Best DREAM THEATER?

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  1. John Geelan

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    I bought Dream Theater's first cd a few years ago and loved "Pull Me Under".
    What do fans consider their best cds?
    JohnG
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    1. Images and Words
    2. A Change of Seasons
    3. Awake
    4. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
    5. Once in a Live Time A live album yes, but still awesome!
    6. Falling Into Infinity
    7. When Day and Dream Unite
    Plus, they were first called, Majesty.
    Again, as much as people get sick of me saying this, I will say it again and again and again:
    See my webpage for my tattoo that DT fans will appreciate. I met DT during the Awake tour and they were all cool. Buy the DVD!
    and don't forget the plethora of side projects such as:
    Nightmare Cinema
    Liquid Tension Experiment
    Mullmuzer (sp?)
    and so on and so forth.
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    Dream Theater
    1. Images and Words
    2. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
    3. Meropolis 2000: Live Scenes From New York (DVD)
    4. A Change of Seasons
    5. Awake
    6. Once in a Live Time
    7. Falling Into Infinity
    8. When Day and Dream Unite
    Other Projects
    1. Liquid Drum Theater (Mike's Instructional VHS set)
    2. Liquid Tension Experiment 2
    3. Liquid Tension Experiment 1
    4. Transatlantic: SMPTe
    5. Mullmuzzler: Keep it to Yourself
    Nice tat Brad!
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    Thanks for the replies.
    I have "Images and Words" and also "Metropolis Part 2".
    I will pick up the DVD disc, "A Change Of Seasons", "Awake" and the new live one "Scenes...".
    DT is a very tight band.
    JohnG
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    I don't understand how a bunch of obviously intelligent and thoughtful DT fans could be so wrong [​IMG]
    Scenes From A Memory
    Images and Words
    Awake
    A Change of Seasons
    Once in a Live Time
    Falling Into Infinity
    When Day and Dream Unite
    It's not a case of 'the latest is the greatest'. I just think that it's the best. I've been listening to Images and Words since it came out in 1992. I love it. I just love SFAM a little bit more.
    I sincerely hope that the new one 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulance', due out in the spring, will beat them all.
    Highly recommended:
    Transatlantic-SMPTe
    Transatlantic-Live in America
    Transatlantic-Bridge Across Forever
    Liquid Tension Experiment 1 and 2
    Spock's Beard
    Flower Kings
    I have the Mullmuzzer CD's but I can't get into them. I absolutely love LaBrie's voice but I feel he's a bit 'over the top' on these offerings. It's almost as if he's trying to show off instead of just putting together a great solo album.
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    By Far... Metropolis PT 2: Scenes From a Memory... Best CD. I love concept albums, and that disc has put a lot of others to shame. However, Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse is still my favorite concept album. That has nothing to do with this thread!!! Anyways, back to my favorite albums...
    Scenes From A Memory
    Images and Words
    Falling Into Infinity
    Awake
    A Change of Seasons
    Once in a Live Time
    When Day and Dream Unite
    All the LTE CDs rocked too. John Petrucci = My guitar hero. Dream Theater rocks. I can't wait for their next CD: Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. 2 discs, the last CD being the 40 minute title track... HELL YEAH, can't wait 'till January 22nd!!!
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    John Beese, why do you put Falling Into Infinity before Awake?
    My personal opinion is that Awake still has that heavy edge to it plus a great instrumental. However, Falling Into Infinity is a good album, but seems to be the most "commercial."
    I'm not saying your wrong in your opinion, I was just wondering your reasoning. I like to hear different opinions on my favorite band.
    Edited to clarify: I like to hear GOOD different opinions on my favorite band. [​IMG]
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    [Edited last by Brad_W on November 17, 2001 at 10:05 AM]
     
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    My cousin gave me copies of "When Day and Dream Unite" and "Images and Words" and all I can say is WOW!
    Now, I'm on a mission and I want information. I've checked out the Dream Theater Website but I want more!
    Also...is Jay Beckenstein playing sax on Images and Words?
    Again....WOW!
    Recommendations for a Complete Newbie to the Dream Theater Experience wanted....BRING IT!
     
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    Here is my rating of DT's albums:

    1. Images and Words

    2. A Change of Seasons

    3. Awake

    4. Scenes from a Memory

    5. When Dream and Day Unite

    6. Falling into Infinity

    I didn't rate the live albums.

    Brad-just a quick note to tell you that, no, the 40 minute song coming by DT is not the longest song by a rock band. Edge of Sainty has an album called "Crimson", that is 1 track (song) and is just over 40 minutes. Also, a new band called Green Carnation recently put out a cd with one song called "Light of Day... Day of Darkness", and it is 64 minutes! It's one complete song with no track breaks! Finally, Fates Warning released "A Pleasant Shade of Grey", which is also one song, but divided up into 12 tracks. I'm sure there are more, but those are the only ones I can remember now.

    James
     
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    >>Finally, Fates Warning released "A Pleasant Shade of Grey", which is also one song, but divided up into 12 tracks.
     
  14. Mike Broadman

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    First, let me give props to a band that had 40 minute long songs way before any of this stuff- Jethro Tull. Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play are where it's at.

     
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    While I personally feel that Falling Into Infinity is a more commercialized album, I still enjoy listening to it and agree with Mike on the (unneeded) whipping boy status of this particular album. I think that they left some of their roots when they did FII and tried a new angle (which I don't mind bands doing as long as they don't progress worse into this angle like Metallica did), but at least they did a 360 when they put out their next album (metropolis part 2).

    -Brad (parenthetical boy) W.
     
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    As much as I love SFAM, I keep going back to IAW as my slight favorite. There are a couple of drum fills in Pull Me Under and Metropolis Part 1 that rank among drumming's all-time best.
     
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    Mike Portnoy on Falling into Infinity:
     
  18. Mike Broadman

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    Wow, I didn't realise the band almost collapsed. Thank goodness they're still kickin'.

    I saw them perform their last concert with Derek Sherinian. It was a small "fan club" type setting which focused on acoustic songs, covers, and more mellow stuff. They played lots of stuff from Infinity and seemed to enjoy it a lot. I read interviews with the band at the time saying how they were listening to a lot of Peter Gabriel, U2, Eagles- bands that they felt wrote great songs. They were trying to tap into that with Infinity.

    My guess is that they did want to cross over from being an "underground" band. I see nothing wrong with this, as long as the music is still solid. A few of the songs sound like radio singles, they made music videos, and from the above post, they were pushed in that direction by "their people."

    They failed to get that cross-over recognition.

    I think they just finally accepted their status as revered cult favorite. They now understand that many will hate what they do, but their fans are hardcore, and they will always have an audience for their music. With this new-found freedom, and the acquisition of a phenomenal new keyboard player who shared their musical direction, they went all-out to attempt to create an over-the-top, monster masterpiece in Scenes From A Memory.

    The amazing thing is, they succeeded.
     

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