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The Theory Of Everything [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set]

Ayreon Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Century Media
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MUSIC with Everything 30 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
If The X Factor and Britain (or insert your own country here) Has Very Little Talent has the thumbs down set on your Tivo box then Ayreon's The Theory of Everything will come as a timely oasis in the desert that is modern music.

Progressive music got a bad reputation with those who could only play three chords on a guitar and didn't have the musical ability, imagination or attention span to explore any further. So welcome back my friends to the show that never really ended, welcome to THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Arjen's attempt to progress music a little further in 2013.

For those of you who are still to become Ayeonauts (where have you been!!!), the band Ayreon is really a 6 foot 7 inch tall geeky guy from the Netherlands called Arjen Anthony Lucassen with the help of a couple of regular contributors and assorted special guest singers and musicians adding a solo here and there to a greater or lesser extent.

In nearly all of the reviews I have seen so far a lot has been made of the all star guest players. While this is certainly the talking point of the album, what must not be forgotten here is that 90% of what you hear is played by Arjen himself - the guitars, bass, most of the keyboards. If you focus on that, it's then you start realising how significant a talent he has. Quite extraordinary. Nevermind Actual Fantasy, this guy as ACTUAL TALENT, and an over abundance of it.

I'll not review the content of the music in detail as that has been done many times elsewhere. Instead I will sketch a picture of how this album makes me feel.

When I feel jaded and world weary, when something's bothering me, I will look through my music collection for inspiration and 50% of the time I will find I have an Ayreon album in my hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous as you'd expect!! 28 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is probably going to be my favourite Ayreon album along with 01, and that's saying something amongst all the great Ayreon stuff. The concept here is a bit more "down to earth" than usual - basically an interesting tale about a young mathematical genius and the people surrounding him, ending in an intriguing touch of mystery. The vocalists Arjen has used are ALL amazing - and we've got people like Marco Hietala and Tommy Karevic. And an array of incredible musicians. Choosing the right people for projects like this is half the skill. It's beautifully put together, the music perfectly complementing the vocal sections and the story. Prog at its finest. Emotional and intelligent, melodic and powerful. It's not an "easy" listen, not for background music - you need to pay it the courtesy of attention, take time to sit and allow yourself to be drawn into the story and properly hear the voices of the characters and the magical music drawing pictures around them. It's a holistic experience in music and lyrical imagery. And as always with Arjen's work, a beautiful package with lovely atmospheric artwork.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayreon and on and on and on ! 6 Nov 2013
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This is a beauty of an album , the like of which is very rarely seen these days. The album with it's wonderful Tull like hook is a great prog epic in the tradition of the one's that went before and reminds me so much of waiting for the new Yes or ELP release . The art work by Jef Bertels (today's Roger Dean) leads you into a magical Arjen concept with a journey of time changes to compliment the story and the great vocalists that tell the tale as actors would on stage.

Anybody familiar with Arjen's work will already have this album , but if by chance you stumble upon this and the other reviews looking for somethhing different but yet familiar to listern to and have a love for all things prog , then do buy and sit back on a journey of pure escapism and enjoyment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Rock Heaven @ It's Best... 17 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Have to agree entirely with the many comments here and for me Into The Electric Castle was always my fave of Ayreon albums but I think The Theory Of Everything as succeeded it. In reality I love them all and Arjen's work on Ayreon as always appealed to me big style and this album contains many of my God's with the likes of Rick Wakeman. Keith Emerson. Jordan Rudess. Steve Hackett. As for the singers I have never heard of any of them before apart from John Wetton. But have to say what a terrific job they have all done, along with the other muso's and of coarse Arjen himself..

As with all Ayreon albums they take years to come out (not surprising really when you consider just what a genius this guy is) and this one completely got past me on its release, and I only discovered it last week on youtube and on Friday on the 14th February 2014 as soon as my pennies went in the bank I instantly ordered the Limited Box Set with DVD.

It very much came with the MP3 Audio Rip which was a great thing and having seen Arjen's video on the tube about it having 4 long epics over some 20 minutes each and him stating to take it easy, and not take them all on at once. I can honestly say over this weekend and even now on this Monday morning I have took on the whole journey at least 20 times, and even had an whole Ayreon Weekend and blasted out his other 7 albums too, and when the discs arrive I know I am gonna be enjoying the experience even more in better quality and give my ears another treat by playing it to death (LOL).

Absolutely Prog Rock Heaven at its best is what I call it and it ROCKS my boat 100%.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The return of Ayreon is good, but not great. Essential, of course, but takes time to get into.
Published 1 month ago by Kristjan B. Heidarsson
5.0 out of 5 stars those are the feelings listening to this work of art by Holland's...
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Published 1 month ago by Werner Eeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Took a few listens, but turned out o.k.
Published 3 months ago by Colin Swarbrick
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
This is literally the best album I have ever listened to! There is an amazing variety of genres mixed into an unique storytelling album, I love it!!!
Published 6 months ago by TomTom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Just discovered this band and i'm very impressed. Full of great music from beginning to end. There are many different influences and styles which come together to make a great rock... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andy
3.0 out of 5 stars Ayreon Review
Beautifully presented album not quite as high a standard as I was expecting but far from disappointing. Still a wise choice.
Published 7 months ago by Susan Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ayreon album ever!
Best Ayreon album ever!
Every track is a pleasure to the ears.

Lucassen is the most criative musician in the music today.
Published 7 months ago by Vinicius
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album
Ayreon latest album is the best so far. All the instrumental arrangements and melodies are fantastic. This is one of the best albums of the year.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. George S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...
Another progfest of an album from Arjen..Keep up the good work dude...If you want to hear musicianship of the highest order treat your ears...
Published 8 months ago by IAN BARRON
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Prog at its best
I have got quite a few albums by Ayreon, and for some reason this one hits the mark more often. Including extra special guest appearances by Keith Emmerson and Rick Wakeman, paying... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Simon R. Jones
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