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QUEENSRŸCHE – ‘OPERATION: MINDCRIME’ AND ‘EMPIRE’ DEFINITIVE BOX SET

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On June 25, Capitol/UMe celebrates two landmark progressive metal albums by Queensrÿche. The breakthrough collection Operation: Mindcrime and its successful follow-up, Empire, will be released in multiple formats.

In addition to the original versions remastered for CD and 180-gram vinyl 2LP, both titles will be available in expanded 2CD editions and in multi-disc CD+DVD box sets that stand as the final word on these albums, which carried the ambitious conceptual approach of such artists as The Who and Pink Floyd to a new decade and to a new hard rock audience.

Newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the deluxe versions of these remarkable albums bring together all the available recordings in 10” x 10” boxes that also contain DVDs of accompanying promotional videos and live performances of the albums.

The live audio material revisits Queensrÿche’s worldwide headlining status during the Building Empires Tour, an 18-month trek that saw the band headline arenas after previous high-profile supporting slots on the Def Leppard Hysteria and Metallica And Justice For All tours.

The Operation: Mindcrime deluxe features live audio concerts from London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1990 and Wisconsin’s Target Center in 1991, plus a DVD that also includes the bonus track “The Making of Operation: Mindcrime” and an Operation: Mindcrime TV spot.

The Empire deluxe version completes the Hammersmith Odeon 1990 concert with the live audio from the non-Mindcrime setlist. Geoff Tate, inducted into the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame, sheds new light on Operation: Mindcrime and Empire in extended interviews with noted journalist Alex Milas for the liner notes.

The deluxe versions of Operation: Mindcrime (originally released May 1988) and Empire (originally released August 1990) are available for preorder now. Ahead of — and leading up to — the releases, the celebration of these comprehensive box sets and releases includes a weekly premiere of remastered high-definition video on Queensrÿche’s official YouTube channel, HERE.

With its sinister backdrops, a dramatic unfolding of characters and Queensrÿche’s high-octane stage performance, the “Operation: Mindcrime” HD remastered video, available now, provides a glimpse into the album’s intricate concept.

The HD remastered video rollout for Operation: Mindcrime continues with “Eyes Of A Stranger” (May 14) and Grammy®-nominated single for Best Metal Performance “I Don’t Believe In Love” (May 21), all of which bring the plot to life. HD remastered video premieres from Empire are the title track, “Empire,” (May 28), “Best I Can” (June 4), “Anybody Listening?” (June 11), the Grammy®-nominated No. 1 rock hit “Silent Lucidity” (June 18) and, on release day, June 25, remastered HD videos will premiere for two more fan favorites “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” and “Jet City Woman.

Queensrÿche’s third studio album, Operation: Mindcrime, took the quintet to an entirely new level. The concept, revealed through the songs, revolves around the character of Nikki, a recovering drug addict disillusioned with a corrupt society.

Drawn into a cult-like revolutionary group headed by Dr. X (voiced by the late and beloved British actor Anthony Valentine), Nikki is manipulated to assassinate political leaders until his friendship with nun Sister Mary finally opens his eyes to the truth. Regarded as one of the greatest concept metal albums of all time, Operation: Mindcrime was certified platinum in 1991 in the U.S. and was ranked in the Top 100 Metal Albums Of All Time by both Kerrang! and Billboard magazines. Rolling Stone included it on a similar list, noting that “nearly 30 years after its initial release, Mindcrime feels eerily relevant.

Reaching No. 7 on the Billboard album chart, the follow-up, Empire, built upon the success of Operation: Mindcrime. Produced, like its predecessor, by Peter Collins (Bon Jovi, Rush, Alice Cooper), the collection features brilliant and intelligent lyrics and songwriting complemented by incredible musicianship, with songs ranging from beautiful ballads to strong melodic rockers and classic heavy fist-pumpers.

A rarity at the time, Empire spawned six singles that lit up Billboard’s rock tracks chart with the Top 10 hits “Silent Lucidity” (#1), “Jet City Woman” (#6), “Another Rainy Night (Without You) (#7) and Top 30 hits “Anybody Listening? (#16), “Empire” (#22) and “Best I Can” (#28).

The power ballad “Silent Lucidity” was the band’s first crossover hit, topping the Billboard rock singles chart and reaching No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Silent Lucidity” also earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and received an MTV “Viewer’s Choice” award. RIAA-certified triple-platinum, Empire is the band’s most commercially successful album to date.
 
