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Superb live performance,
This review is from: Live Scenes From New York (Audio CD)
From the first song you hear, "Regression," you can tell this is going to be a great live album. Dream Theater are simply one of the most talent bands around. An operatic singer, a guitarist who likes to show off, and he can, a bassist who must've sold his soul (to rock 'n' roll ;) ), a keyboardist who can play as well as some lead guitarists, and a drummer who has a massive kit and knows how to use every single piece of it perfectly.
If you've heard any Dream Theater albums but not heard them live, you have never lived. If you haven't even heard Dream Theater you must've been living under a rock or something.
When people hear the word "progressive" it automatically brings up thoughts of concept albums, the 80's, experimental rock. And Dream Theater fit two of those critera perfectly. Concept albums and experimental, but they certainly aren't 80's. This is metal, and they may not be as heavy, or as fast as some other bands, but they love to be extremely experimental with their music. Using different time signatures, fast, swooping mood changes, and a lot of improvisation. Even moreso live.
Spread over three CDs, for over three hours of music. Some people may get bored by the longer songs, but you have to be willing to listen for the duration to enjoy the most from the songs. The song "A Change Of Seasons," which is critically acclaimed, and on this album lasts for close to 25 minutes, (album version is closer to 23), and in the middle of the song the bassist, the guitarist and the keyboardist all have their own little solo slots. Such as The Simpsons theme by the guitarist. Showing the skill of each band member, by being able to be halfway through a song, stop completely and let someone have their 15 seconds of fame. Such changes of a song mood don't come easily.
Dream Theater fans new and old alike will enjoy this album. If you're just getting in to them it may not be the best start, but it's probably their best album. If you're an old fan, and you haven't considered buying this album, I couldn't think why you wouldn't want it.