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Dream Theater


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3.82 | 197 ratings

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4 stars Still young... Still fresh... Great material to start with...

Back in the middle 90's there were very few live material about Dream Theater, how would we knew it will become to double DVD realases each two years like it's now...? but then there was only two VHS out there... Live in Tokyo, which records a single presentation in Japan in 1992, for the promotion of Images and Words. This material is quite impressive, energetic and it's build like a video documentary as it were most in the 90's. A couple of songs, some backstage footage and hanging around with the band... it last "only" 90 minutes, and we have the most traditional versions of Pull Me Under, Take the Time, Surrounded, Wait for sleep -great live version- and Under a Glass Moon, plus two track from When Dream and Day and three music videos, with edited version from the singles... even if it is an edit version, those are quite interesting... This DVD is a most have for all the Kevin Moore era fans... this is the only official live material in which Kevin Moore appears and we have a little inside about his sense of humour and his skills live... just great and it worth a 5 star rating.

The other material was published 5 years later... it documents the complete Derek Sherinian era, as a substitute of Moore... We can see him when he was just a hired gun, nice dress and so normal and his becoming to a fancy guy with funny t-shirts and sunglasses and TVs all over the stage... it documents also the recording of Awake, A Change of Seasons and Falling into Infinity... Opposite to the previous material, mostly of this DVD is broadcast and raw material recollected by Mike Portnoy, is the first production he manages for the band... so is significant... It includes other Three music videos, with better quality but nothing groundbreaking, a lot of live material, but not that great... the material shows quite well the bad moments the bad was passing... some of the interpretations shows how tired they were back there fighting for their music identity and all the troubles they have over that time... The edition and some of the material is not that great, seems a little unprofessional at times but it still is a most have because is the only official material in the Sherinian era with the band...

For the double DVD special, they record an audio documentary for all the complete material... many jokes, many opinions and insides about those years and a lot of references to Kevin Moore's material... very interesting to most DT fans... it worth another star...

Back then, this DVD was the only live material you can reach about DT and it was great... 4 stars only because it cannot be a masterpiece... is just a significant compilation of great live material during a two different and significant Eras for this great band...

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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