REVIEW: Queensryche – Speaking in Digital: A Conversation with Queensryche (1986 promo)

QUEENSRŸCHE – Speaking in Digital: A Conversation with Queensryche (1986 EMI America promo interview LP)

Here’s a nice little rarity for you, a full-length Queensryche interview disc from the Rage For Order era.  Promos are a funny thing for reviewing (and this is our second Queensryche promo review).  These records were never made for sale, therefore nobody reviews them.  Nobody…but us.  Is there any rock knowledge or collector’s value to be gleaned from this disc?  Let us find out.

It’s an attractive record, Geoff Tate’s digitally distorted face in black & white.  No Try-Ryche, but a neat digital Queensryche logo.  The interview is conducted by radio DJ Ralph Tortoro.  A very low-key Geoff Tate begins by answering general questions about the beginning of the band and their independent EP.  Chris DeGarmo is a bit more engaged and adds the details.  Shy Michael Wilton speaks up only on occasion.

You’ll also get bits and pieces of music:  Snippets of “Queen of the Reich”, “Warning”, and “Gonna Get Close to You”.  There are four full songs too:  a massive “Screaming in Digital” (so hot on vinyl!), “I Dream in Infrared”, “Chemical Youth” and “The Whisper”.

Interesting things I noted while listening:

  1. They hadn’t settled on the name Queensryche for the band until they had to print up the first EP, forced to make a decision.
  2. Maiden was one of their favourite bands to cover according to Chris.
  3. Tate clearly didn’t like being called “metal” even back in 1986.
  4. “NM 156” from The Warning is hailed as the track that showed the way of the future of Queensryche.
  5. Steve Harris loved The Warning and asked for Queensryche to open for Iron Maiden.
  6. Rage for Order is a “loose concept” album, examining order over three levels:  order in relationships, political order, and technological order.
  7. Other questions remain unasked.

The new digitally enhanced Queensryche of 1986 was destined to confuse people in the short term, gradually winning over fans as time went on and people “got” the album.  If you want to deepen your understanding of its themes, this record will help.  There’s more too; we won’t tell you everything.  As a fan, you should be able to decide if Speaking in Digital is the kind of thing you want in your rock and roll reference library.  The young, shy Queensryche interviewed on this LP are as cold as the machines that are striving for order in the lyrics.  It’s a dry but interesting listen.

3/5 stars

 

 

10 comments

  1. You need the ultra-rare blue ring Rage for Order CD as a companion piece to this. I’ve got one, it’s the latest Queensrÿche craze. Apparently they only printed a few hundred of these on CD and only here in the United States. I’ve got the blue ring cassette too, but I’m pretty sure the blue ring CD is WAY more valuable.

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      1. Yes, the blue ring cover is real. I don’t think LeBrain has an original Capitol Records pressing of Billy Squier’s Signs of Life on CD either, which is almost as rare as the Queensrÿche. The Squier is one of my most prized discs, I absolutely love that album. My Japanese ‘Holy Grail’ pressings of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Meddle are pretty beloved by me also.

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        1. Those sound sweet. The rarest disc I have is probably either Iron Maiden’s Beast over Hammersmith, or an Iron Maiden bootleg of the 24th of May 1981 neither of which are particular rare or unique

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  2. I have never bought nor heard any interview disc. I was always music. I even picked up an interview disc for either Lep or Idol this weekend and put it back. I guess if I ever want to an absolutely complete collection, I will need to buy them eventually.

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        1. Yeah kind of! My buddy had a great Kiss one…it was with Gene and Paul around the time of Lick It Up. I taped it off him, I remember they were talking about Vinnie Vincent being influenced by Jeff Beck.

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