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Images And Words [CD]

Dream Theater Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B000002JPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Pull Me Under 8:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Another Day 4:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Take The Time 8:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Surrounded 5:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Metropolis - Part I ["The Miracle And The Sleeper"] 9:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Under A Glass Moon 7:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wait For Sleep 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Learning To Live11:30Album Only

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Not since 1980 and Yes's Drama had progressive rock dared to show off quite so unashamedly: Dream Theater's 1992 Images And Words is not so much an album of songs as a series of showcases for instrumental virtuosity. For many listeners that sounds like an instant recipe for disaster, but for die-hard progressive-rockers weaned on the glory days of Rush and Yes, Dream Theater were a shining throwback amid the low-fi wasteland of the 1990s. Images And Words is the kind of album that amateur musicians listen to with a mixture of awe and despair at the effortless display of fretwork pyrotechnics (it's also the kind of album that non-musicians listen to with blank incomprehension at why anyone would bother producing such endless widdly-widdly stuff). If the guitar work of John Petrucci (whose notes-per-second ratio puts Steve Vai to shame) isn't enough, just listen to drummer Mike Portnoy (who clearly models himself physically and emotionally on Animal from The Muppet Show) playing like a demented Neil Peart, thrashing his kit with every ounce of his strength while maintaining utterly baffling 15/8-metre rhythms. But what really makes this album work is that the whole band play together so well: they actually function as a single unit and consequently the music is much more than the sum of a series of individual solos. Production, too, emphasises the democratic balance within the band, giving due prominence to all. And unlike British wimps such as Genesis, you can also file Dream Theater under Heavy Metal, since not only can they out-play any progressive rockers you might care to mention, they can out-thrash Metallica whenever they feel like it, too. A slice of musical Hell, or a marriage made in Heaven, Images and Words doesn't exactly break any new ground, but it's a landmark in the history of progressive rock nevertheless. --Mark Walker

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DREAM THEATER Images & Words (1992 German 8-track CD for the second studio album by the American progressive metal band and the first to feature James LaBrie on vocals. Their most commercially successful studio album to date and considered a landmark release for the progressive metal genre includes the song Pull Me Under which is their the only Top 10 [radio or otherwise] hit. Comes with a fold-out lyric picture sleeve)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J. Paul
Format:Audio CD
From the first 2 minutes of Pull Me Under, you should be realising what an awesome musical journey you're in for. This album is one of Dream Theater many classics, and one of my all-time favourites.

This album is so many things. From mainstream metal in Pull Me Under, to a Pop-Rock Ballad, A piece of Prog-metal brilliance and a 70's prog rock that sounds awesome without sounding jaded. And that's just the first half. This is not just a prog album, nor is it just a metal album. Its diversity is what makes it so unique, so awesome. There's something for everyone on this album, so don't say, 'nah, it's prog, don't like it.' or 'it's metal, don't like it.' This album is especially brilliant because it is impossible to stereotype.

The best songs then: I could not believe when i found out the band was 'surprised' that Pull Me Under is their best known song. It has all the hallmarks of a mainstream song, just a bit longer. The chorus is a proper anthem, the verses are clever, the drums are pounding throughout this and the rest of the album... a great track. Surrounded is another excellent song, with an odd time feel in some parts, but it is still a great rock track. If you don't think you like prog, listen to this. Metropolis and Under A Glass Moon are both great metal tracks, the latter with one of the best guitar solos in rock history. Learning To Live is difficult to get into, but after you've listen to it 3 or 4 times, you realise just how awesome a song this is. It has everything you like in a prog, rock or metal track. Just believe me: It is awesome. Like the entire album. I may not have mentioned all the songs, but they are all as good as each other.

