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That's why they remain one of the most revered hard rock outfits in history with over 20 million albums sold globally and 6 million in the U.S. alone. It's why shows continue to sell out everywhere and hits such as "Silent Lucidity" eternally blare across radio waves. It's why they've got one of the most diehard and ... Read more in Amazon's Queensrÿche Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00005OADK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. NM 156
2. Walk In The Shadows
3. Roads To Madness
4. The Lady Wore Black
5. London
6. Screaming In Digital
7. Take Hold Of The Flame
8. Queen Of The Reich
9. I Remember Now
10. Revolution Calling
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Am I
2. Damaged
3. Empire
4. Silent Lucidity
5. Another Rainy Night
6. Jet City Woman
7. Liquid Sky
8. Sacred Ground
9. Falling Down
10. Hit The Black
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

How can almost 20 years of music from America's premier progressive metal band be crammed into a live double-CD? In this case, the band's career is divided into four parts, with the set paced loosely in order of release, although the tracks from Rage for Order are played within the EP and Warning suite, not as part of the Mindcrime suite. Operation: Mindcrime gets the lion's share of time here and it's performed with perfection and passion. The theatrical "Suite Sister Mary," an epic few bands could conceive, let alone play live, proves Geoff Tate is still one of the finest vocalists around. This isn't a greatest-hits package played live--unsung classics such as the dramatic "Roads to Madness" and "London" are featured next to the band's more radio-friendly cuts such as "Silent Lucidity," "Empire," "I Am I," and "Breakdown." Live Evolution is an experience for the die-hards rather than casual Queensryche fans, which is likely what the band intended. --Gail Flug

Customer Reviews

Something happened to music during that break.
Clifford Randi
Much of their good stuff was ruined by experimenting with different soloing, or reworking songs a bit too much.
M. Lewkowicz
I heartily recomend this CD for your QR collection.
Howard Dickman

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on November 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Live Evolution is a pretty good summary of Queensryche's 20 year career. It covers each one of their releases: the blistering heaviness of their EP; The Warning, with its progressive leanings; Rage for Order, the band's step into maturity with a cyber-glam metal record; Operation: Mindcrime, the legendary concept album; Empire, the commercial smash; the dark, intellectual Promised Land; the blasé Hear in the Now Frontier; and the recent hard rocker Q2K.
The band's playing is tight, energetic, and assertive. Even after two decades of soaring, technically demanding singing, Geoff Tate's voice doesn't sound much worse for wear. Still, on some of the really challenging songs, like "Queen of the Reich" or "Take Hold of the Flame," Tate goes a little easy on the pipes, which detracts some those songs intensity. Better that than him losing his voice before the end of the night, though. The vocal beast "Roads to Madness" cuts the entire fast section at the end, although that might be due to lack of orchestral backing rather than the constraints of Tate's voice. Still, his performance is heartfelt and strong. He's such an established singer that, even with his incredible skill, he's always singing with the song. There's way too many goofy metal singers who scream at live shows. Tate, fortunately, is too mature for that.
The band also knows how to keep their audiences interested. There's tons of alterations to old songs. The definitive power metal anthem "Queen of the Reich" is preceded by swirling guitar dissonance. "The Lady Wore Black"'s chorus is entirely rearranged, with a slower tempo and relying on big power chords rather than a big riff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Randi on October 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have read many reviews of this CD and I am glad to hear that people have good things to say. You have to respect Queensryche. In the 80's, they introduced a sound that could have been the future of heavy metal. Building on that progressive, different, emotional sound they invented with the classic Rage for Order, they released their crowing achievement, Operation: Mindcrime, which should rank in the top 5 albums of all time. Empire was a perfect follow up with a mature, slightly commercialized sound. Hits like Silent Lucidity broke the band into platinumsville, and finally this superior heavy metal band was given the notoriety they deserved. Contrary to popular belief, the band did not fall off the earth after that. Unwilling to commercialize too much, the band took a break before releasing their next technical masterpiece, Promised Land. Something happened to music during that break. Maybe heavy metal had become to overplayed and consisted of way too many bubble gum pop metal bands. The listening public revolted and the powers that be reverted metal back to its rawest, most immature form - Grunge. How were technical masters like Queensryche supposed to compete in an exploding world of musicians that couldn't even tune their guitars. Thats when me and many other fans of substantial music turned off our radios and stopped buying CDs. Hold it up to resilience but Queensryche managed to produce Hear In The Now Frontier, and after the departure of Chris Degarmo, Q2K. Both good to excellent albums - but they had no place in the sess pool that had become heavy metal. Now it looks as if a new day may be dawning - as 80's metal bands are rearing up for a final strike -and nostalgia is kicking in amongst listeners who want more from their music. Queensryche is the answer!Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By serkan erdin on September 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Queensryche is one of the most influencing bands in progressive rock, and Live Evolution is brief history of their 20 years career. 2 CD album is prepared according to chronological order of their album catalogue, so that every listener will be able to get the idea how they have changed and grown in 20 years. Albums starts with songs from their groundbreaking EP and first and second full-length albums "Warning" and "Rage for Order" . Power metal classics "Queen of the Reich" , "Take the Hold of the Flame" , "Walk in the Shadows" and "The Lady Wore Black" will take every listener back to 80ies wonderful metallic atmosphere and blow their minds away. 2nd chapter of Queensryche was "Operation:Mindcrime", one of the best album in rock music
of all times , and most of the songs in live album chosen from this classic. Especially, duet of Geoff Tate together with Pamela Moore in "Suite Sister Mary" is amazing. 2nd cd has songs from their 90ies catologue, like "Empire", "Silent Lucidity" from their the most commercially succesful album "Empire" , "I AM I", "Damaged" from their second masterpiece "Promised Land" and history ends with tunes from their latest effort "Q2K", and only the last song "The Right Side of My Mind" fits with their early sound. Only shortcoming of the album is the lack of dialogue between auidience and Geoff Tate, that makes listener drag away from concert atmosphere. Other than that, Live Evolution is an album every rock listener must have to get the entire history of Queensryche
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