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2015 Steel-Umbrellas Digi

STEEL UMBRELLAS
Originally realeased in 1994
Preceding album: The Security Of Illusion (1993)

"Steel Umbrellas" is one of the second round of earMUSIC’s SAGA Reissue Series and is best known for featuring a more popish side of SAGA. The album was originally composed as a soundtrack for a TV series called ´Cobra`. Mixed by Mike Ging (Michael Jackson, Toto, Nazareth) in L.A., Steel Umbrellas takes you straight back to a more popish 80’s sound. While the opener “Why Not” is a great rock tune in all SAGA’s tradition, some very nice flowing ballads such as “I Walk With You” or “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” are featured here; “Steamroller” comes along with quite a funky attitude and “Shake That Tree” got a real groove on. Overall, Steel Umbrellas definitely features a softer SAGA than its preceders but doesn’t neglect the signature SAGA sound.

For this re-release, the album was completely remastered (2015). The tracklist is completed by two additional bonus tracks (never released before), newly recorded during their European Touring 2015 at Fabrik, Hamburg.

Line Up
Michael Sadler - vocals
Ian Crichton - guitar
Jim Gilmour - keyboards
Jim Crichton - bass
Steve Negus - drums, percussion
Paula Mattioli, Fred White, Stu “The Rooster” Saddoris – backing vocals

Tracklist
1. Why Not // 2. (You Were) Never Alone // 3. Bet On This // 4. Shake That Tree // 5. Password Pirate - Access Code - Password Pirate // 6. I Walk With You // 7. Push It // 8. Steamroller // 9. Say Goodbye To Hollywood // 10. Feed The Fire // 11. I Walk With You (Live)

Bonus Tracks
12. On My Way, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album ‘Sagacity’, 2014)
13. On The Loose, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album “Worlds Apart”, 1981)

 

 

 

 

 

 

earMUSIC releases an excellent SAGA reissue series within one year, covering all studio albums from 1989 – 2007. All twelve albums are enhanced by exclusive bonus tracks, newly recorded at Fabrik, Hamburg in April 2015 – Of course they’ve been never released before.
The beautifully designed booklets, including loads of original fan material, press articles, and more, are a must have for every fan. Furthermore, the founding band members of SAGA have their say on each album. The individual introductions grant quite personal insights to their work back in the days.

RELEASES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

September 2015
The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes
The Security Of Illusion

November 2015
Steel Umbrellas
Generation 13

January 2016
Pleasure And The Pain

March 2016
Full Circle
House Of Cards

May 2016
Marathon
Network

July 2016
Trust
10,000 Days

 

 

 

 

THE SECURITY OF ILLUSION

Originally released: 1993
Preceding album: The Beginner’s Guide to Throwing Shapes (1989)

The ninth studio album "The Security of Illusion" was originally released 1993 and marks the return of Jim Gilmour (keyboards) and Steve Negus (drums), who both had left the band in 1986.
This new reunion definitely sparked new creativity into the band. While still sticking to their guns, the album features a slightly more progressive, slightly harder sound that awakens vivid memories to albums from their early 80’s period, such as “Worlds Apart” (1981) oder “Head Or Tales” (1983).
Fans praise “The Security of Illusion” as a truly appropriate comeback of the original lineup.
With "Mind Over Matter" or "Stand Up", the album features the Canadian’s rocky side but doesn’t neglect a soft touch with the tender ballad "Alone Again Tonight" or "Voila!", which is a nice classically-influences instrumental.

For this re-release, the album was completely remastered (2015). The tracklist is completed by two additional bonus tracks (never released before), newly recorded during their European Touring 2015 at Fabrik, Hamburg.

Line Up
Michael Sadler - vocals
Ian Crichton - guitar
Jim Gilmour - keyboards
Jim Crichton - bass
Steve Negus - drums, percussion

Tracklist
1. Entracte (instrumental)
2. Mind Over Matter
3. Once Is Never Enough
4. Alone Again Tonight
5. I'll Leave It In Your Hands
6. The Security of Illusion
7. Stand Up, 8. Days Like These
9. Voila! (instrumental)
10.No Man's Land
11.Without You
12.The Security Of Illusion (Acoustic Version)

Bonus Tracks
13. Scratching the Surface, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album 'Heads Or Tales', 1983)
14. Ice Nice, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album “Saga”, 1978)

 

 

 

0210376EMU SAGA Beginners-Guide Digipak-4s 3D
THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THROWING SHAPES

Originally realeased in 1989
Preceding album: Wildest Dreams (1987)

"The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes" is one of the first two releases of earMUSIC’s SAGA Reissue Series and has been considered as a highly underrated jewel & fan favorite by many.
Following the preceding “Wildest Dreams”, "The Beginner’s Guide To Throwing Shapes" features straight steps to a slightly a more progressive hard rock sound, without neglecting any of the trademark sound components of SAGA. Michael Sadler (vocals, keyboards) and the two Crichton brothers - Jim Crichton (bass, synth) and Ian Crichton (guitars, synth) – were the power trio at the time after Jim Gilmour and Steve Negus had left the band a couple years before. They skillfully add the right ingredients to the album.
For this re-release, the album was completely remastered (2015). The tracklist is completed by two additional bonus tracks (never released before), newly recorded during their European Touring 2015 at Fabrik, Hamburg.

Line Up
Michael Sadler – vocals, keyboards
Jim Crichton – bass, keyboards, synth
Ian Crichton – guitars, synth, banjo
Curt Cress – drums, percussion

Tracklist
1. How Do I Look
2. Starting All Over
3. Shape
4. Odd Man Out
5. The Nineties
6. Scarecrow
7. As I Am,
8. Waiting In The Wings
9. Giant

Bonus Tracks
10. Wind Him Up, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album 'World's Apart', 1981)
11. The Flyer, Live at Fabrik, Hamburg
(Originally released on the album “Heads Or Tales”, 1983)

 

 

 

 

 

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