Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)
Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)

Queensryche - Empire (2LP, Translucent Green vinyl)

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Geoff Tate – vocals, keyboards

Chris DeGarmo – six-string and 12-string electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards (on "Best I Can"), lead guitar (on "Best I Can", "Jet City Woman", "Silent Lucidity", "Anybody Listening"), backing vocals

Michael Wilton – six-string and 12-string electric and acoustic guitars, lead guitar (on "Empire", "Resistance", "Another Rainy Night")

Eddie Jackson – bass, backing vocals

Scott Rockenfield – drums, percussion

Michael Kamen – orchestral arrangements on "Silent Lucidity", conductor

Randy Gane – answering machine message on "Empire"

Robert Bailey – keyboards, keyboard programming

 

2 LPs, Gatefold Cover

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Translucent Green

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : EMI USA

Recorded Vancouver Studios in Vancouver, CanadaTriad Studios in Redmond, Washington

Engineered & mixed by James "Jimbo" Barton

Produced by Peter Collins

Remastered by Joe Reagoso

Originally released in 1990

Reissued in 2020

 

Tracks:

Side A :

1 Best I Can
2 The Thin Line
3 Jet City Woman

 

Side B :

1 Della Brown
2 Another Rainy Night (Without You)
3 Empire

 

Side C :

1 Resistance
2 Silent Lucidity
3 Hand On Heart

 

Side D :

1 One And Only
2 Anybody Listening?

 

Reviews :

"After the breakthrough success and worldwide respect that Queensrÿche gained from their conceptual masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime, it was a fair assumption that they couldn't possibly outdo or perhaps even match themselves. Empire, released just two years after that watermark, reveals that Queensrÿche reinvented themselves (though certainly not for the last time). While many fans were clamoring for a conceptual sequel, the band offers a song-oriented approach that is more art rock and less metal (though Empire does rock hard in places). Far removed from the fantasy and techno-paranoiac themes of Operation: Mindcrime, the lyrics tackle social and physical handicaps ("Best I Can") and issues such as poverty and regret ("Della Brown"). Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo, and company focused much less on the darker side of love so prevalent in their earlier sound, and looked at romance head on with "Another Rainy Night" and "Hand on Heart." While Queensrÿche lost some die-hard metal fans with Empire, the mature sound and tight production of Peter Collins (Rush) saw the band break into the mainstream and hit number nine on the Billboard singles chart with the Pink Floyd-inspired power ballad "Silent Lucidity," which has remained one of the band's set standbys into the 21st century." AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,39 / 5

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