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Dream Theater - Made in Japan [Official Bootleg] CD (album) cover


Dream Theater


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3.39 | 71 ratings

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4 stars I think we can agree that Made In Japan ranks among the most legendary live albums that is ever made..I think so legendary that most people would regard any attempt to cover it, as any attempt must be played with the highest skill and the highest standard...this album is such a attempt. Right from the beginning I think that they are doing an incredible job and play the entire album as if the songs were their own....This must have taken alot of practice....obviously...

What you get is a somewhat complete re-play of the songs that are represented on Made In Japan...then I say the same order and most songs hold the same length....Only Lazy is a little bit longer...So they play the songs and work their way down to Space Truckin'....In this most of the details kept intact...although there is I think alot of improvisation....Petrucci to begin with truly shines here and actually sounds like Blackmore (I wonder if he switched to a Fender instead of using a normal Ibanez) and with that gives his playing from time to time some spectaculair playing... and gives it a much lesser clinical touch as we normally are used to of him...this playing has soul....I think with that he, lust like in Deep Purple...Blackmore was and now...Morse is the real star of this experiment....Hell there are some awsome guitarsolo's on this one.

The second notable player is Rudess that is taking credit for the notes of Lord...Right from the beginning I felt that they even use a Hammond (or use alot of Hammond sound) just as Lord was doing in the old days....Synthesisers and Keyboards were not that advanced yet...and this really soulds like it was back then....also...playing some amazing solo's....all over the album and the tuning of the Hammond in between the song, really gives a very 1973 feeling to the whole event...We'll done...At first I thought...that Rudess is really showing a very different sound here....but on second thought I began to realize that he actually is playing very much like he does in DT....I realized because of this much DT actually is inspired by DP and especially how much they preserve the sound of DP......

All in all a very interesting experiment that more bands should the entire album of their idol....I look forward to more attempts of DT...perhaps next time they can try playing the entire Song Remains The Same of Lez Zeppelin ?

Daniel1974nl | 4/5 |


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