All photos by ColourOfAir (c) 2012.
1. A Nightmare to Remember
2. A Rite of Passage
4. The Shattered Fortress
5. The Best of Times
6. The Count of Tuscany
As I did for 2007, keeping the tradition, here is my Top 5 for 2008:
1. Steven Wilson – Insurgentes
2. Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun [reissue, cd, dvd-a, bonus, super jewel case]
3. Neal Morse – Lifeline [lim. ed. on its way from AmazonUK… hopefully]
4. Karmakanic – Who’s the Boss in the Factory
5. Dream Theater – Chaos in Motion [2 dvd + 3 cd… and more]
Insu, Lightbulb photos by DavidG
I just received the latest Dream Theater live album- Chaos in motion. I bought the special DELUXE collector`s edition, a brilliant 5-disc set, with 2 Video-DVD`s and 3 Audio-CD`s. It had taken quite a trip: from the United States to Germany then to Targu Mures in Romania and finally to me in Cluj-Napoca. A big thank you to Szabi and David. I was looking forward to see the package… and although I did not expected a lot, I was still very disappointed. This is progressive music so it should be presented as such. In progressive music the special editions are a must. And by that I mean really special editions. But the package and the design let me down … again. Okay, I am thankful for the jewelcase (the discs are not falling all over the place) but is that all? I mean this is a deluxe package: where is the booklet?? Where is ART?! Music is art and definately it should be presented in a great artwork. Becuase buying the work is not only supporting the artist but the record company also. And I am really not happy with what Roadrunner is making. Imagine what would a Special edition would look like for DT at InsideOut. Think of Transatlantic`s special edition “Live in Europe” or Century Media`s release Dark Genesis box set for Iced Earth! But the package design for CHAOS in Motion is really poor and eye-wise. It looks like an amateur`s work. I think also of The aniversary Score package: what a piece of sh|t fiasco that was! Anything but a real aniversary edition. Yuck! Anyway, I feel a bit sorry for not beeing able to get an Insurgents work of art.
Looks like I am going to see Dream Theater much sooner that I expected… if I`ll ever get there!
The European summer leg of DREAM THEATER `s CHAOS IN MOTION – WORLD TOUR 2007/2008 includes one show in Budapest. It will take place at the Petofi Csarnok, on the sixth of June.
Check out if Dream Theater is performing anywhere near you at http://www.mikeportnoy.com
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