How about some vintage Queensryche?

Since I don’t have anything else for today…

I was listening to Rage for Order, Queensryche’s second full-length album from 1986, last night at work. EMI/Capitol Records remastered & reissued all the band’s albums in the early part of the last decade, and on those remasters were included various bonus tracks — live cuts, alternate recordings, and such. One of RFO’s bonus tracks was this killer live version of the album’s lead-off track, “Walk In The Shadows,” recorded on the Building Empires tour in 1991. I don’t know about now, but I know frontman Geoff Tate had an absolutely phenomenal voice back in the day, and this recording has him demonstrating that. God, but I would love to have been old enough to see them back then.

Albatross! I know you’re into that old hard rock & metal. Thoughts?

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One Response to “How about some vintage Queensryche?”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Albatross (69.153.10.181)
    Hm. My previous comment seems to have gotten lost in webs. Here goes again.

    Rage for Order is my favorite Queensryche album. It shows off the band’s incredible range, musicality, and inventiveness while also sounding damn good. I remember when the album first came out that some fans were a bit puzzled about the not-quite-metal pacing of “Gonna Get Close to You,” but that ended up being the song that got the most airplay at the time, and it still holds up to this day.

    My favorite songs off this album are “Walk in the Shadows,” “Neue Regel,” “London,” and “Screaming in Digital,” though all of the tracks are well worth listening to. Back when I played bass guitar, I used to like to play along with “I Dream in Infrared.” What a fun song.
    March 31, 2010, 6:44:15 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (68.203.231.7)
    I remember when the album first came out that some fans were a bit puzzled about the not-quite-metal pacing of “Gonna Get Close to You,”

    No doubt, and I am sure they were also caught off guard by the video itself. “I Dream in Infrared,” “The Killing Words”…oh, hell, there wasn’t a song on Rage that I didn’t like.

    That’s saying a lot, too, as the album was only the second album from Queensryche that I bought. Operation: Mindcrime was the first, and it was quite avant-garde compared to the singles from Empire that I’d heard (“Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman”) before I was introduced to more of the band’s music by way of Sirius. But this one was even more out there, I think, at least in relation to the straight-ahead heavy metal I was used to before. I really like it, though.

    Mindcrime was great, though I tend to think Queensryche painted itself into a corner with that album because the rest of the band’s catalog is unfairly compared to it. And I say “unfairly,” because I think the making of an album like that is arguably a once-in-a-career thing. If you’re lucky. (To take the example of another band — Ride the Lightning and …And Justice For All were great records, granted, but Master of Puppets seems to be the yardstick for Metallica albums, even though Ride and Justice were similar in many ways.) It strikes me that the main complaint that a lot of Queensryche fans have with their post-Mindcrime work is that “it isn’t Mindcrime,” and that to me is a bit lacking. I don’t understand why those other works couldn’t have been judged on their own merits. I have heard a few cuts off Promised Land, and I know why that album wasn’t as successful, but I do like what I’ve heard from it even though it was slower and darker than anything the band had done up to that point. Same with Empire, and its commercial bent. Personally, I thought “Anybody Listening” was one of the greatest songs of all time in any genre, but maybe that’s just me…
    March 31, 2010, 11:32:22 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Albatross (69.152.251.246)
    Oh, Empire is another excellent album, though it is a bit in the creative shadow of its predecessor. Of course, “Silent Lucidity” got the most airplay off that album — and it’s a decent song — but I much prefer songs like “Jet City Woman” and “Della Brown.” Really good stuff there.
    April 1, 2010, 7:30:39 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (68.203.231.7)
    Yep. I also loved Empire’s title track and “Another Rainy Night.” And “Jet City Woman” is one of those songs I could listen to at least once a day every day for the rest of my life and never tire of. I was a bit amused at folks kvetching about the love songs on Empire. What the hell did they think “Suite Sister Mary” was?
    April 1, 2010, 7:42:54 PM CDT

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