The Saga Begins (album)

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The Saga Begins
Compilation album by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Released December 1, 1999
Recorded Pre-1999
Genre Comedy
Length 59:21
Label Avex Japan
Producer "Weird Al" Yankovic
(Executive Producer)
"Weird Al" Yankovic chronology
Running with Scissors
The Saga Begins
Poodle Hat
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Saga Begins (ザ・サーガー・ビギンズ?) is a Japanese-released compilation CD of songs by "Weird Al" Yankovic. The album cover parodies the promotional posters for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace which depicted a young Anakin Skywalker with a shadow in the shape of Darth Vader on the building behind.

Like the previous Japanese compilation album Eat It, The Saga Begins is centered on the parodies of a recent U.S. album (Running With Scissors) that was not released in Japan.

This album is to date Al's last official release of any kind in Japan. It's also his first and only release through the Avex Group, thus ending Al's twelve-year association with (Pony) Canyon. (The last release through them was 1996's Bad Hair Day.)

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by "Weird Al" Yankovic

No. Title Length
1. "The Saga Begins" (ザ・サーガー・ビギンズ) 5:27
2. "Eat It" (今夜もEAT IT) 3:19
3. "I Love Rocky Road" (アイ・ラヴ・ロッキー・ロード) 2:33
4. "Pretty Fly For A Rabbi" (プリティー・フライ) 3:02
5. "Smells Like Nirvana" (スメルズ・ライク・ニルヴァーナ) 3:42
6. "Cavity Search" (キャヴェティ・サーチ) 4:19
7. "Jerry Springer" (ジェリー・スプリンガー) 2:46
8. "Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)" (ロッキーXIII主題歌「ライ・オア・ザ・カイザー」) 3:36
9. "Gump" (ガンプ) 2:10
10. "Bedrock Anthem" (原始家族讃歌) 3:43
11. "Phony Calls" (フォニー・コール) 3:22
12. "Like a Surgeon" (外科医のふりして) 3:32
13. "Grapefruit Diet" (グレープフルーツ・ダイエット) 3:30
14. "Fat" (FAT) 3:37
15. "Living With A Hernia" (リビング・ウィズ・ア・ヘルニア) 3:20
16. "Amish Paradise" (ヤンコビック・パラダイス) 3:20
17. "It's All About The Pentiums" (イッツ・オール・アバウト・ザ・ペンティアム) 3:34
18. "Polka Power!" (ポルカでパワー!) 4:21