A Change Of Seasons

August 29, 1995 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: August 29, 1995
  • Release Date: August 29, 1995
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1995 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
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  • Total Length: 57:31
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  • ASIN: B001AXJ1PG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,712 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It is certainly one of the best songs ever.
It combines an epic song structure, brilliant technical musical performances, emotional and insightful lyrics into an epic odyssey through the various stages of life.
Justin G.
The covers are great too, but the title track is worth it alone.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on November 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A Change of Seasons is noteworthy for a number of reasons: (1) it re-unites Dream Theater with producer David Prater, who made their second album (Images and Words) such a pleasure to listen to; it's the first album featuring new keyboard player Derek Sherinian; and its selection of music is second to none.
This, DT's fourth studio album (1995), isn't quite as heavy as the previous release -- the bone-crushingly excessive Awake -- and that's a real blessing. Their talent shows through even more vividly because there are patches of intricate melody amidst the bombast that give one's mind a place to rest.
This album divides itself neatly into two halves: the 23-minute title track (sprinkled liberally with Carpe Diem -- seize the day -- philosophies)...and the live second half that's a feast for classic rock fans. DT covers Elton John's "Funeral For a Friend," Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers," three from Led Zep ("The Rover," "Achilles Last Stand" and "The Song Remains the Same") and what DT calls "The Big Medley," which is one cool song after another -- from Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh" to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to Genesis' "Turn it On Again."
"A Change of Seasons," the epic-length title track, is well-played, and shows more creative restraint than you'll find on Awake. I like it a lot.
...but I like the live cover songs even more.
One of the biggest challenges any band faces when doing covers is getting the sounds right, especially the guitar tones. Tackling the right notes and getting all the arrangements to sound similar to the original band is tough enough. But getting the right sounds out of the guitars and keyboards can be a real challenge.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Wickerman on December 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"A Change of Seasons" contains every quality of Dream Theater's music, compacted into a 23-minute song. It is a thrilling ride of stunning melodies, and exciting instrumentation. A while back, I went through this stage where I considered DT to be the be-all, end-all of music itself, largely because I was so obsessed with technical ability at this time. Well, I've now gotten to the point where pure technical prowess doesn't wow me like it used to (once you've heard all of the fastest and most technical music, it's really not that big of a deal anymore, and you just want excellent songwriting), and as a result, a lot of DT's material (particularly the newer stuff) doesn't hold the same thrill that it once did.

However, this song is still as excellent to my ears as it was on the first listen. Here, you've got the dazzling complexity, but more importantly, you've got great songwriting and melody to balance it out. There's really no point in this song where it sounds like they're just playing for the hell of it, which is impressive considering it's over 20 minutes long. The songs on "Train of Thought" are each no more than half the length of this one, and none of them go by nearly as fast. This is top-notch musicality that's sorely lacking from a lot of their music today. John's solos are melodic and imaginative, and even in the faster parts, never cross into wank territory. Mike's drumming is more compelling, and not as showy and repetitious as it often is today, and Derek's keyboard and piano melodies are just superb. The only really bad thing about this song is the drum sound, which is kind of weak and hollow. It sounds like Mike is hitting tin cans, or something. They need to remaster it, to get a beefier drum sound.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Derrick on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan of Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP and other such "classic prog" rockers, I usually find it hard to find such intelligent music as that of Dream Theater. Though this is not their most prog-oriented album (that would be their masterpiece, Scenes from a Memory), it is still a whopper of an album, at least the 23 minute, seven-movement epic title piece. The title track is hugely ambitious, artistically done, compositionally unconventional and intriguing (with more mixed meter changes than I care to count), superbly played and just damn good. From the moment its ominous acoustic guitar line bursts into the crunching opening riff, it captures you and holds you until the very end. Although some of the sections do not have smooth transitions, for the most part "A Change of Seasons" plays like a single song - a feat that some prog bands sometimes fail to do (think Spock's Beard, good as that band may be). The theme, about acceptance of mortality, is seemingly dark but has an uplifting message, characteristic of progressive themes. Buy the album for this song alone, if anything.
The covers that take up the rest of the album seem somewhat like filler. They are certainly well played, of course, as Dream Theater seems to have some of the music industry's most prolific musicians today, but most are straight-ahead covers with little variation. I liked the Elton John cover more than the original, and I love the Deep Purple cover, but being a HUGE Led Zeppelin fan didn't help my opinion of their cover of said band. The medley at the end did not really impress me either.
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