Transatlantic (band)

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Transatlantic
Transatlantic2010.jpg
Transatlantic live in Stuttgart in 2010: Roine Stolt, Daniel Gildenlöw, Pete Trewavas, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy.
Background information
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 1999–2002, 2009–present
Labels InsideOut Music (Europe), Metal Blade/Radiant Records (USA)
Website www.transatlanticweb.com
Members Neal Morse
Mike Portnoy
Roine Stolt
Pete Trewavas

Transatlantic is a multinational progressive rock supergroup consisting of Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). They formed in 1999 as a side project to their full-time bands, but disbanded in 2002.[1] They then reunited in 2009.

Despite not being an official member and not appearing on the studio albums, Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) has traditionally joined the band during live shows. However, due to illness, Ted Leonard has stood in for him during the 2014 tour.

Biography[edit]

Originally intending to include Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, Morse and Portnoy 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 from the group Marillion and Edison's Children.[1]

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 SMPT:e (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, including "some of the best progressive rock music ever written" (Robert Taylor in Allmusic)).

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".

Though SMPT:e 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". In November 2001 the band toured Europe. As an added bonus for progressive metal fans, Daniel Gildenlöw of the band Pain of Salvation sat in throughout the tour as a "fifth member" of the band, playing keyboards, guitars, percussion, and even doing some vocals, both background and lead.

Morse left his regular band Spock's Beard in October 2002 stating that 'God wants me to do something else', which meant 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.'[2] 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.

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.[3][4] 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 album.[5] The album reached No. 21 on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers chart.[6]

The band toured North America and Europe in April–May 2010 in support of The Whirlwind. Dubbed the Whirld Tour, the band was again joined by Daniel Gildenlöw on stage.[7] End 2012 Morse compiled a CD called A Proggy Christmas performed by The Prog World Orchestra. The Prog World Orchestra has different well known progressive rock names as members on each track. One of the ten songs on this album is "Silent Night/We All Need Some Light" and on this instrumental track The Prog World Orchestra is composed of the four members of Transatlantic.

In February 2013, the new Neal Morse band (with Mike Portnoy) and The Flower Kings started a European tour together which will be followed by a gig in Los Angeles in May. Each band will perform a set with their own songs and the encore set will feature Transatlantic songs performed by Morse, Portnoy and Stolt supported by members of the two bands with special guests Jonas Reingold and Randy George alternating on bass.[8][9] The encore ends with eleven musicians on the stage.

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. Neal Morse confirmed this to DPRP.[10]

On May 30, 2013, Mike Portnoy announced that they had finished writing the new album. It features five songs (two epics and three "normal length" ones) plus 8 covers for the bonus disc.[11] The album was released in January 2014.[12]

On October 17, 2013, Kaleidoscope, the 4th studio album by Transatlantic, was announced and was released on 27 January 2014.[1][13] On Sept 11, 2014, Kaleidoscope won 'Album of the Year' at the third annual Progressive Music Awards.

Members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[14]
FRA
[15]
NLD
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
AUT
[19]
FIN
[20]
JPN
[21]
UK
[22]
SMPT:e
  • Released: March 21, 2000
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[23]
66
Bridge Across Forever
  • Released: October 9, 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download[24]
56 98
The Whirlwind
  • Released: October 23, 2009
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[25]
45 134 40 59 118
Kaleidoscope
  • Released: January 27, 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, LP, digital download[26]
6 77 6 55 13 52 22 134 52
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[14]
FRA
[15]
Live in America
  • Released: March 12, 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download[27]
Live in Europe
  • Released: November 4, 2003
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London
  • Released: October 26, 2010
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
52 196
More Never Is Enough: Live In Manchester & Tilburg 2010
  • Released: October 25, 2011
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
KaLIVEoscope
  • Released: October 27, 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD+DVD
45
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other albums[edit]

Title Album details
Transatlantic Demos by Neal Morse
  • Released: April 2, 2003
  • Label: Radiant
  • Formats: CD
SMPT:e - The Roine Stolt Mixes
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • Formats: CD

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[28]
SWI
[29]
Live in America
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: VHS
Building the Bridge
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Radiant Records
  • Formats: VHS
Live in Europe
  • Released: November 25, 2003
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
Building the Bridge & Live in America
  • Released: May 2, 2006
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London
  • Released: October 25, 2010
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
13 7
More Never Is Enough: Live in Tilburg 2010
  • Released: October 24, 2011
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: DVD
KaLIVEoscope
  • Released: October 27, 2014
  • Label: Radiant/Metal Blade, Inside Out Music
  • Formats: BD, CD+DVD+BD
5
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Neal Morse Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. December 24, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.transatlanticweb.com/news.php?p=newsarch
  3. ^ "Transatlantic Reunite for New Studio Album!". Mike Portnoy's forum. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Transatlantic Flies Again!!!". The Flower Kings official website. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ "TRANSATLANTIC'S THE WHIRLWIND - Coming in October!". Transatlantic - The Official Site. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  6. ^ Charts, AllMusic
  7. ^ "TRANSATLANTIC - WHIRLD TOUR 2010!!! (now with DANIEL GILDENLOW)". Mike Portnoy. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  8. ^ http://www.progrockmag.com/news/neal-morse-band-and-flower-kings-tour-was-eureka-moment/
  9. ^ http://www.progrockmag.com/news/mike-portnoy-joins-neal-morse-for-flower-kings-tour/
  10. ^ http://www.dprp.net/wp/?p=8896
  11. ^ http://www.facebook.com/mikeportnoyofficial/posts/605254459492200
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR9PIJ9d2ck&sns=em
  13. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152011661785439&set=a.427085880438.214768.289541335438&type=1&theater
  14. ^ a b http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Transatlantic/25572/longplay
  15. ^ a b http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=Transatlantic&cat=a
  16. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/search.asp?search=transatlantic&cat=a
  17. ^ http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?search=transatlantic&cat=a }
  18. ^ http://hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=transatlantic&cat=a
  19. ^ http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=transatlantic&cat=a
  20. ^ http://finnishcharts.com/search.asp?search=transatlantic&cat=a
  21. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/494321/ranking/cd_album/
  22. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/091128cluk.txt
    http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/140208cluk.txt
  23. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/smpt-e/id149123852
  24. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bridge-across-forever/id338230389
  25. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-whirlwind/id337833232
  26. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kaleidoscope-kaleidoscope/id778563541
  27. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-in-america/id149128466
  28. ^ http://www.sverigetopplistan.se
  29. ^ http://hitparade.ch/charts/musik-dvd/21-11-2010

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