Images and Words
|Images and Words|
|Studio album by Dream Theater|
|Released||July 7, 1992|
|Studio||BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York; The Hit Factory in New York City|
|Genre||Progressive metal, progressive rock|
|Dream Theater chronology|
|Singles from Images and Words|
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 Dream Theater, the band auditioned nearly 200 people across the nation before James LaBrie, then of the Canadian glam metal band Winter Rose, sent the band an audition tape. After a short jam session, he was named Dream Theater's new lead singer, and remained so 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 Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. When the album was released, it sold at a steady pace, helped by an extensive world tour.
Dream Theater originally intended to release a double album, but this was rejected by Atco, causing several songs to be omitted from the album. One of these songs, "A Change of Seasons," would later be re-recorded by the band and released on an EP of the same name in 1995.
Images and Words was played in its entirety on several occasions during the European leg of the 2007 "Chaos in Motion" tour, in celebration of its 15th anniversary. On July 7, 2012, at a concert in Austin, Texas, the songs "Pull Me Under," "Another Day," and "Metropolis" were performed as an encore to celebrate the album's 20th anniversary. Additionally, "Surrounded" was performed during the main set.
In 1991, James LaBrie appeared as a guest vocalist on Fates Warning's 1991 album Parallels, for which the band were credited as "Dream Theatre" in the "special thanks" of the album's credits. Dream Theater responded by thanking "Fatez Warning" in the credits of Images and Words.
The album has received critical praise from numerous music sources since its release. An all AllMusic review stated that the album was an "excellent mix of progressive metal stylings with heartfelt vocals and thought-provoking lyrics".
Although in a more contemporary review, Select gave the album a two out of five rating, referring to the album as "elaborate, layered prog-metal" and stated that "if this was a book, it'd be for the coffee-table, glossy but not essential."
Images and Words was moderate commercial hit, reaching number 61 on the Billboard 200. It is also Dream Theater's only album to be certified gold by the RIAA, and remains their best-selling album to date, selling more than six hundred thousand copies.
In 2015, the album was ranked first on Prog Report's list of the top 50 progressive rock albums of 1990-2015. Four other Dream Theater albums made the list: Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (third), Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (14th), Awake (18th), and Train of Thought (38th).
All music composed by Dream Theater, except "Wait for Sleep" by Kevin Moore.
|1.||"Pull Me Under"||Kevin Moore||8:14|
|2.||"Another Day"||John Petrucci||4:23|
|3.||"Take the Time"||Dream Theater||8:21|
|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|
- Dream Theater
- James LaBrie – lead vocals
- John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals
- Kevin Moore – keyboard
- John Myung – bass
- Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, background vocals on "Pull Me Under"
- Additional musicians
- David Prater – mixing, production
- Doug Oberkircher – engineering, mixing
- Steve Regina – engineering assistance
- Ted Jensen – mastering
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|1992||Billboard Top Heatseekers||2|
|1992||"Pull Me Under"||Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|1993||"Take the Time"||29|
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