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Actual Fantasy Revisited [Special Edition]

AyreonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0006HIV5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Actual Fantasy
2. Abbey Of Synn
3. The Stranger From Within
4. Computer Eyes
5. Beyond The Last Horizon
6. Farside Of The World
7. Back On Planet Earth
8. Forevermore
9. The Dawn Of Man

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Reissued, remixed and re-recorded with a bonus DVD of "The Making Of "Actual Fantasy" and a video clip of "The Stranger From Within". DVD is PAL format.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remake of Actual Fantasy January 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Actual Fantasy Revisited is the (mostly) re-recorded version of Ayreon's 1996 release Actual Fantasy. Released after the highly successful rock opera debut, The Final Experiment, mastermind Arjen Lucassen decided to surprise his fans with a more electronic-based album consisting of fewer singers and a loosely connected lyrical theme. To give the album a more electronic feel and digital atmosphere, Lucassen used a drum machine, but the outcome was rather mediocre. The album didn't sell as well as the other Ayreon releases and Lucassen always wondered how it would sound if he used a real drummer and another bass player. Which he realized eight years after the original release. Enter godly drummer Ed Warby (who else would Arjen work with anyway?) and bassist Peter Vink. Most of the guitars were re-recorded, some from scratch, the synth solos were changed, and even the programmed flute was replaced by the real instrument. The result is definitely a more powerful, more fresh, more crisp, and more alive. It's not too often that a re-release surpasses the original record, but this has happened with Actual Fantasy Revisited.

If you've heard the original version, be prepared to be blown away by the excellently crisp production. Each instrument is audible and perfectly mixed. The re-recorded guitars and synths are a lot better and more interesting. For those of you who haven't heard the 96 release, you're in for a treat. Arjen Lucassen used only three singers on this disc: Robert Soeterboek for the powerful stuff, Edward Reekers for the melodic parts and Okkie Huysdens for the Beatle-like choral passages as Arjen himself explains in the liner notes. The album may remind you of the Star One project in this aspect, with fewer singers, and therefore, a more compact sound.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayreon's most underrated album December 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was a fan of the original of this album, but i never got around to buying it, and as a result, never did really listen to it as much as the other ones i had. About a week ago this new version came in the mail, and WOW. it really is a stellar album, and while i can't really say it's as good as Electric Castle, The Dream Sequencer, or The Human Equation, it really isn't far behind at all. The rerecorded guitars sound much thicker than on the original recording as well, which really drives the music home.

If you've gotten the majority of the Ayreon catalogue already, i wouldn't hesitate for a second on picking up this rerecording/remaster. All the classic Ayreon elements are there (the instantly recognizable synths, chuggy guitars, beautiful spacey melodies, etc.). The main difference between this album and others is that this one seems to be a bit more electronic in feel, and the songs all plod along happily at the same pace throughout. That could be considered a downside i guess, as there are no real upswings in the music, but it's pleasant enough as it is. Standout tracks for me are Stranger From Within, Back On Planet Earth (which uses some of the vocals in the background from the Ambeon reworking of the tune, very nice touch!), and Beyond The Last Horizon. It may be Ayreon's least popular album, but don't pass it off as his worst. Very highly reccomended for anyone looking for just a bit more Ayreon after hearing Electric Castle or The Human Equation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album deserves 5 stars July 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The other reviewers have described why this album is so good. Easily on par with all his other work...don't let the lower sales make you think otherwise.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Progressive Rock Band Actualy. January 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a great cd by Ayreon. I think Ayreon is the best progressive rock project. Arjen Lucanssen is genius.
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