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Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever - The Limited Edition CD (album) cover




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It's just a bit sad that already it stands as a historical document.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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