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Indeed. Same here, I was very excited to see Scarred in that setlist, but damn, that vocal effect just butchered it. And they played it so ROCKING, too! :(
I'd have mentioned it in that thread about songs we hope make it onto the new DVD, but they haven't been playing that one this tour.
Least favorite: Systematic Chaos (though as a song I'd say I Walk Beside You)
Favorite is actually WDADU, though I understand the complaints against it. I just listen to it the most often, never get tired of it (even after all these years, though it did initially take some getting used to), and the remaster is a big improvement in sound quality.
Scenes, ACoS, and ToT are all really up there too. And others, but those jump out at me right now. It's too early to tell where Black Clouds or ADToE will fit into the picture, though while they may not end up all-time favorites they're both better IMO than Octavarium or SC. I was worried about the band during that period; a lot of the stuff then just didn't sound so deeply inspired to me (though there are still good things to be found). I could see the charge being made against BC&SL too, but I thought the songwriting was better on that one, solos fit the songs, etc.
And to Psygnosis: it had precisely 6 tracks. :)
I should clarify something. It's not like no other songs matter to me; of course they do. What I meant was that a lot of others have been dome before, or will surely appear anyway, so I'm not gonna rave about their importance. On the Backs of Angels, Bridges in the Sky, A Rite of Passage, etcetera, are bound to be on there no matter what, just out of necessity. But Great Debate tragically wasn't on any official live release, and Mangini just kicked ass on that one. The whole band did, of course, but you know what I mean. :)
If I were to nominate a second, it'd be A Fortune in Lies. Especially if James really belts that "Here is a poor man" part. :D Did you guys see how Mike plays that bridge riff with just one hand, while the other hand sweeps across the stage and then cues Jordan into his part? Absolutely brilliant, and it would pretty well suck to not have this captured on a proper video. But this song was on Live at the Marquee, at least, so it's not as vitally crucial as the other, hehe.
Just one that really, seriously matters to me:
The Great Debate
It was cut from the set list at Budokan due to the venue's time restrictions, wasn't on Score or Chaos in Motion, and I've seen a YouTube video of it with Mangini and it's AMAZING! Thing is, that's just a little, audience-filmed, low-res YouTube video. Imagine that song on a proper DVD, and ... yeah. So that one. :)
I actually joined up on this forum JUST to make this post. Not like I haven't been around, but I hadn't bothered signing up until something came up that *really* mattered, absolutely had to be said. Man, I hope that one's on there.