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3.48 | 126 ratings | 23 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Light Up (4:19)
2. Lorelei (3:23)
3. Mother Dear (5:30)
4. Lonely Child (3:49)
5. Midnight Ride (4:19)
6. Born for Adventure (5:16)
7. Prelude 12 (1:20)
8. Suite Madame Blue (6:30)

Total Time: 34:26

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Line-up / Musicians

- Dennis DeYoung / synthesizer, keyboards, vocals
- James Young / guitar, vocals
- John Curulewski / synthesizer, guitar, vocals
- Chuck Panozzo / bass, guitar (bass), vocals
- John Panozzo / percussion, drums, vocals

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STYX Equinox ratings distribution


3.48
(126 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(13%)
13%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(50%)
50%
Good, but non-essential (28%)
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Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars Some good numbers as all mid-period Styx album have. Notably Madame Blue. this is the last album of Curulewski (and the first line-up change for a very stable outfit) as he will be replaced by Shaw. With this album Styx came into big-league radio-friendly FM rock with slight prog overtone. This is one of the core album of the classic period and not bad to start with. Better things to come, though.

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Posted Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Review by Gatot
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4 stars This album was one of rock heroes in the seventies altogether with Deep Purple "Come Taste The Band", Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti", Gary Wright "Dream Weaver", Traffic "John Barleycorn Must Die", as well as Kayak "2nd". Yes, they are all different in their characters but they shared similar style and nuance: hard rock music. My best favorite track since that time until now is "Birn for Adventure" - what a rocking track! I was amazed with the energy, passion as well as powerfull bass guitar work combined with unique voice quality of Dennis De Young. WOW! This track is really suitable for you to play when you drive in relatively high speed at the highway and turn the music reaally LOUD! Yeah, you will get all details of the music. What a wonderful experience!

The other legendary track is of course the one which has melodic acoustic guitar at the opening ("Prelude 12"): "Suite Madame Blue". Time after time .. oh what a great entrance! I do enjoy this track as it combines nice n sweet music with hard rock with high driving rhythm and heavy riffs. This IS STYX, my friend. It rocks the world! The other interesting track is "Lorelei", "Light Up".

It's an excellent classic rock album. Keep on rockin' ..!

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Posted Friday, August 26, 2005

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars This is one of the bands, that i always listen with pleasure. Not on my top bands, but close enough. To me this album is prog from the first note till the last one, and tracks like Mother Dear, Suite Madame Blue, are timeless in my opinion. Maybe Styx is a softer version of Kansas, but this is no problem, they compose with grace and some of theyr albums are in prog history. Like this one, one of the best Styx, and why not in the '70. So my rate is 4 stars, for sure.

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Posted Monday, May 29, 2006

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars Styx is the river of Greek legend where the ferryman Charon will take souls to the other bank for eternal salvation if he is given a coin. Very progressive theme really and in the case of the famous Chicago-based band, best expressed with their album Equinox. I am not a fan but there are 3 outstanding pieces on this solid recording, all highly popular in the glory days of FM radio and college run stations: "Light Up" (hint?) and "Lorelei" were just extraordinarily catchy and well-rounded rock songs but "Suite Madame Blue" remains a masterpiece of the times (with Boston's "More Than a Feeling" or Zep's "Stairway to Heaven") that keeps eliciting smiling pleasures, an fabulous acoustic intro evolving into a sizzling hurrah that lingers long after the powering off. Now, one, two or even three songs a magnum opus do not make but "Equinox" has a lot going for it, even the only Styx album that deserves inclusion in a Prog collection. Whether arguable or not, Dennis DeYoung certainly can sing (some do not like his voice though) with conviction, his keyboard playing really quite first-rate both on piano and synthesizers. "Light Up" starts off highly upbeat with a smashing "entrée en matière", a tortuous synth flight leading the melodic charge, held by a harsh guitar rhythm and an all a round good tune. "Lorelei" is quite similar to the opener, a hard ballad ("Oh when she moves.") with perhaps a tad corny love lyrics ("Let's Live Together", a new social fad in the early 70s) and a jaunty instrumental mid-section that breathes excitement. Not being gaga over the boys from O'Hare, the balance until the whopping finale is just average ,neither fab or drab in my opinion. Fast forward. The real masterstroke is the Suite Madame Blue, an intensely innuendo-laced song about a hopeless affair with brothel owner but really about the rotting American Dream needing a wake up call. (Rock music started out as protest music anyway, railing against the injustices caused by world politics, whether local or international). The echo-laced acoustic guitar overture still provides goose bumps three decades later, DeYoung passionate lyrics expertly expressed (" Time after time I sit and I wait for your call I know I'm a fool but why can I say Whatever the price I'll pay for you, Madame Blue Once long ago, a word from your lips and the world turned around. But somehow you've changed; you're so far away I long for the past and dream of the days with you, Madame Blue"). Sinfield, Ian Anderson or Fish , this is obviously not .When the full steamroller might of the main theme kicks in, it really hits you in the gut, loaded with powerful bass and drums, James Young's heavy guitar and relatively complex rock arrangements. Yeah, It ain't Yes or Tull or Floyd but it's really so appealing. So it's on the other side of the musical river, pay the ferryman and cross the Styx and feel the..3 Melting Ice Cubes

