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November 25, 2020

Universal Japan Reissuing Operation: LIVEcrime and Hear in the Now Frontier

By Brian Heaton

Universal Japan is reissuing Queensryche's Operation: LIVEcrime and Hear in the Now Frontier on December 9 (December 18 in the United States). The latest versions are marketed as “limited low-priced reissues” featuring bonus tracks.

Don't rush to pre-order them just yet, fellow Rychers. The reissues unfortunately do not contain any previously unreleased material. They appear to be simple reproductions of the 2003 remastered versions of the albums.

The four bonus tracks on Hear in the Now Frontier are:

· “Chasing Blue Sky”
· "Silent Lucidity" (live at MTV Unplugged, Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 1992)
· “The Killing Words” (live at MTV Unplugged, Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 1992)
· “I Will Remember” (live at MTV Unplugged, Los Angeles, CA on April 27, 1992)

The two bonus tracks on Operation: LIVEcrime are:

· “The Lady Wore Black” (live)
· “Roads to Madness” (live)

From the limited information available on Amazon.com and CDJapan, it isn't clear whether there will be any new content in the liner notes. Given that they will be “low-priced reissues,” however, I highly doubt it.

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