Score: XOX - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

Score: XOX - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

by Dream Theater
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Score: XOX - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra

Dream Theater has an amazing way of satisfying their many fans with live recordings. Score: XOX is a prime example: there are three discs here. The first one is the band at their live, crackling best, playing tunes from throughout their now-lengthy career -- for a metal band -- and including a pair of smoking unreleased cuts in the mix. First there is "Root of All Evil," and "I Walk Beside You," and rounding that are "Innocence Faded," and "Afterlife." The two new cuts, are both hard, riff heavy, labyrinthine journeys that reveal the best in progressive metal. "Another Won," feels more like a suite in its nearly six-minute length, with more parts than one can count easily; next is the drifting, strange and beautiful "Raise the Knife," that is as closely driven to every edge. The set ends with the gorgeous, nearly spiritual anthem "The Spirit Carries On." Discs two and three are the real treats, though, as they feature the band playing its long compositions -- "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence," "Sacrificed Sons," "Octavarium" (of course), and the roiling, sci-fi metal of "Metropolis," with the Octavarium orchestra, which is 29-pieces strong, conducted by Jill Dell'Abate. The ability the band has to make the orchestra sound like part of its everyday concert experience is nothing less than thrilling.; the sound is top-notch, and there are no excessive parts -- Dream Theater always take care of that on their own. If you're a fan, then you'll need it. And if you've ever wondered, this is a great place to start.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227406226
catalogNumber: 74062

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
Abe Appleman   Violin
Elena Barere   Violin
Crystal Garner   Viola
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
James LaBrie   Vocals,Group Member
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello
Ole Mathisen   Clarinet
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Jan Mullen   Violin
John Myung   Bass,Group Member
John Petrucci   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Carol Pool   Violin
Mike Portnoy   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jamshied Sharifi   Conductor
Pamela Sklar   Flute
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Avril Brown   Violin
Jordan Rudess   Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Daniel Culpepper   French Horn
Adrian Benjamin   Viola
Larry Di Bello   French Horn
Vince Lionti   Viola
George Flynn   Bass Trombone
Jonathan Dinklage   Viola
David Heiss   Cello
Judy Witmer   Viola
Jordan Rudes   Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Dream Theater   Composer
David Hewitt   Engineer
John Petrucci   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Portnoy   Producer,Audio Production
Elliot Scheiner   Live Mixing
Jamshied Sharifi   Arranger
Narima Miller   Assistant Digital Engineer,Assistant Post Production
Jay Baskin   Guitar Techician
Eric Disrude   Drum Technician

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Score: XOX - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best live performance in the history of mankind! And I was there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've listened to a few Dream Theater CDs throughout the years with passing interest but I never really got into them. I've always expected something more than dry musicurbating gymnastics. Missing was the mix of artistry, technique, and song craft from what I was hearing. I knew the legend of Dream Theater but never found the basis for it. After listening to XOX I now realize why. Many groups that have been around for a long time have a good chance of releasing mediocre works. It's apparent that until now I managed to get a hold of only that. Before XOX I've never heard DT's premium stuff. I consider XOX my first exposure to Dream Theater and that premium stuff is all here. Those other CDs are mistakes, blips on the radar that are nothing close to what this CD contains. THIS is to what the legend is referring. Here, the songs are crafts of art, the extended musicianship is purposeful, the energy is powerful, and the performances are crisp and clean. This CD should satisfy first time listeners as well as long time fans. It contains excellent choices in the music throughout their career. It's full of such incredible musicianship that if I'd heard a studio recording of the same, I'd be forced to conclude that it's all sequencers and overdubs. But, it's live!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dream Theater has been the world's premier progressive rock band for 20 years, and this may be the best rockumentary ever made. John Petrucci, the guitarist, and John Myung, the bassist, went to Berkley and ran into drummer Mike Portnoy. They practiced until their fingers bled while listening to Rush, Metallica, Sabbath, Yes, Genesis, and Gentle Giant. They incorporated jazz and classical music, using every trick in the book to make complex and elaborate rock that blended many of the best bands of the 80's and eventually developed their own unique style and sound. With the addition of Jordan Rudess on keyboards and James Labrie on vocals, the line-up was complete and they started to tour and make some of the greatest albums in history.They refused to listen to the labels demands for three minute radio friendly hits and kept on writing long, complex songs with lots of solos that some people find pretentious or even boring at times. Their faithful fans, myself included, appreciate the longer songs and revel in the incredible beauty and majesty of their compositions, especially the unbelievable guitar work of John Petrucci. Few guitarists on earth can match his talent for writing beautiful and elaborate songs that are also enduring and timeless. Some of their best songs were from older albums like Images and Words, and this DVD contains some of their very best material spanning the last 15 years. They could have been more successful if they sold out and played by the label's rules, listened to producers who wanted shorter pop tunes, and got on the almighty radio, but they have never given up their desire to create the best music, not the most popular. No other band has ever written so many incredible songs that you could listen to over and over again and not get sick of, and that's because they are the most talented musicians on the planet. Every one of heir concerts that I have seen over the years has been incredible, including their Darien Lake concert last summer. Their Radio Music Hall concert was one of the best I have ever seen, with people coming from all over the world to witness the event. If you have never seen one of their shows, buy this DVD and listen to it with headphones, and you will instantly become a fan of the world's best rock band.
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