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

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.

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

2 Streets

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

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

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

5 New York City Don't Mean Nothing

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

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

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

8 Sammy and Tex
9 Agony and Ecstasy

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

10 Somewhere in Time

The Contenders

11 St. Patrick's
12 Can You Hear Me Now
13 Strange Reality
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

15 If I Go Away
16 A Little Too Far
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