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When Dream And Day Unite
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2014
Dream Theater's first album, the only one with Charles D on vocals, but they really work on this album and it's quite incredible to think that this was their first album. Reglardless of all the aesthetic reasons to buy this album it is my favourite because all of the tracks keep me locked in with loads of melodic vocals and instrumentation. Quality of recordings is not the best as this was recorded when things were a little less advanced, but takes nothing away from the enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2012
I now have all dream theatre albums,When dream and day unite,being the final album added to it.This is one of their earliest,but not one of their best.It does not detract from it the pleasure
of the quality of the overall album. A good 4 out of 5 stars..
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on 14 August 2013
Brilliant album! As a hardcore Dream Theater fan, it is amazing to here them when they first started out, firstly to compare how much they have evolved as a band, and also because its just brilliant to here what amazing musicians they were all the way back then aswell as now!
Would definitely recommend to any Dream heater fan, and also to anyone who is a fan of music in general. If you want to here to technical skill and awesome musicianship, these guys are who you want to listen to!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2009
Let's face it, this album is by far Dream Theater's worst recorded. As such, many of the parts are lost in a hazy mix of soaring keyboards, fluctuating guitars and little or no bass. Personally, I think that many overlook this album because of the lack of Labrie. Charlie Dominici is simply not of the same calibre as the current man. Therefore, this album just doesn't sound quite...right.

Firstly, there are some songs which are pure class. A Fortune In Lies, Ytse Jam, The Killing Hand and Afterlife are like some of Dream Theater's more well known songs; they are excellent, which means 50% of the album is excellent. However, it's from there where things start to go downhill. Status Seeker was meant to be the band's first ever shot at mainstream hit. So what do they do? Give it one of the most complicated intros on the album, which at its simplest is in a 5/4, 6/4 time. Oh dear. Light Fuse and Getaway is very forgettable, as is The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun, which has a simply weird keyboard intro. Only A Matter Time is...meh. Essentially good, but repetitive and does get lost at some points.

In a nutshell, if you're a diehard fan, you'll want this album, as it does have some great songs on it. It is a better album than most, but if you're new to DT, look elsewhere.
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on 28 June 2014
Not the best of DT's output by a long way. Better than some band's best however, the group continues to amaze and improve. if you are a completist, you will not be diappointed
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on 28 January 2015
I'm an ardent DT fan. This is nothing like as good as their latest stuff but you often find this with rock bands. Still good virtuoso musicianship though.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2000
Although this album is not the most succesful recordings DT ever endeavoured to produce it still has all the mental prog outs that you may have come to expect. A product of their early years it features Vocalist Charlie Dominici on vocals. Although Dominici is obviously a highly trained singer his style is a little wailing. Some tracks on here can also be found on live albums with James Labrie on the Mic and this proves that if you can get past the vocals the Music Is still DT. The sound is also unusual with the guitar and bass highly compressed and focused to the mid frequencies. When all is said an done, however, this albumn did spawn classic tunes such as YTSE jam, The Killing hand and A Fortune in Lies (the latter two featured on Live at the Marquee with Labrie). Other personal faves of mine are Light fuse and get away (with a great intro) and Afterlife. A must buy to complete the collection of the Avid DT fan
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2005
Unfortunately i first got to listen to WDADU after the awake release. Production is very raw. I don't mind dominici's voice but the most embarrassing moment has got to be when he sings the very last killing hand lyrics. He just can't reach that last note so he turns to false setto. Just listen to La brie on the marquee version, he screams it out as if to say i can do it much better than you charlie. Highlights for me on WDADU is the killing hand, YTSE JAM (majesty backwards)fortune in lies and afterlife. I think the others drag on too much, due probably because i haven't played this cd as often as the recent classics of dream theater. Althought the production is bad, Dream Theater did re-release this a couple of yrs ago with a better mix. I can't commentate on that as i haven't heard it yet.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As mentioned by other reviewers, this is arguably DT's finest hour. As a musician, I feel it is. Looking past the lesser production values and the operatic vocal and lyrical performance, the musicianship is as fine as one expects from Dream Theater. I find the vocal performance superb, Charlie Dominicci's voice perfectly suited to the type of music being played - a pseudo-operatic, 'demons and dragons' style. But don't let that put you off.

Listen closely to the time signature and tempo changes - they have a flow and feel to them that none of their following albums achieve. They belong. They're not there because the band thought it would be cool to stick them in. In fact, I would venture to suggest they even usurp the mighty Rush for sheer audacity, precision and capability. John Petrucci has his Yngwie hat on for this album #unlike the Vai tones of the follow-up 'Images And Words'# and, as a drummer myself, Mike Portnoy's drumming is in a class of its own. I bought this album on vinyl in 1989 when it came out - long before Mike became the poster boy of rock drumming and am so glad to bring to my collection into the digital era.

Just don't expect the same as their more recent output. It's more operatic and, dare I say it, more commercial but, in my opinion, far more cohesive. This album flows from beginning to end. Personally, I wish Dream Theater had continued this path. If you want heavy DT, look elsewhere. If you want to hear what DT are really musically capable of and how to fuse pure musicianship with technically ability, look no further.

I started out listening to DT with this album. They are yet to improve on it as an all-round musical experience. One can listen to 'When Dream And Day Unite' for the music, not the musicians.
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