|Queensrÿche Greatest Hits documents the first chapter in one of the most distinctive bands of the late ‘80s and ‘90s in America. Featuring 14 of the best tracks from the six, critically acclaimed, gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums Queensryche recorded between 1984 and 1997, Queensrÿche Greatest Hits includes “Silent Lucidity,” “Jet City Woman,” “Empire,” “Bridge” and “I Am I,” plus two bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are “Chasing Blue Sky,” previously available only on a Japanese release, and “Someone Else,” an extended version with different lyrics, originally from their platinum album Promised Land. Queenrÿche’s brooding, provocative yet melodic music has ensured them a place in metal history and made them lasting favorites on two different radio formats even as they continue to record and tour. |
The Queensrÿche story begins in 1981 with a tight-knit group of young friends playing covers in a bar band called The Mob. But vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield were developing a more ambitious take on metal and transformed themselves into Queensrych (the last e came later); a demo of their own material made its way to England where it won rave reviews for its frighteningly intense blend of melody and muscle, and such was the worldwide response that the band decided to release the demo as an EP on their own 206 Records label. By the time some 60,000 records had been sold, the major labels were lining up with offers; a deal was duly concluded with EMI Records, which re-released the EP with the addition of one extra track. Their first major tour - with Dio and Twisted Sister - won more accolades for the band, and in 1984 they spent several months in London recording their debut album with James Guthrie, chosen because of his work with Pink Floyd on "The Wall," and film soundtrack composer Michael Kamen, a man who has continued to figure in the band's subsequent career. "THE WARNING" was an ambitious project from a young band with a lot to say, launching a world tour throughout which the band's musical horizons continued to expand.