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Dream Theater


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4.45 | 535 ratings

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5 stars "Welcome to Radio City Music Hall"

It's been 20 years. It's been another 4 official live albums. It's been 8 studio albums. What was the next step? An unmatchable concert with an orchestra playing with them near to 2 hours of their music. Yes, that was the perfect closure chapter to a great journey. Glad that they don't stop there, but surely the standards that this concert sets it's an impressive achievement of music meant to be heard, quality and perfection.

I don't use to buy both Cd's and DVD's collections with the same audio, I don't have enough money to pay for all that. But I have seen that many people get distracted by the talent of Dream Theater and don't pay attention to the music. So this is a great chance to do that. This is the perfect album to new fans or those who are just getting to know this wonderful band. It's impressive indeed, the power that this bands shares through the concert, the intensity of the crowd and last but not least, the impressive interpretation of a well build-up orchestra that shares talent with the band. The arrangements were at the top of quality, not changing the sense of the songs but bringing something new a fresh to the mix. One of the many highlights of the evening was the interpretation of the SIX DEGREES SUITE on it's entirely set. The other impressive highlight, that matches with the INSTRUMEDLEY of the last live album, was METROPOLIS PT-1, which sounds powerful because of the orchestra going back of the keyboards and guitar solos.

As usual in the traditional DT setlist, the amount of music cover up near to 3 hours. The select list was a journey from their very first demos recorded in 1985 until the last album of that age, OCTAVARIUM. Some obscure demos or "B" sides like ANOTHER WON and RAISE THE KNIFE were upon the list, as well some rare songs live like INNOCENCE FADED (with an outstanding performance by Labrie and another strange song like VACANT, which with the orchestra arrangement sounded a lot dark and mellow.

About quality of sound and production, this album is perfection at all. Even James Labrie reached his highest notes cleanly and easily. This is a MUST HAVE for any single DT fan, but especially for those who just started the discovery of this impressive band. Yeah, I used the word impressive many times, because this particular show was all about it. Great album for those who feel distracted by live DVDs. The score: 5 for DT, 0 for mistakes. I said so?

jampa17 | 5/5 |


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