The Best and the Rest

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The Best and the Rest
The Best and the Rest.jpg
Compilation album by Savatage
Released January 10, 1997
Recorded 1989 - 1997
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 75:08
Label JVC Records
Producer Paul O'Neill
Savatage chronology
Final Bell / Ghost in the Ruins
(1995)Final Bell / Ghost in the Ruins1995
The Best and the Rest
(1997)
The Wake of Magellan
(1998)The Wake of Magellan1998

The Best and the Rest is a greatest hits album by Savatage that was released on November 21, 1997 by JVC Records in Japan. The majority of the tracks were selected as part of a reader's vote promotion in the Japanese hard rock magazine Burrn!.

The booklet for the album contains lyrics, Japanese translations of the lyrics, liner notes by Savatage producer/songwriter Paul O'Neill, a band biography, and a Savatage discography.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gutter Ballet" (from Gutter Ballet, 1989) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 6:20
2. "Degrees of Sanity" (from Edge of Thorns, 1993) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 4:36
3. "Jesus Saves" (from Streets: A Rock Opera, 1991) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:13
4. "Edge of Thorns" (from Edge of Thorns, 1993) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:55
5. "Agony and Ecstasy" (from Streets: A Rock Opera, 1991) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 3:33
6. "Chance" (from Handful of Rain, 1994) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 7:48
7. "Complaint in the System (Veronica Guerin)" (from The Wake of Magellan, 1997) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 2:37
8. "The Hourglass" (from The Wake of Magellan, 1997) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill, Al Pitrelli 8:05
9. "Voyage" Al Pitrelli 2:26
10. "Prelude to Madness / Hall of the Mountain King" (from Hall of the Mountain King, 1987) Edvard Grieg, Johnny Lee Middleton, Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 8:45
11. "This is the Time (1990)" (from Dead Winter Dead, 1995) Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:39
12. "Believe" (from Streets: A Rock Opera, 1991) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 5:42
13. "Desiree" (Acoustic version) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 3:54
14. "All That I Bleed" (Piano version, from Edge of Thorns, recorded in 1997) Criss Oliva, Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill 4:35

Track notes[edit]

Voyage is a solo instrumental composition written and performed acoustically by guitarist Al Pitrelli. It was recorded during studio sessions for The Wake of Magellan (1997/1998).

Desiree is an acoustic track with a piano and Zak on vocals. Originally written for the Streets album, it was cut when the record was trimmed to a single disc format. This version was recorded in the summer of 1997, it is also featured on several reissues.

All That I Bleed is a previously unreleased acoustic track that is performed by Jon Oliva singing and playing piano. This version was recorded in the summer of 1997, it is also featured as the bonus track on several reissues. The original was released on Edge of Thorns in 1993 with Zak Stevens on vocals).