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Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg] CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


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4.02 | 126 ratings

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4 stars Essential for fans. Great for anyone else.

I know some people feel like Dream Theater publish too much live material during this century, but this is not an official production but a bootleg. First, the quality of sound and image are very good, so you will get something worth of the price. Second, the material played is rate for them to play live, so it's a wonderful opportunity to have that legendary material finally played live, entirely and with James Labrie in the vocals. So, let's see.

You can know by now that this live performance celebrated the 15th anniversary of the original launch of When Dream & Day Unite. Now, we have Labrie singing in the place of Charlie Dominici and Jordan Rudess playing the stuff composed by Kevin Moore. I feel that the performance is great, they played good and accurate and the songs have an extra energy that the poor production of the studio album cannot show. Now, I feel that Labrie sings a lot better, have enough strength to fit in the spot and Rudess respects most of the original material. Of course, he changed some pads and keyboard sounds that could sounded dated, I think he made good calls in that, but some of his solos are just fast and no sensitive as de the original ones. I'm not complaining, is just different and you can decide if you like them or not.

The climax of the show (at least for me) is the encore where Charlie Dominici joined the band to sing two songs and then Derek Sherenian made an entrance to play Metropolis PT- 1 with Dominici and Dream Theater. More than an accurate and special ensemble or arrangement, Petrucci, Rudess and Sherinian made extended solos during the instrumental section in what seems like a war between technical players. The result is very good and worth to watch it. I know many people complain about Derek capabilities and honestly, during those solos, he sounded a lot better than Rudess. Again, is about taste, but I think any DT fan would kill to witness that presentation.

All in all, there are a couple of different arrangements of the original songs, a great work of all the players, good quality of sound and image and wonderful guest players to make a wonderful presentation. Most have for fans, great to see to any casual DT fan... 4 stars...

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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