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Universal Migrator Pt 1 & 2 [Limited Edition]

AyreonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002F1CO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Dream Sequencer
2. My House on Mars
3. 2084
4. One Small Step
5. The Shooting Company of Captain Frans B. Cocq
6. Dragon on the Sea
7. Temple of the Cat
8. Carried by the Wind
9. And the Druids Turn to Stone
10. The First Man on Earth
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Chaos
2. Dawn of a Million Souls
3. Journey on the Waves of Time
4. To the Quasar
5. Into the Black Hole
6. Through the Wormhole
7. Out of the White Hole
8. To the Solar System
9. The New Migrator

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer October 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is going to be a two-part review because I just don't think it would be right to review 135 minutes of music with tons of singers and musicians in a single review. The main reason, however, is because I can't decide if this deserves a 5 or 4-star rating as I love The Dream Sequencer way too much to rate it so poorly.

The Dream Sequencer was originally released in 2000 by Transmission Records as a single CD release but in the back of the CD it was clearly mentioned that it was the first part of a double album. This is Arjen's song-oriented and melodic approach to an atmospheric journey through time and space. I'll be honest; over the 4 years I've owned this disc, I've never paid much attention to the concept but the thing still struck me as deeply moving and emotional on a lyrical aspect.

I like this disc better than Flight of the Migrator because it features some of the 'most fitting' singers Arjen has ever worked with. It was a good insight on what singers like Johan Edlund and Neal Morse are capable of if they partake in such projects. Unlike the other Ayreon releases, each song on the Universal Migrator records features a single singer except for occasional back-ups and it's this what makes The Dream Sequencer so beautiful. After the heavily atmospheric intro layered with depths of emotion on the title track, we're introduced to "My House on Mars" sung by Johan Edlund of Tiamat fame. Edlund's vocal delivery is one of the finest on the entire disc; he possesses a low, melancholic voice similar to Dan Swano's singing on the Star One project. Also, both Arjen and Edlund being big Pink Floyd fans, their collaboration in the songwriting is perfect. While Edlund wrote his own vocal melodies, Arjen came up with the lyrics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark side of the Mars + Orchestral metal goes to space January 10, 2006
By Daniel
Format:Audio CD
On the recommendation of a fellow metal-lover, i picked this up, and i am speechless.

The first disc is the progressive rock side, and its flowing, spacey tunes coupled with the equally cosmic theme gives off the distinctive air of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. While i love Pink Floyd and was amazed by disc one, i was itching to get to disc 2, which, in all honesty, was a tad weaker.

Despite this, disc 2 was still captivating, starting off strong, continuting a general metal feel in the middle, though nothing my jaded ears hadn't herd before. But If one is truly absorbed by the music at this point, the 50 seconds before the booming finale are legitimately terrifying. I don't wish to spoil it, but suffice to say that little in the world is scarier than a digitized voice breaking one's calm, announcing one's quickly oncoming demise.

Overall, this album is a powerful, moving experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed - not Arjen's best October 27, 2004
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This is a two CD set re-release of Universal Migrator and Dream Sequencer, which were separate albums back in 2000. Universal Migrator is supposed to be heavier and Dream Sequencer more keyboard driven and atmospheric.

Instead of multiple singers per song, Arjen has one main singer per song. This is where it goes wrong. The singing styles and sometimes the mixes are different enough that it is uneven, especially on the Universal Migrator CD. The guitar and keyboard are still good, however. Russel Allen sings Dawn of a MIllion Souls, which is my favorite song on this CD. Russel is one of my favorite singers and Symphony X is one of my top three fave bands, so it sets a standard that leaves me somewhat disappointed afterward.

This review and my opinion are actually my own fault because I started my Ayreon fixation with the new Human Equation, which is absolutely amazing (except for one song) and Star One Live. The Star One Live CD has live versions of Dawn of a Million Souls and Into the Black Hole, easily the two best songs on this set. The live versions are slightly faster and more intense and Dawn of a Million Souls has a slightly different arrangement. The keyboard and guitar intro to Dawn of a Million Souls is inspired and awesome on both versions, but I like the live version better.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Good Album, Significant Weak Moments October 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Universal Migrator double CD set has finally been rereleased containing both the Dreamsequencer and Flight of the Migrator albums. The musical genius Arjen Lucassen decided not to put any bonus tracks on the disc as to be fair to those who have already purchased the albums separately, although the selling price is a lot cheaper (2 for 1). The storyline is that of a Machine called the Migrator that takes the inhabitant through a mind journey of space and time, the first disc seems to me that of exploration, and the second is where the story becomes more intense. It's a little tough to follow because there aren't character roles as in Arjen's latest Album "The Human Equation." This time he's got different vocalists like Lana Lane, Russell Allen, Bruce Dickenson amoung others.

The first disc "Dreamsequencer" is the softer of the 2. There are lots of 70's influenced prog rock elements taken from such bands as the Beatles (late) and Pink Floyd but all basically kept at a very spacey level. While his latest album "Human Equation" he takes more of a diverse approach including all influences from Prog Metal, Hardcore, Celtic, Folk, 70's Prog Rock, this album is more of an abundance of synthesizer melodies, atmospheres and effects as tied well w/ the futuristic, intergalactic storyline. The music is very atmospheric, and not really about instantly catchy moments but more of stretched out melodies from the use of vocals as well as instrumentals. The opening instrumental isn't all that big a deal but the first real track "My House on Mars" is an incredible song, w/ it's beautiful futuristic main guitar lead and swapped vocal chorus is a track that'll be repeated over and over. Other great songs are the Beatles influenced "The First Man on Earth" and female sung "Temple of the Cat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars check out track 1 on the 2nd cd
neal morse sings on one of the last songs of cd#1
cd#2 is some of the best prog rock ever
Published 6 months ago by Kevin William Finn
3.0 out of 5 stars Proves Ayreon's music is more than the sum of its parts
Arjen thought his audience was two different groups: Prog rock fans and metal fans. For The Universal Migrator, he made a prog rock album (part 1) and a metal album (part 2). Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Reviewer Of Things I like
5.0 out of 5 stars A great 2'fer
This is different from most Ayreon projects in that it is not a rock-opera format. There is no story nor is there any characters per'se. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Heaven...Migrator or not!
Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon has long been one of those projects that brings together the best artists from bands around the world and gives them an outlet for one cohesive story that... Read more
Published on August 22, 2010 by G. Harms
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
This album is absolutely amazing, if you like Ajreon sound you must have Universal Migrator
Published on May 21, 2008 by Robert Lisak
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius!!!
Excelent double edition, if you like progressive metal, you must have this one in your collection!!!
Published on June 1, 2007 by J. R. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jose Guitron
Published on January 20, 2007 by J. Humberto Guitron Reyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Most original prog-metal I've heard in awhile
Although some might find the concept matter a little kitschy, the music underpinning it is fascinating. Read more
Published on August 4, 2006 by Zyzzyx
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd is AWESOME
Buy this Double cd, you elitist Progressive Metal fans, this will awe you. If you like Metal, you might dig Part 2 because of the "heavier" music.
Published on March 13, 2005 by Xiao
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