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Saga - Network (10/10) - Canada - 2004

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Steamhammer
Playing time: 49:51
Band homepage: Saga

Tracklist:

  1. On The Air
  2. Keep It Reel
  3. I’m Back
  4. If I Were You
  5. Outside Looking In
  6. Don’t Look Now
  7. Live At Five
  8. Back Where We Started
  9. Believe
  10. Don’t Make A Sound
Saga - Network

Canadian Progsters SAGA have been around for a long time. Their first album ‘’Saga’’ was released away back in 1978 and since then the band has strived to make unique and challenging music that flies in the face of convention, always looking to be that bit different. To say SAGA is a bit of an enigma in today’s cut throat music world is a huge underestimate. The bands nucleus comprising of vocalist Michael Sadler, guitarist Ian Crichton, keyboard player Jim Crichton and bassist Jim Gilmour has amazingly been together since 1978 (barring a brief split in the late 80’s) and it’s this cohesion, this intuition, this band unity that has made SAGA one of the true classic Progressive Rock bands.

 

I have to be honest SAGA is all but a name to me but ‘’Network’’ is something very special indeed.

 

This is fully fledged classic Rock. There are edgy, driving guitar riffs, layered keyboard fills and swirls, big Melodic choruses, a towering vocal performance, and intricate demanding songs that dissolve time and effortlessly glide into your minds eye. Technically there is nothing at fault here. This is master craftsmen at work. The production is first class, stand in drummer for Steve Negus yet another Canadian Christian Simpson has posted his arrival with aplomb giving SAGA, in their own words, ‘’a real rock attitude’’

 

To fault this piece of work would be quite folly and totally unnecessary. Bands like SAGA are very few and very far between. I can’t even give you a band they sound like as there isn’t any. SAGA is out there all on their own giving a taste of Rock music unspoilt, un-contrived and dare I say still away ahead of it’s time. Excellent stuff. (Online November 18, 2004)

Chris Doran



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