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In the wake of Rush's commercial success, suddenly quite a few Canadian prog rock acts began appearing on the scene — Triumph, FM, Max Webster, and Saga. The latter group is best known in the U.S. for scoring a sizeable hit during the early days of MTV, "On the Loose," but the group issued many an album over the ensuing years, and the 2004 import compilation, The Very Best of Saga manages to collect most of their career highlights. While their big brothers Rush started out "prog" and then later embraced melody, it appears as though Saga was pop-minded all along. Picture a cross between synth popsters the Buggles and early-'80s era Rush, and you're not far off from the style that Saga specialized in. It also turns out that the group had quite a few other selections that mixed both musical worlds, as "On the Loose" did, as evidenced by such standouts here as "How Long," "Wind Him Up," "The Flyer," and "What Do I Know" (the latter being Saga's last notable U.S. radio hit, back in 1985). Saga continues to crank out albums on a regular basis, but most longtime fans will agree that their best work occurred during the late '70s to mid-'80s, and that's the exact period that the 15-track Very Best Of, Rovi


Formed: 1977 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of a career that's spanned five decades, Saga have established themselves as one of Canada's most successful progressive rock bands, and have found a loyal, international audience for their ambitious music. Saga was formed in Oakville, Ontario by bassist and keyboard player Jim Crichton, and singer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Michael Sadler; Crichton had been a latter-day member of Toronto rockers Fludd and when he struck up a friendship with Sadler, they began writing songs....
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