The rerelease of Operation: Livecrime offers proof that Rÿche'n'rollers can't get enough of the 1988 concept album that broke Queensrÿche into the mainstream with a crack so thunderous t

The rerelease of Operation: Livecrime offers proof that Rÿche'n'rollers can't get enough of the 1988 concept album that broke Queensrÿche into the mainstream with a crack so thunderous that the disc remains the yardstick by which the act's music is measured. Recorded in 1991, Operation: Livecrime showcases the entirety of 1988's Operation: Mindcrime album performed as a continuous storyline without a break. With Queensrÿche being one of the most professional live bands around, Operation: Livecrime stands as a fine showcase for Geoff Tate's operatic vocals, Scott Rockenfeld and Eddie Jackson's commanding rhythm section, and Michael Wilton and then-member Chris DeGarmo's intricately woven guitars. From "I Remember Now" to Tate's climactic delivery of "Suite Sister Mary" (with Pamela Moore) to the explosive finale that is "Eyes of a Stranger," this tale of a street junkie abused by the very underground movement that promised him redemption leaves you shocked, rocked, and ready to spin the CD again. Two live bonus tracks are also included, and a separate DVD-Video is due in time for the holidays. This enduring milestone in Queensrÿche's discography attests that its brand of progressive rock is as intelligent as it is entertaining.—CLT

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