Gutter Ballet [Explicit]
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Gutter Ballet [Explicit]

December 23, 2008

  Song Title
Of Rage And War
Gutter Ballet
Temptation Revelation
When The Corwds Are Gone
Silk And Steel
She's In Love
The Unholy
Mentally Yours
Summer's Rain
Thorazine Shuffle

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  • Original Release Date: January 9, 1990
  • Release Date: January 9, 1990
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 1989 Atlantic Recording Corporation
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  • Total Length: 52:19
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,975 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hounds of Zaroff : Savatage's transition album February 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After 1987's successful album Hall of the Mountain King, Savatage established themselves as a strong and remarkable band for years to come. Gutter Ballet being the second album with producer Paul O'Neill, it marked the beginning of a completely new era for them. Although HOTMK hinted that they were onto something new, with Gutter Ballet it was clear that the Oliva brothers and Paul O'Neill had something completely different on their minds. When Jon, Criss, and Paul joined forces probably not even they could imagine where the Savatage legacy would lead them. Eventually Savatage would take their place in the history of heavy metal as one of the most original, haunting, ground-breaking, and emotionally devastating bands of all times.
Originally, the working title for this album was Hounds of Zaroff. Till the last minute, Jon and Criss were planning to title it either Hounds of Zaroff or Temptation Revelation, which is one of the instrumental tracks on the album. The song "Gutter Ballet" hadn't been composed yet, and there was no intention whatsoever to experiment with such musical ideas either. Everything suddenly changed when Jon's manager Jon Goldwater gave him a ticket to see the "Phantom of the Opera" at the theatre. The minute Jon saw it, his vision on songwriting changed drastically. He composed the intro of "Gutter Ballet" the same night he saw the show, and the song was one of the last to make it on the album. Isn't it incredible how one of the band's most important tracks was created almost on a whim? That soothing piano intro with poignant orchestral enhancements, cerebral lyrics, searing vocals, and a fitting guitar solo all made a trademark song that would eventually serve to define Savatage's trademark sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! September 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album really does have to be heard to be believed. You cant just think of it as another Savatage release or another metal release for that matter, but as a great piece of music. The riffs are awesome and complex as are most of the lyrics. The best songs on the alum are definetely Gutter Ballet, The Unholy, and Summer's Rain which contains a simple, yet very awesome ending guitar riff. This album rules!! It's got it all!! New to this band? This is a great starting place. This and Hall of the Moutain King are both a great start if your new.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gutter Rocks! February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First off, If you like Savatage(any era) YOU MUST OWN THIS CD!!!

Honestly, if it weren't for this cd I never would've gotten into them. I Had heard Hall of the Mountain king and liked 2 songs "Strange Wings" and "HOTMK" from that album but when I 1st heard "Gutter Ballet" I was hooked! I mean coming out 1989 and remaining timeless is a feat within itself! I mean how many other bands from the late 80's do you still listen to? Jon And Criss Oliva Are at their best on this cd if you want a mix of Hard Rockers and very progressive music. The only song that doesn't sit well with me is "She's in Love" it's pretty much an ode to all the hard rock songs of that era. but the rest of the album is totally awesome and Jon's voice is amazing compared to their earlier material.

On a side note you should take another listen to "Gutter Ballet" and "When the Crowds are Gone" as Jon played all the drums and Criss played the bass on these 2 tracks! As Johnny Lee and Doc had already went back home to Florida when they decided to record these tracks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How was I missing this band? :-| March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Oh my God! Jon Oliva is a monster singer!" -- was the sentence constantly hitting my mind while listening to this album. Yes, this is my first Savatage album. Should I cry or laugh? Well, whatever I'd do now I have some more material to consume, and man how good it is! It's SOOO good! In few words, Savatage is a pompous, aggressive, dramatic and sonically greedy band that can deliver the most lyrical and the rawest music at the same time. In addition, Chris Oliva is an amazing guitar player. He's able of both shredding and making the axe sing, as well as riffing like the best out there. What else can I say? I'm so excited with this album that I'm just speechless. Being a newbie to the band I know I'm just scratching the surface, but I had to write a review anyway to share with someone all my enthusiasm and fascination. What an incredible music! Their control of the dynamics, their rage, their excellent lyrics, their melodies and everything in them is SOOO GREAT! But again, Jon Oliva leaves me hands down, totally breathless... The guy sings with a rare passion, like barely hitting some notes here while showcasing an ultra-wide range there. He is just metal expressiveness incarnated into one person. Talk about deliverance and talk about emotional power! So, if you already knew this band, you're really really lucky. If you don't, please do yourself a favor and start buying their albums right now -- as I'll certainly do. Once more, I'm new to them so I don't know which album is the best or the worst, but now at least I know that when you're talking about Savatage you're talking about high quality heavy metal. Five huge, brilliant stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Finest Hardrock Releases. June 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If it weren't for their earlier album "Hall of the Mountain King," this album would be my favorite. It's really a tie. You can't beat this album. Something for everyone on here. The most diverse Savatage album. Try on "Thorazine Shuffle," "Of Rage and War," and "Summer's Rain" for size. Musically heavy and grandiose. If you're new to Savatage, this album or "Hall of the Mountain King" are the best in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hall of fame worthy
Savatage is without a doubt the most under appreciated band post-Zeppelin. Gutter Ballet is typical Savatage. Hard rocking from beginning to end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patrick J. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thing I really love this CD
I give it a 5 because this is a great CD by of their best ever. I was disappointed in how long it took this to arrive at my house, about 2 weeks! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lawrence Gambrell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a replacement.
I've worn through 2, one a cassett and the other a CD , so I had to replace them :)
Published 15 months ago by Beverly Kellerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Savatage - Gutter Ballet
Savatage are an American Progressive Metal band and 1989's Gutter Ballet was their fifth full-length studio album. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Savatage~Gutter Ballet
Outstanding cd. Powerful ballads. Mean metal strokes. Piercing vocals. The Olivia brothers pack a powerful punch. One of their best cds.
Published on November 29, 2011 by dakotawolf69
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
Savatage is a very good band int the metal scene.If this is your first album then buy and some of their others...but start with this. Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Savatage - Gutter Ballet
Si en "Hall of the Mountain King" Savatage vino a ser una de las primeras agrupaciones en ser catalogadas como "Progressive Heavy Metal", en ésta, su siguiente... Read more
Published on December 21, 2010 by Mario Lizano Quesada
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ballet at its finest
This is what you might consider as "New" Savatage or a quieter and gentler Savatage, we let me put those thoughts to rest, this CD kicks A**. Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by Master of Reality
5.0 out of 5 stars another good album from the 'tage
this isn't as great as the hall of the mountain king but,I have to say that it is a classic album nonetheless. Read more
Published on June 14, 2009 by Shane Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rock
My step brother introduced me to this band, and there music rocks! The best two songs are When the Crowds are gone and Summers Rain. I liked there music much more than I thought.
Published on June 13, 2009 by Holly L. Riffle
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