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Streets - A Rock Opera

Savatage Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Savatage was born in the suburbs of Tampa, Florida in the early 1980's—the product of two brothers, Jon (vocals and keyboards) and Criss (guitar) Oliva, plus hard-hitting drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz. Savatage quickly developed a loyal following throughout Florida, and in 1983, the band released its debut album, Sirens. The following year, Savatage signed to Atlantic ... Read more in Amazon's Savatage Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000002IS7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible classic 11 Dec 2001
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This album really is one of the all-time classics of heavy metal. I was dubious about the concept-album thing as a dedicated Metallica/Anthrax/Testament listener in the very early nineties, but this album changed my views. The emotions wrapped up in every song, the soaring, screaming guitars.. If you like heavy metal, you owe yourself this album!
That said, I still like Metallica, Anthrax, and Testament, and if you can't handle slower hair-metal, this album may be difficult for you to handle. It's definitely an earlier breed of metal, focusing on actual musical skill - Jon Oliva has a great singing voice (no incoherent bellowing in this album), Criss Oliva is an incredible guitarist who impressed even the best guitar players I've known.. This album is a class package, and every old-school metalhead I've hung out with respects it.
(I will admit if you're only a nu-metal bod, you may find this album rather disorienting. Power chords are not the driving force of this album. Go on though, TRY it!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suberbly musical but all metal 2 July 2002
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This album surprised me when I first heard it, but amazed me in that a brilliant musical talent shows throughout the album. Based on the story of New York drug dealer, this concept album makes you "feel" the emotions of the characters. Not your typical heavy metal album, the music is almost of "muscial" style (hence the title "a rock opera") but undeniably metal. The songs are powerful, the lyrics build even further on the music. The blend of metal and piano is superbly composed. An absolute classic I'd recommend it to all metal lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful CD I've ever heard 9 Nov 2003
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This CD is not always well received by the casual listener. It definitely needs a special mood to listen to it.
Simply put, this is probably the most emotional and powerful CD I have heard in over 30 years. The lyrics are touching and overwhelming. Jon Oliva's voice is so moving... yet brilliant, fierce and full of passion. Jon is able to reach the deepest parts of your soul here (i.e. "If I Go Away", "Believe"). The guitar wizardry of Criss Oliva (r.i.p.) is beyond anything I've heard since Randy Rhoads. The more I listen to it, the more I like it (I have listended to Streets for thousands of times now!). The intricate guitar parts and arrangements are over the top on Streets, but still it's not over-produced like other Savatage's later albums. There is not a single flaw on Streets. Steve Wacholz's precision drums and Johnny Lee Middleton's thunderous bass also click with perfection to the overall music.
I always discover something new every time I listen to this magnificent album. Only a very few CDs are able to offer something new each time is played. Streets should be an essential CD for any person with taste for powerful music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 9 Aug 2003
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This album is a classic. Mixing powerful metal riffs with piano and orchestra in the way that only Savatage can, the album is a story based on a down and out, wannabe musician in New York. The underlying storyline is written out in the cover but the music and the lyrics tell the full story.
All the emotions within the story are betrayed in the music, from the despair in "St. Patricks", to the anger in "Sammy and Tex" and the much awaited final peace in the great finale to the album "Somewhere in Time/Believe".
It is powerful music that stirs the emotions, and has some strong moral messages about the dangers of drugs. The musical composition is nothing short of brilliant and its full title "Streets, A Rock Opera" almost describes it perfectly. Not the operas as many of us have come to think of them: wailing in a language we can't understand, but opera as in music with a message, a story, and to stir the heart. If you like your metal a little different and certainly very original, you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conceptually brilliant! 29 Mar 2010
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Savatage have never failed to make a fantastic metal album, whilst this loosely a concept album it's no less brilliant. A story of a failed musician now an alcholic down an out "DT" Jesus and his life. Simple as that.
Chunky guitar riffing from the late Criss Oliva drives through the epic songs, deep lyrics from Jon Oliva wrapped around well crafted melodies. Songs like Tonight He Grins Again, Can You Hear Me Now and title track are storming metal songs with every musician playing a blinder.
Jon Oliva ranges from gritty screams to slow emotional singing,he is one of the few rock singers who can do both.
There isn't a bad song on here, they all hook you in and get in your head,my favourites are the double header of Soemwhere in time /Believe with it's hearfelt lyrics: "I'll be right here ,I'll never leave all I ask of you is believe".
Jon Oliva left the band not long after this album-although still does backing vocals now-after his brother Criss tragically died.This should stand as his finest hour. When rock and metal gets overlooked it's bad enough but when an album of this quality isn't heralded it's criminal. Buy every Savatage album please, start with this if you are unsure whether they are your thing; you like power metal you will love Savatage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believe! 13 Aug 2009
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This album was the first Savatage album I ever heard and since then I haven't looked back.How a band so amazingly talented were not that successful is an absolute disgrace.This concept album based on the rise and fall of fictional character D.T Jesus is right up there with the very best albums of it's kind (Scenes From A Memory by Dream Theater or Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime)and what really stands out to me about it is that unlike most rock/metal albums of the time, this album is amazingly diverse.It goes from a full on rock/metal track to a song with just vocal and piano,there's even stuff on here that's like listening to a hymn,I don't know whether to ROCK or pray but this is why this album is so brilliant.I would like to mention the standout tracks, but as there are so many it'd just be a long list.Forget the "Black" album, this was the band that were REALLY making waves in 1991.
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