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EMI Reissues First 7 Queensryche Albums

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Monday, January 27, 2003 @ 4:02 PM


EMI Reissues First 7 Queensryc

EMI RECORDS HAILS QUEENSRYCHE
FANS OF SEMINAL SEATTLE BAND GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT WITH THE REISSUE OF FIRST SEVEN ‘RYCHE RECORDS
REPACKAGED DISCS FEATURE BONUS TRACKS, UNRELEASED PHOTOS, LINER NOTES AND MORE

Two decades after Queensryche released their self-titled 12-inch debut EP, EMI is celebrating the band’s career by reissuing the disc and the six critically acclaimed albums that followed: The Warning, Rage For Order, Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land and Hear In The Now Frontier. Each of the seven ‘Ryche records has been repackaged with bonus tracks, unreleased photos, memorabilia and liner notes by lead vocalist Geoff Tate and Paul Suter (who wrote the first demo review in Kerrang! Magazine, which eventually was responsible for getting the band signed).

The first phase of this highly anticipated promotion begins with the April 8th re-release of Queensryche, The Warning, Rage For Order and Operation: Mindcrime, followed by the May 6th re-launch of Empire, Promised Land and Hear In The Now Frontier. These albums—all of which have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA—cover the first 14 years of Queensryche’s illustrious career. The original lineup of vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield arrived on a mid-‘80s metal scene wracked with cliché and stylistic fetishes, but quickly broke from the studded leather pack with songs both complex and catchy. Synthesizing influences such as Pink Floyd, Queen and Black Sabbath, the Seattle-based quintet liquefied metal into a thick, layered sound rich in texture and dynamics—much to the delight of fans and critics around the world.

QUEENSRYCHE
It all began with Queensryche’s self-titled four-track EP, which was originally released on the band’s own 206 Records in 1983. Sales of more than 60,000 copies led to a deal with EMI, who then re-released the EP later that year. In addition to fan favorites such as “Blinded” and “Queen of the Reich,” the reissue features 50 extra minutes of bonus material pulled from 1985’s “Live in Tokyo” video/laserdisc, including “Deliverance” and “Child of Fire.”

THE WARNING
Released in 1984, The Warning features the nine-minute epic “Roads To Madness” and “Take Hold of the Flame.” A live version of that anthemic hit is included on the reissue, along with “Prophecy” and a live recording of “The Lady Wore Black” from a show at the Astoria Theatre in London in 1994.

RAGE FOR ORDER
The reissue of the first Queensryche album to crack the top 50 of Billboard’s Top 200 features live versions of “The Killing Words” (recorded in London in 1994) and “Walk in the Shadows” (from the “Jet City Woman” CD single). Also included is the 12” version of “Gonna Get Close To You” and a 1991 acoustic remix of “I Dream In Infra Red.”

OPERATION: MINDCRIME
A concept record/rock opera featuring orchestration by Oscar-nominated composer Michael Kamen (X-Men, Band of Brothers), this ambitious album spawned two MTV favorites, “Eyes of a Stranger” and “I Don’t Believe In Love.” The reissue includes live renditions of “The Mission” (recorded in 1990 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London) and “My Empty Room” (from “Bridge” CD single).

EMPIRE
In 1990, Queensryche broke into the mainstream—and the top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200—with this triple-platinum-selling disc. Empire yielded several smash hit singles, including the title track, “Best I Can,” “Jet City Woman,” “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” and “Silent Lucidity.” The latter was the most successful of the bunch, a Grammy-nominated number one hit whose video earned the band the coveted MTV Viewers Choice Award. The reissue features the aforementioned tracks, along with “Last Time in Paris” (off the Ford Forlaine soundtrack), “Dirty Lil Secret” and Queensryche’s stunning cover of the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Scarborough Fair.”

PROMISED LAND
Queensryche fans found salvation in Promised Land, the band’s highest-charting album to date. Entering the Billboard Top 200 at number three, Promised Land spawned two hit singles—“I Am I” and “Bridge,” both of which are included on the reissue along with five extra tracks: a studio and live version of the “Real World” (originally recorded for the Last Action Hero soundtrack), a full band version of “Someone Else,” and “Damaged” (recorded live at the Astoria Theatre in 1994).

