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

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

Dream Theater

Released on April 8, 2008 by Rhino Atlantic

Main artist: Dream Theater

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock > Metal

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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. ~ Thom Jurek
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Album : 1 disk - 22 tracks Total length : 02:17:56

  1. 1 Pull Me Under (2007 Remix)

    Kevin Shirley, Remix - Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer - Kevin Moore, Writer - PETRUCCI, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  2. 2 Take the Time (2007 Remix)

    Moore, Writer - Kevin Shirley, Remix - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer - PETRUCCI, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  3. 3 Lie

    Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer - Kevin Moore, Writer - PETRUCCI, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  4. 4 Peruvian Skies

    John Petrucci, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Derek Sherinian, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Kevin Shirley, Producer - Leon Zervos, Masterer - Barbra Lipke, Assistant Engineer - David Swope, Additional Mixer - Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Mixer, Engineer - Rich Alvy, Additional Engineer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  5. 5 Home (Scene Six)

    Terry Brown, Additional Producer - Rory Romano, Additional Mixer - John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - George Marino, Masterer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Writer - Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Mixer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Lead Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar - Jordan Rudess, Keyboards - Doug Oberkircher, Engineer - BRIAN Quackenbush, Assistant Engineer - Michael Bates, Assistant Engineer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  6. 6 Misunderstood

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Lead Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar, Writer - Jordan Rudness, Keyboards, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  7. 7 The Test That Stumped Them All

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Lead Vocals - Myung, Writer - Jordan Rudness, Keyboards, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  8. 8 As I Am

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Music - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Writer, Music - Kevin Shirley, Mixer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Vocals - John Myung, Writer, Music, Bass - Jordan Rudess, Keyboards, Writer, Music - Brian Harding, Assistant Engineer - Doug Obekircher, Engineer - Kieran Pardias, Assistant Engineer - Yohei Goto, Assistant Engineer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  9. 9 Endless Sacrifice

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Music - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Writer, Music - Kevin Shirley, Mixer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Vocals - John Myung, Writer, Music, Bass - Jordan Rudess, Keyboards, Writer, Music - Brian Harding, Assistant Engineer - Doug Obekircher, Engineer - Kieran Pardias, Assistant Engineer - Yohei Goto, Assistant Engineer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  10. 10 The Root of All Evil

    John Petrucci, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Writer - John Myung, Writer - Jordan Rudess, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  11. 11 Sacrificed Sons

    John Petrucci, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Writer - John Myung, Writer - Jordan Rudess, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  12. 12 Another Day (2007 Remix)

    John Petrucci, Writer - Moore, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  13. 13 To Live Forever

    Moore, Writer - Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer - PETRUCCI, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  14. 14 Lifting Shadows off a Dream

    Moore, Writer - Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - John Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer - PETRUCCI, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  15. 15 The Silent Man (Remastered Version)

    John Petrucci, Writer - Moore, Writer - Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Myung, Writer - Portnoy, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  16. 16 Hollow Years

    John Petrucci, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Derek Sherinian, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Kevin Shirley, Producer - Leon Zervos, Masterer - Barbra Lipke, Assistant Engineer - David Swope, Additional Mixer - Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Mixer, Engineer - Rich Alvy, Additional Engineer - Sherinian, Writer - Labrie, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  17. 17 Through Her Eyes (Scene Five)

    Jay Beckenstein, Alto Saxophone - John Petrucci, Lyricist, Producer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Writer - Dream Theater, Writer, MainArtist - Theresa Thomason, Additional Vocals Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  18. 18 The Spirit Carries On (Scene Eight)

    Terry Brown, Additional Producer - Rory Romano, Additional Mixer - John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals - George Marino, Masterer - Mike Portnoy, Lyricist, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Kevin "Caveman" Shirley, Mixer - Dream Theater, Composer, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar - Jordan Rudess, Conductor, Arranger, Keyboards - Doug Oberkircher, Engineer - Theresa Thomason, Choir - BRIAN Quackenbush, Assistant Engineer - Michael Bates, Assistant Engineer - Carol Cyrus, Choir - Clarence Burke Jr., Choir - Dale Scott, Choir - Jeanette Smith, Choir - Mary CANTY, Choir - Mary Smith, Choir - Shelia Slappy, Choir Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  19. 19 Solitary Shell

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Lead Vocals - John Myung, Bass Guitar, Writer - Jordan Rudness, Keyboards, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  20. 20 I Walk Beside You

    John Petrucci, Writer - Moore, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Writer - John Myung, Writer - Jordan Rudess, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  21. 21 The Answer Lies Within

    John Petrucci, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Writer - John Myung, Writer - Jordan Rudess, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Atlantic Recording Corp.

  22. 22 Disappear

    John Petrucci, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Portnoy, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Dream Theater, MainArtist - James LaBrie, Lyricist, Lead Vocals, Writer - John Myung, Bass Guitar, Writer - Jordan Rudness, Keyboards, Writer Copyright : 2008 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 2008 Elektra Entertainment Group for the United States, and WEA Int'l for outside the United States

  • Album description
  • 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. ~ Thom Jurek

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