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Old 09-04-2009, 12:00 PM
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Whilst cleaning out the garage........

I ran across a box of old cassettes Yes, I said cassettes. One in particular that I sort of forgot I had was Savatage - Gutter Ballet. I put it on and holy shit......Of Rage and War is damn good! I'm not familiar with other Savatage albums so I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations???????


Has this sort of situation ever happened to anyone else? Have you found some music you sort of forgot you ever had?????
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:07 PM
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As far as Savatage go - you'll probably get plenty of different recommendations, but my personal favorite is Hall of the Mountain King.

I found a few Disney CDs a few months back (three compilations and the soundtrack for the Lion King) that I had totally forgotten about, but that's about it - I generally keep everything in alphabetical order, and go through them every few weeks to make sure they're still in the right order, so I don't give myself much of a chance to forget.
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Yeah, I'm with JuuKun on this one. The meticulous way I keep my music collection (which is not with me at college except in digital form ) would prevent me from "happening upon" anything.
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:09 PM
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My Cd's are kept in a very neat order. You did notice I said cassettes?
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:14 PM
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My Cd's are kept in a very neat order. You did notice I said cassettes?
Indeed I did. However, both my CDs and vinyl are kept like this. I don't actually think I have any cassettes, though I feel like I should since my stereo can play all three and it feels like a waste of a capability not to have any.
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I did used to have some cassettes in my car before I got an iPod adapter which were just for when I drove. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Operation: Mindcrime, So Far, So Good, So What! and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood are the ones that I can think of. Don't actually know what happened to them. Probably got thrown away.
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One in particular that I sort of forgot I had was Savatage - Gutter Ballet. I put it on and holy shit......Of Rage and War is damn good! I'm not familiar with other Savatage albums so I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations???????
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:26 PM
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Haha, basically, but I'll try: if "Of Rage and War" was the song on that album that grabbed you, get Hall of the Mountain King. It's basically just a bunch of even better heavy songs like that. If "Gutter Ballet" and "When the Crowds Are Gone" grabbed you as they should have, get Streets.
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I am right here! Alright, Savatage have now long-been my second favorite band of all-time, so am more than happy to help out with some recommendations:

Basically, if you're really loving Gutter Ballet, you clearly don't have a problem with Jon Oliva's voice, which can be the first obstacle for a would be Savatage fan. As DethMaiden mentioned, where to go next really has to do with what about Gutter Ballet you're really enjoying the most. If it's the tracks such as "Of Rage and War", "The Unholy", and the like that you're enjoying the most, go for Hall of the Mountain King. It's pretty much an album packed with classic US "power" metal tunes like that. Overall I don't favor it too highly amongst their catallogue, but for what it is, it's pretty great.
Now, if you have really been taken by the material such as "Gutter Ballet", "When the Crowds are Gone", and "Summer's Rain", Streets is your absolute-must. I would consider saying this regardless, as it's not only my favorite 'Tage record but a top 10 of all-time for sure. It's very rock-opera-esque at times, lots of piano, lots of "Half-ballads", and tons of emotional stuff. It's a fantastic listen, and the only album to ever make me cry (See: Believe).
Now, this all being said, don't overlook the Zak Stevens-era (1993-1999). Edge of Thorns and Handful of Rain complete my 4-album set of essential Savatage, along with the aforementioned Streets and Gutter Ballet. Zak has a VERY different voice from Jon, much deeper and more melodic, and the material definitely continued to pursue a more progressive direction. Definitely worth checking out, but for the time-being I'd stick with the two other Jon albums that have been mentioned.
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Hall of the Mountain King is the jam, their 90's shit is too weepy and sackless. The ballad-y songs on Gutter Ballet are awesome though, they did it right that time. Also check out Sirens for some competent 80's heavy/power metal.
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