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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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SagacitySagacity
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2014
Audio CD$9.39
$8.99 (used)
Worlds ApartWorlds Apart
Import
Audio CD$6.63
$8.68 (used)
20/2020/20
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2012
Audio CD$8.92
$9.98 (used)
The Human ConditionThe Human Condition
Inside Out Music 2009
Audio CD$10.89
$8.99 (used)
Silent KnightSilent Knight
Import
Imports 1994
Audio CD$6.65
$5.65 (used)
Saga - Worlds Apart Revisited (2DVD/2CD)Saga - Worlds Apart Revisited (2DVD/2CD)
Box set · Limited Edition
Inside Out U.S. 2007
Audio CD$58.52
$49.00 (used)
Very Best ofVery Best of
Import
Polygram Int'l 2003
Audio CD$5.34
$4.34 (used)
Heads Or Tales LiveHeads Or Tales Live
Eagle Records 2011
Audio CD$3.75
$6.99 (used)
House of CardsHouse of Cards
Import · Limited Edition
Imports 2001
Audio CD$6.95
$5.85 (used)
Images at TwilightImages at Twilight
Import
Imports 2001
Audio CD$6.07
$4.98 (used)
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  • Saga at Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary on 7 Feb 2015

SAGA discography


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

3.62 | 145 ratings
Saga
1978
3.10 | 142 ratings
Images At Twilight
1980
3.58 | 151 ratings
Silent Knight
1980
3.62 | 176 ratings
Worlds Apart
1981
3.53 | 131 ratings
Heads Or Tales
1983
3.10 | 94 ratings
Behaviour
1985
2.25 | 68 ratings
Wildest Dreams
1987
3.05 | 62 ratings
The Beginners Guide To Throwing Shapes
1989
3.64 | 86 ratings
The Security Of Illusion
1993
2.04 | 61 ratings
Steel Umbrellas
1994
3.93 | 111 ratings
Generation 13
1995
2.25 | 58 ratings
The Pleasure & The Pain
1997
3.45 | 84 ratings
Full Circle
1999
3.49 | 90 ratings
House Of Cards
2001
3.25 | 73 ratings
Marathon
2003
3.44 | 68 ratings
Network
2004
3.80 | 131 ratings
Trust
2006
3.53 | 82 ratings
10.000 Days
2007
3.51 | 79 ratings
The Human Condition
2009
3.22 | 63 ratings
20/20
2012
3.61 | 53 ratings
Sagacity
2014

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

3.67 | 76 ratings
In Transit
1982
3.96 | 34 ratings
Detours
1999
3.72 | 34 ratings
The Chapters Live
2005
3.35 | 17 ratings
Worlds Apart Revisited (CD)
2007
2.54 | 19 ratings
Contact Live in Munich
2009
3.76 | 10 ratings
Heads Or Tales Live
2011

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

3.38 | 8 ratings
Silhouette
2003
4.02 | 9 ratings
All Areas: Live in Bonn 2002
2004
4.38 | 23 ratings
Worlds Apart Revisited
2007
3.54 | 10 ratings
Contact - Live In Munich (DVD)
2009
4.00 | 5 ratings
Spin it again! - Live in Munich
2013

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

3.00 | 9 ratings
The Works
1991
4.04 | 15 ratings
All The Best 1978 - 1993
1993
1.72 | 8 ratings
The Very Best Of Saga
1994
3.08 | 7 ratings
Defining Moments (Volume 1)
1994
3.00 | 3 ratings
Saga Softworks
1995
2.67 | 6 ratings
How Do I Look
1997
2.25 | 4 ratings
Remember When
2006

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

3.20 | 16 ratings
Phase One
1997
3.20 | 5 ratings
Home
1999
3.00 | 4 ratings
Money Talks
2001
4.17 | 14 ratings
It's Your Life
2006

SAGA Reviews


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 Sagacity by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.61 | 53 ratings

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Sagacity
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I continue my travel through the world of new music and this times it's Saga that undergoes my investigation. I may be a fool but I have never heard anything from Saga, so this twentyfirst record by the band will be the first I hear from them. They made their first record 1978 so I begin in the end apparently.

