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Formed in 1977 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada - Disbanded (announced) in 2017

SAGA... one of the most famous Canadian Hard Progresssive with excellent albums including all elements which made the band's reputation: a taste for symphonism and melodies and real talent for efficient riffs.

From 1978 to 1980, SAGA produced a number of quintessentially "progressive" rock albums. These first albums emerged neo-progressive style bands like IQ, PENDRAGON and PALLAS. In the early's 80's they further perfected their style and seemed a bit as viable as their Canadian compatriots RUSH. Until 1989, suddenly SAGA re-emerged with arguably their strongest album to date: "The Beginner's Guide To Throwing Shapes". They went totally haywire in 1995, releasing "Generation 13" to be a real concept album.

Throughout the years, they created their own particular and unique brand of music. Well, they're still around and they are still making great music but unfortunately radio stations no longer play intelligent, riveting, songs anymore. So, if you're into groups like KANSAS, ASIA, RUSH, STYX, or YES, a new dimension of music awaits you... SAGA!

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SAGA discography


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SAGA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.65 | 189 ratings
Saga
1978
3.14 | 188 ratings
Images At Twilight
1979
3.64 | 198 ratings
Silent Knight
1980
3.65 | 227 ratings
Worlds Apart
1981
3.54 | 166 ratings
Heads Or Tales
1983
3.10 | 122 ratings
Behaviour
1985
2.18 | 92 ratings
Wildest Dreams
1987
3.02 | 85 ratings
The Beginners Guide To Throwing Shapes
1989
3.54 | 109 ratings
The Security Of Illusion
1993
2.07 | 82 ratings
Steel Umbrellas
1994
3.86 | 137 ratings
Generation 13
1995
2.26 | 71 ratings
Pleasure & The Pain
1997
3.45 | 109 ratings
Full Circle
1999
3.52 | 117 ratings
House Of Cards
2001
3.28 | 96 ratings
Marathon
2003
3.44 | 94 ratings
Network
2004
3.79 | 163 ratings
Trust
2006
3.60 | 109 ratings
10.000 Days
2007
3.52 | 93 ratings
The Human Condition
2009
3.29 | 84 ratings
20/20
2012
3.22 | 70 ratings
Sagacity
2014

SAGA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 85 ratings
In Transit
1982
4.06 | 34 ratings
Detours
1999
3.76 | 34 ratings
The Chapters Live
2005
3.48 | 23 ratings
Worlds Apart Revisited (CD)
2007
2.70 | 21 ratings
Contact Live in Munich
2009
3.07 | 16 ratings
Heads Or Tales Live
2011
4.80 | 5 ratings
Spin It Again! Live in Munich
2013
4.07 | 5 ratings
Live in Hamburg
2016
5.00 | 2 ratings
So Good So Far - Live at Rock of Ages
2018

SAGA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.50 | 14 ratings
Silhouette
2003
4.00 | 12 ratings
All Areas: Live in Bonn 2002
2004
4.44 | 26 ratings
Worlds Apart Revisited
2007
3.58 | 12 ratings
Contact - Live In Munich (DVD)
2009
4.50 | 6 ratings
Spin it again! - Live in Munich
2013

SAGA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Saga
1985
3.00 | 2 ratings
Time's Up
1986
3.00 | 12 ratings
The Works
1991
2.00 | 1 ratings
Wind Him Up: Best
1992
4.30 | 11 ratings
All The Best 1978 - 1993
1993
1.74 | 9 ratings
The Very Best Of Saga
1994
3.20 | 11 ratings
Defining Moments (Volume 1)
1994
3.00 | 4 ratings
Saga Softworks
1995
1.00 | 1 ratings
Wildest Dreams
1995
2.50 | 6 ratings
How Do I Look
1997
2.60 | 5 ratings
Remember When
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Collection
2013
3.85 | 4 ratings
Best Of Saga. Now & Then - The Collection: 1978 - Infinity
2015
2.15 | 4 ratings
The Polydor Legacy
2017

