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Queensryche Published in October 18, 2018, 11:18 am
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Know Your Vole
Know Your Vole Reply to on 29 March 2011
Queensryche worked hard to build up a following through excellent albums like "Rage For Order"; "Empire" and, released between the two,1988's classic "Operation Mindcrime". Queenryche should really be mentioned in the same breath as the "greats" Black Sabbath; Iron Maiden; Judas Priest; AC/DC but managed to spectacularly implode (possibly) starting with 1994's "Promised Land"........that's a debate that still appears to be ongoing, but let's concentrate on "Operation Mindcrime".

I first heard "Operation Mindcrime" being played in a Southport record shop in 1988 and was immediately drawn in by the unique musical style and production. I didn't realise that "Mindcrime" was a concept album on that first hearing. On concept albums there are usually many filler tracks to string the story together, but from start to finish "Operation Mindcrime" has quality in abundance in both the songs and the rather excellent, sinister storyline.

Where do I begin with the individual songs ? Well I guess everyone has their favourite tracks but I must admit that the only mistake made was not to release "I Don't Believe In Love" as a single, a song that's wrought with emotion and a killer melody.However,I must admit I'm struggling to differentiate between all the songs/links,the album's that good - everyone's a winner !!!

Ok, in my "musical quandary" I'll concentrate on the style. Queensryche's earlier material (particularly the "Queen Of The Ryche" EP") wasn't too dissimilar to Judas Priest, but by "Operation Mindcrime" the band had definitely developed their own style unlike any other band that I can think of ! Is it melodic hard rock; progressive heavy metal; classic rock with a tinge of techno, I'm not sure but it's definitely Queensryche verging on the edge of mega-stardom which they consolidated with their next release "Empire"!!!!

So how did it all manage to go so pear shaped ? If it ain't broken don't try to fix it - discuss !!!!
ratmonkey Reply to on 25 May 2011
A newly discovered gem for me. I'm sure many nostalgically remember this fondly from the hey day of 'pomp-rock' of the 80s, but I have no rose-tinted specs with which to view this release. And I am glad as I will no doubt receive a pair within the next 10 or 20 years and don them to appreciate again the wondrous spectacle that is Operation:Mindcrime. It is adted to a degree but not in the same way that Def Leppard's Hysteria or Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet is. It is basic, mature rock. Having said that the album is far from basic, musically. While there are no award-winning benchmarks set that spilled the rock apple-cart it is still a phenomenal effort in terms of writing and structure. Almost every song is perfect or near to it (with one exception) and the concept holds together very well.

The first 2 tracks are really intros. 'I Remember Now' is a spoken word opening of the protagonist in the hospital after the events of the album have taken place, remembering them in order to tell the story. 'Anarchy-X' is a flutter of guitars that heralds the first track proper as an orchestra may herald the attendance of a King - very rousing! And that segues perfectly into 'Revolution Calling'. An excellent 4 minute masterclass of the Queensryche sound. MOR but with exceptions: Geoff Tate's almost soprano voice (not dissimilar to Michael Weikath from early Helloween) and the way that a rather ordinary song transforms into something quite wonderful after a few spins. This is a band with nuance and talent. The title track comes next and is similar in tone but also a dark horse that grabs you and canters off when you least expect. 'Speak' is almost as grandeur and just as worthy but has a more poppy structure and some nifty key changes. 'Spreading The Disease' is phenomenal. A near-perfect example of how to create a single with some outstanding lyrics. AND it all sustains the concept, moving the album on in the narrative. 'The Mission' is slightly more introspective and thoughtful but is also a 5 star track. So far, not a foot has been put wrong. 'Suite Sister Mary' is a difficult one. It is not as outstanding as the others but only because of its length. At over 10 mins it gets rather lost in places but full marks for not creating an epic with many melody changes. After 5 or 6 listens it begins to fall into place and you realise how good it is. In a way it marks the half-way point in the album's length and also a very important plot point in the story. 'The Needle Lies' is one of the shortest tracks which is a breath of fresh air after 'Suite...' And it's excellent.

