Pull Me Under - heard it on the radio in early 90's. Then I saw the 6:00 video on MTV Metal show (or maybe it was "Caught In A Web?") and later bought the Awake CD which I wore out!
[quote=tom69]I think this is mike portnoy at his best what do you think [/quote]
Agreed! Top notch on this record.
It's an incredible record if you keep in mind what was going on at the time. I believe it is their attempt to be a more "commercial" band due to pressure from their record label and the industry in general. This was before the digital music revolution and for rock bands to succeed at the time, they had to have a radio or MTV hit. "Pull Me Under" had been a surprise rock radio hit, and they were under heavy pressure to deliver another hit. So they tried to compress the DT sound into shorter, more radio friendly songs and sound (starting with the "Awake" record.) . I think they accomplished that and more on FII while staying true to themselves. I don't think any other band from that era except maybe Rush was able to achieve that as well as DT did. Lucky for us they can do whatever they want now.
Octavarium is my fav. And also "As I Am"
@Invincible Psychotron: Thanks for the info. Listeners should not have to d/l the HD album to get the best sonic experience. I'm not here to criticize DT or their work. I enjoy it all. I was just expressing my opinion that I thought the earlier albums were of higher sonic quality. CD or DVD audio is always going to be warmer and more expressive than what you can download, regardless of KHZ or bit length.