(Would give it 3.5 stars if that were an option..) The music of Dream Theater is outstanding, as always. As a recording of a live concert, this album is also for the most part very good; the mixing is right on and the performances are solid. However, if you already have Images & Words and When Dream and Day Unite, there’s not too much to recommend Live at the Marquee – the songs are played virtually identically to the album versions. There’s not much audience interaction, either. And with only 6 tracks and a running time of 46:59, it’s not exactly jam-packed. Still, this is the only place to hear the instrumental Bombay Vindaloo, which is very nice, and The Killing Hand is somewhat extended. This is certainly far from a bad album, but I wouldn’t start here. Recommended for fans.
1993 release on WEA International. Features six songs recorded live at The Marquee Club in London on April 23rd, 1993: ’Metropolis’, ’A Fortune In Lies’, ’Bombay Vindaloo’, ’Surrounded’, ’Another Hand – The Killing Hand’ and ’Pull MeUnder’.
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First of all, I am a serious DreamTheater fan. Being a drummer myself, Mike Portnoy is naturally one of my most prominent idols. When I first heard this album, I was fascinated with the power of the song “The Killing Hand.” I immediately bought the album “When Dream and Day Unite,” knowing that song was on there in studio form with a different singer. In my opinion, the studio version lacks the drive and ear-piercing sound fx/fill-in vocals which DreamTheater delivers playing live. I highly recommend this album for musicians and fans, if only to appreciate their talent, timing, and temper outside of the studio!
This album will become the most listened to DT album in your collection. I promise you. Not one track is lacking a thing. Fortune in Lies and Killing Hand become whole new works of art when sung by James LaBrie. Bombay is a feat in timing even for DT and J. Pet. never played faster if you can belive that. Metropolis, great on any album, is even more spectacular here. This album prooves DT poseses unsurpasable talent. Buy it!
I’d already heard Dream Theater live on the Through Her Eyes single, but was looking for a full length version of Fortune In Lies (it appears in a medley that is used as a b-side for the single) and I couldn’t find When Dream And Day Unite in the shop. So, since this featured other material that I didn’t have plus live versions of 3 great songs from Images And Words (argueably Dream Theater’s best – certainly my favourite out of the material I own by the band), 2 of which (Metropolis and Pull Me Under) are my favourite tracks from the album, I figured there was nothing to lose.LaBrie surprised me. I have to say that on the live recordings from Through Her Eyes he sounded, well, absolutely terrible. Not so here. His voice has a fantastic edge, aggressive yet melodic, and his range is just as good as it was in the studio. And the rest of the band play very tight live. Although songs obviously don’t have the same depth in production values due to this being live, it cannot be easy recreating them live yet Dream Theater do it and play them with more energy. The improvised jam is brilliant as well. Very dark and moody. In fact, even if you already own Images And Words and When Dream And Day Unite and don’t care for live versions of the songs, it is almost worth buying this for that jam alone. It is arguably Petrucci’s finist moment – and any Dream Theater fan can tell you that that’s saying something.I have to give to give this a four rather than a full five because while all the songs here are great (in particular the tracks from WDADU sound better than in the studio) there is little difference between these tracks and the originals, and the CD only has 6 songs so it isn’t exactly long. Nonetheless, every member of the band is on absolutely top form (especially LaBrie – even Bruce Dickinson had trouble in his youth let alone now singing live) and the album is just perfect for any Dream Theater fan.
Although not a mass-market live album like Once In A Livetime, Live At The Marquee captues some fine performances and is a must-own for the Dream Theater fan. At this point, they were riding on the surprise success of Pull Me Under and Images & Words are were the hottest new prog band on the scene, and are captured hear at a peak, LaBrie and Petrucci in particular. The set kicks off with a rousing, sped-up version of Metropolis and then segues into a killer update on A Fortune In Lies from the first album. The band plays this song with force and skill and Labrie gives an excellent, commanding performance that blows the hell out of the original version with Charlie Dominci. Bombay Vindaloo is a 7-minute impromptu jam session that starts out sounding a bit like Rush’s Xanadu, and features some particulary compelling playing from Petrucci and Portnoy. The “Hand” medley is excellent as well, and also improves substantially on the original version, and the set concludes all too quickly with an, as ever, excellent run through Pull Me Under. A fine CD.