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Following Dreams

by Phantom's Opera

Dramatic, theatrical, and melodic hard rock with progressive overtones.
Genre: Rock: Arena Rock
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1. World Of Love And Dreams
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2. Play My Guitar
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3. Waiting For Love
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4. Heartache
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5. I've Had My Share
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6. Life Is So Natural
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7. Following Dreams
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8. You're in REM Again
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9. My Love Is It You?
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10. Have You Ever Been Alone?
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11. In The Middle Of The Night
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12. Land of The Damned
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13. Love's Got A Problem With Me
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14. The Curtain Calls..
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Many people have this band's widely acclaimed debut album that featured Michael Romeo guitar prodigy of Symphony X, Coleman "Colie" Brice on lead vocals from Gemini, NJ drumming legend Bob Nelson, Eric Walz,on bass, and the Phantom founder Jack Young - who started the band in 1969! Alec Jon Such from Bon Jovi appears on this album as well (Alec & Tico were in PHANTOM's OPERA before the joined Bon Jovi).

What people don't know is that the band whent on to record THREE more albums & counting. 1997's "So Long To Broadway" featured Karl Cochran on lead guitar (stints with Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Arcara, Sebastian Bach).
SLTB had great tunes but the production quality was lacking. After nailing a deal with Victor/JVC of Japan the band was finally able to produce a stunning, major label quality recording that was co produced by famed engineer/producer Steve Evetts @ NJ's legendary TRAX EAST and mastered by GRAMMY winner Joe Palmaccio at Sterling Sound.. They also brought on yet ANOTHER guitar player - Bob Gilmartin (The ROSENBERGS, MYSTERY BLOOM, & currently NEW MACHINE). The result?

A powerful addendum to the vernacular of Rock & Roll history. . . Rarely does a band produce an album where sound quality, performance quality, and songwriting/music composition ALL come together. These guys did it! It's all there. It's a monster album that rocks, has soul, depth & MAGNITUDE! Following Dreams has a mesmerizing , cohesive quality that engulfs serious listeners from start to finish. It is an aural epitome of contrasts - jubilant and somber, bombastic & delicate, Colie Brice rages with a plethora of intense, emotions that live up to his nick name of "the Chameleon", Nelson pounds like Bonham in one moment & the technical finesse of Peart in another, Gilmartin slices through & more than holds his own in an intimidating gig for lesser men, Walz in the lineman of this band, the steady hand that balances the EXTREMES of Jack & Colie's grappling yet harmonizinng polarities. There are obvious credence given to the Beatles , Led Zep & Queen, but the distuinguised listener will here hints of Rush, the Allman Brothers, the Stones, Styx & other classic rock icons. Yet there is an ethereal, dramatic, ghastly, melancholy, almost gothic tinge that is uniquely their own. Do yourself a favor, buy this record, it is genuinely collectable, but who cares - you'll actually wear it out as you follow your own dreams........


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MelodicRock.com

"best record the band have yet recorded"
Phantom's Opera are an unusual bunch. Their style could hardly be defined easily, and vocalist Colie Brice's voice is unusual to say the least.
I have heard the band's other 2 records, but really haven't got into them.
The sound is heavily influenced by Queen, and could best be described as a mix of that band with some very over blown pomp/prog rock, with a big dose of Yes like keyboards and plenty of time and style changes in each track.
There is definitely a large section of people that would simply not get this record, and had it not been done quite well, could be laughed off by the majority.
But thankfully, this seems to be the best record the band have yet recorded. While the style is certainly not for all, this time around they have better songs and a better production. The songs at least go some place, and are fairly tight.
If you like your dose of pomp rock, progressive and don't mind the band borrowing heavily off Queen, then have a listen to tracks like Play My Guitar, I'm So Tired and Have You Ever Been Alone.
Some tracks were a little too much for me, but others like the balled I've Had My Share are pretty cool.
I am still not sure that I have accurately conveyed the style of this record, but if this review has raised your curiosity, then look further.
If you have heard either of the other two records and not liked what you have heard, this is probably not different enough to convert you. But it is the better of the three by a fair distance.