Savatage ‎– Poets & Madmen

Steamhammer ‎– SPV 085-72152 CD
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Stay With Me Awhile
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
2 There In The Silence
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
3 Commisar
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
4 I Seek Power
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
5 Drive
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
6 Morphine Child
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
7 The Rumor
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
8 Man In The Mirror
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, O'Neill*
9 Surrender
Music By – Oliva*, O'Neill*
10 Awaken
Music By – Caffery*, Oliva*, Paul O'Neill
11 Back To A Reason
Music By – Oliva*, O'Neill*

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Additional engineering: Bob Kinkel.
Assistant engineer: Darren Rapp, Ed Osbeck.
Studio managers: Jeff Thompson, Chris Rich, Ken Thornhill.

Recorded and mixed at Soundtracks Studios.
Overdubs at Studio 900.
Mastered at the Master Cutting Room by Kevin Hodge.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4001617721520
  • Label Code: LC 09002
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress logo] A-49276/085-72152P C
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB 45
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0784
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0798
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SPV 089-72151 2LP Savatage Poets & Madmen(2xLP, Album, Pic) Steamhammer SPV 089-72151 2LP Germany 2001 Sell This Version
SPV-BG-R-0204 Savatage Poets & Madmen(CD, Album) Steamhammer SPV-BG-R-0204 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
0207296ERE Savatage Poets And Madmen(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Ear Music 0207296ERE Germany 2011 Sell This Version
SPV 088-72152 CD Savatage Poets & Madmen(CD, Album) Steamhammer, Союз SPV 088-72152 CD Russia 2001 Sell This Version
CD 6618-2 Savatage Poets & Madmen(CD, Album, Promo) Nuclear Blast America CD 6618-2 US 2001 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

I remember this one so well. It was the Summer of 2003, and I was 16 years-old. I randomly picked up 'Handful of Rain', with no prior knowledge of the band Savatage. It was alright. Nothing amazing, but one or two catchy songs that stuck with me. Fast forward a few months and I was Christmas shopping with my sister. Having stumbled across a secondhand music shop, I had to have a quick look, and it was there that I picked up 'Poets and Madmen'.

And from here, Savatage would go on to become one of my all-time favourite bands.

'Poets and Madmen' sees Jon Oliva return to lead vocals, and Chris Caffery picks up the bulk of the guitar work after Al Pitrelli had left to join Megadeth. Though not strictly a rock opera like those the band were famous for doing, there is a loose concept behind the music, based upon real-life photographer Kevin Carter. It's not exactly an easy narrative to follow, though it doesn't disrupt the flow of the album either.

With Savatage slowly taking more and more of a backseat to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (a Savatage-related band that was having multiplatinum success), it's evident that a lot of the music here was influenced by the aforementioned group. Bigger and more grandiose than ever before, each of the songs here is a true gem in their own right, with each instrument working in complete synergy to produce some of the bands tightest and most cohesive compositions.

Highlights include 'Stay With Me Awhile', 'Commissar', 'There in the Silence', 'Surrender', 'Back to a Reason', and the centerpiece of the album, the ten-minute 'Morphine Child'. Each song really shows a band at the peak of their creativity, with plenty of crushing riffs, beautiful melodies, classical-inspired passages and the vocal counterpoint harmonies that the band had made their own.

A remarkable smorgasbord of every perfected nuance that had ever given this band their own unique sound, it's a shame that Savatage spent the majority of their career in the "underrated" category, because this album is an absolute masterpiece.