Queensryche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's triple platinum-certified album, Empire. The new 2CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 hit "Silent Lucidity," as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The 2CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band's personal archive.After building a fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988's Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad "Silent Lucidity" became a rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensryche the MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song's music video. Empire also made the U.K.'s Top 10, and the band headlined an 18-month "Building Empires" world tour, the band's longest trek to date.
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In 2010, for Empire's 20th anniversary, Queensryche issues a deluxe package that includes a 24-bit remaster of the original album, as well as the three bonus tracks that were included on the 2003 expanded edition, and a live disc recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London during the supporting tour. What's remarkable about the live disc is that it is raw, power-on, great-sounding Queensrÿche with no overdubs; all but three of the set's tracks are from the Empire album.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
After playing this album for literally months, I have finally sat my skinny arse down to lend some ink to the wonderful JETHRO TULL recording “Bursting Out – Live”. It is now remastered — thank you very much Chrysalis/Capital records for doing so, and Ian ANDERSON, of course, for being there to supervise and lend your personal touch with colorful liner notes.