When Dream and Day Unite

When Dream and Day Unite

by Dream Theater


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Dream Theater's first official release gave an indication that this was a talented band that combined the styles of Yes, Rush, and Queensrÿche. The latter seemed to be too big of an influence at this stage of their career. Vocalist Charlie Dominici's voice is not powerful enough to carry out the band's otherwise convincing intensity, and his attempt to sound like Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate was unsuccessful. The music here is not as heavy as it would become in the '90s but could still be classified as progressive metal. Guitarist John Petrucci and drummer Mike Portnoy established themselves as competent musicians, but their individual styles were not yet refined. The band's originality does shine through on "Light Fuse and Get Away," "The Ones Who Help to Set the Sun," and "Only a Matter of Time." The odd-meter measures and numerous time changes gave the group a complexity that hadn't been experienced for an entire decade in the rock genre. "YTSE Jam" was essentially their answer to Rush's "YYZ" and became a staple in the band's live set. The session was marred mostly by subpar singing, too many metal clichés, and poor production. There is, however, enough interesting playing to make it a worthwhile listen for fans of this genre, and is certainly essential for Dream Theater fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/1996
Label: One Way Records Inc
UPC: 0076732219027
catalogNumber: 22190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dream Theater   Primary Artist
Charlie Dominici   Vocals
John Myung   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Petrucci   Guitar
Mike Portnoy   Percussion,Drums
Kevin Moore   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dream Theater   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Alexander   Engineer
Terry Date   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Charlie Dominici   Liner Notes,Author
Steve Sinclair   Executive Producer
Amy Guip   Concept,Cover Design,Cover Photo
Joannis   Cover Art Direction
Eddie Wilner   Reissue Producer
Dennis Friel   Redesign
Chris Carroll   Insert Photography
Derek Simon   Management

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