Images and Words

Label
Table Of Elements
Release date
1992
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
114:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pull Me Under 8:14 240,696
2 Another Day 4:23 201,245
3 Take the Time 8:21 157,181
4 Surrounded 5:30 144,794
5 Metropolis Part I: The Miracle and the Sleeper 9:32 2,941
6 Under a Glass Moon 7:03 158,813
7 Wait for Sleep 2:33 158,052
8 Learning to Live 11:30 139,599
Metropolis - Part I ("The Miracle And The Sleeper") (LP Version) 9:32 63
Surrounded (LP Version) 5:30 51
Take The Time (LP Version) 8:21 55
Another Day (LP Version) 4:23 68
Under A Glass Moon (LP Version) 7:03 56
Pull Me Under (LP Version) 8:14 86
Wait For Sleep (LP Version) 2:32 55
Learning To Live (LP Version) 11:30 55

About this album

Images and Words is the second studio album by influential American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1992. It was recorded in late 1991 at BearTracks Studios in New York City. The album is the first album to feature James LaBrie on vocals. The album maintains its position as the band’s most commercially successful album to date, and the song Pull Me Under’s status as the only Top 10 hit the band has ever had. This song has also had some very recent success as it has appeared in the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour. Many critics and fans cite this album as a landmark release for the progressive metal genre.

History
After Charlie Dominici’s departure from the band, they auditioned nearly 200 people across the nation before James LaBrie sent the band an audition tape. LaBrie was formerly in the Canadian glam metal band Winter Rose, but saw potential in the band, and thus decided to audition. After a short jam session, the band chose him as their lead singer, and he has been the band’s lead singer ever since.

With LaBrie on board, the band was signed to a seven album contract by Atco Records, and shortly after began recording their new album. The lead single, Pull Me Under gained the band considerable commercial success with its airplay on MTV and radio, garnering them a Top 10 hit on radio charts. When the album was released, it sold at a steady pace, only helped by their relentless touring across the world. Images and Words would go on to be the band’s most commercially successful album, and often is considered a landmark release in the progressive metal genre by many newer bands in the genre such as Tool.

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  • muerto14

    Amazing album.

    25 Jul 7:27pm Reply
  • dekadenz_ag

    The best snare ever! So blatantly electronic, and fits the music so fine. I missed this sound on their newer albums much. It's a shame Portnoy hates triggers and samples, so songs from this classic album sucks live. Some drum parts is just impossible to play properly without a trigger. Yes, I'm referring to these machinegun full hits. And re-recorded version with real drums sucks too. Maybe Mangini will be more reasonable?

    12 Jun 10:56pm Reply
  • spiderferi

    Masterpiece! full of feelings and emotion. i always wondered how they got progressed to this feeling less music machine. all they wanna do now with their new albums is like "heh, i'm so fucking good on the instrument of mine ,i'm the king and suck it losers".

    3 Jun 7:11pm Reply
  • NargaCuuga

    their masterpiece

    27 Mar 4:23am Reply
  • lgortiz

    masterpiece

    31 Jan 4:59am Reply
  • hungry_mouth

    Great album!

    27 Jan 6:58am Reply
  • SammyGuitarist

    perfect album, there's not even a second of filler music on this album.

    18 Jan 6:32pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Dream Theater never topped this because you can't top perfection

    7 Jan 1:08am Reply
  • Whiplashock

    great album

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spacemanBOSE

    Awesome album. Every song is just great. My only problem is with that horrible, 80's sound, triggered, too loud SNARE.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • hantu_bungkus

    best album ever

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TideSofDarK

    10/10

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    god-tier prog

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • niQboy

    Staggeringly solid album. Sounds fresh everytime I listen to it. One of the best.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    top 3 prog metal album of all time. One of my favourites of all time <3.

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • Infernatic

    Their undisputed best album, absolute classic. Take The Time is a personal favourite of mine.

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    10 / 10

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Karlikos

    Best DT Album,my favourite album ever.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    legendary lp

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The official Vinyl release of the album came out few days ago. The first 500 copies were pressed on red/gold swirl. The remaining 1500 were pressed on black vinyl. Each copy is hand-numbered on the back above the barcode. >> Info << Previously distributed the German Promo version of the album. (The "Promo" version made for using radio stations.) I must tell, the mixing of the Promo version is 10 times better than the Official version. Eh!

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
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