earMUSIC/Edel Records has set a March 2 European release date for "Still The Orchestra Plays: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2", the official anthology from the legendary US metal act Savatage. The collection contains remastered classics plus three new, previously unreleased acoustic recordings. The limited edition of the anthology comes with the complete "Japan Live" show from 1994, which appears here for the first time on DVD.
"Still The Orchestra Plays" will be followed by the re-release of Savatage's complete catalog remastered and featuring bonus tracks as well as newly recorded audio commentary.
"Still The Orchestra Plays: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2" track listing:
CD1: Greatest Hits Vol.1:
01. Power Of The Night 02. Hall Of The Mountain King 03. 24 Hours Ago 04. Legions 05. Gutter Ballet 06. Summers Rain 07. When The Crowds Are Gone 08. Ghost In The Ruins 09. If I Go Away 10. NYC Don't Mean Nothing 11. Edge Of Thorns 12. All That I Bleed
CD2: Greatest Hits Vol.2:
01. Handful Of Rain 02. Chance 03. One Child 04. I Am 05. Anymore 06. Hourglass 07. The Wake Of Magellan 08. Morphine Child
Bonus tracks (recorded by Jon Oliva in 2009):
09. Anymore (acoustic) 10. Not What You See (acoustic) 11. Out On The Streets (acoustic)
DVD - "Japan Live 94":
01. Taunting Cobras 02. Edge Of Thorns 03. Chance 04. Conversation Piece 05. Nothing Going On 06. He Carves His Stone 07. Jesus Saves 08. Watching You Fall 09. Castles Burning 10. All That I Bleed 11. Stare Into The Sun 12. Damien 13. Handful Of Rain 14. Sirens 15. Gutter Ballet 16. Hall Of The Mountain King
Producer/composer Paul O'Neill, who co-founded Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Savatage mastermind Jon Oliva, told TheNewsStar.com that he and Oliva are working on a Broadway musical called "Gutter Ballet" (also the name of the second record O'Neill did with Savatage) that they hope to get to the stage in the next two years. It's the culmination of a work that O'Neill began in the 1970s. Many of the songs have already had rock versions recorded by Savatage, but will return to their roots for the Broadway show.
"We want to take it back to the original blues, gospel, Motown sound," he said. "For Savatage, you've got to metal it up. Jon and I are kind of psyched to be doing it because Broadway is something we've always wanted to take on."
According to O'Neill, there are also some Savatage projects in the offering, including a possible new album.
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