Transatlantic: More Never Is Enough (CD/DVD)
When you hear about the progressive rock supergroup Transatlantic, you usually think 'epic' in every sense of the word. After a lengthy hiatus, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas, released the critically acclaimed The Whirlwind, and toured behind the album (with guest musician Daniel Gildenlöw from Pain of Salvation in tow) around the world. Giving the fans an 'epic' show, Transatlantic delivered 3 hours of sprawling prog rock, documented in all their glory here on More Never Is Enough, a killer package containing 2 DVDs and 3 CDs of the entire shows at Tilburg in the Netherlands (on the DVDs) and Manchester (on the CDs) in London.
The set list here on both options features just about everything you would want to hear from the band. The Tillburg show is stellar from start to finish, with the guys seemingly having a great time in front of an excited crowd. They launch into the entire The Whirlwind album, a prime example of melodic, muscular, symphonic prog, with all the players in fine form. After a break, the band tear into some other favorites, such as "Bridge Across Forever", "Duel With the Devil", "Stranger in Your Soul", and the fun encore version of the Genesis classic "Return of the Giant Hogweed". Throughout it all, the virtuoso musicianship of all involved never fails to impress, but keep an eye on the many tasty solos from Stolt, who is easily one of the most underrated players in prog today.
Video and audio quality on the DVD is excellent, as is the audio on the Manchester show. It all adds up to a truly 'epic' live package from Transatlantic that can be enjoyed for years to come.
CD 1: The Whirlwind (79:45)
1. Overture / Whirlwind
2. Wind Blew Them All Away
3. On The Prowl
4. Man Can Feel
5. Out Of The Night
6. Rose Colored Glasses
8. Set Us Free
9. Lay Down Your Life
10. Pieces Of Heaven
11. Is It Really Happening?
12. Dancing With Eternal Glory / Whirlwind (Reprise)
CD 2 (71:08)
1. All Of The Above (31:57)
2. We All Need Some Light (10:22)
3. Duel With The Devil (28:48)
CD 3 (39:19)
1. Bridge Across Forever (6:02)
2. Stranger In Your Soul (33:17)
- Transatlantic Live In Tilburg: The Whirlwind
- Transatlantic Live In Tilburg:
- All Of The Above
- We All Need Some Light
- Duel With The Devil
- Bridge Across Forever
- Stranger In Your Soul
- 2nd Encore: Return Of The Giant Hogweed (Genesis)
Added: November 17th 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Posted by Keith Hannaleck, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-17 08:58:22
If you thought Transatlantic - Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London was the ultimate TA experience for a live DVD, well you are going to find out different if you pick up this immense 3 CD/2 DVD set More Never Is Enough.
Neal Morse (keys, acoustic guitar, vocals), Roine Stolt (guitars, vocals), Pete Trewavas (bass, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals) and Daniel Gildenlow (keys, guitars, vocals and percussion) are the band that went on tour and consequently captured some of their best moments on stage at one of their favorite venues in Tilberg, Norway.
Transatlantic was in their finest form at these gigs. They climbed the mountain and made it to the absolute peak with this release. As these gods of prog look down upon us mere mortals they planted their flag in the fertile earth of progressive rock, forever leaving their mark upon our senses and souls. No, that is implying something other worldly and being too over the top, this was indeed an epic and beautiful set. This collection serves as a definitive piece of evidence, a literal foundation from which everyone else that creates music like this should endeavor to create and capture for their fans on CD and DVD. It is a treasure trove of archetypical prog rock that you quite simply cannot miss and if you do get it you can then claim to be amongst the prog lovers in the circle of knowing, that collective consciousness in the music universe that we all tap into. If not, as they say over in England, you are a punter.
The timing for this release just fuels the fire that is now burning out of control for this prog rock renaissance we have become immersed in.
The two DVDs are in the stratosphere on a performance level, and that is at every position in the band. The extended jams are things that dreams are made of and any aspiring musician or enthusiastic prog fan will be salivating while all this takes place before their eyes. And if all that is not enough you can step away from the visual experience and listen to every performance on the 3 CDs. When you listen to some of the runs guitarist Roine Stolt goes on its not hard to see how each member inspires the other to reach for the stars with their given instrument with each composition. And that is exactly what they do consistently throughout these performances.
