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When Dream & Day Unite Import

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  • Audio CD (July 4 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B000006YCU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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1. A Fortune In Lies
2. Status Seeker
3. Ytse Jam
4. The Killing Hand
5. Light Fuse And Get Away
6. Afterlife
7. The One Who Help To Set The Sun
8. Only A Matter Of Time

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Out of print in the U.S.! Import pressing of the 1989 debut album from the Progressive Metal band. When Dream & Day Unite incorporated musical ideas from their predecessors like Yes, Genesis, Queensryche, Rush and the like and forged their own distinctive imprint. Players John Petrucci on guitar and drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung were joined by Charles Domenici on vocals. This would be Domenici's only foray with the group, replaced by James Labrie after this LP. Includes the studio version of the live favorite 'YTSE Jam' as well as 'Only A Matter Of Time'.

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Format: Audio CD
I honestly enjoy this album a lot and even can say I don't mind Charlie Dominicci's voice. Although he may sound too annyoing at first, his voice tone fits to the music.
The only things said (by fans that do not enjoy this album) that I have to agree are two clear points:
- the production is awfull.
- John Petrucci does not play great solos
For the rest, it is a pure and technical effort, full of complicated parts and challenging compositions and features
3 of DT's best songs: "ytsejam", "Killing Hand" and "Only A Matter of time".
The opening track "A Fortune In Lies" is a powerfull song and is still a favorite among fans. I like the bass sound in this song a lot, and in the album as a whole. Maybe at that time, Petrucci was not playing low notes that hide Myung's lines.
Obviously raw, but benefits from technical playing and great song writting.
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Format: Audio CD
I was into Dream Theater from their very first release -- When Dream and Day Unite -- because of a review I'd read in Britain's Kerrang! magazine.
Being a major progressive and melodic rock freak, I just had to seek out this album and listen to it.
I did. And I did. And it hooked me from the start.
I have a confession to make, however. I've tried and tried and tried to like James LaBrie's vocals and I just can't. LaBrie alternates between a melodramatic breathiness and a where's-the-note-I'm-looking-for histrionic that grates on my nerves. That's why, for my tastes, this debut featuring Charlie Dominici is the perfect blend of superb musicianship and soaring vocals.
That's why even though I've seen Dream Theater in concert a half dozen times and have all of their albums, I return again and again to this debut -- especially when I'm at the office, where I do most of my listening. It's the perfect blend of pleasant, yet powerful vocals and a level of musicianship that astounds to this day.
Granted, the guitar work is a bit pushed back in the mix. And it seems slanted more toward the keyboards than it could have been. But each song is great. Very upbeat and driving. Particularly the last track, "Only a Matter of Time." I put that on Repeat on my CD player at the office and use it to inspire my copywriting.
Other stand-out tracks include the now-classic "Ytse Jam" and "Light Fuse and Get Away."
DT has come a long way since this debut release. They've literally become a world-wide phenomenon, revered by fans and critics alike. And held in highest regard by fellow musicians who consider them to be demi-gods.
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Format: Audio CD
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!!!
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The music on this album is some of the most progressive that DT has done. The musicianship is excellent as always. In fact, Mike Portnoy sounds just as good then as he does now. The best songs are "Ytse Jam", "Only a Matter of Time", and "Afterlife". The reason I don't mention "The Killing Hand" or "Fortune in Lies" is because I've heard their live renditions with Labrie on "Live at the Marquee", and they are absolutely superior to the studio versions on this disc. There are a few probs with this album, even with it being a first effort. Production, it sucks. The instruments are balanced terribly. Bass is too loud, guitar is too quiet etc. "Ytse Jam" is the only song that was recorded and mixed properly. They really needed a producer like David Prater on this album. Second problem, Charlie Dominici. His voice is very subpar. He has no bite, emotion, or power. I would give anything for DT to re-record this album completely with Labrie, but my wishing is most likely in vain. All said, this album is very enjoyable and certainly led to bigger and better things.
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