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Editorial Reviews


1. Lift Off
2. Set Your Controls
3. High Moon
4. Dreamtime
5. Eyes Of Time
6. Songs Of The Ocean
7. Dawn Of A Million Souls
8. The Dream Sequencer
9. Into The Black Hole
10. Actual Fantasy
11. Valley Of The Queens
12. Isis And Osiris
13. Amazing Flight In Space
14. Intergalactic Space Crusaders
15. Castle Hall
16. The Eye Of Ra
17. Starchild
18. The Two Gates

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00008VFEX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Ringgenberg on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This, my friends, is THE best live album I have ever purchased. It comes with 2 CDs and one DVD of an amazing 2+ hour show that will completely floor you (no pun intended). Performed by Guitarist/Singer/Keyboardist mastermind Arjen Lucassen, keyboardist Joost Van Den Broek, bassist Peter Vink, drummer Ed Warby, and special guest flutist Ewa Albering. But the stars of the show are the singers- Symphony X's Russel Allen, Threshold's Damian Wilson, After Forever's Floor Jansen, her sister Irene Jansen, and finally, the very freaky Robert Soeterboek.
The show in Rijssen, Holland, "lifts off", and you're on a nonstop thrillride all the way until the end. Whether the music is loud and the lights are flashing, or it's slowed down and the keyboards are haunting, there's never a dull moment. An amazing array of material is performed, not just Star One. There are about half a dozen Star One songs, and then there are tracks from every Ayreon album. Fans of Into the Electric Castle will really enjoy the spot on (or really, improved) playing of Isis and Osiris, The Amazing Flight in Space (in which Arjen and Joost have a soloing battle/shoving match, truly hilarious), Valley of the Queens (this is a real gem, an accoustic ballad with Floor doing a superb job), The Castle Hall, and in the encore, Two Gates. The rest of the songs are quite flawless as well. Songs like The Dream Sequencer are amazingly improved with the energy of a live setting.
The DVD also includes some bonus features that didn't have to be there, but certainly aren't bad. A humurous set of behind the scenes footage, an additional encore/closing song Space Truckin, which didn't fit on the audio CDs, two songs from the show in Tilburg, and a nice photo gallery. Not shabby.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pilgrimsprogproj on November 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the 2 CD set with the DVD of Star One's live performance.

You are really lucky to hear a good live album, especially with the highly overproduced CD's of today. No overdubs and its unlikely that the singer can sing as high or clear as on the CD. But not so here. Arjen surrounds himself with good singers and musicians, and the sound is huge. True, some of the lyrics are cheesy, and Robert doesn't do so well in spots, but the live versions are often better than the studio versions, with a higher energy.

Standout tracks are "Songs on the Ocean", "Dawn of a Million Souls" (my personal favorite), "Into the Black Hole" (Damian is great here), "Valley of the Queens", and "Isis and Osiris". All are much better than the studio tracks and some have different arrangements which make them better live. Russell Allen and Damian are vocally great. Floor and Irene Jansenn mesh together perfectly. Irene compliments Floor's voice very well. Peter Vink's bass and Ed Warby's drums tones are huge. Arjen's guitar tone is also very good.

The DVD is good. According to Arjen's notes he never intended on releasing the DVD. It was recorded with one or two cameras and sound off the board. Then two fans submitted their extra video shots from in the crowd and they mixed them together into the video. It is surprisingly smooth, although a couple of times seems out of sync (hence the previous reviewer's comment on Robert's lip syncing). The stage is really small for so many singers/players. But overall my friend and I liked the DVD.

Arjen's "Human Equation" CD is in my CD player at home and I listen to it all the time. Star One live is my main car CD rotation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By djhexane on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This live cd and dvd preformance portrays the very best of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One project and Ayreon project. Some of the vocalists are Russel Allen (Symphony X), Floor Jansen (After Forever), and Irene Jansen (Ayreon) among many others. The blaze through a set that spans "Space Metal", "Into the Electric Castle", "The Universal Migrator (both parts)" ,and "Actual Fantasy." Some highlights are the Stargate-like set in which Floor and Irene spend a lot of the time singing beautifully, the drum and bass solos, and the dueling guitar and keyboard segment. If you are a fan of any of Arjen's projects or like very complex progressive metal with elaborate concept albums then this is a must buy. I shall be listening to "Intergalactic Space Crusaders", one of the best songs ever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A while back, I was on a huge Symphony X kick. I fell in love with the music, but Russell Allen's unique and powerful voice really made the band for me. So when I heard that Sir Allen was a guest vocalist on the new Star One DVD, there was no possible way for me to avoid this release.
Putting aside petty cash reserved for things like rent, food, utilities, etc, I ordered this DVD/CD set, and days later, it arrived. Before inserting the DVD, I checked out the awesome packaging and the booklet, both of which excited me.
Musically, I was blown away. A mix of Star One and Ayreon material is presented here by a band that isn't used to touring together, but it seems like this is a jam band in their prime. The chemistry between the many, many members is electric. Nothing is stale and tired, this is a band who is as excited to be playing as the fans are to be enjoying. The music is tight, complex, and easy to jam to.
The band itself is insane. I mean this in a good way. A TON of members... 5 vocalists, a drummer, guitarist/synth/vocalist who brings back flashes of Kerry Livgren, bass player, flamboyant keyboardist, and a special flute player for three tracks, as well as a guest vocalist for one of the extras. The vocalists really get into their parts, everyone seems happy to be there.
There are dozens of "moments" here that left me with a big stupid grin on my face. The one that stands out the most at the moment (this changes daily) is when Arjen (guitar) and Joost (keys) have a "war" during Amazing Flight In Space, trying to outdo each other, getting into a shoving match while playing the instruments. It's hilarious, it's amazing, and it's just beautiful.
I really can't express enough how awesome this is.
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