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Dream Theater - Awake



8.7 | 1354 votes |
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

Line-up
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
Rating:
9.0
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.

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published 09.01.2004 | Comments (23)

Staff review by
Herzebeth
Rating:
9.0
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.

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published 21.01.2005 | Comments (4)

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19.09.2020 - 16:56
Rating: 9
doez
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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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22.07.2021 - 15:37
kevindebrajne
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Saying that "Scarred" is a bad song is the shittiest DT take I've ever heard. Not only the best song on the album, its top 5 song by the band easly. Also I find it incredible how 75 minute album can feel so short, maybe its because of varied songs, or because of their quality, but this album feels shorter than Images & Words.
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21.12.2021 - 09:35
R.Boxma

Written by Guest on 22.07.2021 at 15:37

Saying that "Scarred" is a bad song is the shittiest DT take I've ever heard. Not only the best song on the album, its top 5 song by the band easly. Also I find it incredible how 75 minute album can feel so short, maybe its because of varied songs, or because of their quality, but this album feels shorter than Images & Words.


I was just listening to this album today.. It seemed to start off well but I found that everything after Voices began to drag on, I recall listening to Scarred and thought to myself "is this song still going?" Not really noticing it to be somewhat inspiring..
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21.12.2021 - 09:45
R.Boxma

Written by Dr. Strawberry on 19.05.2014 at 20:29

Song 1,2,3 & 4 - are infused with strong 70's blues composition made this album very awkward.
Song 5 - dream theater is back
Song 6 - is a country rock made this album awful. DT is gone again...
Song 7,8.9,10,11 - I pushed stop as there's no point to go on listening...


You have interpreted my mind.
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22.12.2021 - 15:04
R.Boxma

I have been trying to enjoy this more since there is a lot of controversy as to which is the best amongst Awake, IAW and M2. The second half of Awake seems to become unpredictable, lost and gloomy. I would prefer to be strapped in for a good progressive ride but in this case I find myself in a dark maze without a destination. This is what troubles me about this album. Although M2 has incredible moments, I find to be over-emotional at times and I don't appreciate the pasted content which stains the musical experience. That only leaves me with IAW of which I find very hard to fault.
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