Review by Greg Olma
Dream Theater continues to release great CDs through their Ytsejam Records label. They have released live discs and demos but this one is kind of odd as it is a compilation of songs from different sources. Some were record live in concert and some were done during soundchecks. Either way, what you get is a mix of great cover versions of songs that rarely get an airing. When Dream Theater decides to cover a tune, they pick out the more obscure tracks and give them a little DT twist but still stay close to the original. They also pick a wide variety of bands that run the gamut of AOR with Journey to real heavy metal like Pantera. I generally don’t like cover versions because I feel that most bands don’t do justice to the original but in this case, I found this whole CD really enjoyable. It might be because the guys in Dream Theater are consummate musicians and they can tackle pretty much any band. The only part that they can not really duplicate are the vocals but James LaBrie is versatile enough to handle the different styles. This CD in no way should compete with their regular catalogue of original material but for fans that have all the other disks, then this is a worthy purchase to finish off the collection.