Dream Theater - Awake

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Release date: 4 October 1994
Style: Progressive metal


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01. 6:00
02. Caught In A Web
03. Innocence Faded
04. A Mind Beside Itself: I. Erotomania
05. A Mind Beside Itself: II. Voices
06. A Mind Beside Itself: III. The Silent Man
07. The Mirror
08. Lie
09. Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
10. Scarred
11. Space-Dye Vest
12. Eve [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1994: 9

James LaBrie - vocals
Kevin Moore - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals
John Myung - bass

Guest musicians
John Purdell - backing vocals

Additional info
Produced, engineered and mixed by John Purdell and Duane Baron.
Recorded in May-July 1994 at:
One on One Studios, North Hollywood, CA - assisted by Mike Stock;
Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood, CA - assisted by Greg Cathcart.
Mixed in July-August 1994 at:
Larrabee Studios, L.A., CA - assisted by Ryan Arnold;
Unique Studios, NYC, NY - assisted by Ed Miller.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC, NY by Ted Jensen.
Pre-production at:
Prince Enterprises, NYC, NY;
Full Blast Rehearsal Studios, L.A., CA.
Programming on "Space-Dye Vest" by Rich Kern.
Dialogue on "Voices" by Prix-mo (Courtesy of "Cultural Revolution").

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Progressive pioneers of New York based combo Dream Theater returned in 1994, with this album entitled "Awake". Following the magnificent "Images And Words", their 1992's highly acclaimed effort, and their first live album 1993's "Live At The Marquee", this record is another important brick in the wall of progressive metal.

published 09.01.2004 | Comments (23)

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We all know what to expect when you buy a Dream Theater album, complex music, incredible guitar solos, enjoyable bass-lines, polished vocals, and well Mike Portnoy (we all know who he is right?). Awake is not an exception, James Labrie gives us an incredible vocal performance, his vocals have all kinds of shapes and cool structures. The Music is exceptional and well Mike Portnoy as always is marvelous.

published 21.01.2005 | Comments (4)

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19.09.2020 - 16:56
Rating: 9
An amazing follow up to I&W, this one just improved and gave us almost only masterpieces of songs. Voices, The Mirror, Scarred, Caught In A Web, it's all amazing. If it wasn't for The Silent Man, it would be a perfect record. High 9.5 leaning towards a 10.

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