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3 stars Being the only "Greatest Hits" available in the late 80s/early 90s, the CD did a fine job at the time of its release. However, if you're searching for a collection of the best Styx songs, they are better served on the later released "Greatest Hits" and "Greatest Hits II," which have a better selection of songs, better track order, and much higher production quality.
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Posted Friday, December 26, 2003 | Review Permalink
4 stars I can't believe that I'm calling this "Very Good," but it's all the Styx a non-fan will need, at a reasonable price. Back in the day, I affected to despise this band for the rivers of goopy schlock they poured out. But in retrospect, I have to admit that (despite all the schlock) they were a better and more important group than I once thought, and that great songs like Suite Madame Blue, Come Sail Away, and Crystal Ball have stood the test of time far better than some songs I once liked a whole lot more.
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Posted Friday, February 6, 2004 | Review Permalink
3 stars Styx has always been a borderline case of progressive music for me. That is, if you are talking about the real deal in progressiveness (Genesis, Yes, etc.). If you compare the band to those 70's giants then you can make the statement. But other than that I believe Styx has enough progressive elements in its music to be on this website.

Going back to the seventies you could say I was already slightly in love with Pieces of Eight, an album that is their magnum opus to me, and with the hitsingle Fooling Yourself. On the other hand the rest what I heard by them through the years was far less so I don't think you can call me a fan. I do like their commercial ballad Babe and also Miss America but I think that will have to be it. I saw them live in the Netherlands a few years ago on a festival and heard it was for the first time ever (or for the first time in 25 years or so) they were here and that made it something special. It was a pretty impressive show by the way so I have every respect for the band.

And fortunately on this (sort of) best of compilation most of my favourite tracks are there so that's probably the reason I bought it one day. Those tracks are the already mentioned ones plus Blue Collar Man and Renegade from their great album. The only one I'm really missing is the title track of the magnum opus and maybe also Sing for the Day a little bit but that one is a little cheesy of course (and also quite a bit too commercial).

So all in all a pretty good compilation I could recommend to anyone who (like me) just wants something by Styx without buying many of their albums. I think this one will do nicely then. 3 stars (3,3).

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Posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars Not as bad as I first thought it might be. The hits are here- "Babe" (ugh), "Mr Roboto" (double ugh), "Come Sail Away", "Blue Collar Man", ....etc... and a live version of "Miss America". Nothing really new or wonderful to discover, however. Pretty much a standard greatest hits package for a low price. It is nice to see "Light Up" and "Crystal Ball" from 2 of their less known albums. More from Equinox would have been nice, and less of the pop crap from their later days making PARADISE THEATER and MR ROBOTO. This would be a good collection for a newcomer to Styx, but getting EQUINOX through about THE GRAND ILLUSION and PIECES OF EIGHT would be wiser. (I have never really heard their work pre-EQUINOX so I can't talk about that. 3 stars
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