SAGA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
How Long?
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Slow Motion
1980
3.00 | 1 ratings
On the Loose
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Time's Up
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wind Him Up
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
Synposis
1981
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Flyer
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Scratching the Surface (remixed version)
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Scratchin' the Surface
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Take a Chance
1985
2.00 | 1 ratings
What Do I Know?
1985
2.00 | 1 ratings
Only Time Will Tell
1987
2.00 | 1 ratings
Angel
1988
3.00 | 1 ratings
Gotta Love It
1991
2.00 | 1 ratings
(You Were) Never Alone
1994
3.50 | 2 ratings
On the Loose
1995
3.15 | 18 ratings
Phase One
1997
3.50 | 6 ratings
Home
1999
3.40 | 5 ratings
Money Talks
2001
4.36 | 13 ratings
It's Your Life
2006

SAGA Reviews


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 So Good So Far - Live at Rock of Ages by SAGA album cover Live, 2018
5.00 | 2 ratings

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So Good So Far - Live at Rock of Ages
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This one hell of a way to say goodbye as a band.

This liveconcert was recorded during their farewell tour. The band is really tight, and all of the members of the band have their moments to shine. Most of the songs are just a runthrough their greatest hits, so most songs are on all the other livealbums. The real gems here are: Help Me Out and Will It Be you, because they are very rarely played live.

Michael Sadler is still one of the best vocalists around, and sings fluently annd without a false note. He also plays bassguitar and keyboards throughout the show. Jim Gilmour plays most of the keyboards (and outstanding keyboardsolos) and sings backingvocals and leadvocals on Scratching the Surface.

Jim Crichton is the silent base of the band. Writing most of the material, playing bassguitar, moogbass and keyboards. Drummer Mike Thorne is the best drummer the band had, and is the first drummer that can play the way Steve Negus did (with the double hihat strokes, extended tom-fills etc.).

Ian Crichton is very present in the endmix and has somo extended guitarsolos in Scratching the Surface, Help Me Out and Will It Be You?

The overall production is very, very good. All the instruments are balanced and the sound is really full. The band released a lot of live albums since 1999, and some of them had a really good sound, some a more chaotic sound. But I'm glad this livealbum makes the band sound so extremely tight and balanced.

I guess I will play this album a lot more than their previous livealbum Live in Hamburg.

 Wildest Dreams by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.18 | 92 ratings

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Wildest Dreams
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

1 stars The 80s saw the rise of a type of Progressive Pop music that was mixing commercial music with Progressive Rock that was doing a pretty good job of competing with the New Wave craze that was going on. The early 80s saw groups like "Asia", "Yes", "Genesis", and "Saga" find that perfect spot on the radio that satisfied both pop/rock music lovers while keeping their progressive edge. Saga was riding high after the release of "Worlds Apart" and the more guitar heavy "Heads or Tails" and things were looking pretty good for them. But then, after the release of "Behavior", Saga tended to become more pop-oriented, losing almost all of their prog sensibilities, and, even though the sales of the album were decent, fans expected the harder edge, and it was no longer there.

Unfortunately, things got worse with "Wildest Dreams". Saga got a new label in Atlantic, and the company promoted the new release heavily, but once the sales proved poor, the album suddenly became hard to come by, and has now been considered hard to find. The album, however, isn't worth the trouble, as it is moved even further away from Progressive music. The music on this album show no signs of progressiveness, but is just bad commercial music. Nothing on this album leaves any kind of impression, and even with it's move to mainstream, there is nothing on this album that even makes it interesting even to lovers of popular music.

You can't even call this hard rock, it's just straight mid tempo pop. Very emotionless, every thing is quite run of the mill. The only thing that is carried over from the previous albums is the signature sound of the vocals. None of the songs even reach the 5 minute mark, there are no long instrumental passages or interplay among the instruments as before, just MOR music. This album could just have easily been made by "REO Speedwagon" or "Journey" as it resembles the music they were making at the same time. The only distinguishing factor are the vocals. This one is quite boring, even if you are listening to it as a pop album. "Angel" is the only worthwhile song on here, but it's just a pop ballad, with a nice chorus, that's all.

