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  • I would somewhat agree with the statement that James Labrie’s voice sounds forced, in fact, I’ve never heard him sound worse. The production needs help in some places, but if you want to hear a truly horrific live recording, as far as quality goes, check out “Live Scenes from Tokyo”. I do wish that they had the same live sound as “Change of Seasons”. That show, Ronnie Scott’s, sounds almost studio quality. Enough of the criticisms. This is an excellent live disc. John Petrucci does some really killer soloing. Check out the very end of “Take the Time” and the end solo on Metropolis before it goes into Learning to Live. Pure guitar brilliance. I like the live version of “Just Let Me Breathe” a lot more than the studio version, especially when Petrucci comes in on the low B string before the solo section. All of the other performances, other than James are great. This album gets 5 stars due to the sublime musicianship. Dream Theater needs to figure out how to get a decent sound out of their other live recordings, expecially “Live Scenes from New York”. This is their best live album, other than “Change of Seasons”. Petrucci shines!

    Posted on January 10, 2010