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Re: - " The Astonishing " - One Year -- er, TWO YEARS On.
« Reply #945 on: June 10, 2019, 12:45:52 AM »
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« Reply #946 on: June 10, 2019, 12:51:00 AM »
For the first time in about a year - maybe more - I listened to The Astonishing. Honestly, I was kind of blown away. Some of the music on that record is pretty amazing. I am really bummed that they didn't film a live show. What a memento that would have been!

I'm not a big fan of this album but it's kind of a shame they couldn't put out a DVD or live album. The Astonishing will most likely never be performed again live...at least not by Dream Theater.
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« Reply #947 on: June 10, 2019, 01:30:56 AM »
I can understand why they didn't release a DVD of this show.
Let's face it, outside of this forum it's not exactly the most popular album, and putting out a live DVD with just the album played note-for-note with no extended bits, no live embellishments of the story and no extra songs seems redundant to me. If it was a popular album, I can kind of understand it, but given the reception of the album it doesn't make much sense business wise to do this.

(As I side note, I do *like* the album - it just feels a bit underdeveloped story-wise and musically to me, as I've mentioned elsewhere.)

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« Reply #948 on: June 10, 2019, 09:35:02 AM »
I can understand why they didn't release a DVD of this show.
Let's face it, outside of this forum it's not exactly the most popular album, and putting out a live DVD with just the album played note-for-note with no extended bits, no live embellishments of the story and no extra songs seems redundant to me. If it was a popular album, I can kind of understand it, but given the reception of the album it doesn't make much sense business wise to do this.

(As I side note, I do *like* the album - it just feels a bit underdeveloped story-wise and musically to me, as I've mentioned elsewhere.)

If they released it with the Visuals as a bonus, I'd buy it.
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« Reply #949 on: June 10, 2019, 02:21:04 PM »
For the first time in about a year - maybe more - I listened to The Astonishing. Honestly, I was kind of blown away. Some of the music on that record is pretty amazing. I am really bummed that they didn't film a live show. What a memento that would have been!

I truly like this release knowing full well that it is covering very different ground than their usual music although there are overlapping songs with prior material stylistically.  Even though the story is a bit corny, what theater arts type of musical isn't?  I just appreciated that a band as talented as DT would even try to do something that might be on Broadway someday.  When Queen's music was adapted to the stage play "We Will Rock You", that turned out quite well for the band so I am hoping that The Astonishing does eventually get a stage play release.  I agree with others that it is a shame they didn't do a live release of this.  I would buy it in a heartbeat.  There is a LOT of good music and LaBrie is at the top of his game on this.

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Re: - " The Astonishing " - One Year -- er, TWO YEARS On.
« Reply #950 on: June 11, 2019, 01:59:44 PM »
I can understand why they didn't release a DVD of this show.
Let's face it, outside of this forum it's not exactly the most popular album, and putting out a live DVD with just the album played note-for-note with no extended bits, no live embellishments of the story and no extra songs seems redundant to me. If it was a popular album, I can kind of understand it, but given the reception of the album it doesn't make much sense business wise to do this.

(As I side note, I do *like* the album - it just feels a bit underdeveloped story-wise and musically to me, as I've mentioned elsewhere.)

If they released it with the Visuals as a bonus, I'd buy it.

Agreed 100%. The visuals would have made the live release worth it.

For the first time in about a year - maybe more - I listened to The Astonishing. Honestly, I was kind of blown away. Some of the music on that record is pretty amazing. I am really bummed that they didn't film a live show. What a memento that would have been!

I truly like this release knowing full well that it is covering very different ground than their usual music although there are overlapping songs with prior material stylistically.  Even though the story is a bit corny, what theater arts type of musical isn't?  I just appreciated that a band as talented as DT would even try to do something that might be on Broadway someday.  When Queen's music was adapted to the stage play "We Will Rock You", that turned out quite well for the band so I am hoping that The Astonishing does eventually get a stage play release.  I agree with others that it is a shame they didn't do a live release of this.  I would buy it in a heartbeat.  There is a LOT of good music and LaBrie is at the top of his game on this.

It definitely feels less like a conventional concept album and more like a musical soundtrack, at least to me. And that's a bit weird coming from the band that wrote Train of Thought, but that's also what it means to truly be progressive.
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Re: - " The Astonishing " - One Year -- er, TWO YEARS On.
« Reply #951 on: June 11, 2019, 02:26:33 PM »
For the first time in about a year - maybe more - I listened to The Astonishing. Honestly, I was kind of blown away. Some of the music on that record is pretty amazing. I am really bummed that they didn't film a live show. What a memento that would have been!

The 'bummer' about this album (for me at least) is I have to listen to it all at once. There aren't many if any songs on there I just jump to listen to. It's an 'all or nothing' listen for me. Last time I listened to it was driving home from our vacation last summer. It has some incredible music on it.

That being said....it still remains pretty much a middle of the road album for me. It's a 'right time/right mood' listen.

BUT....seeing this live was freaking INCREDIBLE!!! I think this album was custom made for a live performance. It was SO good....SO amazing to see. It really is a crime that it wasn't filmed for a BluRay release.
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Re: - " The Astonishing " - One Year -- er, TWO YEARS On.
« Reply #952 on: July 01, 2019, 03:40:06 PM »
So I was listening to Shadow Gallery's Tyranny last week, and it really reminded me a lot of The Astonishing. I found the pacing very similar with rocking tunes and piano intro mellower songs going back and forth.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: - " The Astonishing " - One Year -- er, TWO YEARS On.
« Reply #953 on: July 26, 2019, 08:28:30 PM »
So I was listening to Shadow Gallery's Tyranny last week, and it really reminded me a lot of The Astonishing. I found the pacing very similar with rocking tunes and piano intro mellower songs going back and forth.

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« Reply #954 on: July 26, 2019, 08:29:54 PM »
Why is that funny?
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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« Reply #955 on: July 26, 2019, 08:34:56 PM »
It is just is, and it is probably best not to infect this thread with any more talk about Shadow Gallery.

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« Reply #956 on: July 30, 2019, 05:58:04 AM »
Does anybody think like me that the "Astonishing" story was heavily influenced by "Games of thrones" TV series?

"The astonishing" came out in 2016, while Games of thrones was on its sixth season.

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« Reply #957 on: July 30, 2019, 06:38:19 AM »
Does anybody think like me that the "Astonishing" story was heavily influenced by "Games of thrones" TV series?

"The astonishing" came out in 2016, while Games of thrones was on its sixth season.

JP said that GOT was one of the main influences for TA.
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« Reply #958 on: July 30, 2019, 07:19:29 AM »
Redid my abridged version of The Astonishing:

Gift of Music
Better Life
Savior in the Square
When Your Time Has Come
Three Days
Ravenskill
A Tempting Offer
A New Beginning
Moment of Betrayal
Heaven's Cove
The Path That Divides
Walking Shadow
My Last Farewell
Our New World
Astonishing

Not interested in the story so I didn't care on what songs to cut that were relevant to it. I think I chose the rocking songs from the album. I feel that Moment of Betrayal could work well in their current setlist.
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