well paced, well composed and well executed. Full of incredible musicianship and catchy vocal sections, not only is this a fantastic song in its own right, but is a fine representation of progressive rock. Period.

'We All Need Some Light' and 'Mystery Train' are both shorter songs in comparison, being a beautiful rock ballad and a funky, all-out rock song respectively, both are infectious pieces that do a perfect job of bridging the gap between the longer tracks, which leads us to 'My New World' (hitting the 16-minute mark) and a cover of Procol Haram's 'In Held ('Twas) in I', which reaches 17 minutes. Both are fantastic pieces that maintain the high quality of music throughout the album.

There's a very palpable chemistry between all four musicians, with each member playing off of each other with ease. The music is energetic and fun, and wonderfully crafted. An added bonus is that all four men cover vocal duties. No doubt Neal Morse carries the bulk of it, but having four vocalists shakes things up and makes for better storytelling.

All-in-all this is an monumental album, and one that everyone should own. It will impress old fans and convert new ones, and is a true gem of progressive rock.

 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 898 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by nandprogger

4 stars Transatlantic is a supergroup formed for legends of progrock scene and this album shows the evolution of band, for me the best of all. One song divided for many sections is so hard for a composer to mantain of atmosphere of composition. Ride for a core melody in the keys of master Neal Morse and the contribution of others there are a variety the sections, but constant. Transatlantic is like many groups in one; in this album specially DT Spock's Beard and TFK; my objection is the poor vocals of Pete Trewavas. This album sounds so different of previous of the group, no only for the big epic, but for the creativity inspired in this.
 The Whirlwind by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 898 ratings

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The Whirlwind
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by LunarSea

2 stars If I may be so presumptuous as to first add a note on my opinion of supergroups in general : The only supergroup I was really ever truly impressed with was Asia. The combination really worked and I still have that album as part of my cherished collection. However..... in spite of many other supergroups which have appeared on the scene for a brief period, I haven't yet come across another one which really works. Somehow - to my ears at least - and regardless of past achievements of individual members, supergroups just never seem to gel properly, and in spite of the musical prowess these four have previously demonstrated in their respective 'other' bands I find Transatlantic to be no exception. I've tried to like them to the point of buying 3 of their albums including this one, and have listened to them all several times but something just doesn't cut the mustard.

In terms of musicianship I can't really fault this as it's as good as anything else out there and I particularly like the slightly restrained and tasteful guitar work from Mr Stolt. There are no Petrucci-esque type solos played at 1000 miles per hour on here and everything Stolt does on this album is done tastefully and with grace, but not with speed, so if you're looking for a kind Dream Theater mk II, forget it because 'you wont find it here' (unintentional pun there - think about it..! ) . There's lots of lovely acoustic work and some nice vintage sounding electric guitar work and overall I have to admit to being very impressed with the guitar skills demonstrated on this album.

The bass sound is awesome too - punchy, clear and quite toppy and the playing is superb. Quite upfront in the mix too which works for me.

Keyboard sounds are many and varied and as with the guitar very vintage sounding which is again a plus in my old ears.

Then we have Portnoy - what can I say..? The guy is a superb skin basher and he doesn't disappoint on this. Drum and bass synchronisation and chemistry on this album between Portnoy and Trewavas is very fine indeed.

The big disappointment for me - and it is huge enough to knock 3 stars off the rating in my opinion - is in the vocals. Both in the quality of the actual singing and the lyrical content which is at best cringeworthy. In fact it's downright bloody awful. Perhaps if they had kept religion out of the subject matter I might not have been so cruel about it but I find the concept of having someone elses religious beliefs rammed down my throat to be distasteful in the extreme, and especially on an album which I've paid for with my hard earned cash and where I am in effect a member of a captive audience. Very poor show on that front.

