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A CRIMINALLY OVERLOOKED MASTERPIECE
on 5 October 2005
This is dream theaters' most overlooked album, which in my opinion is a terrible oversight. As most of the other reviews have mentioned, the production is much more primitive sounding than later releases, but for me this is a positive thing as it allows the listener to hear the sound of a legendary band in their infancy. Everyone has to start somewhere!
The signiture sound of the band is evident from the very beginning and what the album lacks in polish it more than makes up for in quality, as it contains some of DT's finest songs to date such as "a fortune in lies", "the killing hand" and the wonderfully epic combination of "afterlife" and "only a matter of time". Origional vocalist Charlie Dominici really shines on this album, hitting notes in places that James LaBrie could only dream of, and turning in performances of the songs that LaBrie has yet to equal on the live stage.
This album laid the foundations for the classic follow up album "images and words", and stands head and shoulders above laclucstre subsequent albums by the band such as "awake", "train of thought" and "falling into infinity".
If you are a Dream Theater fan then this is an ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.
Dont make the mistake that many have made before you and overlook this little beauty.