 Worlds Apart by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.65 | 227 ratings

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Worlds Apart
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Saga has always been a puzzler for me. My introduction to the band was pretty much the same as it was for most people, and that was through this album. I heard their singles on the radio, thought "On the Loose" was okay, but was blown away by "Wind Him Up". Then I heard "Framed" on a deep cuts program and was sold on what I had heard and I bought the album. From the start, I thought it was a very good album and played it to pieces. It was one of my favorites at the time. It wasn't until their next album "Heads or Tails", which I also liked, that I learned that this was not their debut album. I also heard the complaints from Saga's fans that "Worlds Apart" was too commercial and sounded nothing like them. I found their earlier albums and noticed that they were a little more progressive, but not enough to think they had sold out. They main thing that I did notice was that Michael's voice did seem a lot more dynamic and a bit more pompous. Come to find out, that was because of producer Rupert Hine, who told him to stop singing like a choirboy.

This album was their breakout album. I believe it sold well overseas too. This was their attempt to get their style of progressive rock more accessible, which I think they did quite well. The singles were a great kick in the band's popularity. However, their popularity was short lived, as they tried to return a bit more to their previous sound in "Heads or Tails" which was much more guitar heavy, and a lot of the fans that were picked up after the release of "Worlds Apart" lost interest. Saga never got back that popularity after that, however, there were several die hard fans that would continue to faithfully follow the band through their indecisive years. They made their music even more commercial like on their next albums "Behaviour" and "Wildest Dreams" by completely abandoning any semblance of prog and then returning to prog again several times to try to win back more hardcore prog lovers. I have to admit there were a few later albums that were really good, but I only heard them by borrowing them from friends, I had given up on buying anymore of their music after being disappointed when I purchased a few of their lackluster albums.

So, I am a huge fan of "Worlds Apart" and "Heads or Tails", but not so much after that. "Worlds Apart" features some very complex and bombastic solos and vocals, but it also has plenty of slower, meandering parts too, but I loved the variety and how the slower parts would build on the excitement of the upcoming more complex sections. This album will always hold a special part in my music collection, and every time I wear out a copy, I always get another. It seems that most of the reviewers that love this album have the same love for it that I do, and it doesn't fade away with time.

The album starts off with the big single "On the Loose". It's pretty much straightforward as far as a rock song goes. It has plenty of guitar, keyboards and excellent vocals to catch the attention of MOR radio listeners everywhere. It was a good introduction to the band back then and is a good intro to the album even now. The chorus is a bit repetitive and that is the part of the song that makes it weak for me, though it got my attention, I just thought it was a good rock song way back then. "Wind Him Up" seems to follow the same type of sound at first, but it has a longer and much more interesting instrumental break. This time, the music caught my attention. I liked that the music was quirkier and the vocals were more dynamic, and of course, I was always a sucker for this type of instrumental break, one that had some tricky rhythms and where the spotlight was passed around to all of the instruments and not just a single one.

"Amnesia" is a more midtempo song which, even though it didn't do much as far as being progressive, it was still interesting and unlike most commercial music. The vocals, the heavy bass and the interesting rhythm patterns are really the most interesting thing on this song. "Framed" is my favorite track here as it revisits and expands on the things I like about on "Wind Him Up". This one is not your typical rock song in that it shows a lot more of the progressive side of Saga.

This pattern of slower to mid-tempo songs paired against heavier songs continues throughout the album, and I honestly like everything about it, even the slower parts. There are some nice melodies, some places where the music explores some tempos and themes and other parts where the instrumentals are very expressive as in the call and response pattern of "Conversations", other parts where they just sort of float along like the long introduction before things really kick in again on "No Stranger".

I highly recommend this album if you want to hear the best of Saga and then you can decide if you want to explore more of their sound. I must admit though, that after this album and "Heads or Tails", that I lost interest and never really found anymore Saga albums that I like as much. I have heard some of their more progressive music, but it never really spoke to me like this one did. Even then, because it was not as progressive as it could have been, I can only give it a 4 star rating, but it was the start of something great that never really found any consistency through the years, thus Saga never really found their footing.

 The Polydor Legacy by SAGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
2.15 | 4 ratings

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The Polydor Legacy
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

2 stars This is not really a good compilation album. The title says it focusses on the Polydor years of Saga, but I really wonder who put this albums together.

Wildest Dreams and The Beginner's Guide to Throwing Shapes were not released by Polydor but by Atlantic and Bonaire.

Apart from that; Security of Illusion, Steel Umbrellas, Generation 13 and Pleasure and the Pain were al released through Polydor, and these songs are missing here.

