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August 3, 2014

Album 0460: Dream Theater – When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989

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Release Date: 2004
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1. Afterlife (05:23)
2. The Killing Hand

    I. The Observance
    II. Ancient Renewal
    III. The Stray Seed
    IV. Thorns
    V. Exodus (08:06)

3. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:25)
4. Ytse Jam (05:54)
5. Cry For Freedom (06:46)
6. Resurrection Of Ernie (06:45)
7. Drum Solo (01:53)
8. A Fortune In Lies (04:31)
9. Only A Matter Of Time (06:27)
10. A Fortunes In Lies (05:22)
11. Afterlife (05:41)
12. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:29)

DISC TWO

1. A Fortune In Lies (05:21)
2. Afterlife (05:41)
3. Ytse Jam (05:52)
4. Only A Matter Of Time (06:52)
5. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun (07:36)
6. The Killing Hand

    I. The Observance
    II. Ancient Renewal
    III. The Stray Seed
    IV. Thorns
    V. Exodus (08:26)

7. Light Fuse And Get Away (07:54)
8. To Live Forever (04:29)
9. Mission: Impossible (01:26)
10. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End (06:14)
11. O Holy Night (04:11)
12. A Vision ’89 (08:32)
13. Studio Chatter (02:10)

Total Length: 02:26:27

The first batch of songs are the band’s instrumental demos from 1987 when I believe they were first signed on to a record deal. The recording quality is quite rough, but the main melody comes through and each section of the band gets shown off well. There are no vocals here, as they were between singers at the time. Afterlife sounds good and the same as it usually does. The Killing Hand has some bits that are normally hard to hear because they are covered by vocals, but it still shines honestly.

The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun is actually really cool on its own, and I kind of like it better without the awkward vocals. Kind of wish this song got more attention. Ytse Jam doesn’t present anything different without vocals since it’s never had them, but this version doesn’t offer anything new anyway. Cry For Freedom has a neat part in the middle but isn’t too great otherwise. Resurrection Of Ernie has a terrible opening line and the rest of the song doesn’t do too well either.

Drum Solo is pretty amateur and not fun at all. A Fortune In Lies has always been a good track with great riffs. Only A Matter Of Time is solid as well, and caps off the early instrumental demos. Now we go back to A Fortune In Lies in the same year but with Charlie singing along. He seems to be the focus here, showcasing his skills. Afterlife works well as usual. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun has a much more refined intro, and the song keeps growing on me.

Disc two begins with the pre-production demos from the band’s first album. It’s basically the whole album here in slightly rougher form, and changing out one song. A Fortune In Lies is still the same. Afterlife is fine to be honest. Ytse Jam has no noticeable differences I can recognize. Only A Matter Of Time has cool vocals this time around. The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun is fine here too, still growing on me. The Killing Hand doesn’t have its acoustic intro yet, but is otherwise the same to the final version. Great track.

Light Fuse And Get Away actually doesn’t have any vocals, I suppose they hadn’t been written yet. I definitely like the song though I think it’s a bit wasteful, the first few minutes are unnecessary. To Live Forever has never appealed to me. It’s a pleasant song, but I’m always bored by it. The last batch of tracks are demos the band recorded around Christmas of 1988. Their cover of Mission: Impossible is a fun little piece. Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End from the end of Abbey Road is cool in theory, but I don’t like how it sounds here.

O Holy Night is boring to me honestly, they don’t add anything that hasn’t been done a thousand times. A Vision ’89 isn’t too great either, especially the last few minutes. Studio Chatter is quite terrible, it is not enjoyable at any point. I really don’t see myself coming back to this entire collection of tracks, there’s nothing that stands out or is unique about any of the tracks. It’s just a novelty/piece of history.

Final Rating: 5.5/10

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