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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000002HK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,375 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Change Of Seasons - The Crimson Sunrise / Innocence / Carpe Diem / The Darkest Of Winters / Another World / The Inevitable Summer / The Crimson Sunset [EP Version]23:08Album Only
Listen  2. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding [Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995]10:49Album Only
Listen  3. Perfect Strangers [Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995] 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Led Zeppelin Medley - The Rover / Achilles Last Stand / The Song Remains The Same [Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995] 7:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Big Medley - In The Flesh? / Carry On Wayward Son / Bohemian Rhapsody / Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin / Cruise Control / Turn It On Again[Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995]10:33Album Only

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DREAM THEATER A Change Of Seasons CD

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Album was designed as a filler between studio albums, and this contains a studio version their epic live masterpiece 'A change of seasons' (which is 24 minutes long) and also contains some live recordings of the band during their 'uncovered' show ('95). These are covers of songs rangeing from Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Queen etc. This is an amazing album, and it shows a different side of the band. The recording of the title tracks shows the band in great form, with probably the best performance so far from the singer (James LaBrie), and the 2nd half of live performances show them to be an amazing and precise live band-doing justice to the songs they are covering. When this CD was released, it was described as 'a gift to the fans'...which is exactly what it is!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sonny on 12 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard A Change of Seasons, I was completely amazed at how briliant the song was. I heard a live version of youtube so I thought the recorded version must be an absolute masterpiece, which it actually turned out to be.

The song itself was inspired by the death of Pornoy's (drummer) mother and contains a few lines from the poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" by Herrick. The theme of the song is carpe diem and the lyrics are really powerful.

Not only are the lyrics brilliant, but the so are the instrumentals, the song is very dynamic and layered, it's like listening to an epic of sorts. At a length of 23 minutes, one might think the song loops the same riff but it's so well written that it's actually like listening to several songs in succession with a really smooth transition between each one.

This album is a must for any prog metal fan, even thrash metallers will appreciate the sheer brilliance of this album. Even if this EP was just this song with some crappy leftovers tacked on, I would have still bought it just for the one song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Thomson on 2 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Change of Season is a Half and Half split album between live and studio work. The first hald of the CD is the studio side which is basically one whole musical masterpiece called Change fo Season (25mins Long ! ). This track displys some of the best work to date, it flows wonderfully between different musical style. Probably one of the best quality of this track is actually the vocals. Now the vocals on the Images and Words album were great and in some places very catchy and comercial, but when you listen to this new album there is so much though going in behind every word. It's like a story going through along with the music. My favourite vocal line from the piece being " oh come let us adore him, abuse and then ignore him". When you listen to it in contexts with the music it really shows emotion and thought that has gone into the lyrics which I believe were mainly written by Mike Portnoy (the drummer). I can easily play this track on a loop and never get tired or it. The second half of the album to be surprised are cover tracks taken from the bands that Dream Theater said influenced them when they were learning. To open, they do a wonderful version of Elton John's 'Funeral for a friend' in such a way that only Dream Theater could. The Live stuff is not what you really expect from Dream Theater and doesn't really complement the 25min masterpiece at the begin of the CD, but it is good to hear. It is like Dream Theater is trying to show / prove something to their fans, to tell a tale for how it was for them when they started. You never know what to expect from DT when they bring out an ablum !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are not familiar with Dream Theater think Queensryche, Rush and a hint of Styx and you're probably in the right area. That said, DT have a fairly unique sound, not exactly prog, not exactly metal but an interesting hybrid of the two. This is my favorite of their albums, largely because the title track is an absolute classic. I've criticised DT before for overplaying and lousy lyrics, but neither of these flaws are in evidence here. The band play extremely well as a unit and Labrie (the singer) is given some room (within the music) and some decent lines as well. On top of that Perucci is an outsandingly good guitarist and Portnoy one of the top rock drummers (not Neil Peart but well ahead of the pack). The live material which makes up the second half of the album is a selection of cover versions. These are all competently handled and give an interesting insight into the bands taste, but they are played as straight covers for the most part and that always begs comparisons to the original. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is an interesting choice and on the whole well handled, but the piano sound isn't quite right and Labrie's voice doesn't suit the song so well.
Their version of Perfect strangers is in some ways an odd choice , but they deliver it well (in fact better perhaps than the original). The Led Zep medley is probably the weakest section though Petrucci's guitar sound is the culprit here. The Big Medley is the most fun and a good closer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily's pet human on 25 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The 23-minute title track (really a 7-part suite) easily ranks not just as one of the greatest prog-rock tracks of all time, but as a singularly moving piece of music for any broad-minded listener. Like all of DT's best tracks, it grows on you --- you pick up details on every listen that you haven't picked up before. And yes, these guys *are* expletive-ing great musicians.
The rest of the album is just a set of live (very faithful) covers of other people's material, which mostly offer insight into DT's musical influences. (Rock influences, that is: all of the band members except the singer have conservatory degrees in their instruments, and classical music and jazz inevitably have left their mark.) I'd have given the cover album 3--4 stars (great covers, but nothing groundbreaking), but because I would give the title track 6 or 7 stars if I could, it averages out to five.
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