Every band member is so inspired, you can see it, feel it, and hear it each performance. This collaboration called Transatlantic has proved time and again that is it magical and their innate abilities to deliver spot on improvisation is their ace in the hole.
Their second encore in Tilberg was the legendary Genesis track "Return of the Giant Hogweed". This was the first time the band performed it live (without Steve Hackett) and it turns out very well. In fact, in the intro to the set from Neal Morse he states that the fans at the show were singing all the words and that they are real prog fans.
"The Whirlwind" is an epic track custom built for these talented musicians and believe me they take every opportunity to find their own niche in songs like this, to their credit, without stealing the show from anyone else. Their chemistry and brotherhood within the band is clearly on display at all times.
There is a bountiful amount of music and concert experiences to enjoy here if you are fan of the band or prog rock. This one is going to be nearly impossible to top but for all us prog rock freaks it is so true, More Never Is Enough.
|Transatlantic: More Never Is Enough (CD/DVD)
Posted by Jordan Blum, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-11-11 11:05:21
For over a decade, Transatlantic has proven that a prog rock supergroup can be just as good as the bands it draws from. Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) are all phenomenal and eccentric musicians, and their musical union has led to three magnificent studio albums. On its new CD/DVD collection (five discs total!), More Never is Enough, the group performs with staggering enthusiasm, proficiency, and stamina. It's a remarkable set every progressive rock fan should experience.
The interesting thing about More Never is Enough is how it encompasses almost everything Transatlantic has done up to this point. The 3 CDs and the 2 DVDs contain the same songs (with the exception of a special bonus track on the DVD); fans are treated to the group's third album, The Whirlwind, in its entirety, as well as most of the first and second albums (SMPTe and Bridge Across Forever, respectively). The CDs contain a performance in Manchester and the DVD captures Transatlantic in Tilburg. Of the latter show, Morse says, "I feel like the Tilburg gig was among the best concerts I've ever played in my whole life." Considering how many shows he's played, that's a bold statement, and considering how incredible the performance is, More Never is Enough is easily one of the best concerts I've ever seen (be it in person or recorded).
If you're a fan of Transatlantic, all you need to know is that the band performs just about flawlessly; if you're not, well, you will be after watching and hearing this collection. Each member seems to have a certain role within the group (almost like how the Beatles came with four distinct personalities); Morse is the overly joyous one, Stolt is the flamboyant, cool guy, Portnoy is the joker, and Trewavas is the straight man. It's quite inviting and pleasurable to watch just how excited and in love Morse gets with the music as Portnoy cracks jokes and Stolt and Trewavas stand between them, composed and confident.
As the principle songwriter for the band (or, at least he was in the beginning), Morse once again displays his genius at juxtaposing beautiful, poignant songs with incredibly complex music. Whereas so many prog bands focus more on skill than songwriting, Spock's Beard always excelled at both, and Morse continues the trend in Transatlantic. Coupling this with the colorfulness of the Flower Kings (including Stolt's unique voice), the intensity of Dream Theater, and the pop sensibilities of Marillion, Transatlantic is extremely enjoyable. It's also easy to tell how The Whirlwind was more of a collaborative effort between all the members. More Never is Enough captures them at the top of their game.
The bonus material is fantastic as well. Transatlantic performs Genesis' masterpiece "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" with a slightly more metal edge. To be honest, while Morse sings his own material wonderfully, his vocals pale in comparison to how Gabriel originally sang the track (but then again, Transatlantic is having fun with homage, not trying to perfectly replicate anything). There are also several different nights of improvisational sections (where the members switch instruments), and it's actually quite funny to see how Portnoy, more often than not, loses the group in unfamiliar, random territory.
More Never is Enough is easily one of the best values in progressive rock this year. Its 3 CDs/ 2 DVDs pack hours of impeccably performed music, and the packaging is really nice, too. Separately, the members of Transatlantic played major roles in the resurgence and innovation behind the post-1970s progressive rock movement, and together, they've written some of the best music in the genre today. If you're a fan of any or all of these musicians, you owe it to yourself to own More Never Is Enough.
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