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Raise The Curtain

Oliva Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Afm Records
  • ASIN: B00CHEL920
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Raise The Curtain
2. Soul Chaser
3. Ten Years
4. Father Time
5. I Know
6. Big Brother
7. Armageddon
8. Soldier
9. Stalker
10. The Witch
11. Can't Get Away
12. The Truth (Bonus)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to score 23 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is Jon Oliva's first solo album where he plays almost everything and has his first go at playing guitar solos. It is also the last album that will feature any more Criss Oliva's ideas because Jon has stated that he's used them all. Because of this, Behind The Curtain is a bittersweet album and the end of an era.

Both in production and sound you could easily be mistaken into thinking this is the new Jon Oliva's Pain album, but whereas JOP had a more metal edge, Oliva has more progressive, hard rock tendancies that are just as enjoyable. 'Father Time' is a great example of the metal being stripped away without it losing any of its potency, which is the mark of a great song. 'Soul Chaser' has a great rasp to it and enough grit to please the metal head. Ten Years is as catchy as hell and the album shines with the deliciously dark 'I Know', which, for me, is Oliva at his best, and could easily have sat on the 'Streets' album. Other songs of note, without blowing one's mind, is the standard quirky rocker, 'Big Brother', and the hugely entertaining, 'Armageddon', with an ending to end all endings.

As entertaining as the above are, the title track is a long instrumental that leaves me cold even though i feel like I should enjoy it considering the work it must have taken. 'Solider' is just dull and 'Can't Get Away' seemed to never end. 'Stalker' and 'The Witch' are ok tunes without really making their mark adding to a disappointing second half to this album

On the whole, this is an enjoyable hard rock release that demonstrates Jon Oliva's ecletic styles of song writing. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, and, for me, it is on par with the last couple of JOP albums, with Jon's voice holding up very nicely. Now that all the Criss Oliva demos have been used, it'll be interesting to see what he comes up with next. Recommended for Jon Oliva fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic 27 Sep 2013
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The best album of the year so far for me jon at his best this guy a legend now and always will be
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance 3 July 2013
By Scot Kaeff - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a Savatage fan from way, way back, my expectations were in the middle ground. I adore Savatage and really dig most everything they ever did, both with Criss Oliva and after his untimely passing. I love Chris Caffery's stuff and love Circle II Circle, too. Pretty much everything along the Sava-tree is cool by me, but to greater or lesser degrees of listenability, including the Jon Oliva's Pain project.

This disc, though, ostensibly Jon Oliva left to his own devices, raises the bar. The production, the songwriting, the musicianship, from top to bottom is top notch. The Oliva screams are there, the guitar playing is well above average and in a great many spots I daresay that Criss would be smiling at his brother's work and how well done it is.

I can't say enough really. Surprised? To be sure, a little bit. Happy? For Jon, yes. Yes, indeed.

Well worth the investment to buy this album.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute... 4 July 2013
By Dave Ness - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of early Savatage and the Oliva Brothers then this album is a must. Most of this album was written before the death of Criss Oliva, around the time of "A Handful of Rain". The songs and album were finished by Jon Oliva as a wonderful tribute to his brother. It is my belief that Criss would have loved this album.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Savatage Days Album from the King himself 2 July 2013
By Baha Amro - Published on Amazon.com
I got this album having no expectations, because Dr.Butcher, JOP, TSO and Savatage mastermind had different kind of styles for music and this Oliva release made me think it would be different, especially Jon Oliva is playing most of the instruments alone! Which a king himself could only do!

Listening for the whole album for more gave me a feeling that this is a Savatage album more than anything else. It has the Heavy, Story, feeling sides all combined.

Jons voice is as strong as it gets.
Starting with Raise the Curtain as an Intro, getting into darker, heavier Soul Chaser, into Sadder deeper "I know" Ending with "Can't get away" This album deserves to be called a Masterpiece.
Thank you Jon for giving us the pleasure to listen to your magic more and more.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 11 July 2013
By frank - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of Savatage. This album is just great. Great guitar & vocals are a must in anything I buy.Raise The Curtain did not dissapoint. This album brings you back to the good old days of Savatage.A must buy for anyone that likes melodic hard rock & heavy metal.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savatage is resurrected 20 July 2013
By Thomas Pogar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Jon's best work since Tage Mahal. Raise The Curtain is reminiscint of Savatage recordings. It does leave me wondering how it would have sounded like if Chris had been able to contribute the leads especially on the song I Know. Other outstanding songs include Father Time,Soldierin(nice touch with the flute)& the catchy hooks in Can't Get Away. Almost forgot the Savatage like songs Ten Years & The Witch. Not a bad song on this CD. Highly recommended for Savatage fans or just anyone who appreciates good rock music.
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