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WHEN DREAM AND DAY REUNITE

Dream Theater

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5 stars A great live performance by a great band. They play their first album with singer Kevin LaBrie and keyboardist Jordan Rudess. No more crappy Dominicci ruining the great band instrumental play. Well, you do hear him at the end, performing To Live Forever and the legendary Metropolis Pt.1

Actually, LaBrie fails at singing like in most of his live performances, but I didn't know this album was so good until I listened to this so it deserves 5 stars for that. Actually, it doesn't. The rating system should be 1-10, in which case I would give it a 9. I'm just giving it the benefit of the doubt.

I recommend the DVD, because, well... what's better... listening, or watching & listening? It also includes a *bonus* documental with the members talking (in the good ol'days) about the songs and the band in general. Even though this piece is hardly essential, and it doesn't really add much, it's a welcome addition for Dream Theater fans worldwide.

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Send comments to Gyroid (BETA) | Report this review (#54842)
Posted Saturday, November 05, 2005 | Review Permalink
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.

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Send comments to Valarius (BETA) | Report this review (#275026)
Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Reunite with Dream Theater history!

Incredible. Fifteen years after the release of their debut album, this metal band is still going strong and pumping out new material. Although some despise them, Dream Theater will always have a special place in my collection and will forever be my favorite band, and this release still shows the incredible longevity of the band and their music. With a grand set list including the entire When Dream and Day Unite tracklist, plus two very special encore tracks, the live bootleg is essential for any Dream Theater fan's collection. LaBrie's vocals actually work very nicely over the unpolished compositions that made up the band's overlooked debut, giving new life to the sometimes dilapidated-seeming songs. Then, when the encore comes on, we see a very special guest: the debut's very own singer, Charlie Dominci, who had dropped out of the music scene for nearly 15 years after he left Dream Theater. Dominici then went on to release 3 stupendous solo albums, and may be working on even more! To top it all off, as well as an incredible performance on To Live Forever, he then came back for a magnificent (and maybe the best live recording of) Metropolis, Part 1, as well as former keyboardist Derek Sherinian! What ecstasy! The instrumentalists then went off on a solo battle tour-de-force for nearly 5 minutes on the instrumental section, truly showing the amazing communication these guys have with each other. This live release is surely a treasure for any Dream Theater fan, and easily the best bootleg the Ytsejam Records store has released. 4+ stars.

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Send comments to Andy Webb (BETA) | Report this review (#357602)
Posted Sunday, December 19, 2010 | Review Permalink
3 stars This is a live re-recording of the debut album, with La-Brie and Rudess in the line-up. Now, given a few problems from the original recording, I hoped this would be a step better, but instead it has some problems fixed, but gets some new flaws. The good is, it's got better recording and mixing than the original, plus it sounds more mature, and it's just a bit heavier. However, Moore is missed on keyboards, Rudess of course is excellent (technically speaking, perhaps better than Moore), but the special atmospheric sound from the original recording are gone, and I liked those ones better. And for the last, the most disapointing part of this releas are the vocals. I strongly hoped to have the vocals fixed with this release, since I consider La Brie a better singer than Dominici (even though La Brie can be very annoying at times), but here he managed to sing everything worse than Dominicci did originally (so much that when I listen to the original one I end up enjoying the vocals that I found so difficult to get into originally). So, the main song that really sounds better on this album is "The Ytse Jam", with no vocals and the keyboards fitting Rudess stile, this is a winner on this version. However, the other songs that I really liked from the original album, "Status Seeker", "Afterlife", and "Only a Matter of time", are still very good, and as I said kind of heavier, but in the end, because of vocals and keyboards, I prefer the originals. The rest of the album is just about as annoying as the original, and the vocals even more annoying than they originally were. As for the bonus songs, I never really liked "To live forever", and this version won't make me change my mind, and "Metropolis" is just about as good as ever, though somewhat extended on the instrumental section, and a bit more annoying on vocals. Now, for this last two songs, Sherinian and Dominicci join the band too, though Dominicci doesn't really add much to the vocals, sadly. In the end, I guess this album deserves just about the same rating as the original, though if you will just buy one, the original should be the one to go with.

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