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Dream Theater: Chaos in Motion 2007 - 2008 - Deluxe Collector's Edition (CD / DVD)

Progressive Metal masters/legends Dream Theater spent just over a year on their Chaos In Motion World Tour commencing early June 2007, going on to perform 105 shows. I was lucky enough to be one of the many countless fans who witnessed one of these performances during their first tour of Australia and it was truly an amazing experience. There is no denying the virtuosity of Mike Portnoy,Jordan Rudess,John Myung, James LaBrie, and John Petrucci, who is nothing short of a guitar god, and I was in awe of his playing. One thing that also stood out was the age difference of the fans at the performance, which was great to see.

Their latest DVD offering is full of footage captured during the Chaos In Motion tour. The first DVD features 3 hours of raw live footage filmed at various venues including Buenos Aires, Toronto, Boston and Vancouver. DVD number two contains a comprehensive 90 minute tour documentary, promo videos and extras. That's not all there is-you also get three live audio cds, so put aside plenty of time for this one. All this is contained in some pretty impressive packaging.

Dream Theater has given us so much classic progressive metal over the years it's virtually impossible to have all our favorites on this release. What you will find is songs ranging from their latest like "Constant Motion" and "The Dark Eternal Night" to the medley "Scmedley Wilcox" comprising "Trial Of Tears", "Finally Free","Learning to Live", "In The Name Of God" and "Ocatvarium". There are also many other cool moments like a solo from one of the best in the business, keyboardist extraordinaire Jordan Rudess and in another, Opeth's Mike Akerfield features on lead vocals singing "Repentance".

The documentary gives the viewer a thought provoking insight into Dream Theater's members and the appreciation they have of each other. Also takes a look at the many support staff required to make the tour run successfuly, plus the challenges the band faces such as combining life on the road and their respective families.The remainder you can have fun discovering for yourself, they are just one of the many pieces that makes this such a special release, thank you Dream Theater.


Track Listing:


"Around The World In 180 Minutes"

1. Intro/Also Sprach Zarathustra
2. Constant Motion
3. Panic Attack
4. Blind Faith
5. Surrounded
6. The Dark Eternal Night
7. Jordaun Rudees Keyboard Solo
8. Lines In The Sand
9. Scarred
10. Forsaken
11. The Ministry Of Lost Souls
12. Take The Time
13. In The Presence Of Enemies
14. Schmedley Wilcox Medley:
I. Trial Of Tears
II. Finally Free
III. Learning To Live
IV. In The Name Of God
V. Octavarium


Behind The Chaos On The Road

Documentary 90 minutes

Promo Videos:
Constant Motion
Forsaken (In Studio)
The Dark Eternal Night (In Studio)
Live Screen Projection Films:
The Dark Eternal Night (N.A.D.S)
The Ministry Of Lost Souls
In The Presence Of Enemies Pt. 2
Stage Tour & Backstage Tour
Photo Gallery

(CD 1 , 2 & 3 Feature the same tracks as first DVD.)


Added: January 29th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: The Band's Website
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Language: english

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Dream Theater: Chaos in Motion 2007 - 2008 - Deluxe Collector's Edition (CD / DVD)
Posted by Keith Hannaleck, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-01-29 09:37:42
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With the latest set from Dream Theater Chaos In Motion 2007-2008 (deluxe collector's edition) the band gives their fans the ultimate gift by putting two DVDs and three CDs together for the most comprehensive overview of their music to date in a live setting.

I grabbed this gem the day it came out and later discovered the concert date I attended in Boston in 2007 makes a few appearances on the set, which makes this experience all that more personal and special for this listener. I was able to attend another concert early in 2008 and bring along my young son, a Petrucci disciple, and he thought seeing DT live was the most amazing thing he has ever seen.

Thanks to the graciousness of Jordan Rudess and making these dreams come true, I continue to enjoy watching the development and legacy of DT grow with each passing year.

Chaos In Motion 2007-2008 is a lot to digest and after you are finished watching all the live footage, interviews and bonuses, then heard all three CDs, you certainly have the feeling you were just given the grand tour and history of a band. DT is at the point where a presentation such as this will be more commonplace because of their hard earned and well-deserved success. I recently spoke to their former manager Jim Putulski, and as we were discussing Jim's latest new label Blistering Records, the mention of the work ethic of DT came up and he intimated that if more bands held that belief closer to their heart that success would be unavoidable.

At the beginning of the first DVD, there are some questionable videos in reference to quality however, that is something that is more of an anomaly. Once you get past those rare instances, this is superb and it covers much of the output from this band. As the back of the box set says, "1 year & 1 day, 115 shows, 105 cities, 35 countries, 5 continents, hundreds of thousands of fans…1 Band" puts this entire event into proper perspective. The enormity of presence that DT commands finds a time capsule to fit into within this one sentence.

The promo videos and live screen projection films are also a highlight and very enjoyable. With "Behind The Chaos On The Road" segments, Mike Portnoy's tour of the stage prior to a show is an entirely different look from the band's eyes that we rarely get to see. As I mentioned previously, this set is all encompassing and I do not think very much is missing. The total DT experience is available here, including life on the road and all the people that make things happen along the way from the bus driver to the cooks, people that seldom get the recognition they deserve. This band is proud of its legacy and is always willing to give credit where it is due and that is why I respect them so much. Success has not changed their outlook, just made all of them more grateful for the current position they hold in music today.

It is hard to imagine how a DVD/CD box set could get much better than this although I have a feeling what is in the future will be yet another notch higher than this. DT is always looking to improve and this is a great way to see how this band has grown in every way by watching the DVDs. If you want to compare, contrast, and see how just how far they have come over the years, check out the double feature DVD Images and Words Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime, proceed to check out Chaos In Motion 2007-2008, and then watch the amazing progression of a band in one sitting.

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