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Saga - 1980 Silent Knight



ARTIST: Saga
ALBUM: Silent Knight
LABEL: Polydor (Germany), Maze (Canada)
SERIAL: 2374 166, ML 8003
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 1994, Polydor, 821 934-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Sadler - vocals, keyboards, bass * Jim Gilmour - keyboards * Ian Crichton - guitars * Jim Crichton - keyboards, bass * Steve Negus - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Be Late (Chapter Two) * 02 What's It Gonna Be? * 03 Time To Go * 04 Compromise * 05 Too Much To Lose (Chapter Seven) * 06 Help Me Out * 07 Someone Should * 08 Careful Where You Step

WEBLINKS: www.saga-world.com


Background
An institution in Canadian rock music, and funnily enough, a band more appreciated in Europe than they are in their homeland. In their early days, Saga's style of light pomp rock, veering on symphonic at times, found a home among proggie fans and melodic rockers alike, but it was difficult to pigeon hole them into any particular category due to their diversity. Very technical in approach, coupled with their science fiction and olde worlde themes made this a band which appealed to the technically minded (a.k.a geek).


The Songs
For me personally, out of all their catalogue of discography, I much preferred their albums up to about 1985. This one in particular, their third installment 'Silent Knight' is a sweeping testament to keyboard based rock with clever time changes, atmospheric arrangements, neat keyboard arpeggios and solos, together with a crisp tight rhythm section. The album contains some of Saga's signature songs, such as the effortless and timeless quality of 'Don't Be Late' together with the precision accuracy of 'Careful Where You Step' and 'Too Much To Lose'. Awesome songs to listen to on a high quality stereo system. Along with the bouncy keyboard runs on 'Someone Should', the quirky eccentricity of 'Help Me Out' and the urgent drive of 'Whats It Gonna Be?', there is not too much to complain about with only eight songs of the highest quality. The others like 'Time To Go' and 'Compromise' add to the rich tapestry already laid down. Suffice to say this album is easily in my top 20 albums of the eighties decade.


In Summary
I'm not quite sure what Paul Gross the producer had in mind when he got these boys into the studio, but I'm sure a few dozen cans of Molsons probably helped get the best out of them, as the end result is a wonderful album, very much ahead of its time and sounding as good today as it did back in 1980. Track this particular Saga album down at all costs.


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#1 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:27:08
One of my alltime faves,and probably my most played disc ever. Track after track of classics - 'Don't Be Late', 'Careful Where You Step' the list goes on. If you are into keyboard orientated rock music, this is an absolute must have.
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:10:11
Probably my favourite Saga album too. 'Compromise' and 'Too much to lose' are pomp classics of the first degree!

Richard B
#3 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 18:03:06
My fave Saga albummagicianmagician
#4 | gdazegod on October 19 2010 09:04:37
Thirty years old, and still sounds sensational to this day! Thumbs Up
#5 | trillion1999 on October 14 2011 21:57:28
Progressive POMP/AOR Masterpiece!in love
#6 | tompa on January 21 2013 12:52:35
On the albums i listened to back then most albums had an all-out rocker as the opening number. Don't Be Late was very refreshing and so is the whole album. Simply beautiful and easily my fave album of theirs.
#7 | melodiapositiva on April 12 2017 19:06:01
Silent knight is a work of art, and for me the album that defines their sound.Worlds apart is near but i always felt that this album is special.
Turn off the lights, relax, and don't loose any detail ...keyboard heaven
#8 | Nick C on April 12 2017 22:19:38
1st or 2nd CD I ever bought along with Aerosmith's Greatest Hits purchased at the same time...depends which the guy tilled first! Classic I never tire of this album.
 
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