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Album Review

How do you make a bona fide classic better? EMI certainly has their idea. There was no way they could let Rhino steal the glory — and the money — with their fine issue of Operation: Mindcrime II. That recording had all the elements that made the Queensrÿche original great, using '80s studio technology to create a seamless sequel to the original. EMI has hustled out (a mere three months later), two different editions of the original Operation: Mindcrime. This two-CD, single-DVD package offers the same remastered edition as the original, with a pair of bonus tracks recorded live at both Hammersmith Odeon (on December 15, 1990) and one from London's Astoria in 1994. Included, as on the bonus edition, is a live concert at Hammersmith of the entire album performed live on December 14, 1990. While the bonus cuts on disc one are throwaways — and appeared on the first remastered edition of Operation: Mindcrime — the live disc is not, and features a stellar performance by Queensrÿche, inspired and on fire. This Deluxe Edition slipcased box also includes file footage of eight songs from the album, a promotional piece on the making of the album, and a TV spot for it as well. What hardcore fans have to ask themselves is if the music is enough (the live concert CD is amazing) because the DVD is essentially just a toss in and really adds little to the Queensrÿche myth or legacy.

Customer Reviews

One of the best albums ever written

…..period. And I love the Beatles, Stones, and Dylan.

One of the best hard rock/metal/progressive metal records of all time

Mindcrime is without a doubt one of the best albums in the hard rock, metal, progressive rock etc whatever you want to call it genre ever.

First, the musicians are real musicians and they are incredibly talented on their respective instruments. Geoff Tate and Scott Rockenfield are among the best at their respective crafts regardless of genre.

Second, the songwriting is incredible. They stay progressive and keep the rock in a concept album…not an easy task. Dynamics, melodies, rhythms, lyrics and solos are intricately weaved together to build a true masterpiece.

Third, the lyrics are even more relevant today then they were in 1987. The lyrics and the subject matter that is on this album probably means that the band has a few GB of dedicated storage at Camp Williams…;)

Fourth, Mindcrime stands the test of time. It doesn’t sound like an 80s production. A listen to it today, for the first time, and you wouldn’t know that it was released over 2 decades ago. Quite an achievement.

This is NOT an album to cherry pick tunes from. This is a true concept album. Download the entire thing or you will lose some of the impact, power and meaning. That said all the songs are great and do stand great on their own as well.

Great tracks include: Don’t Trust the Needle, Revolution Calling, Spreading the Disease, Speak and The Mission.

Life changing!

I wasn't necessarily a metal head when this broke, but after one listen, I was floored! The story, lyrics, and musicianship are unreal! I was about 17 when 1st released, and the album is still that great! Too bad Geoff lost his way...but buy it already!

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Bellevue, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums,...
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