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Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)
is a compilation album by progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater
Dream Theater
released by Rhino Records on April 1, 2008.[3] The title alludes to their only top 10 radio hit, "Pull Me Under". It features three songs from their breakthrough album Images and Words
Images and Words
remixed by Kevin Shirley: "Pull Me Under", "Take the Time", and "Another Day". It also features the song "To Live Forever", an Awake-era re-recording of the song from the Images and Words
Images and Words
sessions (featured as a B-side
B-side
of the "Lie" single), which was previously unreleased on a full-length album. Several single edits of popular Dream Theater
Dream Theater
songs are also featured on this compilation. The songs have been divided in two discs: the first one, dubbed "The Dark Side", features heavy, metal-influenced songs, while the second one, entitled "The Light Side", spotlights the band's melodic side. The set spans the years from 1991 to 2005, therefore it doesn't include any songs from Dream Theater's debut album, When Dream and Day Unite, their A Change of Seasons
A Change of Seasons
EP (although it was released in 1995) or their 2007 release Systematic Chaos. Then-drummer Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
explained in the album's booklet that the selection of songs were carefully made in order to appease both the newcomer and the already existing fan by offering up different versions of songs on other albums to "make the newcomer want to buy the albums from whence they came" and to "give different versions of songs already on other albums" to the current fan. He also suggests that a third disc should've been included called "The Epic Side".

Contents

1 Track listing

1.1 Disc one ("The Dark Side") 1.2 Disc two ("The Light Side")

2 Personnel 3 Trivia 4 Chart positions 5 References

Track listing[edit] Disc one ("The Dark Side")[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length

1. "Pull Me Under" (2007 remix) Kevin Moore Dream Theater Images and Words, 1992 8:13

2. "Take the Time" (2007 remix) Dream Theater Dream Theater Images and Words 8:22

3. "Lie" (Single edit) Moore Dream Theater Awake, 1994 5:02

4. "Peruvian Skies" John Petrucci Dream Theater Falling into Infinity, 1997 6:42

5. "Home" (Single edit) Mike Portnoy Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, 1999 5:38

6. "Misunderstood" (Single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Portnoy Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2002 5:14

7. "The Test That Stumped Them All" (Single edit) Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 5:00

8. "As I Am" (Clean single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Train of Thought, 2003 7:14

9. "Endless Sacrifice" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Train of Thought 11:23

10. "The Root of All Evil" (Edited version) Portnoy Dream Theater Octavarium, 2005 7:16

11. "Sacrificed Sons" (Edited version) James LaBrie Dream Theater Octavarium 9:41

Disc two ("The Light Side")[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length

1. "Another Day" (2007 remix) Petrucci Dream Theater Images and Words 4:25

2. "To Live Forever" Moore, Petrucci Dream Theater B-side
B-side
to the "Lie" single, 1994 4:56

3. " Lifting Shadows off a Dream" Myung Dream Theater Awake 6:09

4. "The Silent Man" Petrucci Petrucci Awake 3:47

5. "Hollow Years" Petrucci Dream Theater Falling into Infinity 5:55

6. "Through Her Eyes" (Alternate album mix) Petrucci Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 6:03

7. "The Spirit Carries On" Petrucci Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 6:40

8. "Solitary Shell" (Single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 4:10

9. "I Walk Beside You" Petrucci Dream Theater Octavarium 4:28

10. "The Answer Lies Within" (Edited version) Petrucci Dream Theater Octavarium 5:15

11. "Disappear" LaBrie Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 6:45

Personnel[edit]

James LaBrie
James LaBrie
– vocals John Petrucci
John Petrucci
– guitar, backing vocals John Myung
John Myung
– bass Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
– drums, backing vocals Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
– keyboards (tracks 5–11 on disc one and tracks 6–11 on disc two) Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
– keyboards (tracks 1–3 on disc one and tracks 1-4 on disc two) Derek Sherinian
Derek Sherinian
– keyboards, backing vocals on "Peruvian Skies" and "Hollow Years" Jay Beckenstein
Jay Beckenstein
– saxophone on "Another Day" and "Through Her Eyes" Theresa Thomason – additional vocals on "Through Her Eyes" and "The Spirit Carries On"

