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All Music Guide - Phil Carter
Dream Theater's first album with new vocalist James LaBrie is an excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer Mike Portnoy, all of whom trained at Berklee, show impressive ability on their respective instruments. Kevin Moore's keyboards weave strongly through the intricately constructed songs, while operatically trained LaBrie shows an impressive range with his tenor. Standout tracks include the complex "Metropolis, Pt. 1," the Shakespeare-influenced "Pull Me Under" also released as a single and video, the dramatic "Take the Time," and the 11-minute, thoughtful ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Carter
Dream Theater's first album with new vocalist James LaBrie is an excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer Mike Portnoy, all of whom trained at Berklee, show impressive ability on their respective instruments. Kevin Moore's keyboards weave strongly through the intricately constructed songs, while operatically trained LaBrie shows an impressive range with his tenor. Standout tracks include the complex "Metropolis, Pt. 1," the Shakespeare-influenced "Pull Me Under" also released as a single and video, the dramatic "Take the Time," and the 11-minute, thoughtful "Learning to Live." Dream Theater's musicianship and songwriting are a cut above the norm; this is a very good disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/1992
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679214829
  • Catalog Number: 92148
  • Sales rank: 38,099

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist
Jay Beckenstein Soprano Saxophone
James LaBrie Vocals, Background Vocals
John Myung Bass
John Petrucci Guitar
Mike Portnoy Percussion, Drums
Kevin Moore Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Doug Oberkircher Engineer
David Prater Producer
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Exceptionally awesome both lyrical and instrumental. This album

    Exceptionally awesome both lyrical and instrumental. This album is a fusion of metal and techno. The guitar and keyboards are just pure awesomeness, with the drums and bass boosting their instrumental quality to the max! This is a must on the list for all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot of favorite songs, lovin 80s style rock!

    The album's strength really lies on the three strong singles: 'Metropolis Part 1', 'Pull Me Under' and 'Another Day'. Admittedly, at first I was put off by James LeBrie's vocals, but truth be told I can't think of anyone else to sing these songs, nor can I envision any other way or style of singing them. I was also put off by how 'Pull Me Under' just abruptly cuts off near the end, but let me assure you other newbies this is intentional by the band and the song is meant to end that way. Great album, if you have an original 1992 copy hide it from everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rush of the 21st century

    Once in a lifetime would you come across something that changes your life, for better or worse. Well, this sure is one, if you have cared to lend an ear to this masterpiece. I dont see no point trying to explain to people what all is so good about this work in this review. Which all songs are worth listening, which one has exceptional riffs or roll of drums or the powerful double-bass, and other blah blah blah ... I would not even like to call this a review. How would the Almighty feel if I were to be critical on any of his creations? To be frank, I dont even see myself being in a capacity to do that. There are just a few things, however, which I would like to point out: Labrie lent DT the sound which they had been long craving for. Arguably, he is the best thing that has happened to DT, although he is not the most talented musician in the band. A band, that comprises of wizards, masters in their respective arts. Being a part of it is an honor in itself. Moore leaves oneself out-of-breath with his skills. Really, DT has not been able to repeat the zenith they achieved in IAW. I am inclined to think that it is largely because of Moore quitting the band. The ones who followed could only toil hard to keep up with the standards set by him. I don't think I could ever put this feeling into words. Well, I guess, this is a handicap many average men like me suffer from. Just to give you a taste of things, "After listening to DT, I realised that whatever music everyone else was making or trying to make, was totally bogus!". Finally, I am sure the title is enough to make all of them take pride in whatever they are doing. It's time to take a bow!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just the beginning for the dream......

    to simply say this is a great cd would be like saying creme brule is a sweet dessert.the dream caught fire when john petrucci and mike portnoy realized that in order to receive some well deserved airplay they would have to compose some hooky,melodic music with their familiar off time signatures and not let the audience know that they have just been exposed to the anthrax of the prog-metal music genre. the addition of james labrie was an absolute brilliant decision,one that compliments all of the remarkably versatile players.i would have to say that each replacement the fellas have made along the way can only be analogized as a ralph wilson (buffalo bills),george steinbrenner decision making process....they want the best of who's out there.kevin moore is an outstanding keyboard player,vocalist,song stylist,as evidenced by chroma-key ,and his eagerly awaited osi cd,but derek sherinian's resume read a little better,not to mention he's out of his mind hilarious"about to make history,and you?"then again jordan rudess is (god ,i really hate cliches)the absolute man,and wizard of the keys. a bit of a tangent there ................pull me under was at the time expertly written,and released.it had all the elements of a great power song that would fit well with nirvana,guns n roses,soundgarden, stp who at the time were getting tons of attention and major airtime. the clubs in my city were cranking that song out all over town.only one radio station in town had the balls to play dream theater,and being a business owner who advertised on that station i was afforded 4 passes to the first ever concert played here by the dream. i have not missed a show yet,and vow til the day i become an angel will not miss a show here or in the vicinity. each and every song on this album is in its own right a masterpiece. it is just the start the guys needed to launch their stellar careers. thank you for your contribution to music and especially the strong comeback of progressive metal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surrounded by excellent music!

    This is great album! The tracks are long but very fast. Pull Me Under, Take the Time, Metropolis pt.1, Under a Glass Moon take you in the mood. Another Day, Surrounded, Wait for Sleep are very touching. Learning to Live is very interesting track and no wonder. This Whole album is perfect! It is better than most bands' collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent!

    very melodic! one of the best albums of this band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Images and Words More Than Conquers Over The Rest

    Dream Theater's Images and Words is the best Progressive,Heavy Metal, and the best insrumental sound I have ever heard in Rock music. You will se speechless when you here such songs as Take the Time, Learning to Live Metropolis-Part 1 and my personal favorite, Under a Glass Moon. Have you ever heard of the drummer Mike Portnoy,who won over 5 awards last year well this is him as well as mind blowing keyboardist Kevin Moore, amazing guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and melodic singer James LaBrie. So for all you YTSE jammers out there! Listen and you to I can gurantee will be a Dream Theatre fan!

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