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Dream Theater – Greatest Hit Reviews

Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)

First Ever Best-Of Spanning 1991-2005 22 Songs On 2CDs Featuring Rare Radio Edits, 3 New Re-Mixes, and Liner Notes After recently celebrating the band’s 20-year anniversary, Dream Theater returns with its first-ever best of collection. Spanning 1991-2005, the two-disc set contains rare single edits, B-sides, and a trio of new remixes that spotlight that band’s nonpareil musicianship, complex arrangements, and amazing songwriting. Referring to Dream Theater’s first and only m (more…)

13 responses to “Dream Theater – Greatest Hit Reviews”

  1. X-iomania says:

    Here's Dream Theater, with its first big hit collection. At least it's not another live set. I think in the studio albums, which only makes sense. This is the first time listener to the sound of this remarkable group, she still has a few elements for the die-hard fan. The remix is definitely the key here if you want to see how they are polished. The previously unreleased track “To Live Forever” would be the reason to buy if you do not already have a studio mix is. While the remix are great, one must wonder why they are the songs and maybe not from several of its next few albums. I think, “To Live Forever” is because it LaBrie welcome into the band. The song, which made it in this collection is “The Way It Used To Be.” But it is not here, and you have to wonder why. Plus I do not understand the logic behind the edits of songs like “Solitary Shell”. Since it is on the edit form only kills the whole song. But I would suspect it is for the first time and not more listeners. Fans of this group is not to buy these edited versions of songs that they already possess. I would like to have more B-side or unreleased tracks on this collection, because I'm sure the band has a lot that never made it to the final cut. But I still have around 5 stars, because they are all great songs. So, for those who want to get your feet wet with Dream Theater, then this collection is a good way to start.

  2. Laine says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A greatest hits greates hit!
    For a first greatest hits album Dream Theater nailed it!
    The selection of songs is amazing.

  3. Frigg says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    suprised
    never heard of this band before. after reading reviews, i bought this cd. i really like this cd, great music

  4. Victor says:

    I am surprised at some of the other reviews. Some people seem to ask: “Why did they bother? What these reviewers seem to overlook is that if they are a Die Hard fan of DT and all the albums then this compilation is not for them! Why do you care? If they want to pack some of their more middle of the road songs, to try to be even more people can enjoy their art, why would you critique this? Are you afraid that the 10 minutes it took them, together they have provided valuable time away from creating the next album or from Mike stopped working on his next piece in the AA-suite? Well, it did not. I like not everyone see what this is less than 5 stars because the music is amazing, and this should be 5 stars, so that more people will check it out.
      Yes, it has none of the epic songs, and it is not something new, but if it brings more fans to the band and makes them some money, so they continued to make good music, then this is awesome. Just because something is not on you do not do bad.
      enough ranting. For everyone else, if you are not a DT fan you should, and this is a great disc to listen to a few hours of amazing music. If you want to take it to the next level then their other albums and listen to about 20 minutes compilations that will blow you away.
      If you like good music 10 hours ahead of you.

  5. Humphrey says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    dream theater anthology
    dream theater greatest hits is great if your new to the band. it has heavy stuff and it has the more mellow songs. it really is a great collection of songs.

  6. Jael says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good compilation
    I’m a very big fan of dream theater and this compilation was very very good, although i wanted a few songs instead of others but it’s pretty cool how they remastered songs.

  7. Ioviano says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointed
    Ok, so this written from the perspective of someone who isn’t opposed to prog rock and listens to a fair amount of punk/hardcore/alternative but isn’t really into heavy metal.

  8. Cybil says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Introduction to Dream Theater!
    If you’re new to Dream Theater, go ahead and start with this CD. But trust me, you’re going to want to buy the individual albums as well. My favorite is still Images and Words.

