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Images and Words [Vinyl]

Dream Theater Vinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take The Time
4. Surrounded
5. Metropolis - Part I 'The Miracle And The Sleeper'
6. Under A Glass Moon
7. Wait For Sleep
8. Learning To Live

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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Insert

About the Artist

Dream Theater's first album with new vocalist James LaBrie is an excellent mix of various progressive metal styles. Berklee music school alumni John Petrucci on the six strings, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy show impressive ability on their instruments. Standout tracks include the complex 'Metropolis, Pt.1', 'Pull Me Under' (also released as a single and video, an MTV favourite in 1992), 'Take the Time' and the 11-minute 'Learning to Live'. 'Images And Words' proves that Dream Theater's musicianship and songwriting are above the norm, and they proved to hold up this high standard for years to come. Also available on vinyl: 'Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence'

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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 Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Miccina
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 3 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 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 10 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 13 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 14 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
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