October 06, 2001
Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock, Neo-Prog, Progressive Metal

Album Review

Unfortunately, this fine live recording will always be remembered for the cover art. Released on September 11, 2001, the original cover displayed a flaming apple wrapped in barbed wire with the skyline of New York engulfed in flames. The band's trademark logo had always been a flaming heart wrapped in barbed wired, but for this recording the apple and skyline were added to reflect that the live concert was held in New York (Roseland Ballroom). The dreadful coincidence was a shock to both the band and record company, prompting an immediate recall. Tragically, this made the original pressings an instant collector's item to those who engage in such feckless activities. The issue received national media attention and the band, mostly comprised of native New Yorkers, issued a sympathetic statement that the recording would be re-released with a new cover. The recording itself is a live version of their prog rock masterpiece, Metropolis Part II: Scenes From a Memory, plus additional live material performed the same evening. The production and sound quality are good and the band's energy is fittingly captured. This same live concert can be seen on the DVD Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York.
Robert Taylor, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Regression
  2. Overture 1928
  3. Strange Déjà Vu
  4. Through My Words
  5. Fatal Tragedy
  6. Beyond This Life
  7. John & Theresa Solo Spot
  8. Through Her Eyes
  9. Home
  10. The Dance of Eternity
  11. One Last Time
  12. The Spirit Carries On
  13. Finally Free
  14. Metropolis, Pt. 1
  15. The Mirror
  16. Just Let Me Breathe
  17. Acid Rain
  18. Caught in a New Millennium
  19. Another Day
  20. Jordan Rudess Keyboard Solo
  21. A Mind Beside Itself: Erotomania
  22. A Mind Beside Itself: Voices
  23. A Mind Beside Itself: The Silent Man
  24. Learning to Live
  25. A Change of Seasons