Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

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by Dream Theater
     
 

Dream Theater's Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) collection is a strange animal indeed. Despite the band's amazingly longevity -- they cut their first demo in 1986 -- as a touring act and as a steadily selling concern in the product marketplace, they've had exactly one hit, sortSee more details below

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Dream Theater's Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) collection is a strange animal indeed. Despite the band's amazingly longevity -- they cut their first demo in 1986 -- as a touring act and as a steadily selling concern in the product marketplace, they've had exactly one hit, sort of, in 1992's "Pull Me Under" from the album Images and Words. That they are still together and still a viable touring and recording enterprise is testament enough in these strange times. Apparently, though, that's not enough for them. Drummer Mike Portnoy and his bandmembers assembled this collection with a few twists that make for rather curious listening. Divided into two discs collecting 22 cuts, the first oddity is that the epic, intricate pro-pop metallic jams they are most closely associated with are almost entirely absent here. In their place, as Portnoy goes to great lengths to explain in his liner notes (which amount to more of an apologia than anything else), are a "dark side" disc reflecting the more riff-centric, metallic, guitar and double bass drum tunes that have been influenced by everyone from Black Sabbath and Judas Priest to Iron Maiden and Metallica. The other disc, is, predictably enough, the "light side." Here, the tunes reflect the more melodic, accessibly progressive aspect of the band that has been influenced by, ."..U2, Pink Floyd, Journey, and Peter Gabriel." Whatever. What's worse, Portnoy somehow thinks that this set is for the uninitiated, and claims he sees it almost as a "TV commercial or a coming attraction for a film...something that will lure the viewers/listeners in and inspire them to dig deeper, eventually leading them to experience the 'full picture'..." Apparently, he hasn't been paying attention to what's been going on in a marketplace increasingly reliant on digital media. As for the music itself, here's the rub: the only real thing to attract veteran fans are some 2007 remixes including "Pull Me Under" (they messed with their sole pop culture classic!!!!), "Take the Time," and "Another Day," and edits that include shortened versions of "Lie," "Home," "Misunderstood," and "Solitary Shell." There is also an alternate album mix of the track "Through Her Eyes." The cover sticker reflects this, but the actual track listing on the back of the package does not. Musically, if you are a Dream Theater fan and need to have everything, you already know these tracks, and have them in at least two versions -- live and studio -- anyway, and the remixes are nothing whatsoever to write home about. If you are a novice, you'd be better of picking up one of the band's truly classic recordings such as Images and Words, Change of Seasons, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, or Scenes from a Memory to hear their studio magic, on the one hand, or, Live Scenes from New York on the other. This double-disc makes little sense. Excess is one of the greatest things about Dream Theater: they are one of the best live bands on the planet and understand that big rock & roll is about the show as well as great musicianship, but sometimes, even grand excess is a little to o grand for its own good; this is just such a case.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227993818
catalogNumber:
429948
Rank:
76327

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Jay Beckenstein   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Mary Canty   Choir, Chorus
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
James LaBrie   Vocals,Group Member
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
John Myung   Bass Guitar,Group Member
John Petrucci   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Portnoy   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Mary Smith   Choir, Chorus
Joe Anderer   French Horn
Clarence Burke   Choir, Chorus
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards,Group Member
Carol Webb   Violin
Derek Sherinian   Keyboards
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Carol Cyrus   Choir, Chorus
Anne Lehmann   Violin
Vince Lionti   Viola
Sheila Slappy   Choir, Chorus
Katherine Fong   Violin
Catherine Ro   Violin

Technical Credits

Dream Theater   Composer
Duane Baron   Producer
Terry Date   Producer
James LaBrie   Composer
John Petrucci   Producer
Mike Portnoy   Producer,Liner Notes
John Purdell   Producer
Kevin Shirley   Producer,Remixing
Hugh Syme   Art Direction,Illustrations
Rich Wilson   Liner Notes
David Prater   Producer
Derek Sherinian   Composer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation

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