A pleasant shade of gray

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This deluxe version of Fates Warning's classic comes in a box set and contains the original album andthe live version with bonus material ("We only say goodbye" - soundcheck & Scorpions studio cover song "In trance"), a bonus disc (2 demos plus remix of "Part II") as well as a live DVD ("apsog" Live in Europe, June 1997/"apsog" Live at The Whisky, April 1998/"We Only Say Goodbye" Live in Athens 1999).

In comparison to its predecessors, the single song parted into twelve sections seems rather grey - but a grey with lots of shades. Fates Warning, often seen as Jim Matheos' solo project, is darker and more spheric than the band ever sounded before.

General

Item no. 319442
Musical Genre Progressive Metal
Exclusive No
Media - Format 1-3 3-CD & DVD
Edition Expanded Edition, Re-Release
Product topic Bands
Band Fates Warning
Product type CD
Release date 10/2/15
Gender Unisex

Disc 1

  • 1.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part I]
  • 2.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part II]
  • 3.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part III]
  • 4.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IV]
  • 5.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part V]
  • 6.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VI]
  • 7.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VII]
  • 8.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VIII]
  • 9.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IX]
  • 10.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part X]
  • 11.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XI]
  • 12.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XII]

Disc 2

  • 1.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part I] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 2.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part II] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 3.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part III] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 4.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IV] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 5.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part V] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 6.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VI] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 7.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VII] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 8.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VIII] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 9.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IX] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 10.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part X] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 11.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XI] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 12.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XII] (Live In Europe April 16 - 26 1998)
  • 13.
    We only say goodbye (Soundcheck Recording)
  • 14.
    In trance

Disc 3

  • 1.
    A pleasant shade of gray (Pre Production Demo, 1996)
  • 2.
    A pleasant shade of gray (Instrumental Writing Demo, 1995)
  • 3.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part II] (Remix)

Disc 4

  • 1.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part I] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 2.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part II] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 3.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part III] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 4.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IV] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 5.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part V] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 6.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VI] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 7.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VII] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 8.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VIII] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 9.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IX] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 10.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part X] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 11.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XI] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 12.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XII] (Live In Europe, June 1997)
  • 13.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part I] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 14.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part II] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 15.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part III] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 16.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IV] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 17.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part V] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 18.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VI] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 19.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VII] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 20.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part VIII] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 21.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part IX] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 22.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part X] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 23.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XI] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 24.
    A pleasant shade of gray [Part XII] (Live At The Whisky, April 1998)
  • 25.
    We only say goodbye (Live in Athens, 1999)

by Björn Thorsten Jaschinski (29.09.2006) This album consisting of one single song divided into twelve chapters is one of the most controversially received and at the same time bravest statements of Jim Matheos. Its arrangement has always reminded me of the epic "The ivory gate of dreams" which almost ten years ago had already been a challenge for singer Ray Alder on his first album with the band, "No exit" (1988). However, the band had progressed from their bombastic, mystical sound universe over the years and releases. "A pleasant shade of grey" in its entity is much more punishing, darker and a lot more percussive. The melodies are almost completely in the hand of Ray's voice, guitar genius Matheos remains quite song subordinated. Instead, bombast and heavy riffs dominate together with acoustic guitars, a dominant bass and many spherical keyboards of Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater). There are quite some parallels to his solo vehicle Chroma Key. This package contains the live DVD from the tour for the album, which was previously only available on video tape.

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