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Generation 13 [Original recording remastered]

SagaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B0000942K5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chances Are #1
2. Generation 13 (Theme #1)
3. All Will Change (Goodbye & Good Luck)
4. The Cross (Home #3)
5. Danger Whistle
6. Leave Her Alone
7. I'll Never Be Like You
8. My Name Is Sam (Finding a Friend)
9. The 13th Generation
10. The Cross
11. The Learning Tree
12. I'll Never Be Like You (Once Again)
13. Snake Oil
14. We Hope You're Feeling Better (The Test)
15. My Name Is Sam (Your Time Is Up)
16. Generation 13 (Theme #2)
17. Where Are You Now?
18. Screw 'Em
19. No Strings Attached
20. All Will Change (It's Happening to Me)
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Saga April 10, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
To some, this CD is the absolute worst of Saga. To some, it's the absolute best. I believe this is one of the most structured and well thought out pieces of Rock Opera in a VERY VERY long time. The band worked hard on this CD and it shows. Every song, melody and note placed on this CD was placed with care to bring the story to life (as depressing as it is). Musically, it's not a virtuoso piece of music, but it doesn't need to be. It needs to be what it is to tell the story, and Saga does this exceedingly well. Unlike other bands like Dream Theater that tend to go over the top and kill the story underlying the song with their over-the-top technical playing, Saga did not do this on Generation 13.
I believe that, by far, this is definitely one of their best works and at the same time one of their most different and unique, but still with Saga flair. It is a hard listen because you have to listen to the entire CD in one sitting. The songs aren't structured in such a way as to bring one song out as 'radio hit' and one song doesn't really stand on it's own without the context of the story. Basically, you listen to the work as a whole or you don't. And, it's difficult to sit down and listen to a 60 minute CD. Worse, the story is depressing which makes the work even stronger considering how difficult it is to bring this level of detail out musically.
But, barring these problems, if you pop this CD into your player, turn the light out and listen to the story and the music, you have to be impressed by their mastery of both telling the story musically and the music itself.
If you are into concept albums like Tommy or The Wall, this one definitely sits right up there with these works. I definitely recommend it.
The production quality: 5 stars
The music itself: 5 stars
The sound quality: 5 stars
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNCUT VERSION AS IT WAS MEANT !!!! May 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The original version was around 60 minutes. These new remastered version is uncut with 9 additional minutes of music. Saga is a band that can musically bring you any type of music and succeed. Any true Saga fan will accept anything they bring and enjoy it. A great concept album next to Queensryche "Operation: Mindcrime". Great vocals, guitars, keyboards and drums also a great story. How many bands can work together for 25 years and keep it's original members together ? ex: Rush, Saga, etc...
As a true Saga fan I enjoy everything they bring. But Saga first three albums "Saga", "Images at Twilight" and "Silent Night" are the true icons and signature albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily Their Best March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Great concept album...great musicianship ... great songs. This band works better in the concept structure. They should do more of this type of work. Don't get me wrong,there is a lot to like on their other albums but this is in a class all by itself. I would compare this as others have to Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime because it conveys a nightmarish future atmosphere. Don't expect the metal of the Ryche but do expect great music.
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