The Progressive supergroup Transatlantic have not only announced that they are releasing a new album; but are releasing two versions of that album.

Set for a February 5 release, “The Absolute Universe: The Breath of Life” and “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore” are more than an abridged and extended version of the same album. 

Mike Portnoy spoke on the albums saying, “we’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is NOT merely an edited version of the double CD.”  He continued, “they each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD.  Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.”

Band mate Pete Trewavas added, “we did write some new music for the single CD.  What’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”

Both albums will be offered in vinyl, CD, and digital download formats.

The band will also be offering a special boxed set – “The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition” that will feature both albums in a five LP, three CD, and Blu-Ray collection that will include a behind the scenes documentary.

Transatlantic are Neal Morse, Mike Protnoy, Roine Stolt, and Pete Trewavas.

feature photo credit: By Stéphane Gallay from Onex, Switzerland – Transatlantic au Night of the Prog – 02, CC BY 2.0,