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Perfect Symmetry Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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This is the recording that established Fates Warning as a progressive band. The package includes 2-CD's and a DVD. The CD's include the original album and demos. Disc 3: the DVD features live footage from Allentown, PA, 12/02/89, Houston, Tx. 4/26/90, Ams
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0011458MY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I want to say that I just got this yesterday and have been through all the bonus material once around while my familiarity goes back to the first week of its initial release.

The demos are just that demos. Depending on your "Point of View" (bad pun for FW insiders), listening is either good for laugh or interesting perspective on the evolution of the songs. Personally, I can take it or leave it. It's somewhat interesting to hear a couple of these tracks that include Steve Zimmerman on drums though. While Mark Zonder is probably the better drummer of the two the story of Steve Zimmerman's exit from FW has never been 100% clear to me.

For me, the DVD content is what makes the purchase worthwhile. I actually bought the Awaken the Guardian re-issue which includes a DVD of a FW show during the John Arch era for this specific reason. Now that footage left a little to be desired but FW did acknowledge this in the liner notes of that re-issue. I'm happy to say that this footage from the Perfect Symmetry re-issue by comparison is much better (in some cases by orders of magnitude). The DVD material covers several different gigs and samples a number of tracks from the FW catalog (some 2-3 times.....specifically "Through Different Eyes" and "Part of the Machine".....hey it is video of the Perfect Symmetry tour though!).

As for the album, what can I say? I bought it when it first came out in 1989 (yes I am that "old") and don't think that I can add much to what's already been written. Great album by a great band which reflects the time in progressive metal before Dream Theater really took the mantle over from the Queensryches, etc. My first impressions at the time were, "wow, this isn't anything like No Exit" and "where the hell is Steve Zimmerman?
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Let me start out by saying I am a huge Fates Warning fan and think this is one of their best albums. I think the album was originally mastered superbly so the reason for purchasing this was not for the re-mastered main disc, but because of the extras. In this case, the demos are much higher quality recordings than the demos on the previous re-releases. They are also a lot more enlightening because this was a real transition album for the band and the demos really show the band still searching for an updated sound. Their new sound really gelled on the final recording but was still falling into place on these demos. The songs are a lot less developed than on the actual album and especially the demos of the songs with Steve Zimmerman on drums they still sound like "old" Fates Warning. The demos on the previous re-releases were interesting to listen to, but not something I cared to listen to more than once or twice because of the sound quality. So in this regard, this is the best re-release so far in my opinion. I have not watched the DVD yet but did watch the trailer and based on what they showed there, it looks pretty much like bootlegs with rare glimpses at Ray doing some John Arch songs, but overall bootleg-quality audio.

For the price, this is a bargain for 2 CDs and a DVD and the demos CD is worth the price alone.
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Classic progressive masterclass of an album! Most are probably familiar with this gem. However, if you are not, do yourself a favor and get it! Even if you have the original version, this is a must-have for the extras alone. Plus, it's remastered faithfully and sounds amazing! This band sadly gets overlooked in the progressive genre and really altogether. They were and are one of the progenitors of the style and set the blueprint for many bands to come. If you are not acquainted with this fantastic band, do it now and hear who helped kick start the progressive metal scene and paved the way for bands like Dream Theater, who are also amazing but get most of the acclaim for this style. They deserve their credit for being an amazing band but bands like Fates Warning, early Queensryche, Watchtower, etc get overlooked and came before. Take a history lesson and buy this and their other classic records! You won't be disappointed!
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Wow, what a release! Not only the original remastered but the demos and a huge bunch of live stuff. Christmas came early to me, as a Fates fan this was one of those things a was dreaming of for years. The original album never sounded better and the live videos although aged look awesome. What an incredible energy level. This release is agem, get it now.
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This is a classic album with one of the most unrated band in the progessive metal scene, amazing sound and music.
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I bought this cd as well as others from their catalog. I wanted the Remasters and only had the old cassettes.
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