  9. Winnie says:

    THE BAND: James LaBrie (vocals), John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), Kevin Moore (keyboards on 7 songs), Derek Sherinian (keyboards on 2 songs) Mike Portnoy (drums & drums).
      the slices: (2008) 22 songs on 2 discs clocking in around 138 minutes (79 + minutes on DVD-1, 58 + minutes on CD-2). With the discs is a 14-page booklet with band photos, a 2-page introduction in terms of song choices from drummer Mike Portnoy, 4-pages of historical text about the band from Rich Wilson, the author wrote DT authorized biography ( ” ; Lifting Shadows “), and what songs, albums, and year published. This compilation follows DT from 1992-2005. Remastered sound. Label – Atlantic / Rhino.
      ALBUM Representation: Images and Words (3 songs), Awake (3), Falling Into Infinity (2), Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory (3), Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (4), Train Of Thought (2), Octavarium (4), B-side to “Lie” (1). No songs of DT debut (with Charlie Dominici on vocals) When Dream And Day Unite (1989), A Change Of Seasons (1995), or systematic chaos (2007).
      COMMENTS: For me this is Dream Theater compilation has been long in coming. With nine studio albums, why not a “Best Of” compilation? Although the band the music gets very little airplay … she gathered a nice following in the world of progressive rock. The musicians are the best professionals on their instruments – Portnoy and Petrucci are gods in their respective fields. THE GOOD: Most of the fan favorites are here in all its glory Remastered – including the “Pull Me Under” (hit), “Take The Time”, “Another Day” “Lie”, “Peruvian Skies, “” As I Am, “” Through Her Eyes, “” Misunderstood, “” The Roots of All Evil, “” Solitary Shell “, etc. For me, disc-1 (the metallic side) rocks harder and shows Petrucci guitar (like the rest of the band tries to work with him (and of course they are). Disc-2 (the melodic side) is oriented more to the story is told, LaBrie singing, song and structure. the not so good: you can not tell from the back track list, but if the liner notes you will notice – 8 of the 22 songs are either edited versions or 2007 special “Remix”. When I the first time opened and read the brochure, the acid in my stomach began to rise, and I cringed … another “Greatest Hits” package marred by a brief studio tricks. After dozens of spins, however, the slight changes in the songs are now somewhat in order, and the edited versions are not as bad as I thought (as so many of DT's songs are in the vicinity of the two-digit number in minutes) – I'm okay with him. The 4 'remixes are decent on the first few rounds … but only after weeks of listening, I yearn for the original studio versions. The drums (especially the snare) on their remix of “Pull Me Under” sounds tin and very cheap. The song selection is very good. In my opinion, but some classics are missing – “Caught In A Web”, “Der Spiegel”, “Metropolis (Part I)”, “Fatal Tragedy”, a big jam in the “Overature 1928″ and “New Millennium” (the worst track from “Falling Into Infinity” – one of my personal favorites in their entire library). I'm totally digging the ultra-marathon DT crunchy songs. .. from where the album “Train Of Thought”, there are many. My heart tells me that “Train Of Thought” is here … but underrepresented, with 5 of the 7 songs 10 minutes duration or longer, I understand why the songs are not here anymore. skipping past all the tracks of DT's debut is understandable, but I think a song or two of “Systematic Chaos” (2007) could be due to CD-2 with its 20 + minutes unused space. .. maybe its new label (Roadrunner Records) had something to do with it. Also, a live track or two would be a bonus here. And finally, I would like to write on the SLIM Bay side of the cover was larger – my 20/20 vision can hardly read the verbage only a few meters away. Overall: A very good introduction to Dream Theater's music catalog, despite some shortcomings. Like any decent mix, it's great so many wonderful songs all in one place. Search for a single studio album to start with – I would recommend “Images and Words” or “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory.” such as Mike Portnoy in the CD liner notes – this “Greatest Hits” Collection is hopefully something that the listener in and lure them deeper … “I think it should (4.5 stars).
     

  10. Nefret says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    No Metropolis!? C’mon!!!
    How could this be DT’s best album without Metropolis? It just doesn’t make sense. It’d been even worth eliminating a couple of songs for.

  11. Tacy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The True Purpose Behind This Album…
    First off, I would like to say that Dream Theater is one of the greatest bands of all time! If it weren’t for them, I’d still be stuck listening to the mainstream crap that’s…

  12. Anonymous says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not the very best of, but a great compilation.
    This is a great set, as would be any set by Dream Theater, but for this to be a 5 star release, it would need to be the VERY best of, not just 22 cool songs.

  13. Humbert says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent introduction to the band
    I am a long time Dream Theater fan who began to lose interest in the band with Six Degrees, since at that point it seemed like they were making long songs just to be long, and it…

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