Well I liked what I heard so perhaps I should listen to more by Saga. A lot didn't sound so special, a little bit to cold and like eighties rock. It is a lot of music on the record and they are in a relatively special style. The cover shows some fantasy features, with giant insects there. The musicians are Michael Sadler who sings, the guitarist Ian Crichton, the bassist and keyboardist Jim Crichton, the keyboardist and the vocalist Jim Gilmour and the drummer Mike Thorne.

Within the fifty minutes of music, there are twelve songs of which five are more than just good, six songs I consider good and two not as good as the others. I prefer those songs that are more acoustic that electric or those that use arranged vocal cooperations. "Press 9" is such a funny track which instruments aren't overwhelming but the vocal arrangements and the lyrics are cool(8/10). The closing track "I'll be" is more of a catchy final but it's symphonic and good(8/10). "Go with the flow" is also very harmonic just as the well made "Vital signs"(7/10) and the cheesy "Luck"(7/10). The start of the record with especially the two first songs surprises me with a style of singing and playing I haven't heard: both hard and joyfull at the same time.

"Sagacity" is mostly a very pleasant record to hear and I am sure this isn't the last Saga album I hear. I will give this three solid stars! Best tracks: 5 and 12.

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3.61 | 53 ratings

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Sagacity
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by 10string

4 stars (I've been a Saga fan since their 2nd LP , I was at their legendary gig in San Juan that appears in the jacket of Worlds Apart- I have the original LPs of their first 6 releases and various CDs, even Network on DVD Surround-GREAT MIX btw)

yes, Saga , reinvented themselves again... Very strong material here and , although , extremely compressed, excellent production. No, you won't find a lot of Saga's "trademark" gtr/synths 32 note harmonies here, but the lyrics are very strong (funny, cynical...) Lyrically they have left heir "storytelling" phase quite a while ago and now they are just "normal" lyrics.

Mind you, I have the LP version, 2 LP's at 45 RPM, which give it an incredible sound! This is the FIRST NEW Saga LP I bought since..."In transit"..CDs are something else... The first time I actually can HEAR the BASS clearly on a Saga LP. Ian is VERY present on this mix and Jim is a great counterpoint, maybe on a not too distant 2nd place.

The LP is VERY nice, great photos, with lyrics on the jackets (except that they screwed up the illustration on the 2nd Lp's jacket , it's upside down)-not a very CLEAN pressing but definitely worth it...

I was also surprised that 20/20 got such a bad rep being another strong contender, but that's another story.

BUY THIS!!!

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 Sagacity by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.61 | 53 ratings

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Sagacity
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars Wow. The endscore on this site is terrible.

Don't be fooled though, because this actually a very strong album. Saga reinvented themselves . The synths sound very fresh and modern and new drummer Mike Thorne does an excellent job.

Ian Crichton plays a lot of great riffs and solo's, and also adds a lot of fusion-like acoustic guitar. The bassguitar is really groovy, almost funky.

The vocalparts are mostly by Michael Sadler but Jin Gilmour has a more vocalparts than usual.

As for the songs: there are more short songs than usual, The longer songs have extended soloing and have some great suprises.

On some songs Saga sound more like Yes than they ever did, but there are some 80's New Wave influences aswell.

Also there's some humor in the song Press 9.

This album is really exciting, fresh, modern and has an especially good-sounding production. It's not only a great album for Saga-enthousiasts but I would really recommend it to every serious music-lover.

