In 1988, a band called Queensryche blew the minds of everyone who heard a little ole record called “Operation Mindcrime”. It was a story/concept album about a man in the Reagan era who joins up with an underground organiztion hell-bent on assasinating corrupt politicians and taking the country back. The album was a huge success for the band and went down as many’s favorite concept album of all time. In my opinion, they never quite duplicated the genius of it all (even though they went on to do some really great stuff), “Mindcrime” is still one of my faves. Thirteen years later, the band releases “Operation Livecrime” which is the way it should have been released to begin with since it was tailor made to be played live. Having been burned so many times on live albums, I was a little leary of buying a live album I’d never heard, but I decided to take the gamble and do it anyway. It was worth it. If anything at all, they sound even better live than in the studio. Geoff Tate never sounded better and the band is just phenomenal. Hearing it done live makes the whole thing even more emotional and dramatic. Hearing the whole thing played, track for track, gives an old favorite a more real feel and also gives the experience an extra boost. Again, I’m just mesmerized by how good they sound live. It’s truly unbelievable. Any Queensryche fan should own this, even if you aren’t a big fan of live albums. I’ll be waiting for the Dvd.