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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.

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Posted Friday, September 28, 2018 | Review Permalink
5 stars I was fortunate enough to see Saga at ProgStock 2019 headlining Sunday night! The live performance was outstanding! Michael Sadler still works the stage for everything its got! I picked up this live album which consisted of 2 CDs and a DVD and had it signed by the band. It is nearly the show I saw with a couple of song changes (it is definitely missing 'The 13th Generation' from my favorite Saga album "Generation 13"). The beginning songs and the encore were identical to what I saw at ProgStock 2019. This is a great package to get if you are unfamiliar with Saga. It doesn't have all their songs (after 21 albums, no live performance can cover that ground) but it is a great representation of the band and their music!
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