A Change of Seasons

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A Change of Seasons
EP by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)
RecordedJanuary 31, 1995 and May 1995
StudioBearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York (studio track), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (live tracks)
GenreProgressive metal, progressive rock
ProducerDavid Prater, Dream Theater
Dream Theater chronology
A Change of Seasons
Falling into Infinity
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

A Change of Seasons is an EP by progressive metal band Dream Theater, first released on September 19, 1995, through East West Records. It comprises the 23-minute title track and a collection of live cover songs performed at a fan club concert on January 31, 1995 at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London, England.

The title track was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York and was originally slated to be released on the 1992 album Images and Words, but was instead re-recorded and released as an EP.[2] Although the song includes audio samples from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society (as well as quotes from the 1648 Robert Herrick poem, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time),[3] the lyrics, written by drummer Mike Portnoy, were not inspired by the film. Instead, "it's about the cycle of life. Basically, I took a lot of personal incidents, like losing my mother and a couple of things that happened in my life, and I wrote them into the lyrics."[4] A Change of Seasons was also the first Dream Theater release featuring Derek Sherinian on keyboards.

Excerpts from the title track were used by NBC in a segment on downhill skiing during the 2002 Winter Olympics.[5]

Although the record is labeled as an EP, its running time of 57:30 makes it significantly longer than a standard EP, and even many LPs, including Dream Theater's first two albums. According to Portnoy, "It was important for us and the label for it not to be perceived as the latest studio record. That's why we tagged it an EP."[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."A Change of Seasons"
  • "I. The Crimson Sunrise" (instrumental)
  • "II. Innocence"
  • "III. Carpe Diem"
  • "IV. The Darkest of Winters" (instrumental)
  • "V. Another World"
  • "VI. The Inevitable Summer" (instrumental)
  • "VII. The Crimson Sunset"
Mike PortnoyDream Theater23:09
  • 3:50
  • 3:04
  • 3:14
  • 2:53
  • 3:58
  • 3:13
  • 2:54
  • 2."Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" (Elton John cover)Bernie TaupinElton John10:46
    3."Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple cover)Ian GillanRitchie Blackmore, Roger Glover5:33
    4."The Rover" / "Achilles Last Stand" / "The Song Remains the Same" (Led Zeppelin cover)Robert PlantJimmy Page7:30
    5."The Big Medley"
  • "In the Flesh?" (Pink Floyd cover)
  • "Carry On Wayward Son" (Kansas cover)
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen cover)
  • "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" (Journey cover)
  • "Cruise Control" (Dixie Dregs cover)
  • "Turn It On Again" (Genesis cover)"
  • Roger Waters
  • Kerry Livgren
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Steve Perry/Neal Schon
  • (instrumental)
  • Mike Rutherford
  • Waters
  • Livgren
  • Mercury
  • Perry
  • Steve Morse
  • Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins
  • 10:32
  • 2:25
  • 2:10
  • 1:25
  • 2:07
  • 1:03
  • 1:23
  • Total length:57:30


    Dream Theater[edit]


    • David Prater – producer, mixing
    • Doug Oberkircher – engineer (track 1), mixing
    • Andy Scarth – engineer (tracks 2-5)
    • Robert Siciliano – assistant engineer
    • Ted Jensenmastering at Sterling Sound, NYC
    • Mike Portnoy – cover concept
    • Larry Freemantle – art direction
    • Joseph Cultice – photography

    Chart performance[edit]

    Year Chart Position
    1995 Billboard 200 58[7]
    1995 UK Albums Chart 88


    1. ^ Carter, Phil. "A Change of Seasons – Dream Theater". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
    2. ^ Portnoy, Mike. "A change of Seasons in Images and Words". About Mike – FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
    3. ^ http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/herrick/tovirgins.htm
    4. ^ Portnoy, Mike. "Did the movie Dead Poet's Society influence the song A Change of Seasons?". About Mike – FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
    5. ^ YouTube.com
    6. ^ Portnoy, Mike. "Dream Theater – A Change of Seasons EP". About Mike – FAQ. Mikeportnoy.com. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
    7. ^ "A Change of Seasons – Dream Theater | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-25.