Saga (album)

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Saga
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Studio album by Saga
Released April 1978
Recorded 1977–1978 at Phase One Studios, Toronto, Canada and Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, Canada
Genre Progressive rock, new wave
Length 46:01
Label Polydor , Portrait
Producer Paul A. Gross
Saga chronology
Saga
(1978)
Images at Twilight
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Saga is the first studio album by the Canadian progressive rock band Saga and was originally released in April 1978.

Live performances[edit]

True to the album's legendary status among the fans, there are no Saga concerts without material from the debut. "Humble Stance" is very high on the fan favourites' list and therefore a mainstay of the setlists. The song features on all the band's regular live releases. "How Long", "Tired World (Chapter 6)", "The Perfectionist" and "Ice Nice" are also often played live. "How Long" appears on "In Transit", "Detours" and "Worlds Apart Revisited". "Will It Be You (Chapter 4)" is featured on "The Chapters Live". "Perfectionist" can be found on "Detours", "Contact: Live in Munich" and "Spin it Again! Live in Munich". "Give 'em the Money" appears on "Worlds Apart Revisited". "Ice Nice" is on "Detours", "Worlds Apart Revisited" and "Live in Hamburg". "Tired World (Chapter 6)" is featured on "The Chapters Live" and "Spin it Again! Live in Munich". In other words, all the songs except "Climbing the Ladder" (which was never played live) are available in live versions.

Other information[edit]

"Humble Stance" is one of only few songs on which Michael Sadler plays bass guitar, while Jim Crichton plays keyboard chords. As it is a regular part of the live setlis - unlike "It's Time" or "No Stranger", which also feature the same constellation - fans usually know that Saga are going to start playing "Humble Stance" as soon as Sadler takes over Jim's bass guitar.

The album cover introduced a trademark - the alien insect that plays a prominent role in the "Chapters" *saga*, sometimes called "Golden Warrior", "GoldenBoy" or "Harold, the Locust" (!). While only the first three albums featured this creature, it was later revived for "Full Circle", an album that also revived the "Chapters", and subsequently became Saga's mascot and has since appeared on numerous releases. It can also be seen as a stage backdrop, e.g. on the current DVD "Spin It Again! Live in Munich". What's notable beside the very striking image of the insect is that it has changed a lot over the years. The locusts on the cover of "Images at Twilight" and "Silent Knight" look quite different from the one featured on the debut. Then again, on "Full Circle" you can see the next step of the metamorphosis - the locust sheds its old skin and it is this image that features on most following Saga releases.

The Chapters[edit]

Two of the songs, "Will It Be You? (Chapter Four)," and "Tired World (Chapter Six)," were part of a series of eight (but later sixteen) songs that Saga included within their first four albums called "The Chapters", which told the story of a young Albert Einstein. These songs were later included on The Chapters LIVE, an album that the band recorded in 2005. To date, there's been no official compilation of the chapters in their studio incarnation.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "How Long?" Jim Crichton, Michael Sadler 4:01
2. "Humble Stance" Ian Crichton, J. Crichton, Peter Rochon, M. Sadler 5:50
3. "Climbing the Ladder" I. Crichton, J. Crichton, P. Rochon, M. Sadler 4:45
4. "Will It Be You? (Chapter Four)" I. Crichton, J. Crichton, Steve Negus, P. Rochon, M. Sadler 7:13
5. "The Perfectionist" J. Crichton, M. Sadler 5:46
6. "Give 'Em the Money" J. Crichton, M. Sadler 4:25
7. "Ice Nice" J. Crichton 6:55
8. "Tired World (Chapter Six)" I. Crichton, J. Crichton, S. Negus, P. Rochon, M. Sadler 7:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Sadler – keyboards, vocals, Moog, bass guitar
  • Ian Crichton – guitars
  • Peter Rochon – keyboards, vocals, Moog synthesizer
  • Jim Crichton – bass guitar, synthesizer, Moog synthesizer
  • Steve Negus – drums, percussion, Moog synthesizer

Production[edit]

  • Zoran Busic – design, concept
  • Paul Gross – producer
  • Alan Thorne – engineer
  • Rene Zamic – illustrations
  • All Songs Published By Pocket Music/Cyborg Music, except "Ice Nice" published by Pocket Music.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saga - Saga | AllMusic". allmusic.com. 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011.