Once in a LIVEtime

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Once in a LIVEtime
Dream theater oialt.jpg
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 154:09
Label EastWest
Producer Kevin Shirley
Dream Theater chronology
Falling into Infinity
(1997)Falling into Infinity1997
Once in a LIVEtime
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
(1999)Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Once in a LIVEtime is a live double album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1998. It is their first full-length live album, and their second live release. It was produced and recorded by Kevin Shirley during the European leg of the Touring into Infinity world tour, at the Bataclan theater in Paris.

Jay Beckenstein of Spyro Gyra plays alto saxophone on "Take Away My Pain." Beckenstein had previously played on the song "Another Day" on the album Images and Words.

The album cover, designed by Storm Thorgerson, shows an overhead view of the ancient Roman theatre in Orange, France set into a head of a monk. It is one of the four Dream Theater albums (When Dream and Day Unite, Falling Into Infinity and Dream Theater are the others) not to feature the band's word mark on the cover, due to Thorgerson not wanting to use fonts created by others.

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—Part I: "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]

Throughout the album, parts of songs originally recorded by other artists are played by the band.


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.