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Change of Seasons [CASSETTE] [Import]

Dream Theater Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (19 Sep 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HK5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Change of Seasons [Medley]
2. Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
3. Perfect Strangers
4. Rover/Achilles Last Stand/The Song Remains the Same
5. Big Medley [Medley]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'gift to the fans' 20 April 2001
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Dream Theater's best song 12 Jun 2007
By Sonny
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A new Mix for Dream Theater 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD, worth checking out 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for the title-track alone 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Different tack
Just superb, nice to see a different side to Dream Theatre's repetoire (oooh), top of my playlist at the moment
Published 4 months ago by Green Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars A change of seasons
Brilliant album and the title track has some great John Petrucci moments to savour. A must for all Dream Theater fans
Published 10 months ago by Alan Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just another example of just how great DT are. Can these guys do any wrong? its just a superb album that now sleep with me along with its siblings. What joy.
Published 13 months ago by Fireball 61
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of their best
This may not be one of their best albums but is a bold concept to do. From the start it is all Dream Theater and I really like it but maybe not the best for a newcomer to start... Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Change of Seasons - Dream Theater
I have not received this yet, but judging by the quality of all their other stuff, I cannot wait.. Dream Theater never fail to inspire... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. G. Vranjkovic
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
It arrived on time . And my boyfriend is makeing me mad with this group. He he has put it on hes iPod
Published 16 months ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Transcend the depths of winter snow
This is a very long and complicated song, split into seven distinct parts, so i will review each part seperatley as if they are tracks on an album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. E. Bambridge-sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing!
The song that introduced me to Dream Theater and blew my socks off!! A friend showed me a change of seasons from a band called Dream Theater, once he put the song on told me it was... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. J. C. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
Such a great band and such a great album. Hearing them play other people's songs with their own twist on it is excellent. And I can't believe this is so old already!
Published 22 months ago by Deryck Thorp
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted album -
A Change of Seasons - Well crafted album - top notch musicians enjoying themselves. Great guitar - surprising variations on the cover versions. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr Dennis Taylor
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