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The Blu-Ray and DVD release Live In Europe captures the quintet in Tilberg, Holland performing at 013 on September 20, 2012. Directed and Edited by Bernhard Baran (Guns n' Roses, The Cure, Porcupine Tree), the performance was filmed with a large array of cameras including cranes, dollies and GoPros bringing fans a larger-than-life concert experience. The show presents the entire studio album along with popular favorites by individual members.
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Well, actually, the technical aspects are what make this CD such a gem! Most likely you have already heard (and loved!) the band's self-titled debut album and this double CD has 17 tracks to reaffirm that these players not only recorded a great album, but for those fortunate enough to see them in their very limited tour, they also performed fantastic shows! But enough of the adjectives, let's get to some facts:
To begin with, CD 1 has the following track list
1. Blue Ocean ( tack 1 from their debut release)
2. Shoulda Coulda Woulda (track 2 from their debut release)
3. Love Is What I'm Waiting For (track 6 from their debut release)
4. Can't Find A Way (a Casey McPherson [the band's lead singer] original)
5. The Storm (track 4 [and one of my three favorites] from their debut release)
6. Odyssey (written by Steve Morse, originally from the Dixie Dregs' 1978 album "What If")
7. Forever In A Daze (track 5 from their debut release)
8. Hallelujah (YES< the Leonard Cohen original, made famous by Jeff Buckley et al)
9. Better Than Walking Away (track 8 from their debut release)
1. Kayla (track 3 from their debut release)
2. Fool In My Heart (track 10 from their debut release)
3. Spur Of The Moment (Written by Dave LaRue, a solo Bass piece)
4. Repentance (Dream Theatre's song off the Systematic Chaos album, although the original is 10min long, this is only 5)
5. June (Neal Morse, originally recorded by is band Spock's Beard)
6. All Falls Down (track 9 from their debut release)
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As was mentioned in another (more well written review) there's really not too much variation in the songs from the studio album to the live performances, but that's fine with me. I've never been a fan of when bands mess up their songs far beyond recognition anyway. Maybe a little extra guitar solo or drum solo here and there is nice, but for the most part, I want to hear the song I'm used to. (That's just me...) Since the band only has one album out, this album has been padded with selections from each band members OTHER bands. Alpa Rev (Casey McPherson), Spock's Beard (Neal Morse's former band), Dixie Dregs (Steve Morse & Dave LaRue) and Dream Theater (Mike Portnoy's former band.)
Since this album contains the entire "Flying Colors" debut album in it's entirety (not in order, but still has every song throughout), I think I'm most likely going to find myself listening to THIS album more often than the studio version.
Sorry my reviews are lame. At least I was able to support the band by giving the album the "star" vote it deserved...
I knew these guys could pull off the music live, and they do, but Casey's performance is really what impresses me. He's dynamic and true to the originals. I can't stand it when a great live band is held back by a singer who takes too much liberty with an established vocal melody (I'm looking at you, DLR). We all love these songs partly because of the strong, memorable, and sing along worthy melodies. Casey, Neal, and Mike deliver.
Another thing that stands out to me is how strong Neal's backing vocals are, and how much they enhance the songs. "Can't Find a Way" is a perfect example. When Neal takes lead, he performs just as well as he did on Transatlantic's Whirld Tour 2010.
Musically, Mike, Steve, Neal, and Dave are just what you'd expect. I do enjoy being able to hear a bit more of Dave's bass playing on this live recording than certain times on the studio album.
I hate to bring this up, but I have loved almost everything Mike has done since leaving Dream Theater. I couldn't be happier that Flying Colors is in the process of making a followup album, and that Mike has time to play with Transatlantic (new album releasing this month), Neal Morse, and the Winery Dogs. For me as a fan, Mike's post-DT work has been a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's rare to be floored by a live album, but this one does it. Five superstar musicians in an under-the-radar project making some of the best tunes today, and their live product... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Tidd
A little disappointed in the audio. The sound was not as good as the studio album but the extra songs from the Dixie Dregs, and The Beard are great! Only for die hard fans only!Published 19 months ago by Jeff Weselinski
If you already haven't purchased the studio version buy this instead. All of the studio songs played as well or better with interesting additions from each artist's previous... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tucson Ralph
Best new album I've heard in a long time. What a combination of musicians the cream of the crop. The lead singer is really great for someone I never heard about before. Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Alfred P. Weihofen
This disk-set is now one of my favorite recordings. The collection of musicians in this band is amazing and what makes it so great is that they come from different genres of... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Kevin M Roy
DVD worked fine for me in my 2012 Sony Blu-ray. Happy to have this in my collection especially after seeing them in Torrance last year.Published on January 15, 2014 by Craig A. Henderson
Wimpy, weak, and totally pathetic. The lyrics are lame, the singing is no better, and there was nothing redeeming about it, seemed completely contrived and uninspired. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by MotoJoe