Dream Theater has been around for a long time now, but they made magic on their second album. Of all the music they have ever written, the middle instrumental of this song is one of their finest moments, bursting with creativity.
The “Part I” in the song’s title was actually meant as a joke. Being a progressive band, it was a nod to multi-part progressive rock songs of the past. It wasn’t until 1999 that the “Part I” gained meaning when they decided to use this song as the inspiration and backstory for an entire album, which became Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory.