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TransAtlantic FAQ

The TransAtlantic Frequently Asked Questions List
Version: 2.0 January, 15th 2002
Official Website: http://www.transatlanticweb.com
Official Fan Site : http://www.smpte.org.uk
URL of FAQ: http://planetizz.net/transatlantic/faq.shmtl

Table Of Contents
1. What is TransAtlantic?
2. TransAtlantic
3. Resources
4. TransAtlantic History
5. Releases
6. Other

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1. What is TransAtlantic?

TransAtlantic is a supergroup consisting of Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard, Roine Stolt of Flower Kings and Pete Trewavas of Marillion. TransAtlantic was a small idea of Mike Portnoy. It was orignally planned to have guitarist Jim Matheos of Fates Warning in the line up. The project finally got underway during the summer of 1999 when they recorded SMPT:e, which was released April 2000, and their second studio release, Bridge Across Forever in Oct. 2001.


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2. TransAtlantic and Member Info
2.1 The Band
2.2 What is the Band Currently up to?
2.3 The Members
  2.3.1 What was Neal Morse up to before TransAtlantic?
  2.3.2 What was Mike Portnoy up to before TransAtlantic?
  2.3.3 What was Roine Stolt up to before TransAtlantic?
  2.2.4 What was Pete Trewavas up to before TransAtlantic?
2.1 The Band

TransAtlantic was originally the idea of Mike Portnoy. While he orignally planned to have guitarist Jim Matheos of Fates Warning in the line up, Matheoes was unavailable (or whatever the reason was). The project finally got underway during the summer of 1999 when they recorded their first album, SMPT:e, which was released April 2000. Their second studio album, Bridge Across Forever, was released in Oct. 2001.

2.2 What is the Band Currently up to?

TransAtlantic is not currently up to anything big. They recently completed their Bridge Across Forever European Tour which was 9 dates in 10 days. They plan on releasing a DVD(VHS and CD?) of one of the concerts. All the members are busy with their other bands as of right now.

2.3 The Members
2.3.1 What was Neal Morse up to before TransAtlantic?

Neal Morse is the founder, main composer and lead singer of Spock's Beard. He's written all Spock's Beard songs, a Christmas Album, and has had two solo efforts. Spock's Beard's first release was in 1995 with The Light, and the band is currently working on its 6th studio album, which is expected in 2002.
http://www.spocksbeard.com

2.3.2 What was Mike Portnoy up to before TransAtlantic?

Mike Portnoy is the drummer of Progressive Metal's Dream Theater. He's one of the finest drummers today, being voted Modern Drummer's "Best Progressive Rock Drummer" 7 years in a row. Dream Theater is planning on a Late January release of their 6th studio album Six Degrees Of Innerturbulence.
http://www.dreamtheater.net

2.3.3 What was Roine Stolt up to before TransAtlantic?

Roine Stolt is the leader and lead guitarist for the Swedish Progressive Rock Group, The Flower Kings. They released their 6th studio album, The Rainmaker, in 2001.
http://www.users.wineasy.se/flowerkings

2.2.4 What was Pete Trewavas up to before TransAtlantic?

Pete Trewavas has been the bassist in Progressive Rock's vetran band, Marillion, for over 15 years. Marillion is known widely for its 80's hits. The band's latest studio album is its 12th album, Anoraknophobia..
http://www.marillion.com


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3. Resources
3.1 Where Can I Find Lyrics?
3.2 Where Can I Find a TransAtlantic Discography?
3.3 Where Can I Find the TransAtlantic Font?
3.4 Is there a TransAtlantic Message Board or IRC chatroom?
3.5 Are there TransAtlantic bootlegs?
3.6 Are there TransAtlantic Tabs?
3.1 Where Can I Find Lyrics?
You can find lyrics here:
http://transatlanticweb.com
http://planetizz.net/transatlantic
3.2 Where Can I Find a TransAtlantic Discography?
You can find discographies here:
http://transatlanticweb.com
http://planetizz.net/transatlantic
3.3 Where Can I Find the TransAtlantic Font?
You can find it here:
http://planetizz.net/transatlantic/bremen.zip
3.4 Is there a TransAtlantic Message Board or IRC chatroom?

You can find a moderately posted forum at the official site and the Official Fan Site, http://www.transatlanticewb.com. You can sign up for the Spock's Beard list which always has info about TA at the official website as well. There is not a TA irc chat as of this release.

3.5 Are there TransAtlantic bootlegs?

There probably are. There were at least 3/5ths of the concerts from 2000 released as boots, as well as several boots from the 2001 tour. You'll have to look for them.

