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Transatlantic - The Whirlwind CD (album) cover




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4.05 | 918 ratings

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5 stars Whoa, whoa, whoooooa-- wait, wait, wait--had a listen, many listens--it's good, good, good - - -"Well Dick it has a good beat and it's fun to dance to. I give it a TEN!! Yep , yep, yeppppp.

Naysayers, naysayers, wait, wait, wait, hold, hold, hold----hoooold on. CD is technically sound, technically sound -(no pun, get it no pu-never mind, whatever). Solid performers here, no slouches, masters all, heads of the class, yep yep yep -- like, you know, Frippertronic, Peart-ian, Howe-lingly good, etc., etc. Solid solid solid, good good good. Naysayers. Didn't give it a chance, need more than one listen, probably over your head if you don't listen closely, made up your mind too fast -- this music is subtle - minor chord progressions, recurring 'Whirlwhind' theme, it foreshadows, gives us a hint, wait for it, wait for it---it comes around again. "Too much Morse" you say--no such thing, no such thing, he was brilliant as a follicled Vulcan, good pipes in worship (how come it's okay to poke fun at Christians but not any other...but I digress). Threw us a Lifeline and we under-rated it , fair enough---much of the same, knock 'em when they're up and all that. Not THE WHIRLWIND. Nope. No way Jose. "But it's so derivative, sounds like all their other stuff" - (naysayers naysayers who say nay to Neal) Never understood what 'derivative' really meant -- a catch all, over-simple, and/ or why is this a bad thing???

Need a template, a true yard-stick, merit-o-meter of Prog. Many opinions, experts, specialists -- trust them, they know, yep yep yep - those who dislike any accessibility (prog snobs, prog snobs, tsk tsk tsk) others who want 1970s re-visited, YES that's right, back to the beginning, to the GENESIS, the time when Prog was in the PINK, not needing any h- ELP (couldn't resist) . Then there's those who want just noise and mess and mystery, good for them, good for them, good good good,.

Ah, but what is excellence, what is 'genius', what's a 'masterpiece' (meaningless words, over-used, burned out, useless --shame shame shame). Want to know what's good Prog? Do ya? Well then, look no further than THE WHIRLWIND -- has it all - meets all the criteria: gets better with age, still holds its charm on a weekday, never leaves the old CD player no- no-nooo! Trust me, try them, go get one, really good -- you can trust these guys from the Azores (ooops- sorry! That would be mid-atlantic not TRANSATLANTIC). The dodo, the whale, humans, symphonic prog-- all on the list--you know what list--yes you do, Their time's up! But this song gives us hope-- gotta keep the faith. Totally classic, comfortably positioned in group photo with a Lamb, an Edge, a Brave, an Animals, a Crime, Hope, a Lex (rex too), and a Double Dimple (yeah you heard me).

So you disagree do you, well it's you're right, it's you're prerogative, I will defend to the death your inability to recognise good Prog when you hear it (you may need more patience, let it grow, listen close, listen up, listen listen listen). Listen to this CD. Real Prog. Real symphonic.

THIS is how it's done.

Arbiter | 5/5 |


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