|1. Change Of Seasons|
|2. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding|
|3. Perfect Strangers|
|4. The Rover / Achilles Last Stand / The Song Remains The Same|
|5. The Big Medley|
And what a wonderful way to show this with "Change of Seasons", a record with only 5 tracks, but when the shortest one is 5:33 and the longest is a grand 23:06 it isnt really a short record anyway.
To get the other songs out of the way first, they are ALL Covers. "Funeral for a Friend and Love Lies Bleeding is a VERY good cover of Elton John! I found my self searching for the original song, and found it nowhere as good as this version.
"Perfect Strangers" originally recorded by Deep Purple, is a well known rock piece, and its sufficent to say that Dream Theater does a good job covering it.
"The Rover/Achilles Last Stand/The Song Remains the Same" is a Led Zeppeling cover, however due to my lack of interest in Led Zeppelin, I cannot say wether or not it is good(In risk of making anyone irritated)
"The Big Medley" Cool, they covered my favoriteband, Pink Floyd. This is basically 6 songs written by different groups, melted into one lengthy cover. Highlights of it is of course "In the Flesh" by PF, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and "Turn it on again" by Genesis. GREAT!
Here ended the coversongs, on to the only song made by Dream Theater, worth the CD alone.
So the king of the record, the majestic and grandiose "A Change of Seasons". A Superb example of how to become a mark in the history of Rock. The song changes mood between each stages, an is divided into 7 of them. Some stages are better than others, but they fit together pefectly.Read more ›
Along with Queensryche, Dream Theater is certainly one of the best and most influential progressive metal bands to come out of the 80s. First there was the promising debut When Dream And Day Unite(1989), then following up in 1992 with the masterpiece album Images & Words, definitely one of the best rock albums of the 90s. 1994's Awake saw the band take a heavier, darker, and less commercial sound, but still delivering some of the best progressive metal there is. Since Dream Theater values their fans quite a bit, they decided to release the EP A Change Of Seasons, which bought time between albums. Joining vocalist James Labrie, guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist John Myung, and replacing former keyboardist Kevin Moore is Derek Sherinian (worked with DT, Alice Cooper, and Planet X). Despite what most DT fans will tell you, Sherinian is actually a masterful, dynamic, and inventive keyboardist, though his best material can be found from his solo work in a band called "Planet X". How does this release fare? Let's look:
First of all, let's talk about the one and only reason to actually buy this disc: the spectacular title track. Originally, ACOS was a b-side from the I&W album, but for some reason DT decided to resurrect this track. Whatever the case may be, I'm glad we got this song some way or another. They reworked it a bit and created a stellar epic, clocking in at a whopping 23 minutes. As the liner notes indicate, the band rehired I&W producer David Prater to help give the song the melodic atmosphere it needed. Instrumentally for the most part, it has the feeling of I&W, but with the raw production of the upcoming album Falling Into Infinity(1996).Read more ›