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Album Review

Dream Theater finally released their first official live album, the double-disc Once in a LIVEtime (recorded June 1998 in Paris). Granted, the 1995 release A Change of Seasons contained a wealth of live material, but they were all cover songs, and 1994's Live at the Marquee was only available as a European import. With material spanning their entire career, the many die-hard Dream Theater fans will love Once in a LIVEtime, but it won't win over disbelievers to their highly technical, sometimes cold style. There's no denying that the band's musicianship is top-notch, but the songs often get repetitious and start sounding similar. But Once in a LIVEtime may be a breath of fresh air if you've had it with smug alterna-wannabes who can hardly play, or if you long for the glory days of Yes or ELP (in other words, the music punk rock tried to annihilate). Highlights include their instrumental tour de force "Ytse Jam," as well as the fan favorites "Pull Me Under," "Lie," "Metropolis," and certain portions of their lengthy "A Change of Seasons" composition. Also released in conjunction with Once in a LIVEtime was the home video Five Years in a LIVEtime.

Customer Reviews

allright! first review

Cool, I got the first review. Great live album. It has some of DTs best songs. If your a fan, buy it. If your new to DT, this is a good start.

Great Album, Wrong Date

This is an amazing album, just wanted to let iTunes know it didn't come out in 1970, haha. It was released in 1998.

An Okay Live Album

This album, after listening to their second live effort Live Scenes Form New York, leaves much to be desired. After hearing both versions of A Change of Seasons, I must say that Dream Theater soes not exercise its usually flamboiant artistry in this album. The only thing that really jumps out at me is the John Pettrucci Guitar Solo, which not only incorporates his own improvisational piece, but also blends very nicely with Liquid Tension Experiment's Paradigm Shift. Some songs, like Just Let Me Breathe, are failing to measure up to their successor. There are decent songs on this album though, like Lines In the Sand, Take the Time, as well as the grunge-like Lie, probably a very popular tune at the time. Also, Ytse Jam is a nice harkening back to the 80's Dream Theater. All in all, a decent album, but its successor is the one that truly takes the gold. Probably because it didn't have Derek Sherinan (lol).


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The technically proficient guitar playing of John Petrucci elevated Dream Theater to the upper echelons of contemporary heavy metal. While its lineup has continuously evolved, the Long Island-based quintet has consistently delivered sharp-edged music. Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several live albums -- Live at the Marquee, recorded at the London club; Live in Japan, recorded during the Music in Progress tour in 1993, and a triple-CD and DVD,...
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Once In a Livetime, Dream Theater
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Oct 27, 1998

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