Lifting Shadows

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Lifting Shadows is a biographical book telling the complete story of the progressive metal band, Dream Theater. It was written by Rich Wilson and published by Essential Works.

Lifting Shadows is a set of two books, one subtitled Images and the other subtitled Words (a play on Dream Theater's most successful album, Images and Words), and also contains a CD of rare and exclusive material.

Images contains rare photos of the band, previously unseen or unused album artwork, letters, press releases and other memorabilia. It is printed on 130gsm art paper, measures 234 x 197mm and has around 192 pages. The inside of the front cover contains a holding pocket for the CD and its slipcase.

Words contains the definitive biography of Dream Theater. It is printed on 80gsm paper, measures 234 x 153mm and has around 384 pages.

Lifting Shadows was dispatched to buyers in mid-December 2007. The Words biography side was reprinted without the Images photo book and CD in Trade Paperback format entitled Tour Edition with an added chapter of their activity (a new album recording sessions and their first "package" tour, Progressive Nation) since the original publication date of 2007) to be sold at the on the "Progressive Nation 2008" tour.

The book has since been reissued as a paperback edition covering the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy and the introduction of his replacement Mike Mangini as well as the two albums that followed these events.


Lifting Shadows includes a free CD which has eleven Dream Theater songs, mostly rare, and not known to the average Dream Theater fan.


1. "Another Won" (1985)
(Original Instrumental Berklee demo)
Taken from the YtseJam Records CD The Majesty Demos 1985-1986

2. "Two Far" (1986)
(1986 Majesty demo)
Taken from the YtseJam Records CD The Majesty Demos 1985-1986

3. "Status Seeker" (1988)
(Radio remix)
Previously only available as a Mechanic Records radio promo CD
Remixed by Terry Brown

4. "Don't Look Past Me" (1990)
(Vocalist audition demo)
Taken from the 1999 Dream Theater Fan Club CD Cleaning Out The Closet
Music originally recorded in Feb 1990
James LaBrie vocal tracks added in Oct 1999
Mixed by Doug Oberkircher

5. "Under a Glass Moon" (1993)
(Live At The Marquee outtake)
Previously unreleased
Recorded at the Marquee, London, England, April 23, 1993

6. "Caught In a Web" (1995)
(Live on BBC Radio One)
Previously unreleased
Recorded Live on Bruce Dickinson's BBC Radio One show - January 30, 1995

7. "You Or Me" (1996)
(1996 Demo)
Taken from the YtseJam Records CD Falling into Infinity demos 1996-1997

8. "Burning My Soul" (1998)
(Once in a LIVEtime outtakes)
Previously only available on the Five Years In A LIVEtime DVD
Recorded at Le Bataclan, Paris, France, June 25, 1998
Live Mix by Kevin Shirley

9. "Through Her Eyes" (1999)
(Original "Long Titanic" Arrangement)
Previously only available on the end credits of Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York

10. "Your Majesty" (2002)
(Live in Paris)
Previously unreleased
Recorded at Mutualite, Paris, France, October 23, 2002

11. "Metropolis" (2004)
(Live in Los Angeles)
Special guests: Charlie Dominici and Derek Sherinian
Taken from the YtseJam Records CD When Dream And Day Reunite
Recorded at The Pantages Theater, Los Angeles , March 6, 2004


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