Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dream Theater Discography - A Story Of Dedication

August 2 at the Bank of America Pavilion
Before Dream Theater turned into a Dream Theater cover band with the loss of Mike Portnoy, they own one of the single most impressive catalogs of music I've seen.

Of course, there's folks like Buckethead, Zappa and others that lay claim to massive rosters of studio and live albums, but (other than Zappa who's music constantly changed from the approachable (Apostrophe) to the downright exotically extravagant and musically demanding Civilization Phase III who produced a library of albums dwarfing just about anyone else in the music industry to date), Dream Theater has churned out albums so diverse from one to the other it boggles the mind.

Take a look at this discography.  For completeness sake I included some of their lives performances put to CD or DVD as well as the albums Mike Portnoy put together under their Fanclub releases. IMO, Portnoy was the hardest working man in music and losing him was a complete shame...Mangini, while a magnificent drummer in his own right, is no Portnoy...I say this knowing full well I am in no way a billionth of a drummer he is, but Pornoty is the better musical drummer...when he left, the heart of Dream Theater was pulled out.  I think that Marco Minnemann would have been the better choice.  In my opinion he's the more musical and dynamic a drummer than Mangini.  Again, I am nothing, zero, ziltch compared to either of these guys, it's just my (somewhat) educated opinion as to which man would have filled the spot with more vigor and "drumming personality".

If I'm missing any, please let me know in the comment section.

P.S. If you're a drummer and you don't own his instructional DVD (Mike Portnoy In Constant Motion DVD) you are missing out on some of the finest, most imaginative and innovative techniques to date.
So, without further ado, here we go:
  1. 1989 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Unite]
  2. 1992 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words]
  3. 1993 - Dream Theater - [Live At The Marquee]
  4. 1993 - Dream Theater - [New York City - 03-04-93]
  5. 1994 - Dream Theater - [A Kick Into A Dream NY]
  6. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Awake Demos]
  7. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Awake]
  8. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Lie]
  9. 1994 - Dream Theater - [The Silent Man]
  10. 1995 - Dream Theater - [A Change Of Seasons]
  11. 1995 - Dream Theater - [Acoustic Dreams]
  12. 1995 - Dream Theater - [Damage Inc Oslo Rockefeller]
  13. 1996 - Dream Theater - [International Fan Club Christmas Cd 1996]
  14. 1996 - Dream Theater - [Old Bridge New Jersey - 12-14-96]
  15. 1997 - Dream Theater - [Falling Into Infinity]
  16. 1997 - Dream Theater - [Hollow Years]
  17. 1997 - Dream Theater - [The Making of Falling Into Infinity]
  18. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Acoustic At The Electric Factory]
  19. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Heading For Planet X]
  20. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Live At Lyon]
  21. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Live At Waldrock]
  22. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Los Angeles, California - 05-18-98]
  23. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Once In A Livetime]
  24. 1999 - Dream Theater - [Cleaning Out The Closet]
  25. 1999 - Dream Theater - [Metropolis, Part 2 Scenes From A Memory]
  26. 1999 - Dream Theater - [The Chill Of Winter Holland 1999 Cd2]
  27. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Live At The Hob]
  28. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Scenes From A World Tour]
  29. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Through Her Eyes]
  30. 2001 - Dream Theater - [Four Degrees Of Radio Edits]
  31. 2001 - Dream Theater - [Live Scenes From New York]
  32. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Amsterdam Agitation]
  33. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Graspop Festival 2002]
  34. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence]
  35. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Taste The Memories]
  36. 2002 - Dream Theater - [The Atco Demos]
  37. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Graspop Festival 2002]
  38. 2003 - Dream Theater - [The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986]
  39. 2003 - Dream Theater - [The Making Of Scenes From A Memory]
  40. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos]
  41. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Train Of Thought]
  42. 2004 - Dream Theater - [A Live Thought in Oporto, Portugal]
  43. 2004 - Dream Theater - [A Sort Of Homecoming]
  44. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Are Clearly Defined]
  45. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Live At Budokan]
  46. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Master Of Puppets]
  47. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Stream Of Consciousness Songwriting Contest]
  48. 2004 - Dream Theater - [The Covers 2]
  49. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Tokyo, Japan - 10-28-95]
  50. 2004 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Reunite]
  51. 2004 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Unite Demos]
  52. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words Demos]
  53. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Live At Pepsi Stadium]
  54. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Live In Chili]
  55. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Octavarium]
  56. 2005 - Dream Theater - [The Number Of The Beast]
  57. 2006 - Dream Theater - [A Saucerful Of Floyd]
  58. 2006 - Dream Theater - [Dark Side Of The Moon]
  59. 2006 - Dream Theater - [Score 20th Anniversary World Tour]
  60. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Constant Motion]
  61. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Falling Into Infinity Demos]
  62. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words 15th Anniversary Performance]
  63. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Lifting Shadows]
  64. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Made In Japan]
  65. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Systematic Chaos]
  66. 2008 - Dream Theater - [Chaos In Motion]
  67. 2008 - Dream Theater - [Progressive Nation 2008]
  68. 2009 - Dream Theater - [A Rite Of Passage Single]
  69. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Black Clouds And Silver Linings]
  70. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Uncovered 2003-2005]
  71. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Wither]
  72. 2010 - Dream Theater - [God of War Blood & Metal Soundtrack]
  73. 2010 - Dream Theater - [Live In Kopenhagen]
  74. 2011 - Dream Theater - [A Dramatic Turn Of Events]
  75. 2013 - Dream Theater - [Dream Theater]
  76. 2014 - Dream Theater - [Live From the Boston Opera House]
Portnoy, again, at the Pavillion in August of 2009
That's insanity...for a band so hard working and phenomenally talented. This is testament to their dedication to their craft as well as dedication to their fan-base. I will mention again, this is NOT including their other 24 various bootlegs that may or not be official like Shibuya, Nighttown Nostalgia, Stranger Than Fiction, Moon Bubbles and Rotterdamned.

That equals out to 100.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to contribute. Blogs don't exist without an active community.