|Format: CD / Cat No: 0210376EMU / Released: 04/09/2015
Track Listing: 1. How Do I Look / 2. Starting All Over / 3. Shape / 4. Odd Man Out / 5. The Nineties / 6. Scarecrow / 7. As I Am / 8. Waiting In The Wings / 9. Giant / BONUS TRACKS (Live at Fabrik, Hamburg, 2015): 11. Wind Him Up / 12. The Flyer
More information: Part of a series of newly reissued albums by Saga, covering all studio albums from 1989 – 2007. The albums are enhanced by exclusive bonus tracks, newly recorded at Fabrik, Hamburg in April 2015, and never released before. The cover artwork is mostly kept original but with a modern touch. The booklets include loads of original fan material, photos, press pictures and more. Additionally, the founding band members of Saga have their say on each album. The individual liner notes grant quite personal introductions & insights to their work back in the days.
“The Beginner's Guide To Throwing Shapes“ (1989) has been considered as a highly underrated jewel by many. Following the preceding “Wildest Dreams”, “The Beginner's Guide To Throwing Shapes“ features straight steps to a more progressive hard rock sound, without losing the trademark sound of SAGA. Michael Sadler (vocals, keyboards) and the two Crichton brothers - Jim Crichton (bass, synth) and Ian Crichton (guitars, synth) – were the power trio at the time after Jim Gilmour and Steve Negus had left the band a couple of years before.
For this re-release, the album was completely remastered (2015). The track listing is completed by two additional live bonus tracks, newly recorded in Hamburg during their European Tour 2015.