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Rock - Released July 13, 2012 | InsideOutMusic

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Saga have had their share of lineup changes along the way; one of the most talked about came in late 2007, when longtime frontman Michael Sadler left the band (Rob Moratti was hired as a replacement the following year). Sadler had been Saga's lead singer from the beginning; he was around back when the Canadian prog rockers were still calling themselves Pockets (which was also the name of an Earth, Wind & Fire-ish soul-funk band that recorded three LPs for Columbia in the late '70s), and his departure came after no less than 30 years with the band. Documenting a 2007 show in Munich, Germany, Contact: Live in Munich was recorded/filmed during Sadler's final tour with Saga. InsideOut/SPV released Contact in three different formats: a two-DVD set, a two-CD set, and a limited-edition two-DVD/two-CD set. The Munich performances are heard in all three formats, although the two-CD version lacks some bonus tracks from an appearance in Mannheim, Germany. Saga's 2007 lineup -- Sadler, guitarist Ian Crichton, bassist Jim Crichton, keyboardist Jim Gilmour, and drummer Chris Sutherland -- is in good form during a concert that offers a lot of early favorites (including "Careful Where You Step," "Wind Him Up," "Scratching the Surface," "On the Loose," "Humble Stance," and "The Flyer"), but also contains some more recent material such as "Book of Lies" and "Can't You See Me Now" from 2007's 10,000 Days (which turned to be Sadler's final studio album with Saga). Contact: Live in Munich obviously isn't designed with the casual listener in mind; casual listeners would be better off sticking to collections of early Saga recordings. But longtime followers will find it to be an enjoyable document of Sadler's final tour with Saga. ~ Alex Henderson
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Rock - Released July 13, 2012 | InsideOutMusic

Although they'll forever be best known Stateside for one of the most action-packed videos to ever grace the MTV airwaves -- the jailbreak-themed "On the Loose" -- Canada's prog-popsters Saga have carved a pretty comfortable niche for themselves in other parts of the world, where their albums continued to sell steadily over the years. And their last album to feature longtime singer, Michael Sadler, 2007's 10,000 Days (not to be confused with the Tool album of the same time), shows that the group was still able to offer albums on par with their best work right up until the end. While it features a more modern production, the songwriting and much of the instrumentation is straight out of 1982 (in fact, in many cases, 10,000 Days could have easily been issued as the follow-up to their 1981 hit album, Worlds Apart). Sadler is in fine voice throughout (which makes his exit from the band a bit puzzling -- it isn't like he is having a hard time hitting the high notes), while the group's secret/underrated weapon remains guitarist Ian Crichton. An impressively consistent album -- especially the opening one-two-three punch of "Lifeline," "Book of Lies," and "Sideways" -- the Sadler-led version of Saga certainly went out on a high note with 10,000 Days. ~ Greg Prato
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Rock - Released September 1, 1981 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released September 27, 2013 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released September 1, 1983 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released August 8, 1987 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released July 13, 2012 | InsideOutMusic

With a career spanning 30 years, Saga remain something of a torchbearer for the old-school progressive rock scene, a scene that they left at least partially behind for a while but rejoined with renewed vigor and with some tricks learned in the melodic rock trenches. They're not going to win any new converts with Trust; those who shy away from Michael Sadler's bombastic vibrato will still do so when he launches into "That's as Far as I'll Go," and those who find the band's more extravagant flights of musical fancy overly precious won't be won over by "Back to the Shadows" (with its synthesized horn fanfares) or the somewhat overly earnest "My Friend," either. And no one should be willing to put up with the bad Peter Gabriel impersonation that is "Time to Play," a song that is not only embarrassingly derivative but also unforgivably snarky in its putdowns of others' music. However, fans will be sure to enjoy the nice counterpoint between frenetic guitar and keyboard lines and the slower, more languid sung vocals and chord progression on "I'm OK" and the bracing "Ice in the Rain." Lyrics are a problem from time to time (couplets about going back to school and learning the rules are not normally acceptable from songwriters in their forties), but really, Saga are about great sound, and you get plenty of that here. ~ Rick Anderson
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Rock - Released April 8, 1978 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released August 1, 1985 | earMUSIC

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Rock - Released August 1, 1980 | earMUSIC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 18, 2019 | TMH Records

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Rock - Released August 1, 1982 | earMUSIC

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 6, 2019 | MOR Records

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Miscellaneous - Released February 8, 2018 | Teta

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 17, 2017 | Saga 718 - EMPIRE

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 24, 2016 | Saga 718

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 27, 2016 | Saga 718

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Latin America - Released July 26, 2019 | Saga

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 18, 2016 | Saga 718