3.6 Are there TransAtlantic Tabs?
You can find them here:
http://transatlanticweb.com
http://planetizz.net/transatlantic

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4 TransAtlantic History

After Dream Theater's successful 5 Years In A Livetime, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater called up , Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, Neal Morse of Spock's Beard and Pete Trewavas of Marillion. On Holloween 1998 in Marillion's newsletter 'eWeb', Pete Trewavas, varifies that Mike Portnoy is collaborating with other musicians to start one of the greatest and most powerful side projects that we could imagine.

Soon Matheos wasn't able to do the project and Roine Stolt from the Scandinavian Flower Kings was called apon for the project. After 3/4 of the year go by the foursome finally get a chance to play together, with all the music that had been written so far. Before July of 99' where they finally get together for their one and only recording session, they sent tapes of ideas through the mail. On July 3, posted on the Dream Theater website were some comments that all the members had made. "Paul, the studio owner wont let us out until we've made a mega prog CD" Roine Stolt comments.

October 10th 1999, according to Neal Morse, the group was titled as "Second Nature". A month later Stolt confirmed that the band would be named TransAtlantic not Second Nature.

Track listing was available on Nov. 21st 1999, and fans found out that there were only five songs which totaled to be about 75 mintues in length. Finally in March 2000 we were able to hear TransAtlantic's SMPT:e in it's final form. Starting with a 30 minute epic "All Of The Above". A short and beautiful ballad by Morse, "We All Need Some Light". Quick the quick and poppy "Mystery Train". The retro-hippy epic "My New World". And finally a cover of Procol Harum's epic, "In Held T'was In I".

After the prog-world heard the release, and bought the Limited Edition, TransAtlantic headed toward a semi-tour. They even broadcasted the Washington D.C. show on digitalclubnetwork.com, which is now on their archive until 2002. 7 shows which more than likely sold out, were held in mostly in Northern USA.

In January 2001, TA hit the studio again, and you can see their diary at the Official Site. Then they had a quick show at Namm, and in February and March 2001, they released Live In America on Video and CD.

In Oct. 2001 Bridge Across Forever was released. It marked many new traditions. Three long epics, "Duel With The Devil", "Suite Charlotte Pike" and "Stranger In Your Soul". You will also find another short ballad from Morse, "Bridge Across Forever".

Nov. 2001, TransAtlantic embarked on a European Tour. And a live DVD and possibly a VHS and CD of one of the shows will be released.


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5 Releases
5.1 SMPT:e
  5.1.1 What Does SMPT:e Mean?
  5.1.2 Why are there two versions on the cover art?
  5.1.3 Who Originally wrote "In Held T'was In I"?
  5.1.4 What's "My New World" About?
5.2 SMPT:e Limited Edition
  5.2.1 Whats on the Bonus Disc?
  5.2.2 Where Can I Find The Limited Edition?
5.3 Live In America
  5.3.1 Whats on the CD version?
  5.3.2 Whats on the VHS version?
5.4 Bridge Across Forever
  5.4.1 When was BAF recorded?
  5.4.2 Did Prince really co-write the title track?
  5.4.3 Is there a theme that connects all the songs?
5.5 Bridge Across Forever Limted Edition
5.5.1 Whats on the Bonus Disc?
5.5.2 Where Can I Find the Limited Edition
5.5.3 Whats different about the cover of Smoke On The Water?
5.1 SMPT:e
5.1.1 What does SMPT:e mean?

Besides the fact that it's the initials of all the members, it is the abbreviation for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

5.1.2 Why are their two versions of cover art?

The American version has one ship, and was released by Inside Out America. The European version has several ships and was released by Inside Out Europe.

5.1.3 Who originally wrote "In Held T'was In I?

"In Held" was originally written by Procol Harum on their 2nd release Shine On Brightly. The song clocks in at over 15 minutes and was considered too long for radio play. This version originally had an extra part in the song how, most fans seem to enjoy the TransAtlantic version without it. Procol Harum was widely known for their 60's hit "Whiter Shade Of Pale".

5.1.4 What's "My New World" about?

It seems to be about a young woman is an artist and willing to learn about herself during the 60's and a young man who is sent off to war (probably Vietnam). Through their seperate journeys they meet at Woodstock and seem to fall in love.

"Hiked up to Woodstock, she got high in Frisco,
summers of love, that child she was wild
She had the need for total expression,
painting and poetry filled up her mind
Boy, he took pride in serving his country,
went off to war no more than a child"

"Dissapointment struch so hard
When he found out there was no
"Lucky stars and stripes"
They set it all on fire !!!
While Jim and Janis got us higher
"She's so freaky, she's so fine"
Soldier, he can't get her off his mind
Down the desert to the sea
Leave the raving 60's all behind ..."

