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The Security of Illusion
Saga
The Security of Illusion
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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Originally released in 1993, the record marked a turning point for the band and quickly went gold in practically all four corners of the earth. Remastered to include the bonus track 'Security Of Illusion' (live acoustic)...  more »

     
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All Artists: Saga
Title: The Security of Illusion
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Steamhammer Us
Release Date: 2/4/2003
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 693723746722, 693723746722

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Originally released in 1993, the record marked a turning point for the band and quickly went gold in practically all four corners of the earth. Remastered to include the bonus track 'Security Of Illusion' (live acoustic) along with new booklet containing unseen photos & liner notes. SPV. 2003.

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SAGA at their 90's best!
R. G. Deerbeck | Finland, Northern Europe | 10/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The 1990's was a checkered decade for SAGA. From the smooth, commercial TV series soundtrack 'Steel Umbrellas' they went, via a concept album 'Generation 13', to their all-time low - a bad mixture of alternative metal and German electronica - 'Pleasure & the Pain'.

Concept albums divide people: I, for one, am not a great fan of them. Therefore, while not out to dismerit 'Generation 13', I personally find 90's SAGA in their finest form on 'Security of Illusion'. It took until 2001 and 'House of Cards' before they could equal 'Security'.

First, this was the first album since the 1985 disappointing 'Behaviour' when the classic "Silent Knight line-up" was once again together. In addition, they only had about a month to record this album. And oh boy, does this new-found energy, chemistry and pure joy of playing jump at the listener from the loudspeakers!!!

There is a lot of energy on this album. Ian Crichton's guitar has never sounded better, and Steve Negus beats the skins like he's been rejuvenated. Tracks 2 and 3 find no equal in SAGA's repertoire. Track 5, 'I'll Leave It in Your Hands' is a very "up" song. Alongside these energetic tracks there are two ballads, the title track and 'Alone Again Tonight', which would have been a smash hit, had it been recorded by a "name" artist like Eric Clapton.

In my ranking this album stands in the Top Five of SAGA, alongside 'Silent Knight', 'Worlds Apart', 'Heads or Tales' and 'House of Cards'."
Remastered but where are the potential bonus tracks?
The Wedge | Santa Barbara, ca United States | 02/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have purchased all the remastered cds in the Saga catalog so far and am reviewing all. I decided to pass on IN TRANSIT as it was a very short live album. Security of Illusion is a great album for Saga. Better than Wildest Dreams, Behavior and Throwing Shapes (not that they are bad, I own them all). The Remastering is good, but the original was good. You get the acoustic version of Security of Illusion as a bonus track but so far no saga cd has included as a bonus track GOTTA LOVE IT, SOLSBURY HILL, or WALKING ON THIN ICE. It will be a crime if the last few remasters don't include these songs. The inner art is great but whoever does the art for the cover is a slacker, they put a square black box around the cover art. I work with art and there is no excuse for this. My vote...Great album, if you don't need the acoustic version of Security of Illusion, then pass, but if you don't own this one, get it now!!"
Musical Euphoria
Prog-Rev-Elation | ALLover | 03/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From the very first moment I listened to this album (in 1993) I was launched into a musical euphoria. Now, after enjoying the entire Saga collection I can say that "Security of Illusion" stands out as their finest release (IMO).

Everyone puts in an energetic, passionate performance. The consistency and balance of this album is a testament to the musicianship of each band member and the magical chemistry that is released when they love what they are doing and put their talents together.

Sadler's vocals are at their very best, Ian's guitar is as clean and melodic as you'll find on any disc, the bass lines are fabulous, the keyboards are crisp, deep, and complimentary, and finally the drums are simply outstanding and appropriate for the style of music that is uniquely - Saga.

Of my entire collection of Saga, this one is the one I just cannot live without.
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