Live At The Marquee
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1993 release on WEA International. Features six songsrecorded live at The Marquee Club in London on April 23rd,1993: 'Metropolis', 'A Fortune In Lies', 'Bombay Vindaloo','Surrounded', 'Another Hand - The Killing Hand' and 'Pull MeUnder'.
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1. Metropolis Part I/
2. A Fortune In Lies
3. Under a Glass Moon
5. Ytsejam (w/ drum solo)
6. Bombay Vindaloo
7. Another Day/
8. Another Hand/
9. The Killing Hand
10. Pull Me Under
11. Take the Time
12. Wait For Sleep
13. Learning to Live
Twin Peaks (outro tape)
I think that they should re-release the album because it would be great to have the whole concert on cd. They did the same thing with Once in a Livetime CD and the Live in Tokyo DVD. Go to the bands website and check under Tourography if you don't believe me.
"Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper"
Original version from "Images And Words" (1992). Hearing the studio version for the first time, I was blown away. This live performance, just like the studio version, had blown me away. Awesome performance.
"A Fortune In Lies"
Original version from "When Dream And Day Unite" (1989). Though, this song was originally sung by Charlie Dominici on the band's first album, James LaBrie was definitely meant to sing this song.
From what I have read, this song was sort of a jam session, and was not meant to be part of the setlist. Awesome performance.
Original version from "Images And Words" (1992). Incredible performance of one of my favorite Dream Theater tunes.
"Another Hand" - "The Killing Hand"
Original version of "The Killing Hand" from "When Dream And Day Unite" (1989). Once again, James LaBrie proves that, even though, "The Killing Hand" is another song that was originally sung by Charlie Dominici, he was meant to sing it with his incredible voice.
"Pull Me Under"
Original version from "Images And Words" (1992). Another awesome performance of an awesome song.
"Live At The Marquee" is definitely an awesome live album, as I mentioned before. This is an album that you must have in your collection if you are a diehard Dream Theater fan.
Contained on here are probably the best versions EVER of Metropolis Pt 1, The Killing Hand, and A Fortune in Lies. Rounding out the set are excellent versions of Pull Me Under, Surrounded (a rarity on live DT releases!) and an incredible one-off instrumental improv, Bombay Vindaloo.
But what really stick out to my ears are two things: the incredible sound quality, which really captures the scope of Mike Portnoy's amazing drumming (and the depth of his drumkit's sound) and James LaBrie's FANTASTIC voice. This has to be the best live recording in terms of James' voice, which makes sense as it was a year later he ruptured his vocal cords, an injury from which he has only recently recovered.
Regretfully, this isn't the entire concert, and as Mike Portnoy has stated on his website the band like the record but don't consider it a "real" DT release, it's doubtful this will get the expanded re-release treatment ever. So we can content ourselves with this exquisite little live document of a band reaching the height of their powers, which they've sustained to this day.
LaBrie surprised me. I have to say that on the live recordings from Through Her Eyes he sounded, well, absolutely terrible. Not so here. His voice has a fantastic edge, aggressive yet melodic, and his range is just as good as it was in the studio. And the rest of the band play very tight live. Although songs obviously don't have the same depth in production values due to this being live, it cannot be easy recreating them live yet Dream Theater do it and play them with more energy. The improvised jam is brilliant as well. Very dark and moody. In fact, even if you already own Images And Words and When Dream And Day Unite and don't care for live versions of the songs, it is almost worth buying this for that jam alone. It is arguably Petrucci's finist moment - and any Dream Theater fan can tell you that that's saying something.
I have to give to give this a four rather than a full five because while all the songs here are great (in particular the tracks from WDADU sound better than in the studio) there is little difference between these tracks and the originals, and the CD only has 6 songs so it isn't exactly long. Nonetheless, every member of the band is on absolutely top form (especially LaBrie - even Bruce Dickinson had trouble in his youth let alone now singing live) and the album is just perfect for any Dream Theater fan.