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A Change of Seasons [EP]

Dream Theater Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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A Change Of Seasons (qui, en dépit de ses cinquante-sept minutes, ne doit pas être considéré comme un véritable album, mais comme un mini-LP) est beaucoup moins attractif qu'Images And Words, puisqu'il ne contient qu'un très long (et, cette fois, trop long : vingt-trois minutes sans réels temps forts) morceau de même titre, ainsi que deux medleys (un de Led Zeppelin et un réunissant Pink Floyd, Kansas, Queen, Journey, Dixie Dregs et Genesis) et trois reprises (deux d'Elton John et une de Deep Purple). --Hervé SK Guégano

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3.0 out of 5 stars DT's worst March 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
The general consensus among DT fans is that the title song on a "Change of Seasons" is amazing and that the rest of the album disappoints. While I agree that the rest of the album is good at best, I was not overly impressed with "A Change of Seasons." There is certainly excellent musicianship but I question the song-writing. There are two many silly parts where the music seems almost fit for a carnival and this really ruins the songs momentum. As on "awake" the vocals are also a little disappointing. "Images and Words" had almost flawless vocals but the two followups do not do justice to Labrie's voice. This may be DT's worst album, competing with their undisciplined debut "When Dream and Day Unite."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece is a word to use Dec 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dream Theater. The word is almost identical with Technical Quality and musical perfection.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambition +tribute Nov. 25 1999
Format:Audio CD
The title track "A change of seasons" is a 20+ minute song, showing all DT's musicianship, with complex time signatures, complex arrangements, highly technical playing and intelligent lyrics. The live part of the album features the band covering some of their influences, like Elton John, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and a medley covering songs by Pink Floyd, Kansas, Queen, Journey, Dixie Dregs and Genesis. The bad thing is that they could put more of the material recorded that evening, such as a version of Metallica's Damage Inc. with Napalm Death's vocalist. The album helps to understand the band better, since they cover a lot of different artists, so one can realize how they developed their sound. Is not in the album, but the band has covered such non metal non progressive acts such as Price's "Purple Rain" and Tori Amos' "Winter", so you may build an idea of the wide range of the band's musicality. Also, this release stands that in order to be a great musician, you have to listen to a lot of different styles of music.
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A Change Of Seasons(1995). Dream Theater's first EP, featuring a lengthy studio title track and several live cover songs.
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This album is great! It contains the masterpiece track "A Change Of Seasons", which I consider the best composition DT did so far. Read more
Published on June 29 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
To paraphrase the liner notes, "Here's a little ditty that we came up with in 5 minutes to hold you over til our next full album. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by D. Rausch
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
A Change of Seasons is without a doubt, my favourite song of all time. The album I could take or leave as a whole. This gets 5 stars because of the title track. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2004 by Yes thats true.
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite DT
This falls right were Dream theater was at their peak. Better than Images and Words, because they had not found their feet since the departure of the their former singer. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by Komichiwa
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Musicianship.
This is a good song. Terry Hoban eats ass.
Published on Dec 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands Down : Pure Prog Poetry
This is such a poetic escapade that one could hardly believe the "circle of life" style lyric would fit appropriately into this genre. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by Prefrontal Cortex
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is amazing
Creo que este disco es bastante bueno, es increible como Dream Theater es capaz de tocar perfectamente canciones de grupos tan increibles como Pink Floyd o Genesis. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by "duckamenabar"
5.0 out of 5 stars DT Tries Their Hand At An Epic
"Change Of Seasons" is a fine song. A fine song. An ominous acoustic intro builds up and up as keyboards and bass noodle around it, until it all culminates in a... Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by Nicholas Alla Koholick
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Song
A Change of Seasons could possibly be the best Dream Theater songs ever. It is certainly one of the best songs ever. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by demsoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Live album ever!
In my opinion, Change of Seasons is still one of the best songs that DT has done. Amazing musicianship and cool themes. Read more
Published on June 26 2003 by geetarfreak
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