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4 stars Mindcrime at the Moore shows Queensr˙che playing both parts Operation Mindcrime in their entirety. I got to see them in Atlanta, and the show is almost identical to the one here in their hometown of Seattle. The band really gives you a night at the theater with hired actors, a set, and even a drum corps that assists Scott Rockenfield at times. Over teh years, various musicians like Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Alice Cooper have complimented the inherent theatricality of QR's music. If Alice Cooper thinks you're theatrical, you're theatrical. If you weren't a fan of Operation Mindcrime II, I suggest picking this up. It shows just how well Tate can still sing; he gives much stronger and more passionate performances than in the studio version.

It's also interesting to note how well the two parts flow into one another. II sounds like the natural follow-up to I. However, there is a difference in sound, as the first is primarily vocal-driven while the new addition is instrument-driven, likely out of consideration of Geoff's reduced range. However, Geoff still ahs that amazing control of his and I was captivated the whole time, both at the concert I attended and on this DVD. The bonus features are slim but good. There is a tour documentary, some footage of the band's motorcycle ride for Save the Music, and the highlight, video of the band performing The Chase with Ronnie James Dio as Dr. X.

For established fans of QR, I highly recommed picking this up. For newbies, get the studio version of OM 1 first, but this is a good early purchase to get into the band. The first part isn't as good as the studio version, but the second half blows OMII out of the water.

Grade: B

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Posted Friday, July 6, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars Successfully captures the entirety of the Operation Mindcrime opus, both parts I and II.

Similar to Operation Livecrime and Live Evolution, Mindcrime at the Moore has outstanding DVD production values. The sound is truly amazing for a live show, as is the video production. Luckily, bands have learned that the fast-edit, MTV-style production isn't appropriate for live DVDs (or anyone with an attention span, for that matter) and you get a more nuanced video production here.

Frankly, part I is not as exciting as part II. Probably b/c part I is almost 20 years old while part II is contemporary. This is evident in the presentation, which has more theatrics presented with part II. In fact, it is this theater-like element that makes this DVD. The OM storys is completely fleshed out with a the revelation of how Mary was killed (we won't get into the fact this version is inconsistent with the lyrics and a previous video presentation), and the fate of Dr. X. Marching bands, a jury, and other actors along with stage sets make this more like a play than any other concert I've seen.

And it all works very well. Tate has lost much of his range but sounds better here than expected. And the band sounds exceptional. In fact, in watching this I realize this band ALWAYS sounds great live, a testament to their musicianship. And new-come Mike Stone is a revelation. While original DeGarmo replacement Kelly Gray was an embarrassment (recognized by the band when they dismissed him after one album) Stone bring amazing chops and some new energy.

With four QR DVDs it's hard to choose which as best as Operation: Livecrime captures them at their best while Live Evolution provides complete historical perspective and this DVD contains the entire OM story. I'd have a hard time choosing.

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