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    Posted: October 04 2016 at 02:14
Saga: you love 'em, you hate 'em, or you just don't care. Either way, they're in a league of their own.

Too progressive for pop, too pop for progressive rock.
Heavy on the guitar- and synthsolos, but also heavy on the lovesongs.
Sometimes they write intricate spacerock concepts spanning 35 years of their career.
Sometimes they write an entire progrockoperaconceptalbum rivalling The Lamb Lies Silent or Operation: Mindcrime.
Sometimes they write songs for failed tvseries or badmovies (Cobra or Johnny B. Goode).
Sometimes they flirt with glamrock, house, AOR, funk, heavy metal.
 
They can be compared to Toto, Rush and It Bites and maybe Styx and Magnum.
Newer bands like Enchant and Everon cited Saga an influence to their music.
 
They managed to stay alive, having a steady career since 1977 till now (almost 40 years and still going).
They own their own studios and produce records for others, even providing vocals, keyboards, guitars etc. for greats like Magnum, Ozzy Osbourne, Yes, etc.
 
For me personally, they only really failed with one album, being Pleasure and the Pain, wich is too incoherent (although featuring some great songs).
 
I'm curious wich progressive rock enthousiasts have the same love for Saga as I have.
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^ The Lamb Lies Silent? Never heard it...

Yes, I like Saga. Their late 80s albums are quite poppy, a bit uneven but still enjoyable from time to time.
Pleasure & the Pain is one of their weakest moments but still I've heard worse from other prog or rock greats.

The first thing I've heard from them, long time ago was a live album a friend of mine recommended (I had never heard of Saga back then) - In Transit (1982). I loved it and started looking for more albums from Saga. I have managed to listen to most of their albums.
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On In Transit the band proved to be one of the tightiest live bands. There's not a single mistake made.

The great thing about the band, is the accessablity in their songs. Their songs are full of hooks. They have more hooks in one songs, then some bands in their whole career.
But in the meantime their music is really complex and the synth/guitar-duets/battles are unmatched. I can't think of a band that can pull off what Ian Crichton and Jim Gilmour are capable off.
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liked the idea of the band, but none of their first 4 albums really worked well for me as a complete entity, as there were too many mediocre songs IMO.  The best of those I've heard is "Silent Knight", with at least 2 fantastic songs, "Don't be Late" and "careful where you step", and several very good ones.  But even that one had a few poor tracks.  After they hit big with "Worlds Apart", I lost touch with them.  In Canada, the group FM started around the same time and were often compared.  In the early going, FM seemed to be the band most likely to, but in the end Saga achieved much greater success.  FM similarly had trouble putting together a cohesive album, although "Black Noise" comes pretty close, and I actualy prefer "City of Fear" though it is not as prog
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Their finest hour in "Generation 13" from 1995, lowest "Pleasure and the Pain", from 1997. "Taxman" by George Harrison is nothing but awful. Oh yes, "In Transit" from 1982 is an awesome live album, really tight instrumentally and together.
Michael Sadlerīs vocals fits the music flawlessly. Ian Crichton is the only metal guitarist I can stand, actually his brilliant and the best of them all. Period.
You may see a smile on Tony Banksī face but thatīs unlikely.
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