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Dream Theater


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5 stars Live At The Marquee

The live album was recorded at London Marquee Club in the UK in 1993, which just a year after the release of one of the most successful Dream Theater album, Images And Words. For me, and surprisingly, James LaBrie's concert vocal was better than other concert I have listened to. However, it such a shame that the album is just consist of 45+ minutes.

The first song was my favorite song in Images And Words, which was Metropolis Pt.1. The song was played in the same way as the original song, no improvisation at all. Also, LaBrie sang constantly good here, great job. The rest of the band also played the song flawlessly, just perfect.

After Metropolis Pt.1, the next song is the song from When Dream And Day Unite, A Fortune In Lies. In my opinion, James LaBrie sounded much better than Charlie Dominici in the song despite the cheesiness of the first verse, "I can remember when." The guitar solo, was just like usual, John Petrucci's typical, he always combine a great technique, nice tune and great feeling. Also, another flawless song.

The next song is Bombay Vindaloo, masterpiece instrumental song, great job from four of them. The main sound of the instrumental is the guitar sound, which dominated the whole song. The keyboard created a great background sound in addition to the bass sound. The drum parts also not very full skill, as the drum just at the back of the song. At the fifth minute, Kevin Moore started to show his amazing skill, great keyboard work!

After that, another song from Images And Words, but more mellow, Surrounded. Mellow and relaxing keyboard line for the intro with James LaBrie's nice vocal. In my opinion, he sings so much better in this kind of songs, just like The Answer Lies Within or Take Away My Pain, just beautiful. Moreover, the guitar intro was just amazing! Simple but very beautiful. The song became more dynamic when the drum starts, very energetic but not really metal and heavy. The guitar solo is, again, the combination of great skill, amazing sound effect and beautiful tone. LaBrie sang constantly well in this song, just like another songs.

The Killing Hand has beautiful intro, when John Petrucci and Kevin Moore play simple intro and nice tone. Meanwhile, the drum slowly becoming more and more heavy. And again!! The guitar intro was just very nice! The coolest part is when LaBrie screams at the fourth minute, 4:35 to be exact, real metal! Owh, this song was taken from When Dream And Day Unite, and for me, LaBrie sang better than Dominici at that time.

The last song was a truly ultimate progressive metal popular song, and most fans considered it as the best song in Images And Words, Pull Me Under. Well, its true, this is just a great song, heavy, metal, progressive, dynamic and beautiful. The song becomes heavier at the third minute, where John Petrucci's guitar rhythm played on the lower notes. The guitar solo was just ARHHH!!! Im running out of words!! Flawless and great!! What a great song to end the album.

Five giant stars for this album. Well, actually six stars but because the album is just 45+ minutes long, I give five stars : )

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