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Queensryche - Greatest Hits (CD)

By: Queensryche

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Queensryche Artist Snapshot:

Formed in the early 1980s, Queensryche started their career sounding much like a junior version of Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. However, by the mid-'80s, the Seattle-based metal band had begun to form its own musical identity, culminating in 1988's OPERATION: MINDCRIME, a sprawling cinematic concept album that received widespread acclaim and led to international success. The group's follow-up, EMPIRE, featured catchy melodies and more straightforward songwriting, showcasing the vocals of frontman Geoff Tate and leading to an even wider audience, thanks in no little part to the unlikely top 10 hit lullaby "Silent Lucidity." In the late 1990s, Queensryche experienced a bit of a slump, largely due the departure of founding guitarist Chris DeGarmo, but in 2003, DeGarmo returned to record TRIBE.

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1   Queen Of The Reich (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
2   The Lady Wore Black (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
3   Warning (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
4   Take Hold Of The Flame (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
5   Walk In The Shadows (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
6   I Dream In Infrared (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 00) Buy Buy
7   I Don't Believe In Love (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
8   Eyes Of A Stranger (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 00) Buy Buy
9   Jet City Woman (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
10   Empire (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 00) Buy Buy
11   Silent Lucidity (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
12   I Am I (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
13   Bridge (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
14   Sign Of The Times (2000 Digital Remaster) Buy Buy
15   Chasing Blue Sky (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 00) Buy Buy

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It doesn't take very many fingers to enumerate the number of American heavy-metal bands who traversed the treacherously shifting musical tastes of the 1980s and '90s intact and prosperous. And though their multiplatinum days peaked well before contemporaries like Metallica, Queensryche soldiered on, their sound evolving and maturing in remarkably similar fashion; one might argue they lead the way in that regard. Greatest-hits collections are suspect affairs, but this one presents a taut history lesson, documenting the evolution of one of America's most consistently underrated metal outfits from the Judas Priest-clone days of their self-released debut to the heights of Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, and into their equally rewarding '90s output. Along the way, the band managed to pick up an often artsy social conscience as well as an impressive musical range (the quiet dynamics of "Silent Lucidity" being light-years away from singer Geoff Tate's original Halford-esque howl) and a catchy pop sensibility ("Jet City Woman," "Sign of the Times"). Fans will also welcome two bonus tracks, the bluesy "Chasing Blue Sky" and an alternate, full-band version of "Someone Else?" --Jerry McCulley

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