Transatlantic: Kaleidoscope--Limited Edition
And while the single-disc stereo mix of Kaleidoscope is certainly quite impressive, the four-disc, limited-edition artbook-size collection is the one to seek out. In addition to a bonus covers CD with faithful yet playful takes on the likes of Elton John’s proudly defiant “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and King Crimson’s skittery “Indiscipline” and an illuminating behind-the-scenes DVD, the artbook contains another DVD with a particularly pervasive 5.1 mix by band producer Rich Mouser.
The expansive 25-minute opening track, “Into the Blue,” fades in with a subtle vortex of keyboard washes before Stolt unleashes some mighty all-channel riffage. The stacked surround-channel harmonies in the uplifting “Shine” serve as a nice tone break, while Portnoy’s consistently sibilant, insistent cymbal crashes in “Black as the Sky” have much upfront impact before trailing off in the surrounds. And Chris Carmichael’s front-to-back cello in “Beyond the Sun” is a sweet supplement to Stolt’s elongated runs.
The album’s epic 32-minute title track, lives up to its aristocratic nomenclature. Front-stage keyboards in the intro are mirrored in the surrounds on a slight delay. Trewavas’ Beatlesque bass line leads to Stolt’s rhythmic Stravinsky callbacks in the track’s “Lemon Looking Glass” segment. Morse’s slightly hoarse but heartfelt vocals during the final “Ride the Lightning (Reprise)” section steer the band into the fully encompassing crest of the concluding jam. Kaleidoscope captures the panorama of Transatlantic’s collective recombinant DNA from the first twist to the last.
CD & DVD
Audio Formats: 44.1-kHz/16-bit PCM stereo (on 2 CDs and 1 DVD); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (on 1 DVD)
Number of Tracks: 13 on 2 CDs, 8 on 2 DVDs
Length: 1:57:08 (CDs), 1:39:24 (DVDs)
Producers: Transatlantic, Rich Mouser
Engineer: Jerry Guidroz