Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Wind Him Up" by Saga

Song#:  1397
Date:  04/02/1983
Debut:  89
Peak:  64
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock, Prog Rock

Pop Bits:  The Canadian band's fourth album, "Worlds Apart," got them their first charting single in the US, the #26 "On the Loose" (#3 Mainstream Rock).  This second single wasn't as popular and only managed a #24 showing at rock while floating around the bottom third of the pop chart for a couple months. However, both songs were popular enough to make the album go gold.

ReduxReview:  This is a good entry for Saga and it shows of a little more of their prog rock roots. However, it is just not as instantly memorable as "On the Loose." It takes a few listens to warm up to the song as there is no real hooky chorus to grab on to. I certainly wouldn't peg this as a big hit single, but it's definitely worthy of some rock radio support.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The producer of this album, Rupert Hine, had been recording his own albums and producing for other artists since the early 70s. Although he had worked on some successful projects, this Saga album may be his first production to gain a large worldwide audience. Around the same time he was also having success producing The Fixx. The 80s would be a big period for Hine as he would go on to produce many major artists like Howard Jones, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, the Thompson Twins, and Rush. Apparently, Saga's lead singer Michael Sadler sang differently on this album thanks to Hine. Hine thought Sadler sounded stilted like a choir boy and wanted Sadler to be more free and into the singing. So Hine made Sadler get on the roof of a barn that was on the studio property and sing "On the Loose." The emotional experience changed the way Sadler approached vocals and he kept it up throughout the band's career.


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