The second band I totally fell for was Savatage. I picked up their then current compilation album From the Gutter to the Stage, and their blend of theatrical metal and symphonic rock totally blew me away. In a short time, I picked up all their albums, and being the total idiot I am, I just had to find out everything there was to find out about them. It was just a matter of time before I would get to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
I was going to work out the story, but then I got bored. Do your own research, crapdammit. Here are some songs.
- Savatage’s “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” [
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- “A Star To Follow” [
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- “The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)” [
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- “Wizards in Winter” [
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- “What Child Is This?” [
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As a final note to TSO-mastermind Paul O’Neill: you can go ahead and keep making these very lucrative Christmas albums, but can the fans have Savatage back?