Category: SAGA

SAGA – The Security Of Illusion +1 [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating SAGA’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful. Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
The ninth studio album “The Security of Illusion” was originally released 1993 and marks the return of Jim Gilmour (keyboards) and Steve Negus (drums), who both had left the band in 1986. This new reunion definitely sparked new creativity into the band.
This is easily one of our favorite SAGA albums, mixing their classic style with an early ’90s American AOR sound, and now this 2021 reissue comes out of the speakers wonderfully pristine. One of the best remastering jobs we heard in a while.
Simply put, if you love Journey’s Trial By Fire / Raised On Radio albums (who doesn’t?), you NEED “The Security Of Illusion”…

SAGA – The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes +1 [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian melodic prog-rock institution SAGA released their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
1989’s “The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes” was the second Saga album without original drummer Steve Negus and longtime keyboardist / vocalist Jim Gilmour, and for first-time fans of the band this is not the ‘real’ Saga.
However, we disagree: the core of Ian & Jim Crichton and Michael Sadler is still here, and the band simply evolved to the mainstream rock sound ruling the late ’80s with an uber polished, bombastic sound.
This 2021 remaster is excellent, including as bonus track the rare 1991 single ‘The Call’…

SAGA – Behaviour (1985) [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian melodic prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
Behaviour” sees SAGA definitely embracing the mainstream sound of the year of its release – 1985 – and what we have here is one of the Canadians most commercial-sounding albums however not less meaty in songwriting. This is plenty of AOR synths, rock&pop melodies, and radio-friendly choruses…

SAGA – Heads Or Tales [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian melodic prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
1983’s “Heads Or Tales” is a milestone in Saga’s discography and one of their most celebrated opus, still retaining their progressive touch but into ‘song format’, accessible melodic tunes with AOR waves and radio potential…

SAGA – Saga [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
When this self-titled debut appeared in 1978, they almost created a new sub-genre; Neo Prog. They managed to instill a clearly poppish freshness into the realms of sympho-prog using catchy melodic lines, not too complicated rhythm patterns, and tons of attractive synth layers and orchestrations. But this is not all about synths: Ian Crichton’s guitar riffs, harmonies and brilliant solos find a way to shine with a light of its own among the whole keyboard paraphernalia…

SAGA – Images At Twilight [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
With second album “Images At Twilight“, Saga continues creating excellent modern progressive rock, full of modern keyboards and a Pomp, accessible approach through very structured and melodic arrangements, delightful vocals, keyboards and rather hard rock electric guitars…

SAGA – Worlds Apart [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album in 1978.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
Worlds Apart” from 1981, is their last album of straight Pomp-Rock, adding as well a dash of modern synths that would be their trademark sound during the ’80s with strong AOR tunes…

SAGA – Silent Knight [Remastered reissue 2021] HQ

Over 40 years have passed since the Canadian prog-rock band SAGA released their self-titled debut album in 1978. Since then, they have been an exceptional musical phenomenon and toured the globe various times — all the while selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
Their sonic trademarks – synthesizer harmonies, keyboard-guitar riffs, melodic arrangements, and the charismatic vocals of frontman Michael Sadler – have made Saga an influential rock act of the modern era.
In 2021, earMUSIC is celebrating the band’s four-decade legacy launching a reissue series exquisitely remastered and these “must own” releases will be welcome additions to the musical libraries of the Saga faithful.
The third studio album “Silent Knight” from 1980 is considered one of their best, fully developing their mixture of proggy pomp / hard rock / AOR and taking it to its most grandiose level…

SAGA – Symmetry (2021)

Symmetry” is the new CD by Canadian Rock / Progressive / AOR band SAGA, and follow up to their last studio release ‘Sagacity’ (2014) is the culmination of their recent acoustic endeavours which sees the band make a shift in direction with a newly found vigour.
Having formed in 1977, and with well over 20 studio albums from which to choose the eventual selection of 12 tracks, keeping their loyal fans happy with the inclusions is sure to have been a further challenge. Whilst an acoustic project may suggest a calm and relaxed mode, the current Saga approach is certainly not lacking in energy.
It’s a great new sonic vision to these excellent songs, from a band that never fails to deliver a quality product…

V.A. – 0dayrox Advanced Releases January / March 2021 – Vol.4

New Year, very good new music / albums to come. Here we have our classic 0dayrox Advanced Releases, the second 2021 batch, featuring top class artists / singles.
Among the numbers into this “January / March 2021 – Vol.4” advances we find new music from THUNDER, JOEL HOEKSTRA’s 13, CHEZ KANE promising debut, JORN, Black Star Riders’ RICKY WARWICK, new AOR project BLUE DESERT, BILL CHAMPLIN, and more.

SAGA – Wildest Dreams [digital reissue 2021] *EXCLUSIVE*

earMUSIC has just put out new versions of SAGA albums pretty hard to find, or available in a poor sounding mastering. One that you need into your ’80s collection is the Canadian’s 1987 effort “Wildest Dreams“.
During the ’80s SAGA infused to their polished sound a strong Melodic Rock feel complete with swirling keyboard lines and catchy choruses. For their seventh studio album, Saga signed with Atlantic Records with the aim to finally conquer the US market.
Digitally recorded (DDD) and with a lite AOR / Hi-Tech sound, “Wildest Dreams” shocked the Seventies fans of the band, but us, Eighties suckers, really embraced this record with open arms.
The sound quality of this 2021 reissue is excellent.
HIGHLY Recommended
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SAGA – The Polydor Legacy [early hits remastered] (2017)

SAGA – The Polydor Legacy [early hits remastered] (2017)

As its title implies, SAGA “The Polydor Legacy” is a 17 track Best Of album by the legendary Canadian band comprising their works at their time with Polydor Records, all remastered.In January 2017 it was announced that Saga will disband at the end of the year after their ‘Final Chapter’ tour, as stated by founder Michael Sadler. Yes, after 40...

SAGA – Pleasure & The Pain [2016 Edition Remastered +2]

SAGA – Pleasure & The Pain [2016 Edition Remastered +2]

earMUSIC is reissuing in a remastered & re-packaged form all SAGA albums from 1989 to 2007, one album per month (several already featured on this blog). Now it’s time for “Pleasure & The Pain 2016 Edition”, perhaps Saga’s more controversial album ever. Due to difficulties with his personal schedule, drummer Steve Negus is missing on this album. For the recordings...

SAGA – Steel Umbrellas [2015 Edition Remastered +2]

earMUSIC releases an excellent SAGA remastered reissue series within one year (one per month), covering all studio albums from 1989 – 2007. All twelve albums are enhanced by exclusive bonus tracks, newly recorded at Fabrik, Hamburg in April 2015 – of course they’ve been never released before.The criminally underrated “Steel Umbrellas” is one of the second round of the SAGA Reissue...

SAGA – Sagacity (2014)

* All praise to the person who came up with “Sagacity” as title for the brand new SAGA album to be released this June, 27th. What to expect from the classy Canadians on their forthcoming album? – a little bit of everything really? Indeed.Saga, truly your pizza and pie version of complexity and melody. Have another slice of Neo Prog-Rock...