Transatlantic


Transatlantic is a progressive rock supergroup consisting of Swedish Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings,  English Pete Trewavas of Marillion and Edison's Children, American Mike Portnoy of Adrenaline Mob and formerly of Dream Theater and  American Neal Morse formerly of Spock's Beard. They were formed in 1999 as a side project to their full-time bands until 2002. They reunited in 2009. Transatlantic are a truly illustrious collection of amazing talent that push the barriers which redefine the meaning of a progressive rock supergroup and have created some truly amazing music. They are well known for their signature songs: "All Of The Above" and "We All Need Some Light".


HISTORY


Originally intending to include Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse of Spock's Beard and drummer Mike Portnoy of Adrenaline Mob and formerly of Dream Theater, tapped The Flower Kings guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt, when Matheos was unable to participate. The band completed their lineup by adding bassist and progressive rock veteran Pete Trewavas of the group Marillion and Edison's Children. The name of the group was originally planned to be Second Nature, but was changed to Transatlantic on suggestion by the cover artist Per Nordin. Their first album, 2000's SMPTe (a play on words, as both a combination of the members' last initials, as well as a common machine time protocol used in high end recording studios) received strong critical reviews. This album captures some of the finest progressive rock ever recorded. A subsequent tour of the United States led to a double live CD, Transatlantic Live in America, and a video of the same name. The band showed their musical heritage on the live CD, presenting covers of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever", as well as a medley of Genesis' epic "Watcher of the Skies" and "Firth of Fifth".

Mystery train

Though SMPTe contained the 31-minute opus "All of the Above", the band's second studio album, 2001's Bridge Across Forever, found the band flexing their muscles further in the long form for which progressive rock is known. The CD contained just four tracks, the 26-minute "Duel With the Devil", the 14-minute "Suite Charlotte Pike", and the 26-minute "Stranger in Your Soul" making up the bulk of the disc, with the title track coming in at a relatively scant five minutes. The limited edition also contains a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond". The album features the band members characteristic touches: Morses melody, Stolts vibrant playing, Trewevas tasteful licks and 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. 

Suite Charlotte Pike

Duel with the devil


Stranger in your soul


Daniel Gildenlöw
Neal Morse left his regular band Spock's Beard in October 2002 leaving the mainstream prog scene to launch a new career as a Christian musician. This move also included ending his activities for Transatlantic. Portnoy reacted: "This spells the end of Transatlantic as I wouldn't possibly consider continuing it without him". A live DVD of the band's last tour was released in late 2003, featuring all aforementioned epics with "Suite Charlotte Pike" mixed with the Abbey Road medley by the Beatles. As an added bonus for progressive metal fans, Swedish Daniel Gildenlöw of the band Pain of Salvation sits in throughout the DVD as a fifth member of the band, playing keyboards, guitars, percussion, and even doing some vocals, both background and lead. In the years to follow, Morse continued to collaborate with Portnoy both in the studio and on stage. Morse' concerts frequently included one or more Transatlantic songs. A three-quarter reunion took place on August 23, 2008, when Stolt and Portnoy joined Morse at the Three Rivers Prog Fest in Pittsburgh for "We All Need Some Light" and "Stranger In Your Soul". On April 16, 2009, it was officially announced that the band had reunited and begun work on a third studio album. The album was released in October 2009 and consisted of a single 77-minute title-track The Whirlwind. A special edition of the album was also released, including a second disc with four additional original tracks and four cover tracks. Additionally, a deluxe edition was released, which included a DVD documenting the making of The Whirlwind. The album reached No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band toured North America and Europe in April and May 2010 in support of The Whirlwind. Dubbed the Whirld Tour, the band was again joined by Daniel Gildenlöw on stage.

Transatlantic Interview 2010 Pt.1

The whirlwind: I. Overture / Whirlwind

Transatlantic Interview 2010 Pt.2


In February 2013, the new Neal Morse band (with Mike Portnoy) and The Flower Kings started a European tour together. Each band will perform a set with their own songs and the encore set will feature Transatlantic songs performed by Morse, Portnoy and Stolt with special guest Jonas Reingold on bass. On March 10, 2013, Pete Trewavas announced at the Marillion Weekend Convention in Port Zélande, the Netherlands, that he would be going to Nashville in the Summer to record new material with Transatlantic.



DISCOGRAPHY
Studio albums

SMPTe (2000):
1. All of the above (30:59)
I. Full moon rising
II. October winds
III. Camouflaged in blue
IV. Half alive
V. Undying love
VI. Full moon rising (reprise)
2. We all need some light (5:44)
3. Mystery train (6:51)
4. My new world (16:15)
5. In held ('twas) in I (17:21)
I. Glimpses Of Nirvana
II. In The Autumn Of My Madness
III. Look To Your Soul
IV. Grand Finale

Bridge Across Forever (2001):
1. Duel With The Devil (26:43)
I. Motherless Children
II. Walk Away
III. Silence Of The Night
IV. You're Not Alone
V. Almost Home
2. Suite Charlotte Pike (14:30)
I. If She Runs
II. Mr. Wonderful
III. Lost And Found Pt.1
IV. Temple Of The Gods
V. Motherless Children/If She Runs (Reprise)
3. Bridge Across Forever (5:33)
4. Stranger In Your Soul (26:05)
I. Sleeping Wide Awake
II. Hanging In The Balance
III. Lost And Found Pt.2
IV. Awakening The Stranger
V. Slide
VI. Stranger In Your Soul

The Whirlwind (2009):
1. The Whirlwind (77:47)
I. Overture / Whirlwind
II. The Wind Blew Them All Away
III. On The Prowl
IV. A Man Can Feel
V. Out Of The Night
VI. Rose Colored Glasses
VII. Evermore
VIII. Set Us Free
IX. Lay Down Your Life
X. Pieces Of Heaven
XI. Is It Really Happening?
XII. Dancing With Eternal Glory / Whirlwind (Reprise)


Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_(band)
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=337