Top 10 Songs on Savatage's Streets: A Rock Opera

Metal_Treasure
Savatage are an American metal band founded in 1979 by brothers Jon and Criss Oliva. Criss died at 30 in 1993 in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. R.I.P. Criss.
Subgenres Savatage played - heavy metal, progressive metal (late), speed metal (early), power metal, rock.

'Streets: A Rock Opera' (aka Streets for short) is a 1991 concept album by Savatage, telling a story about the rise and fall of a fictional character - musician DT Jesus.

The concept of the album is based on a book written by Paul O'Neill many years prior to his involvement with Savatage - he wrote it in 1979 as a Broadway play and stored it in a drawer at his home until guitarist Criss Oliva found it and suggested it be Savatage's next album.

Personnel:
Jon Oliva - Vocals, piano, keyboard, drums (On "Jesus Saves" and "Can You Hear me Now")
Criss Oliva - Guitar, backing vocals, bass (On "Jesus Saves" and "Can You Hear me Now")
Johnny Lee Middleton - Bass, backing vocals
Steve "Doc" Wacholz - Drums

The Top Ten

1 Ghost in the Ruins

This song is so powerful and emotional. Jon vocals are fantastic and convincing. Besides, he's got a real 4 octave vocals range. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Streets

This is the opening track and it is a very strong song. - Metal_Treasure

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3 Jesus Saves

I like the riff and, of course, everything else.
There's a video clip on YT that would help to better understand the whole story of the album. - Metal_Treasure

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4 Tonight He Grins Again

Jon Oliva's got one of the most emotional voices in rock/metal and this song is one of the best examples. - Metal_Treasure

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5 New York City Don't Mean Nothing

It starts slower but at 1:00 gets the sound I like - Metal_Treasure

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6 Believe

It's the closing track (#16) on the Original CD release. This song was intended for Broadway performances and its style is so Broadway.
Fans love this song, I guess mostly for its message "Believe" (and maybe because it's a soft song).
It was re-recorded by Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Tim Hockenberry on vocals on their 2009 album Night Castle. - Metal_Treasure

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7 You're Alive

It's a short song, under 2 minutes, but it's the most upbeat song on the album - no surprise, the song title is "You're Alive" after all. - Metal_Treasure

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9 Agony and Ecstasy

The song title refers to the main character's drug issues - Metal_Treasure

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The Contenders

11 St. Patrick's UListen to Sample
12 Can You Hear Me Now UListen to Sample
13 Strange Reality UListen to Sample
14 Heal My Soul

It is based on a traditional Welsh lullaby - Suo Gân. In 2007 it was re-recorded by Savatage's offshoot musical project, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. - Metal_Treasure

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15 If I Go Away UListen to Sample
16 A Little Too Far UListen to Sample
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