Sunday, December 14, 2008

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.


Blogger Metal Mark said...

I actually thought Triumph were a sad little, distant brother of Rush at best. I don't know what that would make Sage. Actually I have never heard them. For some reason I figured they were an AOR band. Guess I was wrong. I do like the cover well enough though.

December 15, 2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Woody said...

I have a friend that saw Saga open for the Moody Blues. He says it was the lamest show ever. The drummer from Saga did some kind of solo that used electronic drums in a suitcase.

Did Icehouse have good album covers?

December 18, 2008 11:04 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Saga was a pretty good band and pretty underrated in general. This album was surely their best.

December 21, 2008 9:50 AM  

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