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Once in a LIVEtime

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Dream Theater finally released their first official live album, the double-disc Once in a LIVEtime recorded June 1998 in Paris. Granted, the 1995 release A Change of Seasons contained a wealth of live material, but they were all cover songs, and 1994's Live at the Marquee was only available as a European import. With material spanning their entire career, the many die-hard Dream Theater fans will love Once in a LIVEtime, but it won't win over disbelievers to their highly technical, sometimes cold style. There's no denying that the band's musicianship is top-notch, but the songs often get repetitious and start sounding similar. But Once in a LIVEtime may be a breath of fresh ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Dream Theater finally released their first official live album, the double-disc Once in a LIVEtime recorded June 1998 in Paris. Granted, the 1995 release A Change of Seasons contained a wealth of live material, but they were all cover songs, and 1994's Live at the Marquee was only available as a European import. With material spanning their entire career, the many die-hard Dream Theater fans will love Once in a LIVEtime, but it won't win over disbelievers to their highly technical, sometimes cold style. There's no denying that the band's musicianship is top-notch, but the songs often get repetitious and start sounding similar. But Once in a LIVEtime may be a breath of fresh air if you've had it with smug alterna-wannabes who can hardly play, or if you long for the glory days of Yes or ELP in other words, the music punk rock tried to annihilate. Highlights include their instrumental tour de force "Ytse Jam," as well as the fan favorites "Pull Me Under," "Lie," "Metropolis," and certain portions of their lengthy "A Change of Seasons" composition. Also released in conjunction with Once in a LIVEtime was the home video Five Years in a LIVEtime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596230841
  • Catalog Number: 62308

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Change of Seasons I: The Crimson Sunrise (3:56)
  2. 2 A Change of Seasons II: Innocence (3:05)
  3. 3 Puppies on Acid (1:24)
  4. 4 Just Let Me Breathe (5:53)
  5. 5 Voices (10:34)
  6. 6 Take the Time (12:20)
  7. 7 Piano Solo - Derek Sherinian (1:54)
  8. 8 Lines in the Sand (13:13)
  9. 9 Scarred (9:27)
  10. 10 A Change of Seasons IV: The Darkest of Winters (3:17)
  11. 11 Ytse Jam (4:09)
  12. 12 Mike Portnoy Drum Solo - Mike Portnoy (6:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Trial of Tears (14:11)
  2. 2 Hollow Years (7:01)
  3. 3 Take Away My Pain (6:16)
  4. 4 Caught in a Web (5:16)
  5. 5 Lie (6:45)
  6. 6 Peruvian Skies (7:50)
  7. 7 Guitar Solo (8:06)
  8. 8 Pull Me Under (8:15)
  9. 9 Metropolis (6:16)
  10. 10 Learning to Live (4:13)
  11. 11 A Change of Seasons VII: The Crimson Sunset (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dream Theater Primary Artist
Jay Beckenstein Alto Saxophone
James LaBrie Percussion, Vocals
John Myung Bass Guitar
John Petrucci Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Mike Portnoy Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Derek Sherinian Keyboards
Technical Credits
Sam Brooks Cover Design
Kevin Shirley Producer, Engineer
Storm Thorgerson Cover Design
Leon Zervos Mastering
Peter Curzon Artwork, Illustrations
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