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3 stars The 10º aniversary of "Images & Words" is a good oportunity to create an album with many moments forget in the live album "Live At The Marquee" . This mini album , with the addiction of Taste... make a "unit" of what this years was for DT .The version of ACOS, is very different that 95´, and there are Moon Bubbles and others very interesting too
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Posted Friday, October 8, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars Unlike the infect "Christams Album" from 2000, this one benefits from a very good sound and even if these recordings come from different sources, it is hard to tell.

These songs were recorded way behing the date of release (more than ten years). So, it is a rather "young" DT that is featured here. Two songs even coming from their debut album in which LaBrie was not yet involved ("Afterlife" and "Only A Matter Of Time"). Very well played and interpreted (but it is not the first time that LaBrie sings numbers from "When Dream And Day Unite " and he always did it alright.

Since these recordings come from the promotional tour for "Images & Words", three songs from this album are featured and are rather good to very good ("Take The Time").

"Puppies Of Acid" is a very short instrumental (less than two minutes which is bearable but no more).

Now, about the poor moments. The definite winner is "Moon Bubbles". Almost ten boring minutes of a bass solo first followed by a totally useless and weak and looooooong guitar one. Avoid this by all means. In a certain way "To Live Forever" is made of the same mould : long and boring Petrucci solo but this is again a very old song (I only know of a demo version recorded in 1991 and which only made a B-side I think). It has been extended to over twelve minutes (while the original one didn't exceed five). If they would have stuck to this original version it would have been more than sufficient.

And finally, we will have the full version of "A Change Of Season". It was about time to get this as a whole on an "official" live album. Let's forget about the stupid and sliced rendition on "Once In A Livetime". Even if it is shortened by over three minutes (almost tenty minutes long here), it is a very good version. This song has been started in 1989 already and officially featured on "A Change Of Season" in 1995. One of their most progressive opus. The highlight of course.

All in all I would say that it is a good "DT" live album. This CD is filled at maximimum capacty). Just a pity for those two weak tracks. Three stars.

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Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | Review Permalink
2 stars It's always nice to find good old stuff from the band that changes prog-rock in the early 90's.

This is a Fans Club promo album, so it's very hard to find but it's really a treasure 'cause it captures sections from three different concerts during the Music in Progress World Tour 92- 93. It features former member Kevin Moore and the interpretation of James Labrie of a couple of early material which was singed on their debut album by Charlie Dominci.

The sound is taken from the original live mix, so it's good but not awesome. The tracks recorded in Osaka are the best in this album, the band play fresh and tight and it feels like in their best time, really enjoying all the way while they were playing. Only songs from their first two albums, it deserves a special mention for the excellent versions of "Afterlife" and "Only A Matter of Time", impressive music, great and fresh versions.

The weak point of the album is the instrumental jam "Moon Bubbles", which is boring and long though it has a very good bass line but that never evolves into something more. For fans only, an early version of A Change of Season, strange, not that great but it's interesting as how the song evolves through the years until finally get realized formally.

A good album, in the route of Live at The Marquee. This is a special album for fans only, of for those who already like the live albums from this band. 2 stars.

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Posted Monday, February 1, 2010 | Review Permalink

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