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Hollow Years Ep [EP, Import]

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Special Edition MINI-EP from Asia that Includes a Demo Version of "You Or Me", the NON-LP Song "The Way it Used to Be" and Live Versions of "Burning My Soul", "Another Hand/Killing Hand" and Different Edits.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This EP-length single features some great rare songs. Aug. 14 2003
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
I'm assuming that if you're checking this particular item out on Amazon.com, then you're already a Dream Theater fan, and probably a serious one at that. The Hollow Years Japanese import single is a nice treat for the die-hard Dream Theater fan. I'll try to give you an idea of what you get with this single (which is actually closer in length to an EP):

Tracks 1 and 2 are the radio edit and LP version of Hollow Years, one of the better songs from Falling Into Infinity.
Track 3 is the demo version of the Falling Into Infinity song You Not Me, titled You or Me. This is a nice surprise. I never really warmed up to You Not Me in its official version. There was just something about it, particularly the chorus, that didn't sit well with me. The demo version presented here is a big improvement. The song just seems to flow together much better.
Track 4 is a song called The Way It Used To Be. This is an incredible track. It's probably one of DT's more pop/rock-influenced songs (if you can call a nearly 8 minute song with lots of progressive elements a pop/rock song), and for some reason it reminds me of a U2 song. It's very upbeat and melodic, while remaining a good hard rocker. At any rate, it remains one of my favorite DT tracks, and definitely my favorite on this album.
Track 5 is a live version of Burning My Soul. To be honest, this one really doesn't add much to the disc. It's another of the Falling Into Infinity tracks that just don't seem to work. It is a good live recording though, so if you enjoy the song you probably will want to check this out.
The final track is an excellent live version of Another Hand/the Killing Hand, one of the very first epic Dream Theater songs from When Dream and Day Unite. I've always liked this song, especially when James LaBrie (who joined DT after it was released) sings it. It's heavy, progressive, epic, and a great example of what Dream Theater is all about.

Overall I have to give this disc a pretty high rating. In my opinion, The Way It Used To Be and Another Hand/the Killing Hand are more than worth the price of this import. I'd recommend it to all die-hard Dream Theater fans, though casual fans might not get enough out of this disc to make it worth the high price tag.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come-on... It's DT Aug. 14 2001
By Joseph J Latuscha - Published on Amazon.com
Now we can praise Dream Theater for releasing another cool, lightly flavored Single/Import, but it is better to only comment of all of the extras that they are known for throwing in. The live material is hands down some of the better stuff on the mix, but then to throw in the traditional non-LP and Demo tracks is a plus. This is one of the better imports I have, for it's diversity alone. Dream Theater will forever be the musical wonders they are hyped up to be. Later....
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollow Years EP (Japanes Import) May 17 2011
By SamL - Published on Amazon.com
CD in very good shape, not the same for single case but I replaced it. Interesting single with additional material from 96-97 period. Beside the single and LP version of Hollow Years there are some cool track coming from the Falling into Infinity sessions, one is the demo version of You Not Me, originally Your or Me, which differs from the official one because of the chorus, extended bridges, extended sample. Next track is a nice b-side titled The way it Used to Be, quite a different track for Dream Theater but very interesting and catchy. Additional live tracks for the Japanese Import version come from the Live Bonus Track CD which is a selection of the show in Old Bridge NJ in December 96, where they showcase some new material from the yet to be Falling into Infinity along some old reworked songs. Here we have Burning My Soul in the original extended form (different structures, intro, and still had Hell's Kitchen in the middle) and Another Hand-The Killing Hand with extende Carols of the Bells jam in the middle and some new sample throughout the song.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great single, awesome new tracks Sept. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The extra money for the two live tracks is worth it. Burning my Soul is awesome, and to hear James sing The Killing Hand is incredible. Any true Dream Theater fan would love this disc. It's very cool!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The following review is only for the song "Hollow Years" June 18 2001
By Musicman - Published on Amazon.com
Ah! It's nice to hear a classical guitar on the radio. If this song gets any radioplay, I might add. No, Dream Theater have not "sold out," in case metal fans may wonder "What's this?" No, Listen to Metroplis Part 2 and you'll know they haven't. The singer defintely has imroved on this song. Very nice bass work! I'm impressed!

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