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Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars "Equinox" marks Curulewski's swansong as a Styx member alter the irregular "Man of Miracles". Fortunately enough, "Equinox" finds the band bouncing back headlong for the progressive tendencies that had been cleverly displayed in the repertoires of albums 2 and 3 (particularly the latter, "The Serpent Is Rising"). While not matching the sonic power nor the compositional splendor of the "Serpent" album, "Equinox" still brings deeply interesting things for the average symphonic rock fan sensitive to the flavors of US-style melodic rock. After all, that's what Styx essentially was all about before "Cornerstone", a melodic rock band with easily noticeable prog traces and crafty musicianship beyond the average publicly successful rock band. Curulewski and Young return in full form to the use of elegance in their dual interactions when not soloing in ostentatious fashion; DeYoung is genuinely interested in exploring the colors and textures of synthesizers in many portions of the album's tracklist (occasionally, so is Curulewski). The album kicks off with 'Light Up', an intended anthem for the high spirit of rock, a celebration of what rock 'n' roll is all about when performed on stage. Catchy but not particularly special in art-rock terms, and the same can be said about 'Lorelei'. The symphonic elements becomes really patent for the first time in Curulewski-penned 'Mother Dear', a powerful track that can easily be described as "Masque"-era Kansas-meets-"Dark Side"-era PF. The contrast between the dual guitar driven passages and the dual synth sections is well managed, since the contrast in itself is not too pronounced. 'Lonely Child' is your typical DeYoung power ballad: well written, impressively arranged, something like 'Lady' with a heavier dose of Yessian ornaments in the intro and the last guitar solos, less piano and more featured acoustic guitars during the first sung sections. 'Midnight Ride' is a catchy rocker, entertaining and with excellent heavy leads by a Young gone wild. Equally urgent but a bit more sophisticated is 'Born for Adventure', a rocker that maybe demanded a bit more sophistication than the level actually delivered (I'm thinking of 'Earl of Roseland' and 'Jonas Psalter' as winners in comparison). The last two pieces seem to form a joint venture: Curulewski's 12-string guitar prelude (a-la Greg Lake's 'The Sage') properly generates the introductory mood for 'Suite Mother Blue', one of DeYoung's most sensitive politically charged songs ever. This antimilitaristic anthem states a call to conscience about the final farewell to overseas-oriented politics and a return to a serious approach to internal social issues from politicians and leaders. A beautiful end for a fine album; it is also an end to an era of musical exploration that was about to meet its central focus, but that was reserved for the first years of the Shaw-era. and other reviews than this one.

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
2 stars Styx lightens up

After two harder rocking (but sadly very uneven) albums, Styx 'lightens up' considerably with this fifth album. They also abandoned their former record company and acquired a much more glossy production as well as strengthened their Pop sensibilities. This is a streamlined Styx. The result is a much more coherent, but also much more lightweight and light-hearted album, clearly geared for more mainstream audiences and the FM radio. Styx is sometimes said to be the American counterpart to Queen, but I prefer to see them as the American counterpart to The Sweet!