In conclusion : despite the great musicianship I find that I really just can't listen to this album without cringeing so it doesn't get a place on my playlist and I've sold my CD copy of it on ebay. 2 stars only. :(

 More Never Is Enough by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Live, 2011
4.29 | 117 ratings

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More Never Is Enough
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars If you didn't have enough of live releases from the Whirland Tour, here's a chance to get not only a DVD fo that same tour, but also 3 cd with another performance of that tour in Manchester. The picture quality of the DVD is not at the same level as the previous DVD, it is a lot darker but still acceptable. So we have an evening of epics starting with the whole album of Whirland for 80 minutes. The second set is other long epics including one of their best song and favorite "Stranger in Your Soul". And that's where I have troubled with. Transatlantic's music or Neal Morse's solo songs are too long. I am ok with 20 minutes songs, but 30 minutes when the same themes are repeated seem going too far no matter how brilliant are those songs. And it's more an endurance exercise to sit through a complete show on DVD. However the performance is energetic as usual, Neal and Mike are always the ones that seem to enjoy themselves the most. If it wasn't enough there are some extras of jam improvisations on the song "Stranger in Your Soul", each different in many locations. You won't watch this a second time. This is good music, plenty for your buck with almost 7 hours, and you can listen or watch it in a complete week, one hour a day!
 SMPTe by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.07 | 718 ratings

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SMPTe
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by AlanB

4 stars I have one of my Facebook friends to thank for introducing me to Transatlantic by posting a video of All Of The Above on my news feed. In doing so he indirectly introduced me to the music of Neal Morse, The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard and reignited my interest in prog rock generally. So thanks Craig. At the time I first heard SMPTe I was blown away, especially by the first two tracks. All Of The Above is still one of my favourite prog epics, and my favourite by Transatlantic. The melodic structure, memorable tunes and the way the different parts connect are really impressive. Then we get We All Need Some Light, which is a beautiful tune with very meaningful lyrics. Mystery Train I'm not so impressed by, but My New World is another great track (not so great as the first two though). Finally, I'm afraid that In Held Twas In I does nothing for me, even though it's apparently a prog classic. So, five stars for the first two tracks, three for Mystery Train, Four for My New World, and two for In Held. I reckon that's 4 stars for the album as a whole.
 Kaleidoscope by TRANSATLANTIC album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.82 | 565 ratings

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Kaleidoscope
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Quinino
Special Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

4 stars The opening epic in 5 movements can't get much symphonic than this and is for me the highlight of the album - the band delivers as a superbly tight unit and Morse using a large diversity of keyboards adds up to the immense flood of music compacted in over 25 minutes of continuous amusement - 5 stars.

The following lovely mid-tempo ballad with plenty of vocal harmonies and a Roine's guitar solo gets 4 stars.

Black As The Sky is sung by Roine but doesn't live up to the rest of the album and could well have been left out - 2 stars.

Beyond The Sun is pleasantly performed by Morse with only acoustic piano and the help of cello and pedal steel, but finally is just an average song - 3 stars.

Closing second epic of the album, Kaleidoscope is reparted by 7 sections, and it's again a lesson of competence and musicianship by the four performers but for my taste the composition is not so inspired as on the other epic. Nevertheless surely deserves my 4 stars.

Overall: Good album, but not excellent, by a great, great band composed by four musicians of the highest level that are always a pleasure to listen to. Four shining stars !

Respecting the Bonus Disc with eight covers: It surely amazes me the competent performance of these so faithful versions, but for me it doesn't go beyond the simple curiosity of comparing them with the originals (my usual stance about covers in general, btw, with few exceptions)

 Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London by TRANSATLANTIC album cover DVD/Video, 2010
4.65 | 202 ratings

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Whirld Tour 2010 - Live From Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Transatlantic Symphonic Prog

Review by Quinino
Special Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

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, and what a feast was going on inside!

Global Appraisal

A reunion of great musicians, with various personalities and backgrounds, forming a coherent unit that succeeds to attain more, much more, than the sum of its parts, that's the bottom line of this project.

The goal of the tour was, besides promoting the namesake album, to further showcase the whole career of the band, with special focus on the epics.
So we are taken along a relentless succession of epic compositions (and a few not so long, interspersed for decompressing) of the highest progressive caliper, that grabs us right from the first notes and never lets go for more than 3 hours.

Tired?
Not a chance, the visible pleasure between the musicians onstage, shared by the rejoicing audience, that ultimately reaches you at home (imagine being there!) represents what might be an experience of a lifetime.

Goodies

Melody and energy, the Yin and Yang that side-by-side erupts from a pair of exceptionally gifted musicians/friends by the names of Neal and Mike: not at the least diminishing the equally high level of the contributions of the other 3 gentlemen, it's the tandem that for our enjoyment lightens the whole show with their visible shared pleasure in creating music.

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