Poets & Madmen cd cover

Savatage

Poets & Madmen

This is the third great concept album by Paul O’Neill and Savatage. It tells the story of three teenagers that break into an abandoned mental institution and find the patient file of Kevin Carter, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who was traumatized after documenting the famine in Africa. While in the institution, the teens also meet with more than they bargained for. The fact that they take the time to plot out these stories is cool. But to be able to tell that story through verse and then put it to music is really impressive. To point out that the music is great becomes redundant with Savatage, because even through constant line-up changes, they've always maintained that. --Scott

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Track Listing

  1. Stay with Me a While
  2. There in the Silence
  3. Commissar
  4. I Seek Power
  5. Drive
  6. Morphine Child
  7. The Rumor (Jesus)
  8. Man in the Mirror
  9. Surrender
  10. Awaken
  11. Back to Reason
  12. * Shotgun Innocence

BAND MEMBERS & GUests

VOCALS: Jon Oliva
GUITAR: Chris Caffery
BASS: Johnny Lee Middleton
DRUMS: Jeff Plate
KEYBOARDS: Jon Oliva
GUESTS: Al Pitrelli

RECORDING INFORMATION

LABEL: Nuclear Blast
PRODUCED BY: Paul O'Neill
RELEASE YEAR: 2001
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