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 Heads Or Tales Live by SAGA album cover Live, 2011
3.76 | 10 ratings

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Heads Or Tales Live
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars As you might know that I am actually not a big fan of Saga ...but I occasionally spin the CD as I have some of their albums. It's quite funny to me that I love the band from their live album "In Transit" that I consider as one of the best live album in rock history especially with songs like Humble Stance that really explode my adrenalin. Based on the experience with the live album I then started purchasing their studio album CDs and like some of them. I also loved their live album titled as Detours. ANd now I have this Heads and Tales Live album released in 2011 and it performed the Heads and Tales album originally released in 1983 in its entirety. It's another funny thing again as I write this review I have never heard the original version. It's quite awkward isn't it? Never mind ....the reason I am wrting is not to compare with the original studio album as I really like this live version even though basically i don't quite like the songs performed.

And the next question is why am I writing this review? Simple, I am blown away by the live vibes and anergy demonstrated by the band in this live record: it's fantastic. Well .. I am not familiar with each individual song but as I play the music I am really tuned into it deeply. I love the voice quality of Rob Moratti. I think he sings wonderfully in this album as he can perform consistently from start to end of the album. Second, I love the guitar work performed during the performance - they are all stunning really! And ...it's rocking as well! Third, I love the keyboard work as well.

It starts off nicely with an ambient live vibe through what is titled as Intro (1:43) which sets the overall tone of the performance; it continues nicely to the opening track The Flyer (4:03) with full energy vocal-wise and music-wise. As the music moves I enjoy all the transition pieces with guitar as well as keyboard - and ...yeah ...the stunning guitar solo which is quite unique. Cat Walk (4:21) starts nicely with repetitive keyboard sound accompanied by heavy guitar work accentuated with keyboard ...oh it's so rocking man! The Sound Of Strangers (3:55) enters in with another style of riffs with sort of blues-influenced rhythm section. And again the combined guitar and keyboard work sounds wonderfully to accompany vocal. The music flows nicely from track to track The Writing (4:06), Intermission (6:14) and into the straight rocker Social Orphan (3:27). All sound really nice to my ears and also the remaining tracks The Vendetta (Still Helpless) (1:56), Scratching The Surface (5:17) and it concludes with The Pitchman (7:03). Only at the last track that there is a very nice solo combining guitar and keyboard that sounds very unique.

This is the kind of excellent live performance with little improvisation as I do not hear any long guitar or keyboard solo except those embedded in each track which I believe it is similar or the same with its original studio version. Highly recommended as the it's relatively flawless. It's a very dynamic show and I hope I was there during the concert. Keep on proggin' ....!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Images At Twilight by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.10 | 142 ratings

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Images At Twilight
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Menswear
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2 stars *Meh*

Saga is a proud survivor of a dying genre: the pop-prog. Many attempted from Rush, Kayak, Styx, Kansas, Triumph, Asia and Supertramp. They all succeeded in many levels, nonetheless the exploit of drawing girls to their shows. They also disapointed many hard rock fans looking for more crunch and aggressivity.

I have to admit that Saga is more for the softie: pompous singing, catchy choruses and plastic keyboards. You absolutely cannot commit a crime listening to this, nor making love for that matter. It has that 'Hold Your Fire' by Rush feel that leaves a 'meh' feeling afterwards.

Despite the lack of badassery, Saga is confirming their ability to play tight and dynamic light prog. I personnally prefer the next album, but this one has at least 2 fantastic numbers: Images and Mouse in a Maze. Those two songs are heavy staples of Saga's dark side, and this is the side I prefer. When Saga is sad, they have an impressive power of melancholia that I find attractive.

A tad disappointing, I wanted something darker but the art cover is a-ma-zing.

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 Silent Knight  by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.58 | 151 ratings

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Silent Knight
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Menswear
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5 stars The other side of Neo-Prog.

Just like Marillion, I think Saga deserves a royal place at the table of Neo-Prog founders; except that they have one hundred percent original material... and they came way before. I didn't heard anything (yet) that could relate to their blend of energetic vocals, explosive keyboards, loud drums fills and intelligent guitar solos.

