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  • Audio CD (Oct. 11 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: East-West America
  • ASIN: B000002JKA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. 6:00
2. Caught In A Web
3. Innocence Faded
4. Erotomania
5. Voices
6. The Silent Man
7. The Mirror
8. Lie
9. Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
10. Scarred
11. Space-Dye Vest

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Some rock & roll purists consider the term "progressive rock" an oxymoron. After all, rock & roll is supposed to be about feeling, not thinking. Prog rock bands miss the point by taking the soul out of a musical form that's purposely crass and anti-intellectual. All the precise, long-winded arrangements, keyboard flourishes, wailing vocals, and over-orchestration of groups like Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and, to a degree, Rush suck the soul out of something that should be less head and more body. Dream Theater, though they possess many of the same characteristics as these bands, still manage to maintain a human element in their music. Awake is at times self-indulgent and pompous, but songs like "Lie", a passionate crusher that finds guitarist John Petrucci launching riff after thunderous riff in a cacophonous volley of crunch, ring true with real passion and base emotion. It's the depth and tonality his guitar brings to the music that keeps Dream Theater from falling into the Styx-isms they often veer dangerously close to. A very solid record for those who don't mind thinking while rocking. --Adem Tepedelen

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By A Customer on July 8 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Dream Theater and reading these reviews, you're probably getting more than a little confused by the rankings and comments they receive. From my experience, a person's reaction to Dream Theater can be easily predicted based on their other musical interests. 1) Pop rock fans: You won't like DT unless you tend towards complex melodies and harmonies. DT are not terribly accessible. The only truly accessible song on this album is "Space-Dye Vest", written by then keyboardist Kevin Moore. Other than that, you might find the whole album incomprehensible. This isn't the album to start with, however. Try Images and Words or Falling into Infinity first. 2) MetalHeads: You may like DT if you don't mind keyboards with your metal. DT has all the elements of a good metal band, but for purists, the keyboards ruin it all. If you're not a purist, and you aren't into the predictable three-chord school, DT is right up your alley, and this is the album you should start with. 3) Fans of Rush, and progressive bands: If you think Metallica is decent but too repetitive, give DT a listen. If you think Metallica are the antichrist, don't bother. Start with a different album, however. Either you'll love this group, or you'll hate them. There isn't a whole lot of middle ground, but they're worth a shot. You might just wind up with a new favorite band. I did.
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When I first heard Erotomania I was amazed. "What a great group of musicians" I thought to myself. That was until I bought "Awake" and realized that they have the worst singer in the world ever! I don't get it... Everyone I know (including some huge dream theater fans) hates the singer. Petrucci's an amazing guitarist. His ability to shred blows me away. Every note is perfectly executed, and Mike and Jordan are great too. Mikes three bass drums were rockin, and he makes Dream Theater's prog-rock genre turn into heavy metal on "6 degrees of Inner Turbulence".
They were awsome live, but that crazy singer had to ruin everything. Forgive me if you actually like that singer, but I just ended up throwing this CD out because of singer man, and I'm not kidding, this cd is in a dump as we speak. I do not suggest getting this CD, but if you do happen to be a Dream Theater fan, I would have to say this is one of their better albums.
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By A Customer on Feb. 13 2005
Format: Audio CD
first, let me start by saying that people think DT is way heavier than they actually are. they think they are really, very heavy, and even call them metal. im not dissin this CD or DT, cause they're awesome... i think ive been listening to bands like dark tranquillity and meshuggah and children of bodom for too long...who knows? who CARES? i dont. anyway...
this albums really good. musicianship is incredible. lyrics are deep and thoughtful. heres the lowdown:
6:00...5/5...when i first bough this album couple years back, this was the only song i could listen to, but then i listened to the rest of the album...
caught in a web...5/5...the next song i could only listen to. became an obsession, almost.
innocence faded...5/5...the last song i listened to over and over again before i picked this album up a couple months ago to really listen to it.
erotomania...5/5...proof of great musicianship. just as good as instrumentals by metallica, if not better.
voices...5/5...i might be a little generous on this song, but i really love it. little too long for this song though.
the silent man...5/5...little quick song thats really cool.
the mirror...3/5...ok, this is where the album goes little down hill for me. this songs ok, but not great.
lie...5/5...this ones good. that solo that john did...crap...that was incredible. gotta learn that one. anyway, another good song.
lifting shadows off a dream...5/5...easily the best song off the album. beautiful.
scarred...3/5...ok. its not that i dont like long songs, but this ones kinda boring.
space dye vest...4/5...another ok one. this is one of those albums where the first or second half is much better than the rest. this ones kinda too slow though. ok for once in a while.
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It seems that there are 2 kind of DT fans. The ones that love the earlier, more musical, more easy listening, works. The ones that love the totally weird, totally progressive, totally insane LTE kind of music. My first DT album was Scenes from a Memory. It was an instantaneous shocker. Love at first sight. Such an amaizing combination of prog rock and some softer music. I bought several other DT/LTE albums afterwards. Luckily my first album DT was not Awake. I think this is not one of their greatest albums (well, I am the LTE kind of fan :) ) You can find lots of non-DT music in this album. I dare you to find Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Korn, and some other bands of the 70's, 80's and 90's throughout this album. It's not hard, it's actually pretty obvious. What the heck is The Silent Man? The kind of music I was composing in early high school when I was learning to play accoustic guitar. Whenever James LaBrie sings, we get some pretty corny and mainstream sounds. He imitates other singers and their music a lot. Sorry James, I consider you have an amaizing voice, and sometimes you are a great singer as well (well, when you are not pissed off or sour and you give a lousy showing and you sing like bored to death), but hey man, where is your own personality?. I think that from the musical perspective James drags the band back to the dark ages of sugary ballads and commercial sounds. Whenever Petrucci plays his solos without any (or with minimal) voice intervention , we have something amaizing going on. He's a (damn! I am out of appropriate words here!), well, a hell of an amaizing of a shocking guitaris and musician. He comes up to save many of the songs on this album.Read more ›
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