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Transatlantic studio album




June / July 1999

Label (s) InsideOut Music

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Studio (s)

Millbrook Studios

- SMPTe Bridge Across Forever

SMPTe is the debut album of progressive rock - Supergroup Transatlantic . It was released by InsideOut Music in 2000 . The title was originally an acronym for Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers , however, is here for the band members S tolt, M orse, P ortnoy, T r e wavas.

Creation and publication

Soon after the band was formed, Neal Morse , Roine Stolt , Pete Trewavas and Mike Portnoy went to Millbrook Studio in New York with their first ideas , which were then worked out and recorded. SMPTe was mixed by Rich Mouser and mastered by Vlado Meller. A limited edition with bonus CD was also released. The release was followed by a short US tour and a live album. An alternative mix of Roine Stolt's album was released in 2003 as SMPT: e As Mixed By Roine Stolt 1999 .

Title list and style

  1. All of the Above - 30:59
    1. Full moon rising
    2. October Winds
    3. Camouflaged in blue
    4. Half Alive
    5. Undying love
    6. Full moon reprise
  2. We All Need Some Light - 5:45
  3. Mystery Train - 6:52
  4. My New World - 16:16
  5. In Held ('Twas) in I - 17:21 ( Procol-Harum cover) from the album Shine On Brightly
Bonus CD
  1. My New World (Alternate Take) - 7:40
  2. We All Need Some Light (Alternate Mix) - 8:41
  3. Honky Tonk Woman (Studio Jam) - 5:40
  4. Oh Darlin ' (Studio Jam) - 1:54
  5. My Cruel World (Original Demo) - 2:30

Transatlantic play varied retro prog on SMPTe , which is based on models such as Yes , Genesis and The Beatles . However, the style of the main composers Neal Morse and Roine Stolt (or their bands Spock's Beard and The Flower Kings ) is clearly recognizable.


The press reacted mostly positively to the album. Andreas Pläschke from Babyblauen Seiten thinks the first long track is “too long, or not well composed for this length” and Nik Brükner criticizes SMPTe as “rather inconsistent”, but Jörg Schumann considers the album to be “one of the strongest of 2000”. Michael Rensen from Rock Hard says: "There is tinkering to your heart's content, the beat is changed, the tempo varies, and yet there are enough highly melodic, straight parts to never overwhelm the listener."

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. SMPT: e As Mixed By Roine Stolt 1999 at discogs
  2. a b Baby Blue Prog Reviews: Transatlantic. SMPTe , Baby Blue Pages , accessed February 22, 2013.
  3. a b Michael Rensen: Transatlantic. SMPTe , Rock Hard # 155, accessed February 22, 2013.