Many quality Canadian bands flew under the radar in the 80's, but Saga is leading the grand march with a complete package of enigmatic imagery (magnificent art cover and just looooove the sci-fi firefly theme) and emotionnal music. It's a pretty big sound for the time, I'm impressed by their bombastic material. Don't forget the thoughtful lyrics, with many winks to Albert Einstein too!

A very persuasive record, with tons of juicy axe licks (who inspired Doug Ott from Enchant) and very good use of 'plastic' keyboards for a change.

That album won me at the first song. It's THAT good.

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 10.000 Days by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.53 | 82 ratings

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10.000 Days
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Saga is for me one of my absolutly fav bands ever for more then 20 years. I've enjoy lots of their albums, even those who are less spectacular and less inventive. In 2007 Saga released 10.000 days, a very solid and quite on same level with what they've done in the glory days. In fact 10.000 days is the best Saga album since Full circle , another Saga album that is my fav and probably in top 5 best Saga albums ever. Crystal sound, polished production, catchy choruses, top notch guitar parts and some fantastic keybords here. The vocal parts sounds great and with fresh aproach, Sadler voice is unique. Crichton guitar never sounded better since Heads or tales and in combination with Gilmour keybords, this album is really a must not only for Saga fans but in general. From the opening Lifeline, Saga means bussines , all is perfect, follows another top tune Book of lies and so on , not a boring moment here only highlights, Sideways is one of the best Saga tunes in last 2 decades for sure, catchy as hell from vocal lines, choruses and guitar/keybords arrangements. We have an instrumental little treasure here, the longest track Corkentellis clocking around 8 min, and is a real gem,, brillian musicinship here. The album end in great manner with It never ends, indeed it never ends with great Saga albums. All in all 10.000 days kick ass big time, all musicians show that they still got great ideas to bring after 30 years career. For me easy 4 stars, recommended, solid release and one of they absolutly best albums. Nice package aswell, digipak with great artwork.

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 Saga by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.62 | 145 ratings

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Saga
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Saga's launch is a ravishingly handsome set that was both wholly original and quietly snickered at-- and why not; there were so many other more interesting bands around in 1978. But looking back, when the dust had settled and only those who had something genuine to say were remembered, this record holds-up beautifully. It may even sound better now than in '78 and was clearly ahead of the rock curve. It presented prog in a new context, one of silk suits, Italian leather loafers, and an Omega hanging off the wrist. Saga was clean, dapper, and sparsely adorned. It was also a killer rock album showing a team and songwriting system of unequaled efficiency and economy. 'How Long' is Ian Crichton's delicious riff complementing the staccato blip of brother Jim's synth, light shuffle of 'Humble Stance' is pleasant, cresting with a squealer from Jim and a well-planned guiitar/key duel, and romantic lament 'Climbing the Ladder' is carefully layered with counterpoint and building themes.

'Will it Be You' might've been a minor hit if it'd been 1982 and rocks hard for a pop tune; 'Perfectionist' is aloft quickly, sports a riveting Moog break, tells the homicidal tale of one Ellery Sneed and is one of the best cuts here where subtle notes of Genesis are tasted; Street bop pushes cynical 'Give 'em the Money', a great little tune with riff-master Ian Crichton reflecting his affinity for Jimmy Page. Less successful is bizarre 'Ice Nice' with its 1970s porn keyboard parts and creepy lyric but 'Tired World' hits a good stride and foreshadows the synth-pop that was to come.

The future saw choppy waters for these Canucks as they would go on to release albums both inconsistent and satisfying to a largely uninterested world. But these guys were survivors, weren't going away, and built up a quiet but enviable following all around the globe. A very strong four stars.

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 The Human Condition by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.51 | 79 ratings

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The Human Condition
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

5 stars Wow! That is the first reaction I had to "The Human Connection" from prog rockers Saga. Not only do these guys have an awesome name and an affinity for cool covers, but they also know how to provide us with plenty of neo-prog goodness.

