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Operation: Mindcrime Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Features two bonus tracks.

Long dubbed "the thinking man's metal band," Queensryche have always been difficult to classify; somewhere between Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd. Mindcrime was their breakthrough album, garnering the band commercial and critical success. Arguably their best release, this is a complex, ambitious effort, with top-notch music and a complicated storyline (a disillusioned fortune hunter of the Reagan era joins an underground movement to assassinate political scumbags) that flows smoothly from start to finish. The combination of experimental, progressive music with shorter, more radio-friendly songs works well, and enabled the band to release singles from the album while keeping the story intact. These shorter songs provide the album's most exciting moments; "Revolution Calling," "Eyes of a Stranger," and "I Don't Believe in Love" are some of the best metal songs out there. --Genevieve Williams
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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0000931QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Mr D. on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
We're not talking about just any album here. We're talking about Queensryche's 'tour de force', their 'magnum opus' or any other cliche that denotes sheer perfection. Yes we're talking about Operation: Mindcrime, not only Queensryche's zenith, considered by many as the apogee of concept albums and heavy metal in general. Basically we're talking about progressive metal nirvana.

There is a reason that the preponderance of reviewers give Operation: Mindcrime five stars. When it comes to concept albums, it is the standard to which all concept albums are compared, it has no peers. Heck I do it myself, stacking other very good concept albums against the incomparable Operation: Mindcrime.

What is a concept album? It is simply an album where each song revolves around a single concept or story.

In only their second album, Queensryche scored their breakthrough success with this most ambitious concept album, Operation: Mindcrime, which tells the story of an anarchist whose disillusionment with Reagan-era American society leads him to join a shadowy plot to assassinate corrupt leaders. The band plays fabulously and Geoff Tate does both a great acting and singing job and the music as indicated is quite ambitious, featuring, among others "Suite Sister Mary", a ten-minute track with orchestrations by Michael Kamen.

The band released two hit singles "Eyes of a Stranger" and "I Don't Believe In Love" from this album which is basically hard driving heavy metal except for these singles, which are both power ballads. Interspersed within the music are four suites of dialogue and several other cameos of short monologue or dialogue which help tell the story. These certainly add a nice touch in completing this great recording.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ian Buonamici on April 2, 2004
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An immense pleasure I am now experiencing while listening to Queensryche's stunning "Operation: Mindcrime", coupled with the surprisingly small number of reviews here have urged me to put digit to keyboard and wax poetic about this incredibly emotive sonic masterpiece. Sadly, this masterwork may have been overshadowed on one side by the predictable poses of the popular "80's hair metal bands", and the technically brilliant yet sometimes emotionally chilly "thrash" of the late 80's; yet Queensryche nevertheless garnered much critical praise and expansion of their core following with a cohesive work that delights on many levels of lyric, melody, and emotional resonance. And today, nearly 15 years after its original release, Mindcrime continues to evoke a passionate listening experience through its well-written compositions of sheer power and emotional catharsis.
The core Queensryche "sound" finds its influence in a diverse blend of rock idioms, from the expertly performed art and progressive rock circles to the edgy and incisive sounds of punk rock rebellion. Blend in a pinch of theatrical classic rock in the vein of The Who's "Quadrophenia" and Pink Floyd's "The Wall", and the listener has transcended the run of the mill, stagnant musical forms that occupy a good deal of the record store bins and radio station playlists. Yet Queensryche manages to defy the conveniences of category, presenting an arsenal of sounds and moods that frankly put many of their contemporaries to shame. The vocals of Geoff Tate are inspired and sincere, unlocking the deepest emotional meaning in the passionate lyrics -- If Nero carelessly played his fiddle while Rome burned, Geoff Tate is employing his stunningly melodic vocal gift to inspire the fiery insurgency!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on December 18, 1999
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Though Empire's songcraft was a notch above that on Operation: Mindcrime, it's obvious in comparing the two albums that Mindcrime was a necessary step in the evolution of the band.
After going almost cyberpunk on Rage for Order (which I would argue is Queensryche's coming of age), the Tate-Wilton-DeGarmo core headed in an ultrasleek, aggressive metal direction with this, the brashest album in the Queensryche catalogue. Thanks to producer Peter Collins (Rush), Mindcrime is the first Queensryche album not hindered by a muddy mix. Instead, guitar solos slice through the arrangements to provide emotional peaks for the songs; Tate's vocals never sounded better; and the band was clearly on a roll in terms of songwriting: From the glistening DeGarmo instrumentals "Waiting for 22" and "Anarchy-X" through carnivorous rockers such as "I Don't Believe in Love", "Speak" and "Revolution Calling", and the album's best songs, "The Mission" and "Eyes of a Stranger" -- the former one of the best incorporations of a string section into a rock song and a majestic thematic summary for the entire concept album; the latter a stunning rock masterpiece with an unforgettable guitar riff anchoring one of the band's most intense performances ever.
Operation: Mindcrime also mines the socio-political potential of the concept album farther than either Pink Floyd or The Who ever did, creating an Orwellian nightmare in which there is no redemption for a sinner, even if his acts were not his own.
For a deeper taste of the story, hunt down the Operation: LIVECrime boxed set, which includes a CD/cassette, recorded live, containing the entirety of Operation: Mindcrime as recorded on the band's Building Empires tour, plus a video of the concert itself. A worthy companion piece to this exhilarating album.
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