37-03359 On The Loose
Produced by Rupert Hine
Released on November 1982
US CHART POSITION #26 (charted Dec. 4, 1982 for 18 weeks)
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37-03359 w. company sleeve
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K ronomyth 4.2: PEAKED, MY INTEREST. Saga sailed on the second wind of progressive rock ushered in by Asia with their fourth album, Worlds Apart. Suddenly Saga was, if not a household name, at least no longer standing on the doorstep knocking, knocking. I missed this single the first time around (I’m still trying to figure out how I don’t remember a song that was on the charts for 18 weeks), but I definitely want to hear the rest of Saga’s story after this. The band’s combined keyboard/guitar attack will remind prog listeners of Kansas, Kayak, Marillion and of course Asia. The arrangements are inventive if not brilliant: a clever keyboard pattern kicks off “On The Loose,” while producer Rupert Hine does a passable Bob Ezrin impression with the dramatic B side, “Framed.” Behind the music is an arena rock machismo I’m not altogether comfortable with, but I never really rallied behind Asia either. Whether “On The Loose” is their highest achievement I couldn’t say (it is their highest commercial achievement), but the view from here is pretty impressive. Next stop: Worlds Apart.

TRACK LISTING

  1. ON THE LOOSE    (Michael Sadler/Jim Crichton/Ian Crichton/Jim Gilmour/Steve Negus)    3:35
  2. FRAMED    (Michael Sadler/Jim Crichton/Ian Crichton/Jim Gilmour/Steve Negus)    5:42

    CAN 7-inch single
  3. ON THE LOOSE
  4. CONVERSATIONS

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
CAN 1982 Maze 7" MS-806  
US November 1982 Portrait 7" 37-03359  
US 1982 Portrait 7PRO 37-03359 feat. A only
UK 1982 Portrait 7" A2958 picture sleeve
AUSL 1982 Portrait 7" PR-45030  

 

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