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Well, with Dream Theater off to pastures new, it was inevitable that a compilation from their old paymasters would appear on the shelves. So welcome to the knowingly titled "Greatest Hit".

That hit, 'Pull Me Under', opens the show with a new remix from Kevin Shirley, one of three new mixes alongside 'Take The Time' and 'Another Day'. For once, a retrospective has been compiled with the approval of the band, and coming off the back of the bands 20th anniversary, it's an excellent reminder of just why Dream Theater have slowly worked their way towards their exalted position at the top of the prog-metal tree. It's certainly unusual nowadays for a band to achieve their level of success without the support of radio or music television, and for a band so revered by, let's call them 'obsessive enthusiasts', they can actually be surprisingly accessible.

Which is why I'm slightly questioning the way that "Greatest Hit" has been presented. Eschewing chronology, the album has been carved up into 'The Dark Side' and 'The Light Side'. CD1, therefore, presents the darker side of Dream Theater, and once you're past the hit, then you're off into an intensive listening experience, taking in some heavy, crushing slabs of music like 'Peruvian Skies', 'Endless Sacrifice' and 'The Root Of All Evil', which demonstrate how you can move through different gears, and still remain heavy. Which is why, if a compilation is also designed to reel in some new listeners, it might not be the best idea to have this CD first.

'The Light Side', conversely, presents the more melodic side to Dream Theater, and you've got to think that this might be the stuff to draw the casual punter into their world. There are some really wonderful moments on this CD that will lull newbies, as Dream Theater display a warmth sometimes missing on 'The Dark Side', where they're busy showing their chops off a bit more. It also has 'Hollow Years', a song that always brings a tear to my jaded eye, as well as truly stunning songs like 'The Spirit Carries On' and ' I Walk Beside You'.

I'm not sure how devotees will take to some of the tracks appearing in edited form as despite 'The Dark Side' being packed to the gunwhales, there's room to play with over on CD2. And I'm sure they would also have appreciated a couple of genuine rarities to sweeten the deal.

However, any compilation is bound to cause dissent as fans debate inclusions and exclusions, and this one will be no different. But it amply demonstrates just what a great band Dream Theater can be.
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on 22 October 2013
I suspect most people will come to this album only ever having heard Pull Me Under and that probably from the Guitar Hero game. This is how I discovered Dream Theater (I know, rather late to the party) and this is the album that made me appreciate how pretty damn fantastic they are and thus set me on the road of buying all their work to date. This album covers their entire spectrum from melodic ballads to full-on metal mayhem so you'll experience the whole gamut of what the band do.

If you love quality rock and metal music, and have a penchant for a bit of 'prog', then Dream Theater could just be the band you've been looking for.
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Fantastic 2 cd set which understandably was never going to cover all bases(specifically the epics),this is a well presented set which is the perfect taster for anyone wishing to dip their toe in to the Dream Theater pool.

How can i say this with any certainty? well i bought this as a xmas present(2011)for my son,then 15 years old,as he had mentioned that he likes a couple of tunes he'd heard me listening to,he absolutely loved it,plays it non stop,he's workin his way thru my collection(currently listening to disc 3 of the 'Black Clouds set',another convert to the Dream Theater cause,so job done i think,money well spent
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on 27 September 2013
I discovered Dream Theatre on Wii Guitar Hero World Tour. This is a wonderful collection of their tallent. To anyone who hasn't heard them before, give them a try.
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i already like dt. this added a few more tracks off of albums that i do not have yet.great stuff..terry
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 14 April 2008
Is it just me, or are the 2007 "edits" just a bit scrappy? They all seem to just stop in mid-flight - I had to check that "pull me under" wasn't jumping. Otherwise if you are a fan you know what to expect and in common with all artists with a substantial back catalogue, there are some songs here that I would have left out, and others that I would have included. Dream Theater are to me a classic album band and whatever way they had chosen to represent their history would be flawed. Still the music is great.
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on 2 December 2010
A fine album for someone who does not have any Dream Theater in their collection and would like to find out what the fuss is all about. There are some great tracks on this compilation, but there could have been better choices as there are far too many quieter tracks.

The album is not so great for the fan who has everything though. The edited tracks are of no interest and one poor b-side (To Live Forever) and one inferior alternative mix (Through Her Eyes) do not provide much temptation either. The album would have worked better if it had not been split into heavy and light tracks and had just been a best of including a third CD of epics (as was considered) including A change of Seasons and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.

I last bought a Dream Theater album over ten years ago and since this album has come down in price, I thought I would catch up on some of the their work released in the last decade. Listening to this album has made me decide that Dream Theater should not be confined to the dusty shelves and to correct this I will definitely fill up more space and get further Dream Theater albums starting with Train of Thought and Octavarium.

To sum up, if you are a relative newbie buy it. If not, is it worth it bearing in mind the price.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 February 2016
If you haven't got the individual albums then this compilation is an excellent collection of songs.
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on 17 February 2010
Having just been introduced to the band with their new Black Clouds and Silver Linings CD and was blown away, I was keen to hear their back catalouge and with this CD it gave me the chance. Disc 1 is the heavier tracks with Disc 2 the lighter side of the band. Although not as good as their current release its well worth adding to anyone's library.
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on 20 September 2015
A eclectic mix of tracks, not all enjoyable.
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