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The obvious label to put on this band is "supergroup," because it consists Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, and


The obvious label to put on this band is "supergroup," because it consists Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, and Pete Trewavas of Marillion, but that would imply that this is just another jam session. Despite the fact that these gifted musicians put this session together rather quickly, there is a natural cohesiveness and maturity that would suggest that they have been playing together for years. In fact, it could be argued that as a collective work this is as good, if not better, than any of the aforementioned bands previous output. The influence of early progressive rock bands such as Yes and Genesis are obvious, as are the references to each member's "regular" band, but it is the influence of the Beatles, which is felt both musically and lyrically, that shines through the strongest. The opener "All of the Above" is a 30-minute epic that stands as some of the best progressive rock music ever written. The only two compositions under seven minutes are the uplifting "We All Need Some Light" and the whimsical "Mystery Train," which in an ideal world would both receive significant airplay (they didn't). "My New World" is another epic and is the most obvious nod to the Beatles, while "In Held (Twas In I)" is a cover of the Procol Harum classic. The lyrics are intelligent and thoughtful without being pompous and the music is challenging and tight without being gratuitous. A progressive rock masterpiece.

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SMPTe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare that I've enjoyed a modern progressive album like the way I did in the seventies, but after one listen to this album, I felt extremely excited and got back the missing feeling of the Genesis and Yes era (especially the Close to the edge and supper's ready style). I was completely thrilled by the composition and musicianship. It's definitely a MUST buy album for all progressive rock fans. The solo and composition was done nicely. To my mind, this album was even better than all albums made by their individual band's members.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, in my opinion, one of the best, progressive albums ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If four Prog-Rock masters join their forces, something great must result: Recently, Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and Pete Trewavas (Marillion) released their first joint project called Transatlantic/SMPTe (notice that S-M-P-T are the initlals of the band members). This CD is a great event for anyone dying for long, monumental prog rock tracks in the spirit of Spock's Beard and the Flower Kings. Three songs are written by Neal Morse, singer and keyboarder of Spock's Beard. One track - my favorite 'My New World' - is credited to Roine Stolt, usually plucking the guitar for the Flower Kings, and the final track is a 17-minute cover version of an old Procol Harum song. More than 77 minutes of well-arranged, thoughtful music! Don't you miss it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago