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Dream Theater


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3.66 | 403 ratings

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4 stars First official live album from the Theater. An amazing look back.

It will be a surprise to find out that Dream Theater has an official live album that last less than an hour in comparisson with their extensive selection of live albums that last near to 3 hours each. Well, it all begun with this short live EP they promoted in 1993. According to Mike Portnoy, It should be called "Dream Theater live at The Marquee and James Labrie Live at Bear Track Studios", because he did re-record it almost entirely.

Well, overdubs aside, this is a great recording, in which we find the only official live album in Kevin Moore's Era. We find a young band fresh and tight, having a great time playing songs from their two first two albums. Hearing Labrie singing the songs of the first album is great, because he brings a complete new dynamic to those songs. There's a "jamming" in the middle, that is good but I think they have play a lot better instrumental sections through the years. Of course, for any fan of the band, this is a "most hear" but it won't change the life of anyone I think.

The band played great and is unbelievable how good these guys were back then. Kevin Moore presence in the band is quite welcome and his developing of sounds is great. For those who enjoy the VHS or DVD "Live in Tokyo", this album is a counter part or a complementary audio CD. For any DT fan, this is a most have. But for those who don't like the band or prog metal in general, you should check Live at Budokan for heaviness or Score for composition and quality sound.

Not their best live performance but a good show indeed. Too short album, you will want to have more but 40 minutes is all they have, of course, with the best songs of that time. 4 stars is fair.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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