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When Dream and Day Unite

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Out of print in the U.S.! Import pressing of the 1989 debut album from the Progressive Metal band. When Dream & Day Unite incorporated musical ideas from their predecessors like Yes, Genesis, Queensryche, Rush and the like and forged their own distinctive imprint. Players John Petrucci on guitar and drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung were joined by Charles Domenici on vocals. This would be Domenici's only foray with the group, replaced by James Labrie after this LP. Includes the studio version of the live favorite 'YTSE Jam' as well as 'Only a Matter of Time'.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B000006YCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on February 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The fact that Dream Theater's nucleus (guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, drummer Mike Portnoy, and keyboardist Kevin Moore) were able to produce an album like this in their very early 20s is astonishing. Implementing various influences, most prominently those of Rush and Queensryche, Dream Theater became one of the torchbearers for the progressive metal movement. The instrumental faculty they display at this early stage in their careers in amazing, and their creativity is incredible. From the progressive metal trappings of "A Fortune in Lies" to the dazzling feat of virtuosity that is "Ytse Jam" to the grandiose, gorgeous epic "The Killing Hand," Dream Theater shows that they are a band with talent, brains, and ingenuity.
There's a slight element of 80s' cheese, especially with Charlie Dominici's vocal style and the amusing pop-metal banality of "Status Seeker," but it doesn't undermine the album's inherent quality. Dominici's voice, however, lacks the skill, power, and emotion that Dream Theater's music necessitates. (He's not awful, he just doesn't fit the music too well.) It's also unfortunate that the record's production can't complement the band's fervor. Terry Date is generally a fine producer, so I attribute the rotten production to the low budget with which this album was made.
If you're a Dream Theater fan, you owe it to yourself to own this one. It has some of their best songs (especially the phenomenal "The Killing Hand"), and you can gloss over the shortcomings with your love for this band. If you new to Dream Theater and looking for a place to start, DON'T BUY THIS ALBUM. The crappy production and iffy vocals may turn you off of the finest progressive metal band on the planet. Get Images and Words instead. It's a good place to begin.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When Dream & Day Unite(1989). Dream Theater's debut studio album.

Most fans already know the story of Dream Theater: how the band originally started as "Majesty" but had to change it at a later time due to another existing band already using the name, how it was formed by virtuoso musicians John Petrucci(guitars), Mike Portnoy(drums), Kevin Moore(keyboards), and John Myung(bass), and how the original vocalist Chris Collins makes this album's Charlie Dominici sound like Bruce Dickinson in comparison to him(trust me on this). So I won't divulge much on that.

The first thing I noticed when listening to all the albums again is how much each album doesn't sound like the ones before and after it, yet they still maintain the signature style DT is known for. The same applies with WD&DU. It certainly doesn't have the clean and polished sound that Images & Words(1992), Awake(1994), and any of their later albums have, and the band hasn't quite found their niche yet. Its low budget production quality may be to blame for the lack of a top-end treble and bass, but the decent remastering job does help this. There is a real rawness and a sense of "urgency" in the debut's sound that hasn't been prevalent since then, and for this you can tell that DT didn't take the music too seriously and just wanted to rock out. Though DT were certainly influenced by many different bands most of these influences hadn't surfaced quite yet, and so at this point DT carried a sound which resembled a mid-80s Rush with 70s Rush's songwriting style and Queensryche's metallic edge. The fact that Dominici sings much like a nasally Geddy Lee makes the band lean into this quality even more. James LaBrie hasn't come along yet and his range definitely outclasses Dominici's, but he still isn't bad at all.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are two types of DT fans: those who listen to DT as heavy metal, and those who listen to them as adventurous, progressive music. I am the latter, so I was dissapointed that this album, while showing immense potential, is ultimately an above-average 80's metal CD. Charlie Dominici, the original vocalist, is not as bad as everyone says, and reminds me somewhat of Labrie, but with nowhere near the range + power. Kevin Moore on keys is a nice touch, though, and I prefer him to Derek Sherinian. (DT's new key man, Jordan Rudess, is sure to trash 'em both, however!) There are a few glimpses into odd meters (one song is in 9/4) and, of course, the classic Ytse Jam (DT's original name, Majesty, spelled backwards) is worth the entire price of the CD. If you've never heard DT, however, this is not the CD for you (unless you're a fan of 80's shred metal). Images + Words, or Awake would be a better jumping off point.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Michael Sawatsky on March 12, 2001
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This album is a must-buy for any avid Dream Theater fan that can appreciate complex music. One of the biggest complaints that I hear about this album concerns the vocalist, Charlie Dominici, and while I personally prefer James LaBrie as the lead, Charlie is still a fair vocalist and sings rather well in 'The Killing Hand' and 'Afterlife'. Also, the production admittedly is terrible, but if you can get past it the music itself is very much worth listening to. 'Fortune in Lies' is a fantastic opener with a great Petrucci guitar solo near the end. 'YTSE Jam' is my personal favorite; it is an extremely catchy instrumental that shows just how well in sync these guys can play at their best. 'The Killing Hand' is another classic song that is often underestimated. The rest of the album is good as well, but these three songs are the highlights. Hearing a young John Petrucci is very entertaining, and his riffs are a good indication of what is to come in future albums. Mike Portnoy's drums are okay but not that prevalent. John Myung's bass is great and is quite heavy during some songs. Kevin Moore, my favorite Dream Theater keyboardist, is incredible on this album, not for playing anything very difficult, but for rather using his keys to create a progressive feel to each song. Overall, a great album that I rate higher than Falling Into Infinity, and plus, it's always cool to look back and see how far the band has come. A very good buy for patient listeners who aren't too quick to criticize.
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