Title: Operation: Mindcrime
I Remember Now -- (DeGarmo/Tate/Wilton)
Key Tracks: Eyes of a Stranger, Revolution Calling, The Mission.
Notes: While Queensryche dabbled with themes on its previous two studio records, Operation: Mindcrime took it a step further, following in the footsteps of Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Who's Tommy as a full-on concept album. A tale of revolution, drug addiction and manipulation, for years fans debated the album's story.
From a musical standpoint, Operation: Mindcrime is likely the quintessential example of the trade-off and harmonized guitar work of DeGarmo and Wilton. It showcases their different lead-playing styles and the ability to play complex chords that mesh into a bigger, grander sound. Generally speaking, critics and fans refer to Operation: Mindcrime as Queensryche's finest work and one of the best and most influential concept albums ever recorded.
Interesting fact: Wilton came up with the lyrics for the chorus of "Speak." -- "Speak the word. The word is all of us."
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