Operation: Mindcrime

by Queensrÿche

Operation: Mindcrime

Operation: Mindcrime is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Queensrÿche. Originally released on May 3, 1988, the album was reissued on May 6, 2003, with two bonus tracks, and again in 2006 as a deluxe box set. Operation: Mindcrime is a concept album and a rock opera. Its story follows Nikki, a drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders. In January 1989, it ranked at No. 34 on Kerrang! magazine’s “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time”.Operation: Mindcrime was Queensrÿche’s breakthrough album, reaching number 50 on the Billboard 200 while its singles “Eyes of a Stranger” and “I Don’t Believe in Love” served as the band’s first charting hits in the United States. The album was certified by the RIAA as gold in early 1989, and was certified as platinum two years later. A sequel, Operation: Mindcrime II, was released on April 4, 2006.


  1. I Remember Now
  2. Anarchy-X
  3. Revolution Calling
  4. Operation: Mindcrime
  5. Speak
  6. Spreading The Disease
  7. The Mission
  8. Suite Sister Mary
  9. The Needle Lies
  10. Electric Requiem
  11. Breaking The Silence
  12. I Don’t Believe In Love
  13. Waiting For 22
  14. My Empty Room
  15. Eyes Of A Stranger

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation:_Mindcrime
Format Vinyl 2× LP Album Reissue
Label Capitol Records
Catalog Number 7714039
Notes Made in Germany on label. On inner sleeve: ℗ 2003 Capitol Records, LLC. On back cover: ℗ 1988 Capitol Records, LLC - © 2021 Capitol Records, LLC No reissue credits. All technical credits refer to the original release.
Discogs URL Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime