Funny thing about this CD - it was recorded where I grew up (Albany, NY) for probably a 'song', and what a great CD it is!!! Cannot be compared to anything DT has done since - don't even try - this is a 'fans' or 'folk who like the Queensryche sound of the 80's' CD - period. After playing Images and Words right after it, you may not even think it is the same band!
HOWEVER, the sound of early DT comes through - the prog-metal precise-ness of Petrucci, Portnoy, Moore and Myung. Sounds like they may have been doing something to please the public at the time, as there were other bands that had a 'similar' sound - but the intenseness of all of their effort cannot be ignored here...
DT today is something to be reckoned with - their shows are unreal, and their CD's deliver great music. I have everything they ever did, but still find this CD a great listen and a great perspective to a band that worked hard to get where it is today, in a world seemingly ruled by the latest trend. DT is rarely heard on the radio cuz their songs are more than 4-5 minutes, but go figure that one!! They played the heck out of 'Hey Jude', didn't they? Well, I guess a Beatles to DT comparison may be out of whack, but I cannot believe that you can hear LOTS of 3-4 minute NUMETAL at any time on the more 'progessive' stations...have written to them, and they cop the excuse 'no one asks for DT'.
Back to this CD - a gem, especially for folk that are already DT fans...a slice of history that they probably want to forget, but never will, as some really great stuff came out of their really early daze..that they still play today!!!