Images and Words

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Images and Words
Dream Theater - Images and Words.jpg
Studio album by Dream Theater
Released July 7, 1992 (1992-07-07)[1]
Recorded October–December 1991 at BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York; The Hit Factory in New York City
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 57:04
Label Atco
Producer David Prater
Dream Theater chronology
When Dream and Day Unite
Images and Words
Live at the Marquee
Singles from Images and Words
  1. "Pull Me Under"
    Released: August 29, 1992
  2. "Take the Time"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Another Day"
    Released: 1993

Images and Words is the second studio album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, released on July 7, 1992 through Atco Records. It is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. The album maintains its position as the band's most commercially successful studio album to date, and the song "Pull Me Under" has the distinction of being the only top 10 hit (radio or otherwise) the band has had to date. This particular song has also had more recent success as it has appeared in the 2008 video game Guitar Hero World Tour.

Although there is no title track on this album, the phrase "images and words" appears in the song "Wait for Sleep".


After Charlie Dominici's departure from the band, the band 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 manned the post ever since.

With LaBrie on board, the band was signed to a seven-album contract by Atco, and shortly after began recording their new album in late 1991. 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 the radio charts. When the album was released, it sold at a steady pace, helped by their relentless touring across the world.

This album was originally going to be a double album, but Atco Records judged this too risky, so some songs got taken out of the album, and one of those songs, "A Change of Seasons", was re-recorded in 1995 and put into its own EP, which also contained some bonus live covers.[2]

Images and Words was played in its entirety on several occasions during the European leg of the "Chaos in Motion" tour, in celebration of its 15th anniversary. It was performed on June 6, 2007 in Bonn, Germany, and was released as The International Fan Clubs CD 2007.[3] On July 7, 2012, the twentieth anniversary of the album's release in 1992, Dream Theater performed three songs from Images and Words as the encore of their concert in Austin, Texas: "Pull Me Under", "Another Day", and "Metropolis—Part I" (in addition to "Surrounded", which was performed during the main set).

In 2013 the album was reissued on vinyl.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard 10/10[6]

Upon release, the album was met with universal acclaim and many critics and fans cite this album as a landmark release for the progressive metal genre. The album later received an RIAA certification of gold, the band's only studio album to date to do so.



On April 9, 2013, Images and Words won Loudwire's fan-voted March Metal Madness award for best metal album of all time.[7]

The song "Under a Glass Moon" was awarded the 98th best guitar solo by Guitar World magazine.[8]

In October 2011, Images and Words was ranked number 7 on Guitar World magazine's top ten list of guitar albums of 1992.[9]

In 2015 the album was listed as number 1 on the Prog Reports top 50 prog albums of 1990-2015. Other DT albums were included as well, Scenes #3, Six Degrees #14, Awake #18, Train of Thought #38.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Dream Theater, except "Wait for Sleep" by Kevin Moore.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Pull Me Under"   Kevin Moore 8:14
2. "Another Day"   John Petrucci 4:23
3. "Take the Time"   Dream Theater 8:21
4. "Surrounded"   Moore 5:30
5. "Metropolis—Part I: "The Miracle and the Sleeper""   Petrucci 9:32
6. "Under a Glass Moon"   Petrucci 7:03
7. "Wait for Sleep"   Moore 2:31
8. "Learning to Live"   John Myung 11:30
Total length:


Dream Theater
Additional musicians


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1992 Billboard Top Heatseekers 2[12]
1993 Billboard 200 61[12]
Year Title Chart Position
1992 "Pull Me Under" Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10[12]
1993 "Take the Time" Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 29[12]
1993 "Another Day" Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[12]


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  2. ^ Portnoy, Mike. "A change of Seasons in Images and Words". About Mike - FAQ. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Dream Theater kick off 2007/2008 World Tour with I&W anniversary performance
  4. ^ "Dream Theater – Images And Words". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-11-.27
  5. ^ Carter, Phil. "Images and Words - Dream Theater". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  6. ^ Breusch, Matthias. "Images and Words - Dream Theater" (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  7. ^ Hartmann, Graham (2013-04-09). "Dream Theater's Images and Words" Wins March Metal Madness 2013". Loudwire. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  8. ^ 100 Greatest Guitar Solos
  9. ^ Grassi, Tony. "Photo Gallery: The Top 10 Guitar Albums of 1992". Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top 50 Prog Albums 1990-2015". [Prog Report]. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Dream Theater – Images and Words". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ a b c d e "Images and Words - Dream Theater | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-27.