Dream Theater ‎– Once In A Livetime

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EastWest Records America ‎– 7559-62308-2
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Issued in a Slim Double Jewel Case.

Recorded at Le Bataclan - Paris, France on June 25th 1998 with Manor Mobiles.
Mastered at Absolute Audio, NYC.

All songs published by Ytse Jams, except "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (MCA Duchess Music Corporation/Windswept Pacific Songs, BMI), "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin (WB Music Corp, ASCAP), "Have A Cigar" by Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd Music Publishers Inc., BMI) and "Enter Sandman" by Metallica (Creeping Death Music, ASCAP).
Portions of the aforementioned tracks were played but not mentioned on track listing. Also played: "Plat Opus" by Platypus, "Paradigm Shift" by Liquid Tension Experiment and "Flight Of The Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

℗© 1998 Elektra Entertainment Group, a division of Warner Communications Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. All Rights reserved. Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7559-62308-2 7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variants 1 to 10): [Warner Music logo] 755962308-2/1 09/98
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 Variants 1 to 10): IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 1): IFPI 0507
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 2): IFPI 05M2
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 3): IFPI 05A0
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 4): IFPI 05P2
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 5): IFPI 05F7
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 6): IFPI 05N9
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 7): IFPI 05N0
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 8): IFPI 0578
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 9): IFPI 05A0
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 10): IFPI 0509
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variants 1 to 10): [Warner Music logo] 755962308-2/2 09/98
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2 Variants 1 to 10): IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 1, 2): IFPI 05M2
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 3): IFPI 05Z8
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 4): IFPI 05R1
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 5): IFPI 05D4
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 6): IFPI 05R3
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 7): IFPI 05P1
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 8): IFPI 0578
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 9): IFPI 05F1
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 10): IFPI 05Z8
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Label Code (Backcover): LC 1557
  • Label Code (CD's): LC 0192
  • Other (Distribution code): EW 881

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7559-62308-4 Dream Theater Once In A Livetime(2xCass) Eastwest Records America 7559-62308-4 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
62308-2 Dream Theater Once In A Livetime(2xCD, Album) EastWest Records America 62308-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
AMCY-2888~9 Dream Theater Once In A Livetime(2xCD, Album) EastWest Records America AMCY-2888~9 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
62308-4 Dream Theater Once In A Livetime(2xCass, Album) EastWest, Warner Music Korea 62308-4 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
7559-62308-2 Dream Theater Once In A Livetime(2xCD, Album) EastWest Records America 7559-62308-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version

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martindavey87

martindavey87

February 8, 2018

With four studio albums and one EP to their name, it's time for another Dream Theater live recording! Coming at a time when the band were towing the line between their underground progressive metal roots and record label pressure to be more mainstream, 'Once in a Livetime' came at a bit of a transitional period, when really, they were neither of these things.

The set is amazing, and features all the early Dream Theater classics. There's plenty of little tidbits, jams, and covers thrown in between and during songs, giving this a true "live" feeling, and the 20-minute epic 'A Change of Seasons' has been broken down into multiple segments, each serving as interludes amongst the other tracks, giving a nice sense of continuity throughout the show.

The sound is very good, the band are incredibly tight, and the audience add a great energy to it all (the cheering at the beginning of 'Metropolis' sends chills down my spine!). A lot of the lengthier songs have been cut down, for example, twelve-minute 'Learning to Live' is now down to a staggering four minutes, yet they manage to capture the main essence of each piece, making the whole set flow effortlessly.

The only legit detriment to this album is vocalist James LaBrie, who at this point was desperately struggling from a well-documented case of food poisoning that had ruptured his vocal chords (so well-documented, in fact, that people who have never even heard of Dream Theater know about it).

Otherwise, the only reason I never really listen to 'Once in a Livetime' any more is because it's been surpassed by later releases. 'Score', 'Live Scenes from New York', and especially 'Live at Budokan' are far superior live albums. Still, it wraps up "that period" of the bands career with keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who is an incredible musician, but always had a flamboyance about him that didn't really suit Dream Theater.

Good album to own if you're a collector, but they've done much better ones since.