To finish, I will simply say this: Don't stereotype Dream Theater or this album. Get it, and you'll find out what all those die-hard fans are on about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite band but not everyone's 8 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing only tiny bits of Dream Theater at school and on this site. I was a bit apprehensive given some of the negative reviews they've been given but i needn't have worried.
Thankfully, I found much to like in this album. From the eerie riff-laden opener "Pull Me Under" and the emotive ballad "Another Day" to the multi-dimensional extremity of "Metropolis..." and "Learning to Live", every song on this album reached out to me in a way no music has ever done previously.
And of course, we must not forget the superior musicianship that this band possesses. I cannot think of another band where all the members are this talented in their respective fields. That includes singer James LaBrie, whom a lot of people dismiss as being too camp and whiny, but I think he's very underrated.
I must warn you though, Dream Theater are most definitely not for everyone. I thought they were too over-the-top after the first listen but my opinions quickly changed. But it must be remembered that there is no middle ground with Dream Theater whatsoever; this album will either be the best or worst thing you have ever heard. If you like heavy music with a strong sense of melody, as in Iron Maiden, Rush and, at times, Metallica then you will probably lap this up. If, however, you buy this album expecting a straight down-the-middle heavy metal album then I suggest you reconsider.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best. 14 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is still my favourite DT album. I heard that John Petrucci was a red hot guitarist, and after hearing the first 30 seconds of Pull Me Under in a shop, I got it.
For the uneducated, DT are a progressive metal/rock band, all superb musicians. They can get as heavy as Metallica, but the vocalist is far more melodic, the keyboards are ever-present, and the guitarist is world class (never been a big fan of Kirk Hammett). They like long instrumental breaks, complex drum patterns (just a bit too fond of the double bass drum IMHO, but that's about the only criticism I can come up with) and capable of writing a good solid chorus as well (Take the Time springs to mind).
And it's not just thrashing. There's an excellent rock ballad (Another Day) with a fantastic soprano sax solo, a nice keys/vocals interlude (Wait For Sleep), and the final song changes so many times you forget what it was like at the start, but it's all great stuff. Yes, Rush, early Genesis and even Pink Floyd influences are there if you listen hard enough.
But these guys are in a class of there own, and this is a benchmark for all the other prog bands out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The archetypal progressive metal album. 17 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album is often credited as being the archetypal progressive metal album and I think it deserves that status. It has all the trademark tropes of the genre or Dream Theater (which came first?). You have complicated musical parts containing shifting time signatures, virtuosic playing, adventurous harmonies and rhythms. You also have soaring vocals and inventive lyrics.

This formula has been followed by many many bands in subsequent years (even by Dream Theater themselves!) but usually the results are never as musical and emotional as 'Images and Words'. Everything just gels on this album. The songs are strong rather than just the technique.

The other good thing about this album is that it contains no bad tracks at all. It's a smooth journey through surreal musical landscapes but powered by the raw energy of metal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
A great record from Dream Theater! A masterpiece to the birth of progressive metal genre. Pull me under and Metropolis pt.1: two great songs.
Published 2 months ago by Roberto
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very high quality
I'm giving 3 stars as the quality for this vinyl edition is not great. Looks like a bit of a cheap edition, I feel it's overpriced.
Published 4 months ago by Soapbox
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Album
Images and Words is a Legendary album by A Legendary band It is chock full of wonderful instrumentation and musicianship that i tasteful and showy before the band got a bit a head... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cubby Kovu
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Progressive Metal icons!
The greatness of every single musician in the band is shown in this record. It's a must have for Progressive Metal fans, songs like Metropolis and Learning to Live are some of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diogo
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive metal classic!
Arguably the best work by Dream Theater, arguably the best progressive metal band in history ;) A classic in a way, a definite must-have for all DT fans and a recommended listen... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pawel Kekus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality of Dream Theater! ! ! ! !
Excellent quality of Dream Theater! ! ! ! !
Magnificent quality of an envelope and plate! ! ! ! Well and íí an album simply bomb! ! ! ! ! Read more
Published 8 months ago by arlou siarhei
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Metal galore
I hate hardcore, death metal, doom and black metal, even thrash metal bands such as Slayer. But James LaBrie's childlike voice takes away all the evilness from Dream Theater's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. E. Bambridge-sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Dream Theater at their best. Love this album, incredible playing, incredible singing, incredible songs. A must buy for music fans!
Published 12 months ago by Jon Wynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Early DT but still sounds fresh as a daisy
Not quite the classic line up, but this is an essential purchase for anybody interested in the origins of prog rock and prog metal. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album
This is the first album i heard of Dream Theater and OMG! Its the best! with the old school style songs, MEAN guitar solos and vocals like you've never heard before its a must have... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. J. C. Wright
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