A good thing about this compilation is that it focusses on the really early years of the band, wich is the most popular, and it features the band's greatest hits. So that's what you get, all the hits, up to 1989, and nothing more.

Better compilations are The Works (1991), wich has 3 unreleased tracks and Best of Now/Now and Then (2015), wich focusses on something more than just the mere hitsingles.

Saga is a difficult band to catch in a compilation album, and most of the times it's a grand failure. So I cannot recommend this one to anyone.

 10.000 Days by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.60 | 109 ratings

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10.000 Days
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars After a run of poorly-received albums over the prior decade or so, Saga released 'Trust' in 2006 to favorable reviews, which helped the band start to reestablish themselves and prove their relevance. And so it comes to the follow-up and to see if the band could capitalize on this newfound momentum and sense of revival, or if they'd fall back into the "has-beens" category, where they'd spent the best part of the last few years.

The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

'10,000 Days' is a solid album, no doubt. The songwriting and creativity doesn't quite match up to previous release 'Trust', but the band do still maintain a renewed vigor, with some energetic performances and instrumental acrobatics, especially between guitarist Ian Crichton and keyboardist Jim Gilmour. The music is keyboard-driven progressive rock at its finest, and the group show that, in a day and age full of virtuoso musicians everywhere, these guys still have the chops when it counts.

While this record does suffer from a fair amount of filler material, there are some strong compositions that make this a worthy purchase. 'Lifeline', 'Book of Lies', 'Sideways', 'It Never Ends' and instrumental track 'Corkentellis' may not rank among any of Saga's greatest hits, but they're still damn good songs none-the-less.

While '10,000 Days' isn't perfect, it's still a good album by a newly-revitalized band. It's unlikely to convert any new fans, but people who enjoyed 'Trust' might still see potential in this group to continue releasing solid music. "Good, but non-essential" sums it up perfectly.

 Trust by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.79 | 163 ratings

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Trust
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by martindavey87

4 stars 2006's 'Trust' was my introduction to Saga, coming across the album cheap, and having heard of the band before, I thought it'd be worth checking them out.

I'm glad I did.

From the opening moments of the first song, I knew this band were something slightly different. Best described as some kind of hybrid between progressive rock and AOR (adult-oriented rock... oldies stuff), Saga have a very interesting sound, which relies heavily upon the synergy between guitarist Ian Crichton and keyboardist Jim Gilmour. Both men complimenting each other perfectly to create something which is better than the sum total of its parts.

The album is well-produced, with a clear sound that gives everyone ample space to shine. Vocalist Michael Sadler's warm voice cuts through perfectly without sounding strained or out of its element. His is a voice perfectly suited to this style of music. And a thumping bass gives the music plenty of groove.

'Trust' was released after a string of albums that failed to please critics, and while they didn't really stray from anything they'd done before, something clicked with this record that started to give the band their second wind, almost 30 years into their career! Songs like 'That's As Far As I'll Go', 'Back to the Shadows', 'It's Your Life', 'Ice in the Rain' and 'Footsteps in the Hall' all go to show that Saga aren't ready to be counted out yet.

 Best Of Saga. Now & Then - The Collection: 1978 - Infinity by SAGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.85 | 4 ratings

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Best Of Saga. Now & Then - The Collection: 1978 - Infinity
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars This is a rather good compilation, spanning the entire career of Saga, taking one track from each album (omitting The Works and Phase One).

By doing this a lot of hitsingles are not present (Heads or Tales, Worlds Apart and Behaviour spawned several hitsingles). Instead of this hit-single-formula, this collection tend to choose the more intricate and progressive tracks. That's why songs like Giant, Heaven Can Wait, On the Air and Book of Lies are included.

By doing so, this is compilation to appeal to new fans. Every aspect of the band is highlighted; the pop/aor side of the band, the neoprog side of the band and the heavy prog-side of the band.

This is absolutely a recommended album for anyone who wants to discover this band. People who already have all the studio-albums will find nothing new and should instead focus on the numerous live-releases of the band.

 Time's Up by SAGA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1986
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Time's Up
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

3 stars This is the first ever compilation album of Saga.

It was released in 1986 and marks the end of the first period of the band. This album focuses more on the singles the band put out, and adds two longer progtracks (Too Much to Loose and Help Me Out).

