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New CD comes out October 27th. They just put 5 full-length tunes on their website that are worth sampling. They start out slow, but "The Lion's Roar" and "Moonlight and Madness" are pretty good.

 

http://www.nightcastlealbum.com/

 

I'm hoping this one is as good as Beethoven's Last Night.

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I'm a big Savatage fan, especially with Zak Stevens on vox. I've owned at one point every TSO release, however I never really got into them and got rid of them. The music is generally fantastic, however the singers are usually not cohesive with the music being played. For example the first track ''Sparks'' has a cool lick, however the singer sounds like a cross between Joe Cocker and Barry White. I really don't think I could get into this one as well. Please bring back Savatage between 1989 (Gutter Ballet) to 1998 (The Wake Of Magellan), I really miss that era of Savatage music.

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I'm a big Savatage fan, especially with Zak Stevens on vox. I've owned at one point every TSO release, however I never really got into them and got rid of them. The music is generally fantastic, however the singers are usually not cohesive with the music being played. For example the first track ''Sparks'' has a cool lick, however the singer sounds like a cross between Joe Cocker and Barry White. I really don't think I could get into this one as well. Please bring back Savatage between 1989 (Gutter Ballet) to 1998 (The Wake Of Magellan), I really miss that era of Savatage music.

 

Agree with you on the vocals. I'd love another Savatage CD in that style with Stevens on vocals. Some of TSO just sounds like Hard Rock show tunes. A couple are good, but I'll pass on most of 'em.

 

I just listened to the whole Night Castle CD. If you're not into the vocals, this has some damn good instrumentals on it. A few of those sound similar to what you'd find on Wake of Magellan, Dead Winter Dead, or Beethoven's Last Night.

 

I was a bit disappointed the Oliva didn't do any vocals on this one like he did on Beethoven's Last Night.

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I'm really surprised more people here aren't interested in this one. Ok, if you don't like the vocals, but this one has 7 good instrumentals that sound just like Savatage- one of them being a cool cover of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Nutrocker" and features Greg Lake on bass.

 

They also cover Savatage's "Believe" - much like they covered "Back to a Reason" on the last Christmas CD. It's good, but I'll stick with the original.

 

This is easily my favorite Hard Rock CD of '09.

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I really want to pick this one up, but I'm worried about the packaging. Yes, the packaging.

 

I'm a REALLY anal collector, and these new cardboard sleeves (not a standard digipack with a jewel case type tray) destroy CD's. No, they don't render them unplayable, but they scratch the hell out of them, and that won't do for me.

 

I looked at this set yesterday and it appears the discs are shoved right into the cardboard case (very similar to the latest Foreigner set) with absolutely no protection (like a record without a sleeve). Am I correct?

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I really want to pick this one up, but I'm worried about the packaging. Yes, the packaging.

 

I'm a REALLY anal collector, and these new cardboard sleeves (not a standard digipack with a jewel case type tray) destroy CD's. No, they don't render them unplayable, but they scratch the hell out of them, and that won't do for me.

 

I looked at this set yesterday and it appears the discs are shoved right into the cardboard case (very similar to the latest Foreigner set) with absolutely no protection (like a record without a sleeve). Am I correct?

 

Right now I have only the digital-download version, and don't have a physical copy yet. I'm sure you're right though. The 2 CDs come with a 68-page book which wouldn't fit in a standard jewel case or digipak.

 

I hate those cardboard sleeves too.

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