Trivia[edit]

The album's booklet is missing credits of "As I Am" and the songs from Octavarium as edited versions; those tracks are actually shorter than the ones from that album as secondary versions for "As I Am" (also a clean edit), "The Root of All Evil" and "Sacrificed Sons" with the first minute intro taken out, "The Answer Lies Within" has the first 15 seconds of bells ringing taken out, "I Walk Beside You" has the same length as its original album but with the clock ticking sound taken out of the first riff. On the album cover, the "s" in "Greatest" and "hit" in "Hits" are printed in a subtle shade of red, making the word "shit", as a remark on the band's known frustrations with the status of "Pull Me Under". The album artwork continues this theme, with the stain of seagull feces on an armchair printed with the Dream Theater
Dream Theater
logo.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position

2008 Italian Albums Chart 27

2008 Japanese Albums Chart 28[4]

2008 UK Albums Chart 113

2008 Billboard 200 122

References[edit]

^ Jurek, Thom (2011). "Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) - Dream Theater
Dream Theater
AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.  ^ " Dream Theater
Dream Theater
- Greatest Hit (... and 21 Other...) (staff review) Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.  ^ "DREAM THEATER'S GreateSt HIT (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) - due April 1st". Dream Theater/Mark Bredius. Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-05.  ^ グレイテスト・ヒット+21ソングス ドリーム・シアター (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2016-09-14. 

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Dream Theater

John Petrucci John Myung James LaBrie Jordan Rudess Mike Mangini

Mike Portnoy Kevin Moore Chris Collins Charlie Dominici Steve Stone Derek Sherinian

Studio albums

When Dream and Day Unite Images and Words Awake Falling into Infinity Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Train of Thought Octavarium Systematic Chaos Black Clouds & Silver Linings A Dramatic Turn of Events Dream Theater The Astonishing

Live releases

Live at the Marquee Once in a LIVEtime Live Scenes from New York Live at Budokan Score Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 Live at Luna Park Breaking the Fourth Wall

Compilations

Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

EPs

A Change of Seasons

Videos

Images and Words: Live in Tokyo 5 Years in a Livetime Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York Live at Budokan Score Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 Live at Luna Park Breaking the Fourth Wall

Singles

"Afterlife" "Pull Me Under" "Metropolis—Part I: "The Miracle and the Sleeper"" "Another Day" "The Silent Man" "Wither" "On the Backs of Angels" "The Enemy Inside" "Along for the Ride" "The Looking Glass"

Other songs

"A Mind Beside Itself" "Space-Dye Vest" "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" "Twelve-step Suite" "Stream of Consciousness" "Octavarium" "Illumination Theory"

Tours

When Dream and Tour Unite Pre- Images and Words
Images and Words
Shows Images and Tour Music in Progress Tour Pre-Awake Shows Waking Up the World Tour A Change of Seasons
A Change of Seasons
Tour Home for the Holidays The Fix for '96 An Evening of New Music Touring into Infinity Deep Purple/ELP/ Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Tour An Intimate Evening with Dream Theater Pre-Scenes From a Memory Scenes From a Memory Tour Metropolis 2000 World Tourbulence Escape from the Studio Train of Thought Tour Octavarium Tour Chaos in Motion Tour Progressive Nation 2008 Progressive Nation 2009 The Final Frontier World Tour A Dramatic Turn of Events
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Tour

Other

Discography Songs by lyricist Majesty Demos Nightmare Cinema Lifting Shadows G3 Gigantour The Human Equation Roadrunner Records A Sort of Homecoming The Studio Albums 1992–2011 Liquid Tension Experiment

Book

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