SAGA

So Good So Far – Live At Rock Of Ages EAR MU­SIC You can have too much of a good thing.

Prog - - The Musical Box -

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

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