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    Posted: January 12 2018 at 07:31
For most people there is of course no essential Ytse Jam releases, but if you want to dig a little deeper, there's good stuff in there. I have identified four particularly interesting releases that I've hunted down:

New York City 3/4/93 - A decent sounding full show from the Images tour, includes rare tracks and a work in progress version of ACoS.

Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95 - Again a decent sounding full show from the Awake/ACoS era which ends the golden age of DT in my opinion. LaBrie in a generally fine condition despite his problems at the time.

Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997 - Somewhat answers the great what-if of what if DT had more say on the production and material of FII, also includes the historically interesting early draft of Metropolis pt 2.

When Dream and Day Reunite - Finally a good sounding version of the debut, with LaBrie.


I'm also on the lookout for the Bucharest DVD from the Six Degrees tour since there's no official release from that tour, but that's it. 

Anybody think I'm missing something really important?
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I had overlooked those two early concerts, but they seem very promising, specially the Tokyo one, so I might want to try and check them out. I haven't logged into that page for buying the official bootlegs... I don't even know if it is still working since Portnoy left the band, so I don't know if I would still remember how to log in (username and password) and if I would still be active. The few things I got there include The Falling into Infinity Demos, which I did like a lot. The very best songs from the original album I still think are better on their final form, but there are several songs that indeed were ruined, or totally overlooked, on the final product. You or Me is great, despite never liking You not Me, as well as Burning my Soul being much better, and including Hells Kitchen as a middle instrumental section helps both songs to be more enjoyable to me. There's a few "new" songs that I do like, but I don't really understand why the producers wouldn't keep "Speak to me", I would think it might actually have worked as a single or for promoting for radio airplay. As for the Metropolis early draft, it's interesting, but not really that enjoyable... however, since DT seem to love doing medleys (which I generally dislike a lot), they might have used this draft for creating a Medley of that album on later tours (I might actually have ended up liking such a Medley). When Day and Dream Re-unite was actually rather underwhelming for me. I did expect more of it, and of LaBrie singing it (since I always thought Dominici was an even worse singer), but somehow LaBrie didn't really deliver nicely enough on that concert. And I really miss Kevin Moore on keyboards, and that 80's sound of the synths. On the other hand, the songs do sound heavier and the band more mature, so it's take some things and leave others. And about the Bucharest DVD, I had actually intended on buying it, but never came around to do it, so I might consider it once again. As for other essential official bootlegs... well, I don't know about essential, but I did get the covers live albums they did, and I did enjoy them well enough. There was the Dark Side of the Moon one, the Master of Puppets one (I guess the one I liked the least... since I don't actually like the original so much either, and I don't think the band delivered it the best way possible), the Number of the Beast one, the Made in Japan one, and the uncovered 2003-2005 collection of covers.
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