Empire (Remastered) [Expanded Edition]

June 10, 2003 | Format: MP3

$14.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Label: EMI/EMI Records (USA)
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:31
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  • ASIN: B001KQGEL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I was, and buying the CD is a decision which I'm really happy about.
"gt0065a"
After all, Empire is one of the best recorded rock albums ever (and one of my favorite albums).
Lord Chimp
Overall it just has a really cool sound to it, and is a good way to end the album.
Metalhammer

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dan on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Queensryche began to receiver financial success with their album "Operation: Mindcrime", which came out two years before this. To follow it up, they made an album full of commercially acceptable songs, yet they didn't sacrifice and quality or originality in doing so. This is probably my favorite Queensryche album, because it's so easy to listen to. Every song is great, and a few are exceptionally great.
Most people laugh at me when I tell them Queensryche is one of my favorite bands. I get the usual "Don't only people with mullets listen to them?" or "Weren't they some one-hit wonder hair band?". NO. Queensryche is far more skilled (technically and otherwise) and serious musically and lyrically than your average hair band. I think of them as Iron Maiden meets Rush and Pink Floyd, and of course very original as well. They did, however, have the hair.
"Best I Can" is one of my favorite `Ryche songs (they've closed with it both times I've seen them live, it kicks ass), with the inspired lyrics and catchy guitar riffs and vocals. The bridge in 7/8 has a serious groove, and the solo (DeGarmo, I should think) is just so tasty. "Jet City Woman" is a rocking song, with some great guitar harmonies and solos. "Silent Lucidity" is the one everyone's surely heard, the Pink Floyd-ish ballad was a huge hit. It's still a beautiful song. "Anybody Listening?" is my personal favorite, and some of the guitar riffs remind me off Rush. 70's Rush, that is. The solo is so powerful (even more-so live). The lyrics are very good too, as some have called it the best song about the effects of fame since Rush's "Limelight".
The rest of the songs are far from filler. Every song is great, and this is one of the best overall albums I own.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Rausch on May 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
To this day, a staggering number of people insist that to entertain is to sell out and surrender growth and innovation. Granted, the frequncy of the stars aligning just right is about as often as a snowball forming in that dark place down below, but it HAS happened, it STILL happens, but never more noticably than in the all-around musical masterpiece "Empire," from the "progressive" "metal" band, Queensryche.
Those quotations are there because Queensryche deserves more than routine catagorization. Their music is at times heavy, and often intelligent, and that's about all the description you should need. If you realize that the past 10 years of mainstream music has been a case of record companies shooting themselves in the foot, this review shall serve to educate you that this album was one of the last appearances of greatness to strike mainstream popularity - it's a good thing Queensryche got this album in before it all went down hill!
The album; dashes of Pink Floyd/Rush/Bon Jovi/Def Leppard/Wagner!
One of my favorite songs ever is the closing track "Anybody Listening?" Epic emotion, powerful vocals, sustained guitar landscapes `a la David Gilmour, operatic theatrics `a la Les Miserables. The song is an adventure, a journey, with changing keys, moods and sections. Everything that a best-song-ever should be is in this unique composition.
Then there's the song that "broke them", despite a very successful prior album ("Operation: MindCrime"). If you only know Queensryche for one song, it's "Silent Lucidity." Granted, it's a bit simpler than much of their work, but just as with "Anybody Listening?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nancy@blkhawk.net on January 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have had nothing but respect for the Seattle band Queensryche, since I purchased and listened to "Empire". This band writes and plays some of the most intelligent and thought provoking music out there. From the opening song,"Best I Can", this cd weaves a tale that captures the mind. Geoff Tate has one of THE most powerful and unique voices I've heard. From his sorrowful plea , "Don't slam the door on your way out", in "Another Rainy Night(Without You)", to his quiet reassurance in "Silent Lucidity", Tate has the power to make you FEEL what he sings. This band has got to be one of the best today, and I strongly recommend this CD to you if you're a fan or even if you've never listened to anything by them. Queensryche is most awesome.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on August 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Chris DeGarmo has always been the key player in Queensryche (though the entire band is blessed with killer chops and melodic sense) and on Empire he proves himself also the key to the band's breakthrough success.
The song in question is, of course, "Silent Lucidity", the song that should have won the Best Rock Song Grammy in 1991 (instead, it was Sting's uninteresting "The Soul Cages"). "Lucidity" reminds people that bands lumped into the "metal" category can be capable of music of ethereal beauty, and also emotional contact. "Lucidity" also features one of the most simple, elegant solos I can remember, based mostly on just three notes. Reminds me of The Edge's simple, spare, perfectly tailored solos for U2.
The rest of the album is stirring, dense hard rock: "Jet City Woman" with its spitfire guitar work, the moodily sensual "Another Rainy Night (Without You)", the ferocious, sociologically conscious title track, and the long, narrative "Della Brown" are other standouts, culminating in another of Queensryche's resonant ballads, "Anybody Listening?", thematically close to Queen's "The Show Must Go On".
Though not the reckless adrenalin rush that was Operation: Mindcrime, Empire provided shades of subtlety and beauty first hinted at on Rage for Order, here reaching full bloom. Hear what was to be, unfortunately, the last great gasp of a band gradually being (unfairly) lumped in with the old school, one that deserves better.
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