So Good So Far – Live At Rock Of Ages EAR MUSIC You can have too much of a good thing.
Is it just us, or are there too many live albums these days? Regrettably for our fellow disciples of Saga since the 1980s, the Canadian pomp rock merchants are wrapping a 40-year career. By the time you read this, a final tearful goodbye will have been waved in the quintet’s unofficial second home of Puerto Rico. No doubt it will be recorded and filmed for posterity. So why bestow the same honour upon this show from earlier on the Final Chapter tour – a festival in Seebronn, Germany – back in 2017? That said, here the sound quality and band performances are more than acceptable. Nonconformist as ever, Ian Crichton rips it up on Careful Where You Step, and Michael Sadler is in fine voice. Perhaps unsurprisingly, with eyes set firmly on the finishing line, Sagacity, their final studio release, is overlooked in favour of a 16-song setlist that delves all the way back to a self-titled first album in 1978. The band’s early years are represented, though the nostalgia-fest somehow manages to overlook How Long, The Perfectionist, Take It Or Leave It, What Do I Know? and Only Time Will Tell. Save your pennies for the Puerto Rico DVD, maybe? It won’t be far behind. DML