Savatage – “Gutter Ballet”
Reissue of the band’s sixth studio album
“Gutter Ballet” by Savatage [Cat No 0204052ERE] is released on 11 April 2011 via Edel’s international rock label, earMUSIC distributed in the UK & Republic of Ireland by Absolute via Universal. Marking a turning point for the band, this is the band’s sixth studio album, the 2nd produced by Paul O’Neil and was originally released in 1989. From “Gutter Ballet,” the sound changed from a heavy metal to a more progressive rock. Written by Jon, Criss and Paul in the studio the final three songs, “Mentally Yours”, “Summer’s Rain” and “Thorazine Shuffle”, are a concept suite dealing with a single character. Mainman Jon Oliva notes, “It’s a very versatile album. It shows all sides of the band, and where we were going with our song writing.” This release includes two bonus tracks and liner notes as part of a series of 14 album re-issues.
01. Of Rage And War / 02. Gutter Ballet / 03. Temptation Revelation / 04. When The Crowds Are Gone / 05. Silk And Steal / 06. She’s In Love / 07. Hounds / 08. The Unholy / 09. Mentally Yours / 10. Summer’s Rain / 11. Thorazine Shuffl e
12. Alone You Breathe (acoustic version) / 13. Handful Of Rain (acoustic version)
Over a career spanning 12 albums and countless live performances, Savatage became a band of staggering power and limitless creativity. Formed by Jon and Criss Oliva in the early ’80s, Savatage quickly established itself at the cutting edge of the hard rock world. Tempering savage metal attacks with haunting orchestrations and a distinctive melodic sense, the band pushed the artistic envelope of their genre and, in the process, garnered a large worldwide following. The unexpected death of guitarist Criss Oliva who was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 1993 shattered the band. Savatage continued on with various line-ups but on their 25th anniversary in 2007, Jon Oliva announced the definite breakup of Savatage. He concludes, “I’m so excited to give the fans the proper representation of all these albums. For them to be able to own them as they were meant to be heard and seen makes me very happy.”
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