QUEENSRŸCHE - LIVE EVOLUTION - SANCTUARY/EMI
It is difficult to justify this double live CD by Queensrÿche. The booklet and double jacket presentation is nice and there is some effort made to segregate the band's different incarnations on the CDs. The sound seems genuine and honest. Still, Queensrÿche has spent the last 10 years distancing itself from metal and finding refuge within the shaky genres of grunge and rock. Thus it is hard to appreciate what seems like a real effort here. There is also the undeniable fact that live albums have passed their usefulness and it is only a matter of a couple of loonies to upgrade to a live video complete with stereo sound and sight. For the fan or potential buyer, the CD features almost 30 tracks of all Queensrÿche eras. - Ali "The Metallian"
QUEENSRŸCHE – SIGN OF THE TIMES: THE BEST OF QUEENSRŸCHE – CAPITOL
Good band, good songs, good lyrics, so why the mere ‘above average’ grade? My CD is an advance one-discer that is therefore missing the second disc of the package that is Sign Of The Times. While songs like Queen Of The Reich, Warning, Silent Lucidity and The Lady Wore Black are very good (and make up for the newer songs of the band), it is the second disc of this set that would compel a fan to get this release. That disc that features a new song co-written by former guitarist Chris DeGarmo and called Justified, as well as rare demo songs and tracks by early band Myth is not part of my package. Sigh.
For people who are just now looking into the band or trying to compare the band’s different periods sound-wise Sign Of The Times is a rich audio package. Diehards and current fans should look into the rarities included, although an exact review is not possible here. – Anna Tergel