Handful of Rain

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Handful of Rain is the eighth studio album by American
heavy metal band Savatage, released in 1994. The first Handful of Rain
album since the death of their lead guitarist, Criss Oliva, the
music is often dark in reflection of brother Jon Oliva's loss.

The title track was originally released as an abridged version,
missing its second verse. Some editions of the album (for
instance, the "Rock Masters" version released on the iTunes
Store) include the omitted piece, referred to by the band and
fans alike as "The Barmaid Verse". "Chance" is about Chiune
Sugihara,[2] a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during World
War II who defied government orders by signing exit visas
for thousands of Jewish refugees. "Castles Burning" is about
Giovanni Falcone,[2] an Italian magistrate killed by the mafia
in 1992. "Alone You Breathe" is a tribute to Criss which Studio album by Savatage
reuses the chord progression (albeit in a different key) and Released August 16, 1994
lyrics from the Streets song "Believe" in its long coda, and Genre Heavy metal
also part of the ending chorus in the Gutter Ballet song
Progressive metal
"When The Crowds Are Gone", although the lyrics do not
mirror his death and the songs are not literally about him. Length 49:03
The tour in support of this album was documented in the live Label Atlantic/Wea
release, Japan Live '94, which was released in 1995.
Producer Jon Oliva, Paul O'Neill
Handful of Rain marked the only time that Savatage had Savatage chronology
recorded together as a three-piece, their only release with
Edge of Thorns Handful of Rain Dead Winter
then-former Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick (who had
(1993) (1994) Dead
replaced Criss), and their only one without Johnny Lee
(1995)
Middleton (who is credited on the insert, but does not
actually perform) since 1985's Power of the Night. Drummer Singles from Handful of Rain
Steve Wacholz (also credited) had already left Savatage by
the time the album was recorded. Instead of replacing 1. "Handful of Rain"
Middleton and Wacholz, Jon provided both drums and vocals Released: 1994
on the album as well as lead and rhythm guitar, piano, bass,
2. "Chance"
keyboards and backing vocals. The album also marks the
first time Savatage would write a trademark vocal Released: 1995
counterpoint in a song. The third section of "Chance" has at
one point, five overdubbed vocals from singer Zak
Professional ratings
Stevens.[2]
Review scores
Source Rating

Contents Allmusic [1]

1 Reception
2 Track listing
3 Personnel
3.1 Credited line-up
3.2 Actual line-up
3.3 Touring line-up
4 References

Paul O'Neill 7:30 1997 Edel Music CD reissue bonus tracks No. it was believed that Savatage would be no more. Drummer Steve Wacholz left the band and did not play on the album. Criss Oliva 3:52 Personnel Due to the shake-up in the band following Criss's death. "Summer's Rain" (Acoustic version) Criss Oliva. Handful of Rain could be considered Jon Oliva's first solo effort with some lyrical input and creative arrangement ideas from producer Paul O'Neill. Jon Oliva. Paul O'Neill 5:29 12. Zak is at his best on this album: his voice oozes sheer emotion and his singing is indelible. "Alone You Breathe" (Acoustic version) Jon Oliva. bass. Title Writer(s) Length 11."[4] Track listing Original CD release No. "Watching You Fall" Jon Oliva 5:20 8. Paul O'Neill 4:09 9. Paul O'Neill. "Taunting Cobras" Jon Oliva 3:21 2. and in a way complete the trilogy. Jon Oliva. "Believe" (Acoustic version) Jon Oliva. "Alone You Breathe" Jon Oliva. "Chance" (Radio Edit) Jon Oliva. It was only at the final moment when they brought in vocalist Zak Stevens and former Testament guitar player Alex Skolnick to lay down some leads. but he is pictured in the album to maintain a more "classic" Savatage line-up. they borrow the famous "I am the way.Reception Sea of Tranquility reviewer Murat Batmaz awarded the album five stars and noted: "Handful of Rain in many ways marked the beginning of a new chapter in Jon Oliva's career. Paul O'Neill 7:50 4. Paul O'Neill 4:38 version) 2002 SPV CD reissue bonus tracks No. At one point towards the end. Title Writer(s) Length 11. "Symmetry" Jon Oliva. "Castles Burning" Jon Oliva 4:39 6. including rhythm guitars. Paul O'Neill 5:04 10. and every member took a break before deciding what they'd do with their lives. So in a way. Title Writer(s) Length 11. and drums. Bassist Middleton was apparently still too much in shock about . "Stare Into the Sun" Jon Oliva. "Handful of Rain" Jon Oliva 5:01 3. I am the light" chorus which was previously used on "When the Crowds Are Gone" and "Believe". "Visions" (Instrumental) Criss Oliva. Given that Criss was the primary songwriter and guitarist of the band. the line-ups were somewhat unclear at the time."[3] He also added that this album may be Zak Stevens' best ever vocal performance. except that they are sung by Zak Stevens this time. "Nothing's Going On" Jon Oliva. Paul O'Neill 4:43 5. Paul O'Neill 4:50 12. considering it was the first ever album written. Title Writer(s) Length 1. And even though the booklet credits the full band. every instrument was played by Jon Oliva. some acoustic bits. recorded and produced without his brother Criss Oliva who was tragically killed in a car accident in late 1993. Jon Oliva 1:25 7. "Chance" Jon Oliva. Paul O'Neill 4:38 2011 EarMusic CD reissue bonus tracks No. commenting "The lyrics of "Alone You Breathe" are heart-wrenching. "Somewhere in Time/Alone You Breathe" (Acoustic Criss Oliva.

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