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Dane Train
Beers & Kilts

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Age: 30
From: USA

  27.07.2006 at 19:59
Hey guys, I looked around and did not find any information here about this new project from vocal master James LaBrie. Well, lets hear it from James himself.

"Hi Everyone,

I thought it would be of interest to know a little more of how it was possible to finally record the TSR project.

Dirk Ulrich (Mastermind and Producer) and I spoke almost 6 years ago about the possibility of doing such a project and at the time it was supposed to be 3 rock tenors. By the way the acronym TSR is: True Symphonic Rockestra.
Anyway to really see this thing through meant first and foremost finding and deciding on the singers and 3 that would blend well. Secondly, a label that shared our vision and enthusiasm. The financial backing pre and post production would not be small change. Well, both obstacles continued to present one another as almost insurmountable. It wasn't until maybe 5 months ago when Dirk started to Produce and record a Russian band by the name of 'Aspect' that he came in contact with Igor Marin. A highly respected Business man. Actually a Professor of Bio Chemistry. He created a hybrid Sunflower Seed that in turn produces some of the purest and richest Sunflower Oil in the world. Needless to say he became wealthy and financially independent. Igor was Executive Producer, backing and helping to develop Aspect. They 'Aspect' were with Dirk recording at MarinSound Studios. This was a band Igor believed in and was willing to back them in every way necessary. Igor Marin believed it was well over due and necessary to have a State of Art studio built, hence (Marinsound Studios.) World class in every sense of the word. The studio was built in Krasnodar, Russia and is where TSR recorded. I will attest this is easily one of the finest studios I have every recorded in... absolutely incredible. Let's back up a bit. Upon meeting Igor Marin I realized that while being a world renowned Bio Chemist Professor his heart and soul was all about music. He is as big a fan of Dream Theater as is any other die hard. His influences and favourite artists are very similar to mine with a few exceptions of course. I know there is no chronological order here so just bare with me.
While Dirk was working with Igor and some of his associates he mentioned some of his other musical interests as well as this pet project he was faithfully and patiently waiting to do once artists' and finances were confirmed. Once Dirk explained the concept they asked to hear the music. Upon hearing the music Igor was convinced and immediately said he would back it and do whatever it takes to make it a reality. One thing was for sure, he had the studio and it was are when ready. Right around this same time Dirk had been entertaining the possibility of the 3 tenors being not Rock tenors but only one Rock tenor with two Classical tenors. Dirk knew of one Classical tenor for sure who was right, Thomas Dewald. Thomas has a phenomenal voice. The other Classical tenor was suggested by Igor Marin, this was Vladimir Grishko. He had sung all over the world and was presented with the accolade Opera Tenor of the world for 2005 by Luciano Pavarotti. Once again I must state Vladimir is a vocalist with phenomenal talent. Vladimir contacted Luciano and Madame Caballe and asked their opinion. They both said this is an unique opportunity to unit Rock and Classical both musically and vocally. The line-up was complete as well as executive support. Everyone was buzzing and itching to get started. June 6th we began recording at MarinSound Studios and by June 12th we were all flying home. I am extremely stoked about this recording and cannot wait for everyone to finally hear it. Dirk will begin the mix at MarinSound Studios in Krasnodar Russia June 24th. We will keep you posted and let you know when the official TSR site is up.

Speak with you later,

James."

About a year ago, the guys at Inside Out Music told me this was an idea that was bouncing around ever since Elements Of Persuasion was released. Well, I am looking forward to this. James has proved over and over again, he we reinvent himself.
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Kap'N Korrupt
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  27.07.2006 at 20:24
Hey Jed! Nice to see you back around MS again...nice to see you got some time to slump in front of your computer screen

Anyway, I just started downloading Elements of Persuation but it stopped downloading...I tried finding Labrie's work in record stores but for some reason nobody carries him here...once this new album comes out, I will definetly find it and listen to it...good to see that Labrie has a sucessful solo career outside of Dream Theater...it's good to know that he does branch out from Dream Theater...that keeps him fresh and ever ready to go back to Dream Theater instead of becoming stagnated and such...
Daru Jericho

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Age: 25
From: UK

  28.07.2006 at 03:09
You haven't heard the first Labrie album yet? What, are you insane?! Find it now! Pretty heavier direction compared to Mullmuzzler.

And about TSR, I posted something about it under the news section on this site a while ago and I'm definitley looking forward to it. I'm a sucker for most of JLB's work. His ever-changing vocal styles will probably never bore me.
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Kap'N Korrupt
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  28.07.2006 at 08:39
Well....I looked and apparently they count 'Mullmuzer 1' or something as his first album? that's allmusic.com though...you know what though, I downloaded Octavarium awhile ago before I got it and there were some Labrie songs from Elements of Pesuation on it...it sounded pretty good from what I heard...
Dane Train
Beers & Kilts

Posts: 8896

Age: 30
From: USA

  28.07.2006 at 22:45
Hey my old Canadia buddy! Yeah, I am finding a tad bit of time to work on the comp. I'll be using it a lot more this year. Anyway, I'll try and get you a copy of EOP soon. It is one of my favorite albums. Just good solid progressive metal, without pretencious playing. LaBrie really does some great work.
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Daru Jericho

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Age: 25
From: UK

  29.07.2006 at 04:17
Written by Guest on 28.07.2006 at 08:39

Well....I looked and apparently they count 'Mullmuzer 1' or something as his first album? that's allmusic.com though...you know what though, I downloaded Octavarium awhile ago before I got it and there were some Labrie songs from Elements of Pesuation on it...it sounded pretty good from what I heard...

Yeah, Mullmuzzler pretty much has the same lineup as that featured on EOP. It seems people generally say Mullmuzzler changed their name to 'James LaBrie'.
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Vinnie R.
Chido Chido

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Age: 27
From: Mexico

  05.05.2008 at 06:14
Oh that's a great album, i don't listen it much, but is very different from what he does in DT.

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