Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera


8.6 | 328 votes |
Release date: 4 October 1991
Style: Progressive heavy metal

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Original LP Release
01. Streets
02. Jesus Saves
03. Tonight He Grins Again
04. Strange Reality
05. A Little Too Far
06. You're Alive
07. Sammy And Tex
08. Can You Hear Me Now
09. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
10. Ghost In The Ruins
11. Agony And Ecstasy
12. Heal My Soul
13. Somewhere In Time
14. Believe

Original CD Release
01. Streets
02. Jesus Saves
03. Tonight He Grins Again
04. Strange Reality
05. A Little Too Far
06. You're Alive
07. Sammy And Tex
08. St. Patrick's
09. Can You Hear Me Now
10. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
11. Ghost In The Ruins
12. If I Go Away
13. Agony And Ecstasy
14. Heal My Soul
15. Somewhere In Time
16. Believe
17. Desiree [1997 Edel Music CD reissue bonus]

2002 SPV CD Reissue
01. Streets
02. Jesus Saves
03. Tonight He Grins Again/Strange Reality
04. A Little Too Far
05. You're Alive/Sammy And Tex
06. St. Patrick's
07. Can You Hear Me Now
08. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
09. Ghost In The Ruins
10. If I Go Away
11. Agony And Ecstasy/Heal My Soul
12. Somewhere In Time/Believe
13. Ghost In The Ruins
14. Jesus Saves [short version]
15. This Isn't What We Meant [acoustic version] [2011 EarMusic CD reissue bonus]
16. Morning Sun [acoustic version] [2011 EarMusic CD reissue bonus]

2013 Narrated Version
Disc I
01. Streets
02. Narration To Jesus
03. Jesus Saves
04. Narration To Tonight He Grins Again
05. Tonight He Grins Again
06. Narration To Strange Reality
07. Strange Reality
08. Narration To A Little Too Far
09. A Little Too Far
10. Narration To You're Alive
11. You're Alive
12. Narration To Sammy And Tex
13. Sammy And Tex
14. Narration To St. Patrick's
15. St. Patrick's
16. Narration To Can You Hear Me Now
17. Can You Hear Me Now
18. Narration ´To New York City Don't Mean Nothing
19. New York City Don't Mean Nothing
20. Narration To Ghost In The Ruins
21. Ghost In The Ruins
22. Narration to If I Go Away
23. If I Go Away
24. Narration To Agony And Ecstasy
25. Agony And Ecstasy
26. Narration To Heal My Soul
27. Heal My Soul
28. Narration To Somewhere In Time
29. Somewhere In Time
30. Believe
31. Larry Elbows [previously unreleased] [bonus]

Disc II [DVD The Video Collection]
01. Hall Of The Mountain King
02. 24 Hrs. Ago
03. Gutter Ballet
04. When The Crowds Are Gone
05. Jesus Saves
06. Edge Of Thorns
07. Sleep
08. Handful Of Rain
09. One Child
10. Sleep [piano version] [audio tracks bonus]
11. Stare Into The Sun [Live in Japan] [audio tracks bonus]
12. Conversation Piece [Live in Japan [audio tracks bonus]
13. Voyage [Al Pitrelli acoustic instrumental] [audio tracks bonus]
14. Shotgun Innocence [audio tracks bonus]
15. Forever After [audio tracks bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1991: 20

Additional info
Released via Atlantic.
Recorded January - July, 1991 ta 321 Studios, New York.

Produced by Paul O'Neill.
Child Background Intro On "Streets": Mozart's Magic Flute
Director Of Children's Choir: Elena Doria.
Children's Choir Conductor: Bob Kinkel.

