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Empire - 20th Anniversary Edition [+Digital Booklet]

Empire - 20th Anniversary Edition [+Digital Booklet]

November 9, 2010

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Digital Booklet: Empire - 20th Anniversary Edition
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 5, 2010
  • Release Date: November 5, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 2:11:22
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  • ASIN: B0047K1H9M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,912 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This edition is great, nice box set.
Giovanny Cedeno Kocher
The live CD is awesome,really good recording and if you have not seen Queensryche this is as close as you can get.
Richard J. Walden
All of my favorite songs by this group in one collection.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Grimm on November 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
OK, so when they released the remastered edition of Empire including bonus tracks back in 2003, I was quite excited. I count Queensr˙che as one of my favorite bands, and this is obviously one of their best albums. So, of course, I purchased it. The remastering was good - it didn't sound bricked out like a lot of them seem to be doing these days, and the additional tracks were awesome (especially their cover of Scarborough Affair).

That being said, this is the same album with a second disc of live performances and a few posters / postcards of the band. If you don't already have the remastered version of Empire and feel like spending twice the price, by all means. I just don't feel the additions they made to this release of the album warranted another release at all.

Here's an idea: Why not combine both Mindcrime albums, remaster them (as long as it's done properly and not just turning the volume up full blast) and release a booklet including illustrations and the full story / concept. Throw in a few b-sides, if there are any. Now THAT would be something I would be willing to shell out a few clams for.

In conclusion, I love Queensr˙che, but for the casual listener, you're better off getting the 2003 remastered edition without all of the unnecessary trimmings.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TW on July 27, 2012
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I wouldn't call myself a diehard Queensryche fan since I usually prefer the prog bands with a harder/heavier edge like Iron Maiden, but I had been meaning to buy at least a few of the remasters. I was really wavering on buying the boxset since it has 7 albums, but I'm being realistic. I don't expect Queensryche will become my most listened to band and 7 discs may actually hurt my view of them since I know a few of those aren't considered very good.

So, I started with this one since I know I already like Empire. I had it on cassette years ago. Also had Promised Land back when it came out, but nothing else by Queensryche. I have talked about sound quality in some of the forum discussions and while I don't consider myself an audiophile nor do I consider sound quality the most important part of any album, let me assure anyone, the sound quality of this remaster is pristine. I'm not playing it with any super high end equipment either, just a set of Bose Companion speakers at the PC, basic Infinity component set in the car. The sound quality is going to keep me listening to this more than I probably would have. There's an excellent balance of highs/lows and a full, rich sound to it. I normally wouldn't focus that much on just the sound quality, but this may be the best sounding cd I've got and I have around 5,000. I originally had fell in love with the sound on Anthrax's new album, but this remaster tops even it. Whoever remastered this should be applauded though I know the original was used as a test source, so it had to be pretty good to begin with.

I knew these songs from having the cassette, but would guess most people are checking it out for Silent Lucidity. I'll probably sound like a Queensryche diehard when I say please don't buy this album just for that song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charleston Molina on December 16, 2013
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After the fantastic Operation: Mind Crime, Queensryche do on Empire one of the famous album in the world. Geoff Tate show your pontential voice and De Garmo inspired to write Silent Lucidity, named to win Grammy Awards as the best song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Walden on June 28, 2013
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This CD sounds amazing. The live CD is awesome,really good recording and if you have not seen Queensryche this is as close as you can get. Oh yea did I mention the cool stuff that came w/it? Poster,promo cards and a cool case. By the way for people who don't know "Last Time In Paris" is from "Ford Fairlane" movie soundtrack,really good song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jose santana on March 10, 2013
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20 years have passed since I first heard and fell in love empire, the remastered edition with bonus track 2003 is very good but the anniversary edition comes with the 1990 concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London simply amazing
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I was never able to find this 20th anniversary edition of Empire in stores when it came out 4 years ago, but now that I own it, I can say for certain that any Queensryche fan would be pleased with this mini boxset. Essentially you get the classic Empire album remastered with three bonus tracks tagged on at the end. The bonus tracks are decent and worth it for fans, but I can understand why they were left off the original release as they probably wouldn't have flowed with the other songs. The second disc is a live concert from that era (1990). The band sounds in top form and there is a nice mix of both live Empire songs and some other classic Queensryche tunes. You also get a poster and a handful of collector photo cards of the band members. In my opinion this album along with Operation Mindcrime were the peak of the band's career, as they seemed to release some less than stellar albums in the late 90's and early 2000's. It's worth the extra money if you are looking to upgrade your music collection.
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I was excited to hear Queensryche was celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Empire" This is a very cool little box set for die-hard QR fans. It includes the remastered version of Empire plus a rare live concert disc from this era. It also includes a couple cool fold-out posters as well. Definately worth the money. But as a huge QR fan I`m wondering why they didn`t do this same thing for OPERATION MINDCRIME??
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