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« Reply #140 on: December 29, 2009, 01:41:46 PM »
Rich, are there any limited edition left? If so, how many? I want to order one, but I don't want to do it until next week.

Yes there are some of the Ltd Edition left. Not sure how many, but we are talking a few hundred, so next week will be OK for you!


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« Reply #141 on: December 31, 2009, 12:00:00 PM »
Thanks Nick.

Also thanks for the point you raised about the subjective reviews of each of the albums. I always appreciate such constructive criticism and there are a few sections that have changed from the first edition because of it. The FII review is pretty different.

I guess from reading a lot of band biogs written by contemporaries of mine who I respect, I am influenced by their approach. Generally, such books do have album opinions in them. Naturally not everyone will agree with all the points I raise. That gives me only a few other options. Lie and write that I think everything that DT have ever released is perfect. Sit on the fence and be vague about the album's quality. Or not mention them at all which, in my opinion would be not doing my job. So of all of those, the approach I feel most comfortable with is the one I took. I knew it wouldn't please anyone but I'm sure you'll agree, pleasing every DT fan would be a tricky task!

Thanks again and I hope it won't put you off reading my books in the future  ;D

Thank you again Rich!

I finished reading the revised book a few days ago. I did notice that the Falling Into Infinity section was different. Can't speak for anyone else, but I really think you captured what I had been feeling at the time it was released. At the time, my favorite tracks were New Millenium, You Not Me, Hell's Kitchen, Hollow Years, Lines In The Sand and Trial of Tears though most of the album was a huge compromise and some of that was (unfairly) placed on Derek.


I'm actually listening to Falling To Infinity now (Anna Lee at the moment - Yuck! Nothing has changed here) and while my opinion of it has improved over the years (mostly because of improved live arrangements) I might not like You Not Me and Hollow Years (I LOVE this live) much anymore. Most of the songs (as recorded) don't really hold up well over time.


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« Reply #142 on: January 01, 2010, 08:27:12 PM »
I am on the Transatlantic section now, it was good to read the revised Systematic Chaos section and the Black Clouds section.
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« Reply #143 on: January 06, 2010, 02:23:50 PM »
I had finished this a few days ago, and the following is the most interesting information I took from the whole book.

While I knew that Neal had written We All Need Some Light prior to Transatlantic forming, I did not know that Spock's Beard had actually TURNED IT DOWN for two of their albums already. What in the world were they thinking? So what if it sounded a little like Floyd.
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« Reply #144 on: January 06, 2010, 03:50:06 PM »
I ordered my limited edition yesterday. Now that the books are pretty much all shipped out, does anyone know about how long shipping takes from wherever they come from to PA if you are just now ordering?
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« Reply #145 on: January 08, 2010, 04:38:42 PM »
I had finished this a few days ago, and the following is the most interesting information I took from the whole book.

While I knew that Neal had written We All Need Some Light prior to Transatlantic forming, I did not know that Spock's Beard had actually TURNED IT DOWN for two of their albums already. What in the world were they thinking? So what if it sounded a little like Floyd.

I'd love to hear more stuff that might not have made a Spock's Beard album

I'd also love to see a book about Spock's Beard one day, but I'm afraid I'd be one of the few that would.

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« Reply #146 on: January 08, 2010, 07:14:15 PM »
I've really been at work staring at a computer screen too long.  I thought the title of this thread said "Bosk1 Shipping Now!"  :omg:
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« Reply #147 on: January 09, 2010, 04:08:58 AM »
My book shipped on Tuesday, apparently.
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« Reply #148 on: January 12, 2010, 03:07:51 PM »
So is there any interesting scoops concerning the making of BC+SL that anyone would like to share? I'd buy the book but i've already got the first edition and i didn't get an email voucher.

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« Reply #149 on: January 12, 2010, 03:10:52 PM »
So is there any interesting scoops concerning the making of BC+SL that anyone would like to share? I'd buy the book but i've already got the first edition and i didn't get an email voucher.


Well if you still wanted to buy it and get the discount, head on over to:

https://liftingshadows.com/faq/update-your-email-address/

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« Reply #150 on: January 14, 2010, 10:02:41 AM »
My book shipped on Tuesday, apparently.
SO WHERE THE HELL IS IT

I just got mine today, havent opened the book itself, but it looks pretty cool!
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« Reply #151 on: January 22, 2010, 03:22:27 PM »
Reading it now for the first time.  Good stuff.  I especially like the Black Clouds Chapter.  I thought James feelings toward being left out of the writing process were very interesting.

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« Reply #152 on: January 23, 2010, 05:28:55 AM »
Still waiting for my limited edition. I'm expecting it by Tuesday at the latest hopefully. It was shipped out on the 8th.
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« Reply #153 on: January 23, 2010, 05:57:34 AM »
Still waiting for my limited edition. I'm expecting it by Tuesday at the latest hopefully. It was shipped out on the 8th.

The shipping does seem to be slow for a lot of people, so sorry about that. I have flagged it with the publishers. That said, even though it has been slow, most people are getting their books eventually. So please bear with it. If it doesn't come in the next couple of weeks then the best bet is to contact the publishers via the www.liftingshadows.com website.

