Heads or Tales

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Heads Or Tales
Studio album by Saga
Released September 1983
Recorded The Farmyard, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40:23
Label Portrait, Maze
Producer Rupert Hine
Saga chronology
In Transit
Heads Or Tales
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Heads Or Tales is the fifth studio album by the Canadian progressive rock band Saga and was originally released in 1983. The album was the second of the band's to be produced by 1980s producer Rupert Hine. Although it did not receive the commercial success of the previous collaboration between the band and Hine, both "The Flyer" and "Cat Walk" became respectable radio hits for the band with the album eventually securing gold status in Canada and Germany. A third single from the album, "Scratching The Surface", making a regular appearance in the band's concert line-up during the late-1990s and 2000s as a piano solo played by singer Jim Gilmour during a break by the other band members.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Flyer" (Jim Crichton, Michael Sadler) – 3:37
  2. "Cat Walk" (J. Crichton, Jim Gilmour, Ian Crichton) – 4:24
  3. "The Sound Of Strangers" (Sadler, J. Crichton, Gilmour, I. Crichton, Steve Negus) – 4:09
  4. "The Writing" (J. Crichton, Sadler) – 4:14
  5. "Intermission" (Sadler, J. Crichton, I. Crichton) – 5:28

Side two[edit]

  1. "Social Orphan" (Sadler, J. Crichton) – 3:24
  2. "The Vendetta (Still Helpless)" (Sadler, J. Crichton, Gilmour, I. Crichton)– 3:55
  3. "Scratching The Surface" (Gilmour, J. Crichton) – 5:26
  4. "The Pitchman" (J. Crichton, Sadler, I. Crichton, Gilmour, Negus) – 5:46




  • Judith Salavetz, Spencer Drate – art direction, design
  • Stephen Durke – front and back illustrations artwork
  • Andrew Scarth - assistant engineer
  • Stephen W Tayler – recording and mixing engineer
  • Larry Williams – inner sleeve photography
  • Producer - Rupert Hine


  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Heads or Tales > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Saga (3) - Heads Or Tales (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21.