SMPTe is the debut album by the progressive rock supergroup Transatlantic. It appeared in 2000 on InsideOut Music. The title was originally an acronym for Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, is here, however, for the band members Stolt, Morse, Portnoy, Trewavas.
Creation and publication
Soon after the formation of the band, Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas and Mike Portnoy went with the first ideas to the Millbrook Studio in New York, who were working there and recorded. SMPTe mixed by Rich Mouser and mastered by Vlado Meller. There also appeared a limited edition with a bonus CD. The publication was a short U.S. tour and a live album. An alternate mix of the album by Roine Stolt was released in 2003 as SMPT: e As Roine Stolt Mixed By 1999.
Tracklist and style
Transatlantic playing on SMPTe varied retro prog, which is based on models such as Yes, Genesis and The Beatles. The style of the main composer Neal Morse and Roine Stolt (or their band Spock's Beard and The Flower Kings ), however, is clearly visible.
The press reacted mostly positively to the album. Andreas Pläschke of the Baby Blue Pages is the first long track indeed " too long, or through-composed enough for this length " and Nik Brükner criticized SMPTe as " pretty inconsistent ," Jörg Schumann holds the album, however, for " one of the strongest of the year 2000 '. Judges Michael Rensen of Rock Hard, "There is gefrickelt heart's content, the clock changed, the pace varies, but enough remain highly melodic, straighte Parts to overwhelm the listener never. "