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Dream Theater


Progressive Metal

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Queen By-Tor
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4 stars When Images and Words and Awake and Infinity Unite.

This 2-disc DVD set is the reissue of a couple of other home VHS released back around the time of the actual albums. Images and Words Live In Tokyo and 5 Years In A Livetime are both presented here, and both DVDs are something out of a prog lover's dream. Encapsulating the escapades and live works of the band during their classic era (and their Infinity era as well) this DVD shows the band in studio, on the road, on the stage and on... MTV?

While the music is obviously the biggest draw, having many of their most popular songs included and performed very well, there is also a large chunk of entertainment to be drawn from simply watching the guys behind the scenes creating the albums and on tour. Also included are the band's six music videos from the time (Pull Me Under, Take The Time, Another Day, Lie, The Silent Man, Hollow Years) which have been recently re-released apparently.

While all of the concert footage on the first disc is the Tokyo show mentioned in the title of the disc (and they play just about all of Images and Words along with some material from Dream and Day) the second disc has some very interesting footage on it. There's some footage of the guys on the Awake tour and some very strange footage of them playing an unplugged show, obviously from the FII tour as all the dude's have cut their hair and are looking very mellow. Prog heads will also get a kick out of the footage shot around the same time that DT was performing their covers that would eventually make their way onto the A Change Of Seasons album. Performing on stage with the boys is none other than Mr. Steve Howe of Yes unfortunately, only for a short time. There's also some footage of them playing with some of the guys from Marillion, but being unfamiliar with that band, I couldn't tell you who.

An excellent package that will make an excellent addition to your prog library. Only NOT recommended for people who hate Dream Theater, but even if you only liked Images and Words you should still get a kick out of this. However, for Dream Theater and prog metal fans this DVD set is a must. 4 stars.

Queen By-Tor | 4/5 |


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