Saga, Worlds Apart
Saga has always held a place in my mind as the sad little brother to fellow Canadian bands Rush and Triumph.
This sounds harsh, I’ll admit. But like these groups, Saga is a hard rock outfit from Ontario that incorporated progressive rock and even pop elements in the 1980s. So the comparison is fair.
Saga always seemed a pale imitation of its compatriots—its technical skills never equaled Rush; its hardest edge rarely matched the metal riffs of Triumph (and Rush).
But Saga had two killer tracks that grip me to this day,“Wind Him Up” and “On the Loose,” both of which are on Worlds Apart. Although the cover of the original album is cheesy, the simple design still works for me because of the stark contrast between the two lenses.
Too bad Rush’s album covers were usually better.