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Dream Theater


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4 stars Live Scenes From New York

A three stunning CDs package, recorded from the concert Live Scenes From New York. Once again, just like when I bought Live At Budokan's CD, I almost cried because I can just imagine what is the concert like through just listening to the magnificent songs in Scenes From A Memory. The worst thing is, I don't have the DVD and I didn't go to the concert, BLAH!! Anyway, in my imagination, the concert must be very great, because the CD is awesome and for those of you who have the DVD but not the CD, I strongly recommend you to buy the CD!!

Just to remind you, Scenes From A Memory is a concept album, means that the album is based on one theme or concept. Moreover, actually Scenes From A Memory (Metropolis Pt.2) is the second part of Metropolis Pt.1, which is a song, so personally I think Scenes From A Memory is a very long song which then transferred into an album. The album tells a story about a tragedy of a murder. Nicholas, went to The Hypnotherapist, where then he felt like a girl haunted him, actually, she is Victoria, who asked Nicholas to find truth about her murder. The real story is Victoria was murdered by The Miracle because of her love affair with The Miracle and The Sleeper.

The first CD contains ten songs from Scenes From A Memory, Regression up to The Dance Of Eternity. The coolest part is Dream Theater played these songs perfectly, flawless and very similar to the album, even James LaBrie. James LaBrie, sang very nice and constant throughout the first CD. Another thing to notice, there is John & Theresa Solo Spot, which just a "ooohh ohh howww ohhhh" thing with John Petrucci simple guitar line. HOWEVER, don't look at the technique, feel the notes, which are very beautiful and relaxing, a great intro for Through Her Eyes. Well, Through Her Eyes is even better, as you know, the drum in the song is just a drum machine, not played by Mike Pornoy. This is the best part, when the song finished, Mike Portnoy played the real drum, increase the energy and feeling of the song, ARHH!!! Very nice, John Petrucci played some guitar licks as well, pretty much like Hollow Years in Live At Budokan.

The second CD consists of the remaining songs from Scenes From A Memory, which are One Last Time, The Spirit Carries On and Finally Free. The Spirit Carries on is really great and the made it even better, because Theresa sang together with LaBrie in that song. Well I think she is sounded better than James LaBrie in that song, or maybe just in the part before the solo. Also, I still think that Spirit Carries On has the best solo of all time, just beautiful. After Finally Free, they played Metropolis Pt.1 and it fits the concert, I mean, first, the previous songs are Metropolis Pt.2, also the ending of Finally Free suits the intro of Metropolis Pt.1. Then they played The Mirror and Just Let Me Breathe, followed by a song from Liquid Tension Experiment 2, Acid Rain. The last three songs are the combination of New Millennium and Caught In A Web followed by Another Day. The CD 2 is finished by Jordan Rudess's amazing keyboard solo, he is a great player.

The last CD just consists of three long songs, A Mind Behind Itself, Learning To Live and A Change Of Season. Well A Mind Behind Itself is actually divided into three songs, Erotomania, Voices and The Silent Man. The overall concert (based on what I heard!!) is just amazing.

I give 4 big stars, just by listen to the CDs and because just like other concerts, LaBrie sang not very beautifully. Can anyone buy me the DVD??

Timur Imam Nugroho - Indonesia

imoeng | 4/5 |


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