Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Reunite CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

3.84 | 55 ratings

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4 stars This is probably something that Dream Theater fans have wanted for quite some time, an up- to-date version of the band's debut album 'When Dream and Day Unite'. Sadly due to legal reasons we'll never get a nice sounding studio version, so we'll make do with this live recording instead.

Nothing wrong with that, the music sounds great and much more in tune with Dream Theater's sound today, but there is one slight problem, especially when it comes to performing live... James LaBrie.

Now, James LaBrie is a fantastic vocalist, no doubt about it, and all his studio work sounds amazing, but LaBrie at times does sound pretty bad when singing live, and in particular on this album, he sounds absolutely awful.

A lot of notes are out of tune, it's hard to make out what he's saying half the time, and he just generally seems content to just wail away with plenty of horrid sounding high notes. That said, there are some strong moments here and there, but for the most part I think these songs sound much better with Charlie Dominici on the original studio version. And speaking of Dominici, for all the criticism he ever gets for being a 'terrible singer', his performance on 'To Live Forever' and 'Metropolis' totally blows LaBrie away.

Another special addition is the appearance of Derek Sherinian, who's keyboard/guitar duel with Rudess and Petrucci is awesome and nicely shows the musical virtuosity between all the people involved here.

Overall this is a great live album of a great band playing a great album. There are moments which make me cringe, and there are moments that make me wonder why this was marketed as an Official Bootleg and not as an official release. Most of the Offical Bootlegs are more for Dream Theater fanatics than casual fans, but here's one that definitely does belong in any Dream Theater collection.

Valarius | 4/5 |


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