Then comes 'Electric Rquiem' which is another musical segway as opposed to an actual song, but these are needed as buffers for the story. 'Breaking the Silence' is the least effective song on the album. It is not bad but merely a 3 star track amongst mostly 5 star ones. The chorus is ok, the tune is ok but nothing really stands out. However this cannot be said of 'I Don't Believe in Love'. It's one of my favourites and has a fantastic chorus carried by Tate's crystal voice. 'Waiting for 22' is another segway track. And so is 'My Empty Room' although it does have some semblance of a structure of a song towards the end. It's very good but too short to really be anything more than an extended intro to the powerful 'Eyes of a Stranger'. The perfect way to end. A flawless track that walks the same line as most of the others but, as they say, if it aint broke...

So really there are only 10 actual songs here and 5 intermissions and intros, which is good as I usually find that the more tracks an album has the more often you will find mediocre material.

Even as a 'non-fan' or newcomer to the band I can see the worth that this album has. And because of this I can also say that it is a great place for a newcomer to start. No matter when you discover it, Operation:Mindcrime will be with you for the long haul.
Maz Reply to on 21 September 2016
What a gem of an album. The music, lyrics, writing and concept of this piece of work are simply incredible by a band that were very advanced. I si mply love all their stuff but this album in particular stood them apart from many bands of the time. I had the original release which I somehow misplaced and so glad to have it replaced. I cannot say it is any better in this remastered version but I'm not complaining.
Ms. Sophie Forsyth
Ms. Sophie Forsyth Reply to on 13 December 2016
A Truly Classic Queensryche Album. Top tracks ; The Needle Lies, Eyes Of a Stranger, and Spreading The Disease. A good listen for driving in the car. Just resist the temptation to air guitar at the traffic lights... you get funny looks...!
Grey Wolf
Grey Wolf Reply to on 28 July 2018
Great music in remastered condition, not been able to listen to this since I had it on cassette! Thanks!
Per Oen
Per Oen Reply to on 3 April 2014
I am not going to review this album song by song, since the other reviews here and also non-Amazon reviews already have done this perfectly.

I quickly became a fan of Queensrÿche when they released 'The Warning', because I loved their sound and musicianship, the lyrics, and of course Geoff Tate's incredible vocals. Soon after that 'Rage for Order' came out, and this wonderful album will forever be one of my very favourites! But Queensrÿche's third full-lenght album - 'Operation: Mindcrime' - is something else entirely! This is a true concept album, and in contrast to most concept album attempts by other bands, this album has not a single weak spot! The songs, each and every one strong in both music and lyrics, are neatly and cunningly interconnected. Excellent!

The sound of this band is awsome, and even if the mix and production may sound is a tiny bit 'muffled' sometimes, the production is actually very good.

All in all, this album is just awesome. Turn up the volume, please!!
BD Muratori
BD Muratori Reply to on 9 July 2013
This album is as good today as it was when it came out. The music is simply fantastic as a concept album, it is the best I have ever heard. Saw them live a couple of times, both for this tour and the next (Empire). For the Empire show, after the first song, the entire audience started shouting and demanding the Mindcrime show all over again! I think this says it all. Plus it is actual today as it was back then.
D. P. Lomax
D. P. Lomax Reply to on 17 November 2011
I hold my head in shame.being a metal fan for over 25 years and only just discovering how awesome queensryche are. Operation mindcrime is one the very rock albums ive had the privilege to listen to. Wailing guitars amazing leads great vocal delivery from gt, drumming is par excellence, just love this stuff to bits. Need to catch up on everything else theyve done. What a fool i am!
mark pirie
mark pirie Reply to on 29 January 2018
Outstanding remaster - sounds way better than original cd
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 10 May 2014
I first heard this as a teenager, now I am older with more varied tastes, a revisit to this concept album has inspired me. It felt as good as the first time I heard it, It is heavy music but it tells a story and that is missing from so much music these days.
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