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House Of Cards (Ltd.) Limited Edition, Import

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B000059GNZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listening to House of Cards is like listening to Saga's greatest hits but with a clutch of completely new songs. 'The Runaway' is 'The Flyer' for the internet age (and probably the first ever rock song to mention XML - computer geeks may know what this means); 'Ashes to Ashes' virtually rips off an old riff; Unplugged electric guitars are used on 'Once in a Lifetime), just as they were on Full Circle's 'Follow Me'.
But this is Saga, and 'HOC' is a near perfect distillation of the Saga sound - Ian Crichton guitars at full tilt, Michael Sadler's vocal delivery is as distinctive as ever, Jim Crichton's bass playing is strong and inventive. Only Jim Gilmour disappoints a little (he has no lead vocal on this album, and his keyboard wizardry is a little lost in the mix) and Steve Negus' drums could be a bit more subtle.
House of Cards is probably not quite a classic Saga album, but after twenty plus years it's a pleasure to hear a new album from the guys, and they sound like they really still mean business.
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As a rather new fan to saga this is the album that got me hooked on the band along with 50/50.
House of cards is by far there best album
In Mind as there are no songs that I want to skip and they are all strong songs. There is a mix of emotions on the album and they flow well. The chapters songs are two of the best out the chapters lot. The album is an easy repeated listens and the artwork just wraps up to a perfect saga package.
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Format: Audio CD
Having laid pleasure & pain to bed with a healthy dose of rewind.Saga continue in the same vein with their new offering.Like a good pair of slippers this recording should fit well for those of you familiar with these Canadian progsters.Nothing new and yet comfortably soothing.This c/d harks back to earlier recordings with the continuation of the Chapters and continues the work sorely lost when Generation 13 was released.Michael Sadler is on top vocal form,blending power and subtlety when required.In fact this c/d is mellower with more acoustic/piano work from Ian Crichton and Jim Gilmour.Certainly the middle passage of the c/d is where a new strength is found where there is little use of power chords or guitar/keyboard gymnastics.In fact the short piano piece sounds like homage to Stairway to Heaven?This is i believe the bands 13th release and shows that their belief in their own unique sound is unblemished.A must for devotees and for the new i dare you try this out and i guarantee you will want the rest.P.S My wife thinks the slower section sounds similar to ABC/Midge Ure.I think it sounds like Fallen Angel from their Behaviour album of the mid 80's
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90482a44) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x905305dc) out of 5 stars Saga revisited 24 Dec. 2001
By Thomas E. Robbins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Saga when my brother bought "Worlds Apart" What a great one. Then I bought "Heads or Tails" on tape and listened to it until I wore the tape out. I had been in a retro mood lately and was looking for sounds that recaptured some of the excitement that music had once upon a time (I am 36 now, was 17 then!). I snatched up "House of Cards" when I found a single copy at Best Buy. What a great CD! I went back out and bought a copy for my brother. These guys have matured a bit musically and still know how to mix synthesizer and guitar like no one else! A great mix of hard driving and haunting sounds. Buy this SAGA fans, I promise you will love it! Like most complex music, you might need to give it a few listens before your brain comprehends just how good this CD is. And like the first CD I heard, some songs seem to be written for me!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90530630) out of 5 stars A Saga To Remember 14 April 2001
By Michael D. Derry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As has been written everywhere else about this CD, "House of Cards" is truly a return to form and yet a continuation of what Saga has been doing for the last 20+ years. However, after the brilliant, original "Generation 13" (1995), Saga's next 2 studio CDs (Pleasure & Pain, Full Circle) were okay, but still missing something. "House of Cards" is the freshest breath of air to hit Saga fans in a long time. Highlights like "The Runaway", "Ashes To Ashes" and especially "We'll Meet Again (Chapter 15)" will be welcome to longtime Saga listeners. Jim Gilmour delivers keyboard arrangements that evoke aural rainbows and chromatic soundscapes like no other. Most notable is Steve Negus's drumming, which has been dormant ever since Gen 13. His trademark fills and technical ability are back. Ian Crichton and Michael Sadler are as impressive as ever. Ian has got to be one of the most underrated and overlooked guitarists in the industry. Overall, this CD is excellent and hopefully marks a return to the classic Saga that grabbed my attention almost 20 years ago.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90530a68) out of 5 stars It's all digital insanity :) 6 Aug. 2002
By B. N. West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Saga's strongest release since their _Worlds Apart_ and _Head or Tails_ days. This is not their best work, but _Hose of Cards_ is in the ball park. _HoC_ builds nicely on their previous, very solid release, _Full Circle_, which I can also recommend.
I must admit that Saga's return to form is a bit surprise, albeit a very pleasant surprise. While their contemporaries struggle to find the magic that brought them their successes, Saga has indeed recapture their magic with _HoC_.
All Saga fans should enjoy _HoC_.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90530e34) out of 5 stars Back in full form 28 April 2001
By eveoflove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Made in GER in 2001, Serial# SPV-088-72160, Playing Time 49:56
This special limited edition presents this Canadian band's 17th album in a "booklet" format the size of a regular jewel case (similar to the "Back To Black Collection" series, but not in a black cover). This 28-page full colour booklet includes the lyrics.
This album is a logical follow-up to their previous studio album, "Full Circle": the recognizable voice of Sadler, the incisive guitar work, and the thick keyboard textures are all here. Many have praised the "FC" album because of the fact that SAGA went "back to the well" of their first albums, and "HOC" is no different; I even found it better balanced than "FC".
Great sounds, rich textures, "true" SAGA; however, I'm still a bit hungry for some instrumental passages that were often present in the early days, somewhat of a progressive touch. An enjoyable album, but mainly too song-based, too radio-friendly.
HASH(0x90530f18) out of 5 stars I wish I were not so late in getting this... 25 Dec. 2013
By Wayne J. Villines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been a SAGA fan since I first heard their Worlds Apart album... and now with this album, I am definitely hooked... and sad to say, the only source for their albums at a price I can afford is...

I really like this album and wish that SAGA would re-release everyone of their albums for today's music market... trust me, with today's technocrap music, SAGA can be touched ... And it is all family friendly music too (think of that... music that the whole family can enjoy, even the religious among us).
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