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“Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra” (DVD) by Dream Theater

Artist: Dream Theater
Title: “Score: 20th Anniversary Celebration”
Label: Rhino Records
Release Date: 8/29/2006
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 5/5

20 years, I cannot believe that it’s been twenty years since the band Dream Theater started out and brought the world a wondrous mixture of Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal. This DVD release helps the band commemorate the special occasion where they closed out the “Octavarium” tour at New York City’s venerated Radio City Music Hall in front of a completely sold-out audience. The show, which ran close to three hours found the group delivering a solid set of material that included some classic numbers as well as complete renditions of their longer compositions such as “Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence” and “Octavarium”. If you were one of the lucky people who attended the concert, you will remember being blown away by the presentation of the “Octavarium” album especially since it was done with the accompaniment of a full orchestra. There are many bands have used this idea in the past but there are few who have been able to pull it off as effectively. Dream Theater is one of those bands that does it with an outstanding result and makes it look easier to accomplish than it possibly could be. As the band plays there are visual images shown behind them on screens which are a little easier to enjoy on the DVD for depending on where you sat during the show stuff like this is sometimes difficult to see. The whole of DVD one contains the concert while the second features all the bonus footage and content.
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“Score” by Dream Theater

Artist: Dream Theater
Title: “Score: 20th Anniversary Celebration”
Label: Rhino Records
Release Date: 8/29/2006
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 5/5

This triple CD set was released as a direct companion to the double DVD bearing the same name continues the commemoration celebration of Dream Theater’s sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall in April 2006. The concert featured would be the last night of the bands touring which began with appearances on Gigantour 2005, and concluded with them featuring a large amount of material from their latest album “Octavarium”. There is little point in trying to explain to the novice what an experience Dream Theater is in concert and its better left at advising them to see them in person to appreciate them the best. However since not everyone has the luxury of being able to attend concerts, the band makes sure to deliver a healthy amount of live performance CD’s. Their studio recordings are always interesting explorations into the paths that one can take when mixing genres around, and with this live album the band shows how effectively Metal, Progressive and Classical can be used at the same time. The end result is quite fantastic. Leave it to Dream Theater to make sure to give the listener the entire concert where others might edit out a song or two. It’s a better practice if at all possible since those who attended are totally immersed in the show once again while the ones that wish they were there can feel the energy through their speakers. On this 3 CD Set, the first disk contains the first portion of the show while the second two find the band performing with a 30 piece Orchestra. Disk one is also special since it includes the first song ever written by the band “Another Won” and even a track from their debut album with “Afterlife”.
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