5.2 SMPT:e Limited Edition
5.2.1 Whats on the Bonus Disc?

Everything thats on the original plus this:

My New World(Alt Take, Neal Lead, Different Lyrics)
We All Need Some Light(Roine Lead, Alt. Mix)
Honky Tonk Woman(Studio Jam, Mike On Lead? :)) (Stones Cover)
Oh Darlin(Studio Jam)(Beatles Cover)
My Cruel World(Original Demo)

You can also find a behind the scenes footage of TransAtlantic's recording sessions on the disc if you insert it into a CD-ROM.

5.2.2 Where Can I Find The Limited Edition?

The Limited Edition of SMPT:e is sold out. If you might be able to find one on an auction site or in a used store, but good luck.

5.3 Live in America
5.3.1 Whats on the CD version?

This cd was taken from the 930 Club in Washington D.C on June 24th 2000.

DISC 1:
1) All The Above (30:47)
2) Mystery Train
    Magical Mystery Train (Beatles Cover)
    Strawberry Fields Forever (Bealtes Cover)
3) We All Need Some Light (6:51)

DISC 2:
1) Watcher Of The Skies (10:47) (Genesis Cover)
    Firth Of Firth (Genesis Cover)
2) My New World(16:51)
3) There Is More To This World (19:10) (Flower Kings)
    Go The way You Go (Spock's Beard)
    The Great Escape (Marillion)
    Finally Free (Dream Theater)
    She's So Heavy (Beatles Cover)

5.3.2 Whats on the VHS version?

Recorded on June 21st in Philly, PA

All Of The Above
Mystery Train
Magical Mystery Tour
Strawberry Fields Forever
We All Need Some Light
Honky Tonk Woman
Watcher Of The Skies
Firth Of Fifth
My New World

Encore:
Medley:
There Is More To This World
Go The Way You Go
The Great Escape
Finally Free
She's So Heavy

Plus Special Bonus: "Behind The Scenes" footage
From the SUMMER 2000 AMERICAN TOUR

5.4.1 When was BAF recorded?

BAF was recorded in early to mid January 2001 at Dark Horse Studio in Nashville, TN. It was recorded in 10 days along with a special NAMM apperance and then two more days of recording.

5.4.2 Did Prince really co-write the title track?

No, Prince is not the famous musician(Prince, Formerly Known As Prince), but a friend of Neal's, Celeste Prince

5.4.3 Is there a theme that connects all the songs?

Morse has stated that there is a theme in BAF. Neal hasn't really discussed about the theme, but he has said there is one.

5.5 Bridge Across Forever Limited Edition
5.5.1 Whats on the Bonus Disc?
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd Cover)
Studio Chat
And I Love Her (Contry Western Beatles Cover)
Smoke On The Water (TransPacific Debut! Deep Purple Cover)
Dance With The Devil (Demo)
Roine's Demo Bits
Interactive Section
5.5.2 Where Can I Find the Limited Edition

See 5.2.2

5.5.3 Whats different about the cover of Smoke On The Water?
This is the self proclaimed debut of TransPacific. MP on bass, NM on Drums, PT on keyboards but RS kept his guitar on during dinner.

6 Other
6.1 Touring
  6.1.1 Why did they only tour US in 2000 and Europe in 2001?
  6.1.2 Was there a second guitarist on the 2001 tour?
  6.1.3 I heard Mike Portnoy did some stage diving on the 2001 tour, is this true?
  Other
  6.2.1 How do you pronounce Pete's name?
  6.2.2 How do you pronounce Roine's name?
6.3 Who Sings Which Part?
  6.3.1 All Of The Above
  6.3.2 My New World   6.3.3 In Held T'was In I   6.3.4 Duel With The Devil   6.3.5
6.1 Touring
6.1.1 Why did they only tour US in 2000 and Europe in 2001?

The members of TransAtlantic were only able to find to time to do a small US tour in 2000, but made up for it by doing a 2001 European tour.

6.1.2 Was there a second guitarist on the 2001 tour?
Yes there was. Daniel Gildenlow from Pain of Salvation. He provided additional/backup guitars, keyboards and vocals.
6.1.3 I heard Mike Portnoy did some stage diving on the 2001 tour, is this true?

Yes during the 11/6/2001 Hamburg date. Morse took over the drum kit and left Mike with nothing to do...but stage dive. You can see it here: http://planetizz.net/transatlantic/Images/Jpgs/flyingmike/.jpg.

6.2 Other
6.2.1 How do you pronounce Pete's name?

It's pronounced Tre-wah'-vus.

6.2.2 How do you pronounce Roine's name?

It's pronounced Roy-na.

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