First off, If you like Savatage(any era) YOU MUST OWN THIS CD!!!
Honestly, if it weren’t for this cd I never would’ve gotten into them. I Had heard Hall of the Mountain king and liked 2 songs “Strange Wings” and “HOTMK” from that album but when I 1st heard “Gutter Ballet” I was hooked! I mean coming out 1989 and remaining timeless is a feat within itself! I mean how many other bands from the late 80’s do you still listen to? Jon And Criss Oliva Are at their best on this cd if you want a mix of Hard Rockers and very progressive music. The only song that doesn’t sit well with me is “She’s in Love” it’s pretty much an ode to all the hard rock songs of that era. but the rest of the album is totally awesome and Jon’s voice is amazing compared to their earlier material.
On a side note you should take another listen to “Gutter Ballet” and “When the Crowds are Gone” as Jon played all the drums and Criss played the bass on these 2 tracks! As Johnny Lee and Doc had already went back home to Florida when they decided to record these tracks.
GUTTER BALLET IS A MASTERPIECE!