However, they did not completely abandon Hard Rock and Prog. These aspects of the band where still there and would remain so on subsequent albums. Traces of their old style can be found on several tracks. But the progressive moments, like on Mother Dear, often feel watered down and sounds a bit thin to my ears, lacking in substance. Songs like Midnight Ride, on the other hand, are just straightforward Hard Rock 'N' Roll with little or no distinguishing features.

It is from Born For Adventure onwards that the album starts to become interesting, but it is to late to save the album from a low rating. Prelude 12/Suite Madame Blue pretends to be progressive and this is among the best moments of Equinox.

In some ways this can be seen as a transitional album from the Wooden Nickel days to the more commercially successful Styx of the later 70's and early 80's. There are some good moments here, but overall this is not really my cup of tea. Styx made better albums both before and after this one.

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Review by Sinusoid
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3 stars Styx seem to be at the crossroads of pop rock and prog rock; the whole feeling of their style is a bit pompous with plenty of keyboard work and fantasy themes to go around, yet the structures of the songs don't go overboard in complexity and neither do the instrumentalists. EQUINOX to me is nothing more than a decent rock album with tinges of prog and pop (possibly defining AOR, but I'm not an expert in that genre). While there isn't a bad song amongst the bunch, only ''Suite Madame Blue'' has the guts to stick out. The various dynamic changes in that song are extremely effective with the climactic guitar riff punctuating everything that Styx are capable of.

There's not much else to speak of in terms of the remaining songs other than ''Prelude 12'' is a great lead-in to ''Suite Madame Blue''. For those two songs, this album is worth at least an investigation.

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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
4 stars If "The Grand Illusion" is the peak in STYX's career "Equinox" is a fundamental album in the career of the guys from Chicago, being that marks the point in which the band starts to find the definitive sound that would make them transcend the frontiers of "The Windy City" and give that extra step that divides good local bands from icons of a decade.

Their first three releases are very strong Progressive Rock oriented albums, but they never defined a clear an unique style, the fourth album "Man of Miracles" is a first attempt of blending the various musical preferences of their members, but the result is pretty uneven.

And at last with "Equinox" they begin to leave the past behind and to create a new sound that would balance the theatric style of DeYoung, the harder edge of James "JY" Young and the Prog approach of John Curulewsky in a Pop/Rock album with Prog leanings that would be one of the first examples of what will be known as AOR, in other words a commercial and conservative evolution of Progressive Rock, but incredibly successful in the late 70's, reaching levels of popularity that very few 100% Progressive Rock bands ever dreamed of.

Despite the big jump that "Equinox" represents, they are unable to leave behind the problem of depending almost exclusively in the nasal vocals of Dennis DeYoung, something that will only be solved when Tommy Shaw joined the band on Crystal Ball and allowed STYX to have two (sometimes three) lead vocalists, giving a more versatile sound.

The album opens with "Light Up" and "Lorelei", two songs that present us for the first time the definitive style of STYX, some sort of Melodic Pop/Rock with Prog leanings, but a peculiar sound that can easily hook Pop and Prog listeners with the balance between catchy music with elaborate structure and fantastic chorus.

"Mother Dear" is one of the last and finest examples of John Curulewsky's Prog sensibility, a track that combines the complexity of early KANSAS with the vocal work of QUEEN, lush keyboards provided by him and Dennis, in other words a magnificent song that deserves much more recognition than what it gets.

After "Lonely Child", more or less in the vein of the first two tracks comes "Midnight Ride" in which "JY" is allowed to rock as hard as he cans with the confidence that can only be provided by a band capable of playing in different styles with almost no problem, something that is even more evident after listening "Born for Adventure" another hard rock song but more sophisticate.

"Prelude 12" is a very short but extremely beautiful 12 string guitar Curulewsky song that reminds of Greg Lake acoustic side and works as an introduction for "Suite Madam Blue", in my opinion the best song of all the album, in which the band combines the skills of all the members with an elaborate and pompous composition by Dennis DeYoung that closes the album in great form.