Progressive metal greats Queensrÿche emerged from Bellevue, Washington, in 1982 and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.

Queensrÿche OPERATION: MINDCRIME [4CD/1DVD DELUXE VERSION]
CD1

  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

CD2

  1. I Don’t Believe In Love – Extended Version
  2. The Mission – Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1990
  3. My Empty Room – Live At The Astoria Theatre, London, 1994
  4. Interview With Queensrÿche
  5. Overseeing The Operation
  6. The Lady Wore Black – Live From Wisconsin, 1991
  7. Roads To Madness – Live From Wisconsin, 1991

CD3 Operation: Mindcrime Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, 1990

  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

CD4 Operation: Mindcrime Live From Wisconsin, 1991

  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

DVD Operation: Mindcrime Live / Promo Videos

  1. I Remember Now [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  2. Anarchy-X [Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  3. Revolution Calling[Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  4. Operation: Mindcrime [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  5. Speak [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  6. Spreading The Disease [Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  7. The Mission[Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  8. Suite Sister Mary[Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  9. The Needle Lies [Concert Film] – Live On Location in Wisconsin, 1991
  10. Electric Requiem[Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  11. Breaking The Silence[Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love[Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  13. Waiting For 22[Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  14. My Empty Room[Music Video] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1988
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger[Concert Film] – Live On Location In Wisconsin, 1991
  16. Operation Livecrime End Credits [Concert Film]
  17. I Remember Now[Concert Film]
  18. Anarchy-X [Concert Film]
  19. Revolution Calling [Music Video]
  20. Operation: Mindcrime [Music Video]
  21. Speak [Music Video]
  22. Breaking The Silence [Music Video]
  23. I Don’t Believe In Love [Music Video]
  24. Waiting For 22 [Concert Film]
  25. Eyes Of A Stranger [Concert Film]
  26. Operation: Mindcrime End Credits [Concert Film]
  27. I Don’t Believe In Love [Concert Film] 2019 Remaster
  28. The Making of Operation: Mindcrime [Behind the Scenes] – Bonus Track
  29. I Don’t Believe In Love
  30. Eyes Of A Stranger
  31. Revolution Calling
  32. Operation: Mindcrime [Trailers/Teasers] – Bonus Track
  33. Revolution Calling
  34. Eyes Of A Stranger
  35. I Don’t Believe In Love
  36. Menu / Queensrÿche / Operation: Mindcrime [Concert Film]

Queensrÿche EMPIRE [3CD/1DVD DELUXE VERSION]
CD1

  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?

CD2

  1. Last Time In Paris – (Bonus Track)
  2. Scarborough Fair – (Bonus Track)
  3. Dirty Lil Secret – (Bonus Track)
  4. Silent Lucidity – Edit
  5. Empire – Edit
  6. I Dream In Infrared – Acoustic Version
  7. Prophecy – Live In Tokyo
  8. Best I Can – Radio Edit
  9. Anybody Listening? -Radio Edit

CD3 Empire Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 1990

  1. Resistance
  2. Walk in The Shadows
  3. Best I Can
  4. Empire
  5. The Thin Line
  6. Jet City Woman
  7. Roads To Madness
  8. Silent Lucidity
  9. Hand On Heart
  10. Take Hold Of The Flame

DVD

  1. Building Empires Opening [Concert Film]
  2. Nightrider[Music Video]
  3. Prophecy [Concert Film] – Live In Tokyo, 1983
  4. Gonna Get Close To You[Concert Film]
  5. Eyes of A Stranger [Music Video] – Alternate Version
  6. Empire[Concert Film]
  7. Best I Can[Music Video]
  8. Silent Lucidity[Music Video]
  9. Jet City Woman[Music Video]
  10. Another Rainy Night (Without You) [Concert Film]
  11. Another Rainy Night (Without You) [Music Video] – Alternate Version
  12. Anybody Listening?[Concert Film]
  13. Resistance [Concert Film] – Live
  14. Walk In The Shadows [Music Video] – Live
  15. The Thin Line [Music Video] – Live
  16. Take Hold Of The Flame [Music Video] – Live
  17. The Lady Wore Black [Music Video] – Live
  18. Silent Lucidity [Music Video] – Live

Preorder Operation: Mindcrime here: https://Queensryche.lnk.to

Preorder Empire here: https://Queensryche.lnk.to/Empire  

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