It's a nice compilation, but it offers nothing new. The albumcover is fun and fits the band perfectly. But the best compilation is The Works, wich offers non-album tracks and is longer in duration and focuses on more than just the hitsingles.

I can only recommend it to Saga-fans because of the album cover and to complete the discography, and if (by chance) anyone should find this record on vinyl (for cheap) it's absolutely worth the buy, because it's the only Saga-compilation put out on vinyl.

 Live in Hamburg by SAGA album cover Live, 2016
4.07 | 5 ratings

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Live in Hamburg
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars In the course of 2015 and 2016, Saga and Earmusic were planning to re-release all their albums from 1989 up till now. Remastered and with bonustracks. These bonustracks were all livetracks from this concert at Hamburg.

The re-release-wave suddenly halted in march this year and was apparently abandoned. But to keep fans satisfied, the livetracks of the Hamburg concert (recorded in 2015) got this proper release.

The band is on fire, and drummer Mike Thorn really keeps the pace going. The band sounds young and refreshing, hitting song after song without unnecessary silence and banter between the songs. Michael Sadler hasn't lost a single bit of his vocal power and hits all the notes without a problem. Ian is (as ever) all over the place, but that's a Saga-trademark.

We get some real treats here: for the first time a lot of songs get an official live-release. Goodbye Once Upon a Time, Someone Should, Hot to Cold, Time to Go and Wildest Dreams were never before released (officially) on a live record. The new song On My Way and I'll Be also found their way into the set.

The rest of the songs are tried and true, and it's good to see that band doesn't play the acoustic set anymore. Those days are long gone. The closest thing to a ballad is Scratching the Surface (starting on piano) but eventually builds into a progrock epic going for at least 9 minutes (very nice).

The only really wrong thing is the 2,5 minutes of clapping and cheering at the end of Careful Where You Step, but hey, that's what the skip button is for.

It's good to hear Saga still rocking out.

 Silent Knight by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.64 | 198 ratings

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Silent Knight
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Modrigue
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4 stars Saga's best cover art for their best album

After the enjoyable but a bit flat "Images At Twilight", "Silent Knight" sees the return of two of SAGA's ingredients missing from their second effort: catchy melodies and superb instrumental sections. This third studio opus also marks the arrival of classically trained keyboardist Jim Gilmour, more creative in his interventions than its predecessor Greg Chadd. For his first appearance in the band, he already participates at the composition of half of the record.

Like the cover art, "Silent Knight" is maybe SAGA's most futuristic offering. The music represents a transition between the 70's and 80's decades: efficient pop/rock, with progressive touches and more and more new-wave elements. The disco beats are definitely gone this time.

"Don't Be Late" is a classic from the Canadians. A great song with a mastered progression and powerful keyboard and guitar soli. The gorgeous instrumental section will give you goosebumps! Probably my favorite from SAGA. The fast retro-futuristic "What's It Gonna Be" alternates melancholic and punchy moments, with a beautiful instrumental finale. On the contrary, the soapy "Time to Go" makes a large use of very cheesy synthesizers. The only genuine weak track of the album. Back to life with "Compromise", a nice and catchy tune with a strong new-wave flavour.

Don't rely on the calm, spacey opening of "Too Much to Lose", this very good sci-fi / fantasy piece features heroic passages as well as a few changes. The joyful "Help Me Out" possesses a rocking melody and a cool keyboards interlude. Then comes "Someone Should" and its trippy electronic sequence. A bit uneven, this song is part of SAGA's material which certainly foreshadows the neo-prog genre. The record concludes with its second best track, "Careful Where You Step". Mesmerizing retro-futuristic overture, nice melody, great progression and a powerful epic finale. What else could you ask for?

With "Silent Knight", SAGA proves again there was surprisingly creativity and refreshing ideas in progressive world in 1980. Not as complex or sophisticated as the symphonic prog bands of the 70's, the music of the Canadians is a perfect balance between catchy melodies, radio-friendly pop, hard rock guitars, new-wave synthesizers and glorious instrumental sections. This rich and colorful opus was quite unique at the time and probably still is. Once again, the compositions must have been a major influence for the neo-prog genre.

SAGA's best album, the one to start with if you don't know the band. Highly recommended for fans of TOTO or STYX!

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