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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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These days it seems as if everyone wants to get back to basics, what with all the "unplugged" albums and back-to-the-roots stylings. So it's kinda refreshing to hear a salvo from one of the proudest exponents of bigger-is-better. For most of their decade and a half together, Queensryche have waved the banner of prog-metal in all its glory, constructing concept albums

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These days it seems as if everyone wants to get back to basics, what with all the "unplugged" albums and back-to-the-roots stylings. So it's kinda refreshing to hear a salvo from one of the proudest exponents of bigger-is-better. For most of their decade and a half together, Queensryche have waved the banner of prog-metal in all its glory, constructing concept albums rife with dizzyingly complex tales of glamour and distress -- a goodly portion of which are excerpted on this jam-packed hits collection. All of the band's best-known material is here, from the eerie-but-catchy "Silent Lucidity" to the steely "Empire," as is ample evidence of Geoff Tate's unique brand of lovesick futurism ("I Don't Believe in Love" and "Jet City Woman"). While all 14 of the previously issued tracks have been digitally remastered -- which makes a notable difference on older material such as "Queen of the Reich" -- diehards will be most interested in a pair of hard-to-find items, including "Chasing Blue Sky," which was previously only available on the Japanese version of Hear in the Now Frontier.

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Queensrÿche was poised to follow in the footsteps of Pink Floyd, Rush, and Iron Maiden. Their early albums were derivative but interesting, and the Seattle quintet quickly synthesized intelligent, technically impressive progressive rock and heavy metal. Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield arguably peaked with 1988's concept album Operation:Mindcrime, a masterpiece in terms of musicianship and story structure. Then 1990's equally excellent Empire exploded thanks to "Silent Lucidity." But some things happened that stopped Queensrÿche from cementing itself as a superstar band for the ages: (1) Within a year grunge exploded, rendering Queensrÿche's skills "unhip"; (2) 1994's Promised Land did well commercially but was generally underappreciated; (3) Queensrÿche virtually ruined its own career with 1997's disappointing and ill-conceived Hear in the Now Frontier, which featured a stripped-down "modern" sound five years after the fact; (4) Queensrÿche's label, EMI, folded just after its release; (5) Perhaps reeling from creative uncertainty and label problems, DeGarmo quit. Prime highlights are collected on 2000's Greatest Hits, which covers seven EMI albums. "Queen of the Reich" is great heavy metal, even if Tate does imitate the operatic wail of Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. Other early gems are "Take Hold of the Flame" and "I Dream in Infrared." Operation:Mindcrime works best as a whole, but "I Don't Believe in Love" and "Eyes of a Stranger" are the peaks. Promised Land is represented by the superb "I Am I" and "Bridge." Two bonus tracks from Japanese releases are included: "Chasing Blue Sky" is astonishingly beautiful and "Someone Else?" features the full band. The Greatest Hits liner notes feature an essay by Paul Sutter who wrote an early Queensrÿche demo review for Kerrang! All 16 songs are 24-bit digitally remastered.

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Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Emd Int'l
UPC:
0724384942229
catalogNumber:
849422
Rank:
20342

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Greatest Hits 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never thought Queensryche would release a collection of greatest hits, but, am glad they did. It was great to be reintroduced to the early stuff (pre rage for order) & is always good to hear such notables as I don't believe... & Jet City Woman. I particularly enjoy Chasing blue sky and Someone else? (w/ band). All Queensryche fans should have this as part of their collection. Its also a good sample for those who want to become more familar with this group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All of the best of Queensryche on a single CD. For us casual listeners, you never really realized just how many great songs they had until you listen to this CD. It has it all, everyhting from ''Empire'' and ''The Lady Wore Black'', to ''Silent Lucidity'', ''Jet City Woman'', along everything else in between. Thanks to the digital remastering, every track sounds as if it was just recorded yesterday. A fabulous collection of songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the classic Queensrÿche songs! Except from "Suite Sister Mary" you can find all the good Queensrÿche rock songs...Empire, Warning, Eyes of a Stranger etc. The peaceful songs are good too Silent Lucidity and Bridge are beautiful ballads! Geoff Tate has an excellent voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great compilation. But i had to give it only 4 stars because of the fact they left out what is perhaps QR's best song called "Revolution Calling" off of Operation: Mindcrime. This is the best place to start for people new to the group, but i also recommend getting the Operation: Mindcrime album as well as this.