This album happens to be the only album without the original singer, Michael Sadler. That's just fine, as Rob Moratti has an incredible voice. Smooth, soaring, and powerful, Rob's voice is one of the driving forces behind this album. However, the music itself is a powerhouse, too. The combination of driving instrumental passages, delicious bass lines, pseudo-electronic keys, dynamic piano, and guitar riffs with a subtle crunch all come together to form an epic sound full of solos and beautiful melodies. Catchy chorus galore and rocking moments add a touch of reality to the music, but progginess is ever present, too. The bass guitar especially is fantastic, and I was pleasantly surprised by the technical ability shown on the drums.

Time is running out, my friends. That is kinda what this album is saying. The human experience is ever trapped in a downwards spiral of time. At the same time, stop worrying, as that is the way of the world. I found the concept to be rather solid, and lyrics also to be really well written. Song after song goes by, and every single one is strong. I think "Hands of Time", "A Number with a Name", and "Crown of Thorns" are all stand-outs. Yet, I think the offbeat, unexpected track "You Look Good to Me" is my favorite, as its stilted verses and the incredible instrumental passage near the end both addict my ears. I was really surprised by this album, and I can't seem to get away from it.

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 Saga by SAGA album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.62 | 145 ratings

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Saga
Saga Crossover Prog

Review by stefro
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3 stars Rush, Harmonium, Morse Code, Mahogany Rush, Pollen, Max Webster....and Saga. Canada produced a number of exciting and popular progressive rock groups during the genre's 1970s heyday, yet none of them quite managed to divide opinion like Saga. Formed very late-in-the-day for a seventies prog-rock act, 1977 no less, the five- piece would tour regularly and issue a steady stream of studio albums from 1978's self-titled debut onwards. Despite achieving limited commercial success, they would continue to do so for the next four decades. Formed in Oakville, a town just outside the Toronto suburbs, sometime during 1977, Saga's original line- up comprised Michael Sadler(vocals, guitar, keyboards), Ian Crichton(guitar), his brother Jim Crichton(bass, keyboards), Peter Rochon(keyboards, vocals) and Steve Negus(drums). The five-piece would sign a deal with Polydor Canada later that year and after an intense period of writing and rehearsing, eventually relocated to Toronto's Phase One Studio's to record their debut album. Issued in 1978, 'Saga' is a curious record. Essentially, the group's sound is a slickly- realised hybrid of symphonic prog and stadium rock elements, a mixture topped off with genuine craft-and-creativity. However, like many other outfit's bracketed under the prog-rock banner, the music also features a rather earnest, almost po-faced quality that can occasionally distract from the fine individual musicianship on display. Frustratingly, it's an easy trap for group's like Saga to fall into, and there are moments on this otherwise enjoyable album that bring to mind the fleetingly-popular, early-eighties prog-pop supergroup Asia, an outfit who took progressive rock to the lightest commercial shade possible...and beyond. As a result, Saga stand apart from the rest of Canadian prog; the likes of Rush and Harmonium, arguably the two greatest Canadian prog outfits, are almost certainly products of the late-sixties and early-seventies music scenes, of psychedelia and the blues, yet Saga, with their banks of keyboards and synthesizers and their streamlined AOR sound, belong much more to the 1980's. The eponymously-titled 'Saga' is where it all began, and despite certain flaws it's an intriguing record. It's certainly not for everyone, yet those with a penchant for Styx, early Journey, and Genesis circa 1977-1980 may well warm to Saga's grandiose brand of anthemic prog and cuts such as the bouncy opener 'How Long' and the slow-burning mini-epic 'Will It Be You?(Chapter Four)', both of which represent the Saga sound close to it's apex. However, the very best is saved for last, with the intricate mini-epic 'Tired World(Chapter Six)' rounding out a shiny, snazzy and neon-flecked album of streamlined prog-rock. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2013

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