Dream Theater - Awake

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Awake is the third studio album by American progressive rock / metal band Dream Theater, released in October 1994 by EastWest Records.

Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.

The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines.

Much of the material for Awake was written in writing sessions between February and April 1994, during which Dream Theater were under pressure from their record label to produce an album as successful as predecessor Images And Words (1992). The label wanted the band to produce a more metal-oriented album, hoping it would be easier to market. The album's cover, designed by the band, features numerous references to the album's lyrics.

Awake is the last Dream Theater album to feature original keyboardist Kevin Moore who was replaced by Derek Sherinian,

Released at the height of the popularity of grunge music, Awake initially received mixed reviews; more recent reviews regard the album as one of the band's finest.

Awake marks a definite change in the band's tone. From the moment the guitars enter on first track "6:00", a darker sound is immediately evident, and it continues through the entire 75 minutes of the disc. The complex song structures, marked by arrangements that would give many good players fits, are as always impressive. Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci, in particular, reach new heights with their instruments, but keyboardist Kevin Moore and bassist John Myung adding to the prog metal sound with their own contributions.

There are several good tracks here, but the best are the crunch-heavy "Lie", the 11-minute "Scarred", the thought-provoking "Caught In A Web", and the deeply personal, moving "Space-Dye Vest".

Awake is an album that may takes time to appreciate. It’s one of Dream Theater’s heavier albums and relies on a darker, moodier atmosphere, however Dream Theater's musical ability can't be denied.

Check out the singles: Lie; Caught In A Web; and The Silent Man.

This is a Music On Vinyl Limited Edition of 2,000 Copies, Individually Numbered on Silver Double Vinyl 2LP Records on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with 4 Page Insert, pressed in Europe.

 

For Awake, Dream Theater was:

  • John Myung – Bass guitar
  • John Petrucci – Lead guitar
  • Mike Portnoy – Drums, Percussion
  • Kevin Moore – Keyboards
  • James LaBrie – Vocals

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

6:00

5:31

A2

Caught In A Web

5:28

A3

Innocence Faded

5:42

B1

Erotomania

6:44

B2

Voices

9:53

B3

The Silent Man

3:47

C1

The Mirror

6:45

C2

Lie

6:33

C3

Lifting Shadows Off A Dream

6:05

D1

Scarred

10:59

D2

Space-Dye Vest

7:29

SKU 8718469537341
Record Label EastWest Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1258
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 25 July 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 04 October 1994
Barcode # 8718469537341
Shipping Weight 0.5250kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition of 2,000 Numbered Copies, Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Silver Coloured Vinyl, 4 Page Insert, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Silver
Genre Progressive Rock
Genre Rock
Genre Heavy Metal
Format VINYL LP

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