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Change of Seasons

Dream TheaterAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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listen  1. A Change Of Seasons - The Crimson Sunrise / Innocence / Carpe Diem / The Darkest Of Winters / Another World / The Inevitable Summer / The Crimson Sunset [EP Version]23:08Album Only
listen  2. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding [Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995]10:49Album Only
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listen  4. Led Zeppelin Medley - The Rover / Achilles Last Stand / The Song Remains The Same [Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995] 7:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Big Medley - In The Flesh? / Carry On Wayward Son / Bohemian Rhapsody / Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin / Cruise Control / Turn It On Again[Live - "Uncovered" Version 1995]10:33Album Only

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Dream Theater’s knack for balancing the epic and the intimate has been a constant throughout the band’s lengthy evolution. The group first came together in 1985, when Petrucci, Portnoy and bassist John Myung were students at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Initially known as Majesty, the nascent combo quickly gained a reputation in the grassroots metal underground, with ... Read more in Amazon's Dream Theater Store

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002HK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 50% studio, 50% live classic rock covers = 100% fun 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream Theater's best song. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good progressive rock March 17, 2001
By Derrick
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great as expected.
Published 13 days ago by Gina Workman
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
This is definitely on of the best dream theater albums... i recommend it to everyone! It is truly a masterpiece!
Published 2 months ago by Staniel
5.0 out of 5 stars DT is amazing!
This is an excellent ep. I've owned it for years & finally wore it out. Any DT collection is incomplete without it. Fabulous live work on the second half of the album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris C.
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Love Letter to the Fans.
"A Change of Seasons" is a true love letter to the fans. The 23-minute title track, is both heavy and passionate at the same time, and may possibly be the best song they... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Handyman003
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Dream Theater album, but it's still fun
I really appreciate Dream Theater, bought this album, and will keep it, but it's definitely not the best album of theirs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Philip Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars purely classic.
even though Jordan Rudess is not in this, A Change Of Seasons will always be (to me) a Dream Theater classic. and the "Uncovered" stuff? really? hell yes, it rocks. Read more
Published 11 months ago by satansjoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This band is, to me, the Rush of the 2000's. I've followed their music since their second album, Images and Words. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very moving song about the death of the drummer's mother (which happens to be 23 minutes long). The live cover medleys were amazing as well!
Published 15 months ago by Terrell39
5.0 out of 5 stars Live and Fun
Originals and covers. listen to the influence as interpeted by the best. These guys make music enjoyable. The mixture of the big medley made my wife smile. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stan Crump
3.0 out of 5 stars Whatever
Can't remember what this was, so finding enough words to fill space is a challenge. If it's music, chances are I liked it enough to buy it.
Published 19 months ago by zerberus57
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Bruce Dickinson??
Dickinson does not provide vocals for this version, though he is shown on the band's Five Years in a LiveTime DVD recording vocals for the song. I'm guessing it was for some kind of BBC session, but I've yet to hear that version.
Jun 27, 2007 by Justin G. |  See all 2 posts
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