GEOFF TATE’s QUEENSRYCHE – Frequency Unknown [Billy Sherwood’s Mix] (2014)
* the Real one
“Frequency Unknown“, the only album released the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE following his dismissal from the band, arrived in April 2013 amidst a swarm of controversy. The group had just split in two, with Tate leading an all-new group of musicians while the remaining members of QUEENSRŸCHE carried on with a new vocalist, Todd La Torre.
Tate’s version of QUEENSRŸCHE included longtime associate Kelly Gray plus former Quiet Riot / Ozzy bassist Rudy Sarzo and legendary AC/DC and DIO drummer Simon Wright. This group quickly recorded and released “Frequency Unknown”, and though the album earned some praise from critics, complaints began to surface about the quality of the album’s mix.
In response, Cleopatra Records commissioned multi-instrumentalist and producer Billy Sherwood (of YES) to remix the entire album.
However, due to schedule restrictions, Sherwood was never able to complete his mix… until now.
Then, this is it: Cleopatra Recs is presenting a special limited deluxe edition reissue of “Frequency Unknown” with a slightly different coloured artwork, including the original album plus a full-length bonus disc of Sherwood’s complete reimagining of the record.
Many of the songs were rearranged almost from scratch, with Sherwood adding orchestral arrangements and his own unique spin on these compositions.
I liked “Frequency Unknown”, really. But it’s true there were some mixing and mastering flaws.
Now Billy Sherwood has done a clean mastering, at the point we can call this release a ‘remastered reissue’, while his mix made all instruments more audible, transparent. Many guitar solos have been edited for better result, and the drums sound much, much better now.
But Billy also has added ‘some stuff’ not heard in the original release (just listen “Everything” as example). And I like it a lot. This sounds almost like a completely different album.
Judge by yourselves…
Frequency Unknown / Billy Sherwood’s Mix :
03. Give It To You
05. In The Hands Of God
06. Running Backwards
07. Life Without You
10. The Weight Of The World
Geoff Tate – vocals
Rudy Sarzo – bass
Robert Sarzo, Kelly Gray – guitar
Simon Wright – drums
Randy Gane – keyboards
Chris Poland – guest guitar
Dave Meniketti – guest guitar
Brad Gillis – guest guitar
Ty Tabor – guest guitar
K.K. Downing – guest guitar
Craig Locicero – guest guitar
Lita Ford – guest guitar
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