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Images and Words

4.5 out of 5 stars 231 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 14 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002JPA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 231 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take The Time
4. Surrounded
5. Metropolis- Part 1 'The Miracle And The Sleeper'
6. Under A Glass Moon
7. Wait For Sleep
8. Learning To Live

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Certified gold by the RIAA (2/95).


Not since 1980 and Yes's Drama had progressive rock dared to show off quite so unashamedly: Dream Theater's 1992 Images And Words is not so much an album of songs as a series of showcases for instrumental virtuosity. For many listeners that sounds like an instant recipe for disaster, but for die-hard progressive-rockers weaned on the glory days of Rush and Yes, Dream Theater were a shining throwback amid the low-fi wasteland of the 1990s. Images And Words is the kind of album that amateur musicians listen to with a mixture of awe and despair at the effortless display of fretwork pyrotechnics (it's also the kind of album that non-musicians listen to with blank incomprehension at why anyone would bother producing such endless widdly-widdly stuff). If the guitar work of John Petrucci (whose notes-per-second ratio puts Steve Vai to shame) isn't enough, just listen to drummer Mike Portnoy (who clearly models himself physically and emotionally on Animal from The Muppet Show) playing like a demented Neil Peart, thrashing his kit with every ounce of his strength while maintaining utterly baffling 15/8-metre rhythms. But what really makes this album work is that the whole band play together so well: they actually function as a single unit and consequently the music is much more than the sum of a series of individual solos. Production, too, emphasises the democratic balance within the band, giving due prominence to all. And unlike British wimps such as Genesis, you can also file Dream Theater under Heavy Metal, since not only can they out-play any progressive rockers you might care to mention, they can out-thrash Metallica whenever they feel like it, too. A slice of musical Hell, or a marriage made in Heaven, Images and Words doesn't exactly break any new ground, but it's a landmark in the history of progressive rock nevertheless. --Mark Walker

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This was the first album that I've heard by DT, way back in 1994. It was then, my perspective on metal music completely changed. The complexity in composition on each song was catched me by surprise every time I'd been hearing them. In fact, nowdays, it still happens to me for each DT album. As much time I've been played from the pasts to newest albums I've been discovering new amazing details. Now I had the opportunity to get the vinyl version from this DT jewel. It's amzing, no more words can describe this record. The sound is great and the vinyls are really wonderful. Deep and brilliant black vinyl colour, and 180gr, makes them a really precious item. Perhaps, the quality of the cover print (colour and image itself), is not the best quality. That's why I put 4 stars instade of 5. But, in any case, it is a highly recommend item if you love music in general, and DT music specifically. For a vinyl collector's it is worth to pay a little more than the standart current edition ( by Music On Vinyl records I think).

So, I guarantee that the description of the page corresponds with the product you get if you buy it ( I miss this kind of comments the most of times in many of the products).

I thought that I wouldn't be able to get one of the 1500 black vinyl copies worldwide. But, I was obviously wrong. My copy number is 821/2000 (the first 500 copies were made on orange vinyl).
Thanks to Amazon Canada, I've got my copy for great price, great delivery and great Cusomer Service.

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By A Customer on Jan. 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think Dream Theater is a band you either fall in love with or dont like. What I don't see as possible is people that HATE Dream Theater. There are so many good qualities about Dream Theater that it has to be impossible to totally despise them. I just don't get it. Anyways, this is a very good album, you can listen to it to fall asleep because of songs like "Another Day" and "Pull Me Under" and "Wait For Sleep" that are all very relaxing and peiceful. I own almost every Dream Theater CD. I would own them all, but lack of funds has seen that I haven't. The only 2 I don't have are "A Change of Seasons" and "Falling Into Infinity" . This CD is Definitely one of the top 3 of their cd's. All of them are soo good it is so hard to Classify one as the best. I think if you are a new listener to Dream Theater, you should start with "Scenes From A Memory" which is probably their most accepted CD. I'd have to say this is my second favorite Dream Theater CD. My favorite being "6 Degrees of Inner Turbualnce" which didnt seem to be most peoples favorite, but it was mine, because of all the different kind of songs they had. This should be your second or third Dream Theater buy. It IS a must-have for any prog-metal fan. Dream Theater has totally changed my life, and brought it back into a posotive light. Maybe even saved my life. I was so sick of all the mainstream crap and one day my cousin told me about Dream Theater and it totally changed my life. It isnt just Dream Theater thats good, all of their side bands are good too. You could take every member of this band and put them in another band, and that bands CD sells would go up 50 percent, thats how good EACH ONE of them is.Read more ›
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How dare I question the omniescence of mighty Dream Theater? Well I will tell you. There are two things that put this album down a notch from "classic" status for me. The drum sounds and the vocals. Mike Portnoy is obviously one of the best drummers out there, however his drums on this release sound triggered and lifeless, something that luckily dissipated over subsequent DT albums. James Labrie is also a controversial figure for me. I just can't relate to his Dennis DeYoungesque sappiness at times (though yes I do like Styx). The band themselves would tell you that they did have some record company pressure on this (another thing that is in the past thankfully) and they succumbed to it partially. I don't buy the argument totally, but otherwise it is an incredible record and a milestone in "progressive metal" a genre that is debatable as it is ironic and contradictory at times. "Pull Me Under", "Under a Glass Moon", "Metropolis" and "Take the Time" are ultra technical highlights. And yes they are still very metal contrary to the opinions of some other "critics" on this site. I wouldn't mind if the rerecorded the drums and Labrie tried to toughen up the vocals, but of course this band can never be Fates Warning!
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This album launched DT in the hall of fame, only in the hard-rock sphere (but unfortunately not in other spheres). It defines a new genre in the metal music : prog metal, as it blends hard-rock intensity (in the style of Metallica) with prog-rock structures (think of bands such as UK, Yes ...). James Labrie is a gifted vocalist, and can be considered as the equivalent of Jon Anderson (Yes) for the metal. This album is full of emotions, thanks not only to James' superb voice, but also to Kevin Moore's fantastic keyboard's work and the many time signatures achieved by Mike Portnoy on drums. 'Pull me under' is a hit that was played on MTV and made DT fame. 'Another day' is a sublime balad featuring Jay Beckenstein's (of Spyro Gyra fame)fantastic saxophone. 'Take the time' begins as a mainstream song (with great choir) and ends as a typical prog song with many rythm changes and virtuosic guitars. 'Surrounded' is great and features anew virtuosic guitar solo. 'Metropolis' is a fabulous epic (i.e., a long track with many rythm changes). 'Under a glass moon' features great vocals. 'Wait for sleep' is a duet between James and Kevin, it is an introduction to the last epic : 'Learning to live', which features a latin section and a finale that reminds clearly Iron Maiden. In a nutshell, this is an ESSENTIAL album that everyone should own.
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