Concept album about a New York City drug dealer who becomes a rock star, but loses all and gets disillusioned.
Originally intended (and recorded) as a double album, with spoken intros for each song. Later edited to a single album, with only "Jesus Saves" keeping its spoken intro.
Most of the dropped tracks ended up on subsequent albums.
The pairing of songs for CD tracks was done at the behest of the record label, who did not want more than 12 tracks per CD album.
"St.Patrick's" and "If I Go Away" are not available on the original vinyl version.
Videos were made for "Jesus Saves" and "New York City Don't Mean Nothing". The latter was never released.
Re-released in 1997, with "Desiree" (acoustic) as bonus track.
Re-release in 2002, with "Ghost in the Ruins"and "Jesus Saves" as live bonus tracks.
Re-released in September 2013, by earMUSIC
, as "Streets: A Rock Opera - Narrated Version". This version restores all the spoken word intros before each song that were not included on the initial release (with the exception of the "Jesus Saves" intro). It also has new artwork, a variation of the original album's back cover (the white Charvel guitar with the roses, this time against a nighttime city backdrop).
This edition replaces the version of "Jesus Saves" that appeared on the first pressing of the album with the one that was included on the "From the Gutter to the Stage" compilation, and which the band claims is the "original" one.
It also includes a bonus track:
31. Larry Elbows (a previously unreleased track, recorded during the album sessions)
and a DVD collecting all official Savatage videos, plus unreleased video material.
The booklet features extensive liner notes written by Jon Oliva