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Which version do you prefer?

'91 demo
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'94 demo
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Offline KevShmev

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Of the two demo versions, which one do you like better?  I just listened to both, and I think the '91 version is vastly superior.  The keys are more up front, and Petrucci's playing during the breaks is just better.

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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 12:24:20 PM »
The '94 version is my 2nd most played DT track (after Innocence Faded). That pretty much sums it up :metal I love the U2 influences on both To Live Forever and Lifting Shadows off a Dream, 2 of my favourite DT ballads ever.

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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 12:25:10 PM »
'94 version easily, because it has the final verse with KM's lyrics, the Awake production and a better guitar solo. Besides, I think the melody before the final verse sounds better when it's a unison and the slightly slower tempo fits the song better.

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 12:36:25 PM »
See, I think the slower tempo makes it feel too plodding.  I agree that the solo is probably better, and the last verse is nice, but a lot of the little things in the '91 version are just much better, IMO. And JLB sounds much better in the older version.

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 06:49:33 PM »
Although James is better on the '91 demo, I prefer the '94 slightly.

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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 07:39:10 PM »
Although James is better on the '91 demo, I prefer the '94 slightly.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2013, 01:16:08 AM »
I really like the added 1994 verse, but the original 91 has an edge for me. The seminal 1991 demo with James LaBrie (not the one that ended up on COTC) is probably my favourite working version of any song. :)
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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2013, 02:04:42 PM »
The '91 demo is in the lead.  :tup :tup

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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2013, 03:25:48 PM »
I can't choose.  I like different things about each one.
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2013, 09:55:41 PM »
I went with '91 but I think the WDADRU version with James & Charlie trumps both

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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 11:22:22 AM »
I went with '91 but I think the WDADRU version with James & Charlie trumps both

I agree with the WDADR version. Charlies vocals really fit that song well
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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2013, 06:47:48 AM »
'94 version easily, because it has the final verse with KM's lyrics, the Awake production and a better guitar solo. Besides, I think the melody before the final verse sounds better when it's a unison and the slightly slower tempo fits the song better.

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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2013, 05:43:06 PM »
I voted for '94 because I was confused about which one was which.  I would change my vote if I could.  The '91 version is superior. 
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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2013, 05:57:18 PM »
I like the Live in Tokyo version.

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« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 08:11:38 AM »
My favorite live version is on 5YIALT.
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2013, 08:20:45 AM »
My favorite live version is on 5YIALT.

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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2013, 08:28:46 AM »
As big of Dream Theater fan as I am, I couldn't possibly begin to tell you the difference between ANY of the TLF versions. It's just a song that I really find pretty boring and my ears kind of glaze over whenever I hear it.

That said, I LOVE the version on the Wallingford, CT 3-30-04 boot.
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« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2013, 09:37:56 AM »
As big of Dream Theater fan as I am, I couldn't possibly begin to tell you the difference between ANY of the TLF versions. It's just a song that I really find pretty boring and my ears kind of glaze over whenever I hear it.

That said, I LOVE the version on the Wallingford, CT 3-30-04 boot.

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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2013, 10:52:54 AM »
I voted for '94 because I was confused about which one was which.  I would change my vote if I could.  The '91 version is superior.


I was going to vote '94, but, instead I'll vote '91 to correct your misvote.

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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2013, 11:31:55 AM »
Thanks, buddy.   :tup
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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2013, 11:50:17 AM »
I've always enjoyed the song, but I have to confess:  I haven't listened to it enough that I could even tell you the difference between the '91 version and the '94 version without going back and listening.  In fact, I don't even recall where the '94 version comes from.  Can someone do a quick list of all the different version of the song and where they are found?  (e.g., I know there is a version with Charlie, 2 different vocalist audition version and James' Atco Demos verseion on the Images & Words Demos, the live version with James and Charlie on WDADRU, etc.)  If someone could compile that, I would appreciate it.
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« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2013, 12:04:45 PM »
I would also appreciate such a list.

(In fact, I think bosk might be asking for it on my behalf.  I can't be sure about that, though.   :lol)
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« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2013, 12:10:00 PM »
I think we have a mutual interest.  :)
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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2013, 12:14:38 PM »
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Was about to edit my post, but since you posted again, I'll just say it: I don't know where the '94 version originally comes from, but if you're just interested in hearing it, it's the version that appears on Greatest Hit. 
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2013, 12:18:27 PM »
I forgot there was a version of the song on Greatest Hit at all.  :lol
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2013, 12:19:50 PM »
The '94 version was originally released as the B-Side of the Lie single.
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Re: To Live Forever - Which demo/studio version do you like better?
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2013, 10:25:39 AM »
'91. It sounds more original to me, and the KM verse in '94 seems kinda rushed. I don't like it.

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« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2013, 02:10:08 PM »
I honestly only heard both of these for the first time last week (Thanks DTF!) and they totally blew me away. I personally liked the '91 version more. I think the middle section has so much more power and feel to it. Both are great though