Disc 1 of this double-disc live set is devoted to a live representation of Fates Warning's magnum opus, A Pleasant Shade of Gray. And although this piece is played well, it ends up not being as good as the studio album. It's missing some things that the album had: the build-up at the first, the alarm clock at the end, etc., and the playing is inferior to the record in the more chops-heavy sections. Also, it is played straight-up as the album plays, with no improvisitation, and is actually shorter (!) than the album. A fine piece of work, no doubt, but if I wanna hear APSOG I'll just pop in the studio version.
Disc 2, on the other hand, is a must for any Fates Warning fan. Stunning versions of The Ivory Gate of Dreams (the whole thing), Monument, At Fates Hands, and Prelude To Ruin among other Fates favorites are abound on this disc. The band is in good form, especially Ray, and there are a few good improv sections with Jim, Mark, and Joey Vera really tearing it up. Bernie Versailles does a good job on second guitar as well. Any Fates fan will love this disc.
In hindsight, this is a good live album that could've been great. It would've been better to have had just a handful of tracks from APSOG represented (especially since there is already a live APSOG video), and there could've been more songs tacked on to disc 2. I would've liked to have had versions of Nothing Left To Say, Part of the Machine, or stuff from any of the earlier albums. Still, this album is worth looking into if you are a FW fan.