Empire (Queensrÿche album)

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Empire
Studio album by Queensrÿche
Released August 20, 1990
Recorded Vancouver Studios, Vancouver, Canada, Spring 1990
Triad Studios, Redmond, Washington, (tracks 6, 12-14)
Genre Heavy metal, progressive metal
Length 63:23
Label EMI
Producer Peter Collins
Queensrÿche chronology
Operation: Mindcrime
(1988)
Empire
(1990)
Operation: Livecrime
(1991)
Singles from Empire
  1. "Empire" / "Scarborough Fair"
    Released: September 1990
  2. "Silent Lucidity" / "The Mission (live)"
    Released: February 1991
  3. "Best I Can" / "I Dream in Infrared"
    Released: June 1991
  4. "Jet City Woman" / "Empire (live)"
    Released: August 1991
  5. "Another Rainy Night (Without You)" / "Last Time in Paris"
    Released: November 1991
  6. "Anybody Listening?" / "Scarborough Fair"
    Released: 1992
Music sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 5/5 stars
(20th Anniversary Edition)[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blogcritics 4/5 stars
(20th Anniversary Edition)[3]
Entertainment Weekly D[4]
PopMatters 6/10 stars
(20th Anniversary Edition)[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Record Collector 3/5 stars
(20th Anniversary Edition)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[8]

Empire is the fourth full-length album by the American heavy metal band Queensrÿche, released on August 20, 1990. The album stands as Queensryche's most commercially successful release, reaching triple-platinum status[9] and the single extracted, the power ballad "Silent Lucidity", reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[10] "Silent Lucidity" was also nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1992 in the categories Best Rock Song and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best I Can"   Chris DeGarmo 5:30
2. "The Thin Line"   DeGarmo, Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton 5:42
3. "Jet City Woman"   DeGarmo, Tate 5:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Della Brown"   DeGarmo, Scott Rockenfield, Tate 7:04
5. "Another Rainy Night (Without You)"   DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Tate 4:44
6. "Empire"   Tate, Wilton 5:07
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Resistance"   Tate, Wilton 4:47
8. "Silent Lucidity"   DeGarmo 5:45
9. "Hand on Heart"   DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton 5:30
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "One and Only"   DeGarmo, Wilton 5:52
11. "Anybody Listening?"   DeGarmo, Tate 7:40

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Geoff Tate - vocals, keyboards
  • Chris DeGarmo - 6 and 12 strings electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and backing vocals on track 1, lead guitar on "Best I Can", "Jet City Woman", "Silent Lucidity", and "Anybody Listening"
  • Michael Wilton - 6 and 12 strings electric and acoustic guitars, lead guitar on "Empire", "Resistance", and "Another Rainy Night"
  • Eddie Jackson - bass guitars, backing vocals
  • Scott Rockenfield - drums, percussion
Additional musicians
Production
  • Peter Collins - producer
  • James Barton — engineer, mixing
  • Paul Northfield — engineer on track 6
  • Tom Hall — engineer on tracks 6, 13
  • Neil Kernon — engineer on track 13[12]
  • Marcus Ramaer, Tom Hall, Dan Harjung - assistant engineers
  • Greenhouse Studios - recording and mixing studio, Vancouver, Canada
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering at Masterdisk, New York

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1994 3× Platinum (+ 3,000,000)[9]
Canada CRIA 1991 Platinum (+ 100,000)[34]
UK BPI 1993 Silver (+ 60,000)[35]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Empire - Queensrÿche". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  3. ^ Beaumont, Chris (22 November 2010). "Music Review: Queensryche - Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  4. ^ Farber, Jim (12 October 1990). "Empire Review". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (7 October 2010). "Queensrÿche: Empire (20th Anniversary Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Queensryche - Empire CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
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  8. ^ Rolling Stone list
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  11. ^ "34th Grammy Awards - 1992". Rock on the Net .com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
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  31. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 54, No. 11, August 17, 1991". Library and Archives Canada. 17 August 1991. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  32. ^ "Queensrÿche - Jet City Woman". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  33. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 54, No. 26, November 30, 1991". Library and Archives Canada. 30 November 1991. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  34. ^ "CRIA Gold and Platinum Search: Empire". Music Canada. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  35. ^ "BPI Certified Awards: Search for Queensryche". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-05-07.