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Styx – Yesterday And Today

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1. Number One
2. Best New Face
3. Edge Of The Century
4. Fooling Yourself
5. On My Way
6. Dear John
7. Grand Illusion
8. Too Much Tim On My Hands
9. What Have They Done To You
10. Everything I Cool
11. Renegade (bonus video)


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This Chicago-based quintet are widely believed to be responsible for the development of the term pomp-rock (pompous, overblown arrangements, with perfect-pitch harmonies and a very full production). Styx evolved from the bands Tradewinds and T.W.4, but renamed themselves after the fabled river from Greek mythology, when they signed to Wooden Nickel, a subsidiary of RCA Records, in 1972. The line-up comprised Dennis De Young (vocals, keyboards), James Young (guitar, vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), John Panozzo (drums) and John Curulewski (guitar). Combining symphonic and progressive influences they released a series of varied and highly melodic albums during the early 70s. Success was slow to catch up with them; Styx II, originally released in 1973, spawned the Top Ten Billboard hit “Lady” in 1975. The album then made similar progress, eventually peaking at number 20. After signing to A&M Records in 1975, John Curulewski departed with the release of Equinox, to be replaced by Tommy Shaw. This was a real turning point in the band’s career as Shaw took over lead vocals and contributed significantly on the writing side. From here on Styx albums had an added degree of accessibility and moved towards a more commercial approach. The Grand Illusion, released in 1977, was Shaw’s first major success, peaking at number 6 during its nine-month stay on the Billboard album chart. It also featured the number 8-peaking single, “Sail Away”. Pieces Of Eight and Cornerstone consolidated their success, with the latter containing “Babe”, the band’s first number 1 single in the USA. Paradise Theatre was Styx’s tour de force, a complex, laser-etched concept album, complete with elaborate and expensive packaging. It generated two further US Top 10 hits in “The Best Of Times” and “Too Much Time On My Hands”. The album became their most successful ever, and also stayed at number 1 for three weeks on the album chart. Kilroy Was Here followed, yet another concept album, which brought them close to repetition. A watered-down pop-rock album with a big-budget production, its success came on the back of their previous album rather than on its own merits. Caught In The Act was an uninspired live offering. They disbanded shortly after its release. Styx re-formed in 1990 with the original line-up, except for pop-rock funkster Glenn Burtnick, who replaced Tommy Shaw (who had joined Damn Yankees ). Edge Of The Century indicated that the band still had something to offer, with a diverse and classy selection of contemporary AOR. As one of the tracks on the album stated, the group were self-evidently “Not Dead Yet”. With Shaw back on board, but without the late John Panozzo, Styx have continued on the nostalgia circuit into the late 90s.

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