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There are multiple artists named “Saga”.

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1) A progressive rock quintet, formed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Bassist-keyboardist Jim Crichton and Welsh-born vocalist Michael Sadler have been the principal songwriters for Saga. Originally known as The Pockets, Saga formed in 1977 from the nucleus of Canadian rock band Fludd. In June 1978, they released their self-titled debut album. Their 1979 follow-up album Images at Twilight gave them their first charting single in Canada with the song “It’s Time” peaking at #84 in the Canadian Charts. Saga’s next album, Silent Knight was released in 1980 and in 1981, the band’s 4th album Worlds Apart was released. Following on the success of Worlds Apart, the band won the 1982 Juno Award for “Most Promising Group of the Year.

A 5th album Heads or Tales was released in late 1983 and became another success. Their 6th album Behaviour was released in 1985, and included the singles: “Listen to Your Heart” and “What Do I Know” (#57 Canada). In 1986, Steve Negus and Jim Gilmour left the band over management concerns. Saga continued to record and tour, with Michael Sadler and the Crichton brothers augmented by session musicians. Their 1987 release Wildest Dreams enjoyed better distribution under new label, Atlantic Records, but it failed to match expectations in America. For 1989’s The Beginner’s Guide to Throwing Shapes, Saga refocused on their earlier European popularity which marked a return to their earlier progressive style.

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