If it kills me I am going to get you involved! It blows my mind how Metal Heads are so damn passive. Lets talk Metal. I am starting the Talk Dammit series to not only get you talking but also introduce classics to people and challenge classics against classics. Your job Pick the best and tell me why I DARE YOU. This means you have to listen to the albums.
2112 (pronounced "twenty-one twelve") is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released on April 1, 1976, by Anthem Records. After finishing touring for its previous album, Caress of Steel,
in early 1976, the band was in financial hardship due to the album's
disappointing sales, unfavorable critical reception, and a decline in
attendance at its shows. The band's international label, Mercury Records, considered dropping Rush but granted the band one more album following negotiations with manager Ray Danniels. 2112 was recorded in February 1976 in Toronto with longtime producer Terry Brown. Its centerpiece is a 20-minute title track,
a futuristic science-fiction song that takes up the entire first side
of the album. There are five individual tracks on side two.
2112 was released to favourable reviews from music critics
and quickly outsold the band's previous albums. It peaked at No. 5 on
the Canadian Albums Chart and No. 61 on the U.S. Billboard Top LPs & Tape
and was the band's commercial breakthrough in the country. Rush
supported the album with a tour of the United States, Canada, and for
the first time, Europe, from February 1976 to June 1977. 2112 remains the band's second-highest-selling album (behind Moving Pictures) with more than 3 million copies sold in the United States. It is listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and ranked second on Rolling Stone's reader's poll, Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time. 2112
has been reissued several times; a 40th Anniversary Edition was
released in 2016 with previously unreleased material, including the
album performed by artists including Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Steven Wilson, and Alice in Chains.
Images and Words is the second studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on July 7, 1992 through ATCO Records. It is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. Since its release (and until the release of Distance Over Time), the album has maintained its position as the band's most commercially successful studio album, 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.
fter Charlie Dominici's departure from Dream Theater, the band auditioned nearly 200 individuals across the nation, until James LaBrie, who at that point was part of 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 has remained with them ever since.
With LaBrie as the new vocalist, the band was signed to a seven-album contract by ATCO Records,
and shortly thereafter, they began recording their new album in late
1991. The album's production was marred with tensions, as the band
clashed with producer David Prater, including incidents where Prater
would lock the band out of the studio, and infamously forcing drummer Mike Portnoy to use triggered snare and bass drum samples, with the snare sample being the exact one used on FireHouse's 1992 album Hold Your Fire, another album Prater produced around the same time.
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
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.
The song "Take the Time" includes samples from Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'" ("Hold it now"), Frank Zappa's "Dancin' Fool" ("Wait a minute"), and Public Enemy's "Power to the People", ("Come on"). LaBrie had appeared as a guest vocalist on Fates Warning's 1991 album Parallels,
for which the band was 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.
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 2013, the album was reissued on vinyl as a limited edition 180 gr. double LP.
In 2017, Dream Theater celebrated the 25th anniversary of Images And Words on the "Images, Words & Beyond" tour in Europe, which started on January 30 at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy.
While speaking to Songfacts' Greg Prato in 2019, LaBrie listed Images and Words
as the Dream Theater album he is most proud of, because "That
established what Dream Theater really is. I think it's a phenomenal
album from beginning to end."
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P.S. One wouldn't exist without the other is NOT a good argument