HEAR IN THE NOW FRONTIER
The band’s last album with founding guitarist Chris DeGarmo went platinum on the strength of hit single “Sign of the Times.” The reissue features four bonus songs: “Chasing Blue Sky” (from the Greatest Hits CD), along with “The Killing Words,” “I Will Remember” and “Silent Lucidity” (all from a 1992 performance on “MTV Unplugged”).

The full track listings for all seven albums are as follows:

HEAR IN THE NOW FRONTIER
1. Sign Of The Times
2. Cuckoo's Nest
3. Get A Life
4. The Voice Inside
5. Some People Fly
6. Saved
7. You
8. Hero
9. Miles Away
10. Reach
11. All I Want
12. Hit The Black
13. Anytime/Anywhere
14. Spool
15. Chasing Blue Sky (On Greatest Hits CD)
16. Silent Lucidity (MTV Unplugged) (From “Sign Of The Times” CD single) 4/27/92, New York, MTV Studios
17. The Killing Words (MTV Unplugged) (From “Sign Of The Times” CD single)
4/27/92, New York, MTV Studios
18. I Will Remember (MTV Unplugged) (From “The Sound Of Building Empires”) 4/27/92, New York, MTV Studios

PROMISED LAND
1. 9:28 A.M.
2. I Am I
3. Damaged
4. Out Of Mind
5. Bridge
6. Promised Land
7. Disconnected
8. Lady Jane
9. My Global Mind
10. One More Time
11. Someone Else?
12. Real World (Last Action Hero Soundtrack)
13. Someone Else? (w/full band) (On Greatest Hits CD)
14. Damaged (Live) (From “Bridge” CD single) London, UK, Astoria Theatre (special promo show)
15. Real World (Live) (From “Bridge” CD single) London, UK, Astoria Theatre (special promo show)

EMPIRE
1. Best I Can
2. The Thin Line
3. Jet City Woman
4. Della Brown
5. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
6. Empire
7. Resistance
8. Silent Lucidity
9. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris (Ford Fairlane Soundtrack)
13. Scarborough Fair (CD single only track)
14. Dirty Lil Secret (CD Single only track)

OPERATION : MINDCRIME
1. I Remember Now
2. Anarchy-X
3. Revolution Calling
4. Operation: Mindcrime
5. Speak
6. Spreading The Disease
7. The Mission
8. Suite Sister Mary
9. The Needle Lies
10. Electric Requiem
11. Breaking The Silence
12. I Don't Believe In Love
13. Waiting For 22
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes Of A Stranger
16. The Mission (Live) (From “Silent Lucidity II” CD single) November 14/15, 1990, Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
17. My Empty Room (Live) (From “Bridge” CD single) 10/20/94 London, UK, Astoria Theatre (special promo show)

RAGE FOR ORDER
1. Walk In The Shadows
2. I Dream In Infra Red
3. The Whisper
4. Gonna Get Close To You
5. The Killing Words
6. Surgical Strike
7. Neue Regel
8. Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)
9. London
10. Screaming In Digital
11. I Will Remember
12. Gonna Get Close To You (12” Version) 5:40
13. The Killing Words (Live) (From “Bridge” CD single) 10/20/94 London, UK, Astoria Theatre (special promo show)
14. I Dream In Infra Red (1991 Acoustic Remix) 4:17 (From “Best I Can” CD single)
15. Walk In The Shadows (Live) (From “Jet City Woman” CD single)

THE WARNING
1. Warning Tate
2. En Force
3. Deliverance
4. No Sanctuary
5. N M 156
6. Take Hold Of Flame
7. Before The Storm
8. Child Of Fire
9. Roads To Madness
10. Prophecy (Produced during the “Warning” sessions)
11. The Lady Wore Black (Live) (From “Bridge” CD single) 10/20/94 London, UK, Astoria Theatre (special promo show)
12. Take Hold Of The Flame (Live)

QUEENSRYCHE EP
1. Queen Of The Reich
2. Nightrider
3. Blinded
4. The Lady Wore Black
5. Nightrider
6. Prophecy (Live In Tokyo) (From “Best I Can” CD single)
7. Deliverance
8. Child Of Fire
9. En Force
10. Blinded
11. The Lady Wore Black
12. Warning (Live In Japan) (From “Warning” promo 12” single)
13. Take Hold Of Flame
14. Queen Of The Reich Tracks 6-15: 8/5/84 - Tokyo, Japan, Nihon Seinen-kan (from the Live in Tokyo Video/Laserdisc)


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