Info on NEW Japanese Greatest Hits


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Posted by Clay Marshall, Savatage Historian :) on October 30, 98 at 16:58:02:

The album will be called "Believe" (not "Requiem," as many import dealers may claim) and will be released in Japan on November 18.

It will be on Zero, the Japanese label with which Savatage was associated for several years. The album features prominent selections from those Zero releases-- Handful of Rain, Japan Live '94, Dead Winter Dead, and Final Bell (known as Ghost in the Ruins in Europe).

Here is a track listing:

1. BELIEVE (see below for more information)
2. VISIONS (Handful)
3. TAUNTING COBRAS (Handful)
4. HANDFUL OF RAIN (Handful; see below for more information)
5. CHANCE (Handful)
6. SARAJEVO (DWD)
7. THIS IS THE TIME (1990) (DWD)
8. THIS ISN'T WHAT WE MEANT (DWD)
9. CHRISTMAS EVE (SARAJEVO 12/24) (DWD)
10. EDGE OF THORNS (LIVE) (Japan Live)
11. GUTTER BALLET (LIVE) (Japan Live)
12. THE DUNGEONS ARE CALLING (LIVE) (Final Bell)
13. SIRENS (LIVE) (Final Bell)
14. CRISS OLIVA GUITAR SOLO (LIVE) (Final Bell)
15. HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING (LIVE) (Final Bell)
16. ALONE YOU BREATHE (Handful)

For those wondering about "Believe," being that Zero doesn't own the rights to Streets, here's your answer: what's a Savatage greatest hits album without "Believe?" :)

(yes, Zero had to pay for the rights)

Also, re: the song "Handful of Rain," this is indeed the full version of the song, which includes the following (second) verse:
"The barmaid walks on over
and pours another round
for the lost soul at the counter
who prays he's never found"

The album includes detailed liner notes giving background information about each song, as well as a thorough Savatage history/bio. These will appear in the album HOPEFULLY in both English and Japanese. They were written by yours truly. When the release date arrives, the liner notes will be posted here (they're already online in Japanese at Zero's site-- check the link).

Clay



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