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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000008KF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Polydor 1989 U.S.

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If you can get it, get it!!!
Phillip W. Tripp
The songs flow well and don't sound too dated, yet still have that late 80's rock feel to them.
MJ
I eventually found a copy all the way across the country in San Francisco.
H. Tapia

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. on April 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Once known as "Alsace Lorraine", the New Jersey based Saraya was groomed by Polygram to be the next Bon Jovi. Unfortunately, Saraya never achieved that critical success, and the band faded into rock & roll obscurity fairly quickly after just releasing two albums.

Musically, Saraya had a straight-forward hard rock style coupled with heavy metal riffs and passionate singing that made the band fit in well in the late 80s hair metal scene. While they lacked the punch of many of the heavier hair metal acts of the day, Saraya's music was not bubblegum-flavored pop metal. The group was influenced by the female-powered rock & roll of Pat Benetar, Heart, and The Pretenders, and Sandi Saraya's heart-felt vocals elevated their music above the commercial fray. Her singing never came across as shallow or manufactured, a fact that won the Saraya many loyal fans.

Saraya's 1989 self-titled debut was not a landmark album by any means, although it did peak at #79 on the Billboard 200 that year. It is a good solid body of work from end to end , opening with "Love Has Taken It's Toll" a favorite play on MTV's original "Dial MTV" and "Hard 30" afternoons shows. This album, as with their second recording, "When the Blackbird Sings", is a now out of print. Both albums are worthwhile purchases, but unfortunately, neither album features "Timeless Love", a power-ballad that appeared on the motion picture soundtrack to Wes Craven's Shocker. "Timeless Love" is a clear example of the power and emotion Saraya was capable of achieving, and it is perhaps one of the best rock power-ballads ever performed.

Track Listing:

01. Love Has Taken It's Toll (5:21)

02. Healing Touch (4:43)

03. Get U Ready (3:11)

04. Gypsy Child (4:39)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stuart M. Tysinger on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Saraya is the best female AOR/Melodic Rock band in music. They released two vey solid albums but for some reason could not get support from the record labels. They should have been huge selling out arenas. But unfortunately this cd came out in 1989. And as we know, Grunge killed any hopes of success for AOR/Melodic Rock Bands. If you do not have this cd get it, you will not regret it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Baddstuff on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first purchased this on cassette tape not knowing much about the band but the tape ended up on super heavy rotation in my Walkman. Luckily I was smart enough to get it on CD for a good price when it became available and all I can say is that this disc remains a gem.

The band rocks, the songs are excellent and Sandi Saraya has a killer voice. Some of today's wannabe female rockers can take learn a few things from Sandi. For me she's flawless. From the beautiful ballad 'St' Christopher's Medal' to the hard-chargin' 'Runnin Out Of Time', she delivers the goods! Kudos to the band for their top notch playing. Just a brilliant CD. Miss you Sandi!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2112 on February 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Saraya late one night in 1989 (spring?)on the radio, and was at the record store the very next day to buy this album. The other reviews here all have something important to say about the experience of hearing this band and the way you can become very attached to both the music and the memories attached to it. They really were a very "solid" band in every way, and Sandi's vocals were my idea of perfection in that style of music. It's just too bad they didn't last longer than they did. I don't know what happened, but I've always guessed they just came out at the wrong time. As someone else mentioned, the Seattle grunge sound got really big around that time, and I guess the music companies just went in another direction. Whatever the reason though, I think we all missed a lot of potentially great music with the loss of this band.

If you've never heard Saraya, but like '80's style hard rock along the lines of Heart, Pat Benatar and believe it or not, Dokken (the guitar is a little "George Lynch-ish" at times in my opinion), don't hesitate to check this CD out. It's worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Tapia on May 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Saraya in 1989 when I was a junior in high school. I originally had the cassette which I eventually wore out. I then spent near 3-4 years searching every used CD store I came across for this gem. I eventually found a copy all the way across the country in San Francisco. This of course was before online auctions really took off. Suffice it to say, this CD is that good! I never expected to love this CD as much as I would over time, but it's just one of those rare albums that you can listen to for a while and then put away only to come back to several months later and have it be fresh. Sandi's vocals are amazing, the lyrics are heart-felt ("Love Has Taken Its Toll" is a permenant fixture in the soundtrack of my life), and the instrumentation is moving (I especially love the instrumental part at the end of "St. Christopher Medal"). Get this CD! They just don't make music like this anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OZ on December 8, 2013
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Good to find older music that didn't have great original distribution. Too bad the band did not record more before breaking up.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Faber on January 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Like many others here, I heard "Love Has Taken Its Toll" on the radio and liked it enough to buy the cassette tape back in 1989. It is a great song with great guitar work. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is pretty forgettable and hasn't held up very well over time.

I listened to the whole album again last night after many years of neglect and only "Drop The Bomb" comes close to the heights of "Love Has Taken Its Toll." While the female vocalist reminds you of Heart a little bit, she just doesn't have enough range to keep you interested for very long. The lyrics also are fairly lame but you come to expect that from most rock groups with writers in their 20's!
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