Album review: Saga, Heads or Tails (1983)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 18, 1983

By Steve Newton

The heavily keyboarded and strongly percussive sound of Saga is thoroughly impressive on their latest release, Heads or Tails.

Whether it’s the rocking opener “The Flyer” or the more sedate “Intermission”, the musicians are in top form.

Guitarist Ian Crichton, bassist Jim Crichton, drummer Steve Negus, lead keyboardist Jim Gilmour, and singer Michael Sadler are tight and inventive on pretty near every tune, the brunt of which were written by Sadler and bassist Crichton.

Heads or Tails was crisply produced by Rupert Hine (Chris de Burgh, Robert Palmer, Fizz), and is sure to win new Saga fans as well as satisfy old.

Thoughtful lyrical messages and thickly-textured sounds abound.

 

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