Once in a LIVEtime

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Once in a LIVEtime
Cover art by Storm Thorgerson
Live album by Dream Theater
Released October 27, 1998
Recorded June 25, 1998 - Le Bataclan, Paris, France
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 2:34:09
Label EastWest
Producer Kevin Shirley
Dream Theater chronology
Falling into Infinity
Once in a LIVEtime
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Once in a LIVEtime is a live double album by progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, and their second live release, which features 5 songs from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity; was produced and recorded by Kevin Shirley during the European leg of the Touring into Infinity world tour at the Bataclan, France and released in 1998.

"Puppies on Acid" is actually the first instrumental section of "The Mirror" from Awake album. Mike Portnoy's drum solo is essentially inserted into the last third of "Ytse Jam", which is cut short on the track listing but finishes in the last two minutes of the solo track. The Last three songs on the second disc are dubbed-"Medley" and are much much shorter than the original songs.

Jay Beckenstein from Spyro Gyra plays alto saxophone on "Take Away My Pain".

The album cover, designed by Storm Thorgerson, shows an over head view of the ancient Roman theatre in Orange, France set into a head of a monk. It is one of three albums by Dream Theater, as well as their only live album, not to feature the band's iconic font on the cover. This was due to Thorgerson's refusal to work with fonts created by other artists.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Dream Theater except where noted.

Disc one
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Crimson Sunrise"   (instrumental) 3:56
2. "Innocence"   Mike Portnoy 3:05
3. "Puppies on Acid"   (instrumental) 1:24
4. "Just Let Me Breathe"   Portnoy 5:53
5. "Voices"   John Petrucci 10:34
6. "Take the Time"   Dream Theater 12:20
7. "Derek Sherinian Piano Solo" (music: Derek Sherinian) (instrumental) 1:54
8. "Lines in the Sand"   Petrucci 13:13
9. "Scarred"   Petrucci 9:27
10. "The Darkest of Winters"   (instrumental) 3:17
11. "Ytse Jam" (music: Petrucci, John Myung, Kevin Moore, Portnoy) (instrumental) 4:09
12. "Mike Portnoy Drum Solo/Ytse Jam(Continued)" (music: Portnoy) (instrumental) 6:59
Disc two
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Trial of Tears"   Myung 14:11
2. "Hollow Years"   Petrucci 7:01
3. "Take Away My Pain"   Petrucci 6:16
4. "Caught In A Web"   James LaBrie, Petrucci 5:16
5. "Lie"   Moore 6:45
6. "Peruvian Skies"   Petrucci 7:50
7. "John Petrucci Guitar Solo" (music: Petrucci) (instrumental) 8:06
8. "Pull Me Under"   Moore 8:15
9. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper"   Petrucci 6:16
10. "Learning to Live"   Myung 4:13
11. "The Crimson Sunset"   Portnoy 3:49

Covers and tributes[edit]

Dream Theater have often placed riffs or parts of other band's songs into their songs when playing live. On this album, there are several examples of this.


Additional Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Billboard 200:

  • Once in a LIVEtime - #157


  • Once in a LIVEtime - #59


  1. ^ Prato, Greg (2011). "Once in a LIVEtime - Dream Theater | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.