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Dream Theater


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4.55 | 534 ratings

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This one sits up there with "Yessongs" and "How the West Was Won" in live album heaven. It really is incredible. It has everything that made Scenes of a Memory a masterpiece, brought to life with even more energy, some neat new additions and improvisations including "John and Theresea Solo Spot" which is an insanely emotional and incredible build up to "Through Her Eyes". "Overture 1928" has the same amazing power brought to life, live in front of a huge crowd of cheering fans. If you listen closely you will hear quite a lot of new additions that have perfected an album that was already pretty much as close as you can get to perfection. The concept comes alive. If you still cant find those new bits then buy the dvd and run the audio commentary as it mentions them all there!

Not only is the Scenes concert a masterpiece, but there is even more old favourites. The best of these include a beautiful version of "Another Day", putting Jordan Rudess in the spotlight, the "A Mind Beside Itself" suite from "Awake", and the whole performance of "A Change of Seasons". "The Silent Man" sounds even better on this live album as they have added in a little intro with a cool drum beat, whereas the studio version just burst in with the vocals. "A Change of Seasons" randomly goes into the Simpsons theme tune around halfway in, this track sounds way more exciting than the studio version which was quite a lot to take in. "Metropolis (Part One - The Miracle and The Sleeper)" and "Learning to Live" sneak their way in and are just brilliant to hear. James Labrie ends this classic 3 hour concert with the lines "sorry for the short set"! Personally i couldn't think of a better and cheekier way of ending such a brilliant piece of live music.

This really is the ultimate Dream Theater package as it has an unbeatable tracklist and is a 3 hour flawless performance. This is very much worth tracking down as it is definetly a bold statement that tells us just how good the progressive rock live show can be. Undoubtedly a masterpiece!

frenchie | 5/5 |


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