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17.07.2011 - 17:42
Rating: 10
The Shape 1973
For me the best of Savatage's concept albums. Right up there with Gutter Ballet and Dead Winter Dead.
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27.03.2012 - 23:13
Rating: 8
Paradox0
Unasuming Madnes
Really not digging this (or most of Savatage for that matter). Pretty repetitive, tame and I always get the sense that the songs are building up to something in them but either drag on for to long to build up to an under whelming piece or just ends up sounding like the filler of a different band's album. Although much like other Savatage albums, there's on or two diamonds amongst the ruff which end up defining the album and turning it into a classic, if not for the sake that its a home for some decent songs. Sammy and Tex is about as untamed as the album gets and although its no metal masterpiece like Hall of the Mountain King, it does break the monotony of slow paced forgettable riffs with a mid paced generic riff. The other song is the closer "Believe" which even for the most titanium chromed metal head, can be appreciated for the emotional performance put into the song. Sure its the melodramatic power ballad, but the performance is genuine enough that it doesn't feel like a cash in but a genuine message Oliva intends towards someone.
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28.03.2012 - 21:49
JohnDoe
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An album I listened to too much back in the 90s, I lost interest; weird thing though because I never got bored or lost interest in listening to Gutter Ballet and Edge of Thorns.
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10.04.2017 - 23:48
Rating: 9
Redel
...[I never wanted to know
Never wanted to see
I wasted my time
Till time wasted me]...

...[So what can I tell you
If life's the length of this play
Perhaps God gave the answers
To those with nothing to say]...

And I could cite a lot more beautiful passages from this excellent album.
Songwriting and lyrics are close to masterpiece for a large part of this opus.
One of the most Important albums of my youth.
Only reason this isnt a 10 for me (anymore): overplayed this heavily back in the nineties.
Highlights: A little too far, If I go away, and of couse the outstanding Believe.
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29.11.2017 - 18:25
Rating: 10
After all these decades of listening to metal I have to say that Savatage is the most underrated band and this album is the greatest masterpiece that I have found in metal music.
Not just because of music, but also because of message it sends.
Long live D.T!
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31.05.2019 - 16:35
Rating: 8
Paulh
Not my favourite of theirs, but still an enjoyable listen. A very different atmosphere to their other albums - not sincerely a bad thing, I just prefer the sound of Gutter Ballet and Hall of The Mountain King
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31.05.2019 - 16:50
nikarg
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Written by Redel on 10.04.2017 at 23:48

Songwriting and lyrics are close to masterpiece for a large part of this opus.
One of the most Important albums of my youth.

Same here
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31.05.2019 - 17:51
JoHn DoE
Written by Paulh on 31.05.2019 at 16:35

Not my favourite of theirs, but still an enjoyable listen. A very different atmosphere to their other albums - not sincerely a bad thing, I just prefer the sound of Gutter Ballad and Hall of The Mountain King


it's called Gutter Ballet and I prefer it to Streets as well. I also enjoy Edge of Thorns more.
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31.05.2019 - 18:13
Rating: 8
Starvynth
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Written by nikarg on 31.05.2019 at 16:50

Written by Redel on 10.04.2017 at 23:48

Songwriting and lyrics are close to masterpiece for a large part of this opus.
One of the most Important albums of my youth.

Same here

Sorry for being so tedious, but: same here.
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31.05.2019 - 20:05
Rating: 8
Paulh
Written by JoHn DoE on 31.05.2019 at 17:51

Written by Paulh on 31.05.2019 at 16:35

Not my favourite of theirs, but still an enjoyable listen. A very different atmosphere to their other albums - not sincerely a bad thing, I just prefer the sound of Gutter Ballad and Hall of The Mountain King


it's called Gutter Ballet and I prefer it to Streets as well. I also enjoy Edge of Thorns more.

My bad! Corrected.
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25.03.2020 - 12:46
Rating: 9
Excellent record! Some of the songs here gets better each year and at times it truly is Savatage at their best, however there are some songs that I never really got me hooked (Strange Reality, Ghost in the Ruins, A Little Too Far for example) and the sound mix should have been better balanced (the rhytm section is a bit too anonymous and I don't fancy the guitar tone)... but yeah, still one of the best rock operas out there still to this day.
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07.04.2020 - 17:24
Rating: 10
miky222
My absolute favorite album of all times. Words cannot describe what this album means to me in the world of music. I will be forever thankful to Mr. Jon Oliva for crafting this masterpiece. Out of this world...
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