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« Reply #154 on: January 23, 2010, 05:19:09 PM »
Oh, I'm sure it's on it's way; I remember hearing something about two weeks; I got an email saying that it shipped on the 8th, so if you take out the weekends, I really shouldn't even expect it until around Tuesday. No worries, Rich! :)
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« Reply #155 on: January 26, 2010, 10:20:37 PM »
I have been reading some parts of it, as I donīt have time to read the whole thing. Thank you very much Rich, you make a wonderful job, the book is beautiful. The most interesting part Iīve read is JPīs detailed description of the story behind The Count of Tuscany. He says for him the lyrics are just fun, and considering how well they fit the actual story, I donīt feel theyīre bad at all (and finally I get the references to the cannibal curator and the soldiers in the wine  :biggrin:).

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« Reply #156 on: January 27, 2010, 02:05:50 PM »
I received the books a good number of weeks ago and have only just got round to starting it. NOw I can't put it down! Such a great read. Work gets in the way though. Perhaps I should phone in sick for a few days to get it finished. LOL  ;D :lol

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« Reply #157 on: January 27, 2010, 10:11:58 PM »
Yeah, there's so much here I didn't know.  I was really surprised that Wilson went there on the topic of James' studio input.  Kudos to that!  I doubt most bands would even let half the amount ongoing controversy in a sanctioned book-- especially when it's DT fans we're talking about.

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« Reply #158 on: January 31, 2010, 12:21:59 AM »
I've got a question about the book.  Does it cover the backstory to each and every song, or just a select few?  Cause I'd really like to check out what in the world Voices is about...or even Scarred.

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« Reply #159 on: January 31, 2010, 08:51:29 AM »
Not every song has the back story discussed as that would read like a long list. But 'Voices' is discussed as well as most of the tracks on BC&SL


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« Reply #160 on: January 31, 2010, 05:53:41 PM »
I've got a question about the book.  Does it cover the backstory to each and every song, or just a select few?  Cause I'd really like to check out what in the world Voices is about...or even Scarred.
One of the nicest things in the book is that you get a lot of those "now I understand what that song is about..." type of things. Not each song is discussed but many you might be interested in are there. Today I learned that ToT is about ego, for example.

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« Reply #161 on: February 02, 2010, 02:58:49 PM »
Just got my LE yesterday. I'm only finishing the first chapter, Rich, but having read the first edition and understanding everything that went down during the production of that one, I must say that this one is absolutely perfect...no typos or anything! Excellent work!
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« Reply #162 on: February 02, 2010, 03:19:19 PM »
Will there be future editions, seeing as there will be future albums?

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« Reply #163 on: February 03, 2010, 10:01:07 AM »
Will there be future editions, seeing as there will be future albums?

There's nothing planned. This "second edition" was supposed to come out shortly after the first version but do to various reasons to dull to go into here, it was put back until last year.

Who knows what might happen in 5 or 10 years time. Maybe. But at the moment I'm pretty "Dream Theatered out" so am thinking about writing a book on another band. . .

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« Reply #164 on: February 03, 2010, 10:04:41 AM »
Question for ya Rich.  In the book, when James talks about getting into his bar fights, he says that the last one was 8 or so years ago.  Does that mean James was still getting into fights around 2001?  Or was that from an older interview?

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« Reply #165 on: February 03, 2010, 01:43:17 PM »
Rich, please let us know if and when you do other books, not necessarily DT, but any band. If I like the band I will definitely buy a book from you.
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« Reply #166 on: February 03, 2010, 02:43:30 PM »
I just finished up the book last night, and I must say, absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for writing it, Rich. It was truly a treat to get to follow the DT story from the start up until where they are now. I also enjoyed the Appendix, seeing as I'm a huge fan of all the DT side stuff.
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« Reply #167 on: February 04, 2010, 09:40:04 AM »
Question for ya Rich.  In the book, when James talks about getting into his bar fights, he says that the last one was 8 or so years ago.  Does that mean James was still getting into fights around 2001?  Or was that from an older interview?

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I think the interview with James was done around 2005/2006 during his tour to promote his Elements Of Persuasion solo album. So I guess we are looking at the mid to late 90's

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« Reply #168 on: February 04, 2010, 09:40:41 AM »
Rich, please let us know if and when you do other books, not necessarily DT, but any band. If I like the band I will definitely buy a book from you.

That's great and thanks for that. I will of course let you all know as and when!

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« Reply #169 on: February 04, 2010, 09:44:00 AM »
I just finished up the book last night, and I must say, absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for writing it, Rich. It was truly a treat to get to follow the DT story from the start up until where they are now. I also enjoyed the Appendix, seeing as I'm a huge fan of all the DT side stuff.

Thanks for this - it really means a lot to know you've enjoyed reading it :-)

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« Reply #170 on: February 04, 2010, 07:17:24 PM »
I finished it up mid January. I really enjoyed reading, I learned quite a few things that suprised me, like Jordan doing drugs during his starting years in the 70s or so. But it was a joy to read, and also somewhat sad to finish, because of my excitement.
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« Reply #171 on: February 18, 2010, 03:57:33 PM »
I just finished reading the book this week, and it was an excellent read. Great job, Rich! I feel like I know them personally now.
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« Reply #172 on: February 18, 2010, 04:33:37 PM »
I haven't started yet, I have so much to read  :-[.

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« Reply #173 on: February 23, 2010, 07:21:34 AM »
You could have send it to me, though. :p

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« Reply #174 on: February 24, 2010, 11:26:41 AM »
Finally finished it.  Great book.  Knew mostly everything from ToT-on (which is why my reading slowed) but was well worth it for all the other info.