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From the Gutter to the Stage: The Best of Savatage 1981-1995 Import


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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B000005RO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sirens (Live)
2. Power Of The Night
3. Prelude To Madness
4. Hall Of The Mountain King
5. 24 Hours Ago
6. Gutter Ballet
7. When The Crowds Are Gone
8. Silk And Steel
9. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
10. Agony And Ecstasy
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Shotgun Innocence
2. Forever After
3. This Is Where You Should Be
4. D.T. Jesus

Editorial Reviews

Best of Savatage 81-95: Includes a CD with Four Bonus Tracks, 24 Page Booklet.

Customer Reviews

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If you love Savatage, then stop reading and just buy it.
George L Pitcher
They are a tremendous group that keeps impressing me, and changing their style of play, and the way in which they create their music.
Randall Banks
If you're a die-hard Sava fan, the second CD alone is worth buying this release.
Murat Batmaz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on June 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
From the Gutter to the Stage is a double compilation CD comprised of Savatage's songs from 1981 to 1995. That means there are no songs from their last two studio albums The Wake of Magellan (1998) and Poets and Madmen (2001).
I personally don't think it is at all possible to compile any 'best of' albums for bands whose career spans over two decades since I believe these bands go from style to style always growing, improving, maturing and progressing, be it for the better or worse. Well I won't get into any details about the songs here because no matter how I much tried I'd fail to verbalise my feelings about Savatage... my favourite band of all times.
Basically this is a little insight into the progression of Sava's musical style from the early 80's to the mid 90's covering some of the band's major hits including "Sirens", "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Gutter Ballet" with original vocalist Jon Oliva. The songs are listed in chronological order so the change of style is pretty obvious. With the release of Gutter Ballet in 1989, Savatage signalled that they were going to become one of the most progressive bands ever embracing their earlier Beatles, Queen, The Who and Pink Floyd roots and combining them with their own unique form of heavy metal. Second vocalist Zak Stevens is introduced to the listener with "Edge of Thorns" and from here on three meticulously detailed songs off the Dead Winter Dead album follow. With songs like "Chance" and "One Child" the band explores with different vocal harmonies and counterpoint vocals reminiscent of 70's Queen, only fuller and stronger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randall Banks on December 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Savatage breaks the molds of all metal bands. They defy convention, and definition. Another review hits it right on the head. It's hard to put them into any catagory.

Their music is soaring, deep, and very much thought provoking. This album fits their style perfectly, and shows the strength and power of Savatage. A group that has gone through the tragic death of one of the founding brothers, Criss Oliva. There have been many changes of personel, but they still manage to bring out some of the most compelling,deep, complex metal you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing.

There is no yelling, there is no distortion. This is pure metal at its best. This collection takes some of their best songs. Doing this group justice would take a set of at least 4 disks, so having two is very limiting.

Sirens, their fist mega hit, off of the album of the same name.

Prelude to Madness and Hall of the Mountain King are a very successful attempt to put classical music to metal. This is a trend that would led them to create Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This takes a piece orginally done by Greig to soaring metal heights. These two songs belong together because Prelude leads into Hall. It's off of Hall Of the Mountain King album.

Gutter Ballet. This is their first attempt and metal orchestration. You can hear Criss Oliva battling with the Orchestra.

When the Crowds are Gone. their first power ballad. Tells the story of a person who realized, much to their dismay, that their career is likey and it's time to give it up. It's off of the album Gutter Ballet.

Edge Of Thorns, the first song featuring Zak Stevens was the start a milder more mellow Savatage. I like the album, and this song is the Title track.

Chance - Released on "Handful of Rain!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lanja Samsdottir on November 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When I saw this album in a sales bin in Switzerland, I bought it because Dead Winter Dead had made me a Savatage fan. Well, what can I say - I was raised playing classical piano and my musical roots lie more in the purely melodic than in 80's metal, which is what this album mostly contains. Of course, that should not come as a surprise, as this album comprises Savatage's hits from 1981-95. Mine is a two-disk pack, with 5 (I think) bonus songs on the second CD. Quite frankly I prefer the later Savatage stuff along the lines of DWD and TSO, in part because Zak Stevens has, in my opinion, a broader and clearer vocal range. I'm not too much into Jon Oliva's shrieking or rasping. But if you are looking for a collection of Sava's "greatest hits," and are a die-hard fan, then this probably sounds like a lot of nonsense to you. That said, the instrumental pieces are brilliant, especially Criss Oliva's guitar solo "Silk and Steel." Among other songs: Hall of the Mountain King, When the Crowds are Gone, New York City, Believe, Chance, Mozart and Madness, and One Child. It gives an excellent scope of their work and you can really HEAR how their style changes over the years. Let's leave it at that :-)
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As opposed to the later collection initially from '99 entitled The Best and the Rest this best of collection of tunes by the hard rock/metal band Savatage is spread over two discs. Well sort of. You see there are 15 tracks on disc One and then four discs, allegedly bonus tracks, on a second disc. At least on my version! Which leads to my first annoyance with this release. I mean if your going to put a second disc in there why not make the release a double CD collection of music which this band cries out for. As I pointed out in my review for The Best and the Rest you just can't encapsulate such a long lived band who put out so many great metal tunes over two decades on a single disc.

Having said that this collection comes pretty close to being a near perfect collection. Drawing more heavily on the early Oliva years than the aforementioned Best/Rest compilation it provides more outright rocking moments such as a live rendition of early classic Sirens and Power of the Night from the bands sophomore effort.

As the collection progresses - thankfully in chronological order - the bands ability to pen good quality metal tunes over a number of albums becomes apparent. From the excellent and accomplished musically Hall of the Mountain King to the visceral 24 Hours Ago through to raw and plaintive songs such as When the Crowds Are Gone. The pivotal role the Streets: A Rock Opera album played in this bands career is shown by the way the tone of the collection alters perceptibly once the songs from that album arrive. After the songs from that release there is a slight shift away from the ferocity of intent in most of the heavier tunes as the band delve into more introspective and melodramatic material.
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