After recognizing the importance of the Panozzo twins, who may not write songs, but provide a solid rhythm section, comes the difficult part of rating the album, because even when "Equinox" doesn't have the Prog sensibility of the first two releases or the brilliance of "The Grand Illusion", it's a solid album marks the end of one era and the beginning of another one in STYX's career, so being that we don't have half stars to give the proper 3.5 rating, I have to go with 4 stars.

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Send comments to Ivan_Melgar_M (BETA) | Report this review (#228388) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, July 26, 2009

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Winds of change everywhere

The transitional fifth Styx album "Equinox" would mark the end of the John Curulewski era, as well as the beginning of Styx's lucrative association with A&M Records, and the band's first attempt at producing themselves. Curulewski joined the band in 1968 and left just after the release of "Equinox" which came out in late 1975. It was perhaps one of the world's most ill timed career moves as Styx was just about to break in a big way after years of struggle. But Curulewski was tired of the road and wanted more time with his family. He would teach guitar and work in the music business until his tragically young death of a brain aneurysm in 1988. Some of the Styx insiders are less kind in speaking of Curulewski, calling him a "negative person" and the only one who was never happy and couldn't get along with the others. After starting the "Equinox" tour there was a gig in Jacksonville where Curulewski and DeYoung got into it after what was felt to be a sub-par performance at an important show. DeYoung called him on it, and Curulewski quit on the spot. This led to the arrival of Tommy Shaw in the band, a crucial turning point for them.

While the album was modestly successful and eventually went Gold, and while DeYoung claimed to be newly inspired by the fresh A&M deal, I find "Equinox" to be one of the least enticing Styx titles. It delivers a modest hit single I never liked in "Lorelei" as well as the fairly annoying opener "Light Up." "Mother Dear" is a good track with some wispy slide guitar licks and an ethereal DeYoung keyboard part, and "Born for Adventure" is also cool. The album features the first Styx "epic" in "Suite Madame Blue" which was introduced by Curulewski's "Prelude 12," a little acoustic number which supposedly took him hours to record. It's a solid track they laid down in one take, with a mysterious presence and nice vocal arrangements, the acoustic beginning turning into a power chord laden chorus. Still, if you listen closely, it is not really very interesting and falls short of where they would be very soon. DeYoung's material is still progressing, decent but not overwhelming, while in my opinion Curulewski's heart had already left. His enthusiasm does not seem to be present and the album suffers for it.

"Equinox" is an improvement over "Man of Miracles" and one can hear the classic Styx sound taking shape, especially on James Young's muscular "Born for Adventure." But it was still just the warm-up. 3 stars, but just barely.

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Send comments to Finnforest (BETA) | Report this review (#435840) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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5 stars Styx, a band with two souls: a Heavy Metal / Hard Rock soul and Progressive Rock soul. I read Styx as Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band very happy. In Progressive Field read only the production of some songs. However, "Equinox" is one of those masterpieces that would be simplistic to put them into on ... (read more)

Report this review (#769976) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I really felt the first four Styx albums for Wooden Nickel had been often a confusing mess. Should they be a prog rock band or a boogie rock band? It seems that James Young was the most inclined to hard rock, John Curulewski seemed really schizophronic (should he do prog or should he do boogie?), ... (read more)

Report this review (#497812) | Posted by Progfan97402 | Friday, August 05, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I consider "Equinox" one of the best moments in Styx career, and a very balanced albun, where is very hard to indicate a weak track in comparison with another. I believe too, that is one of more close of a perfect mix to the three main musical styles which are the axis of Styx music: (hard-r ... (read more)

Report this review (#281150) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, May 09, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Styx had just had a big hit with 'Lady' I mean this was their big breakthrough, and they had been battling so hard with their albums and singles not getting any commercial success or airplay. And then boom! This song from two years ago was all of a sudden a huge hit and Dennis DeYoung had some ... (read more)

Report this review (#281080) | Posted by Brendan | Sunday, May 09, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars While none of the many Styx efforts would get a 5 star review by me, this one comes the closest. (Grand Illusion is next). There are some amazing rock tracks on here: "Lorelei", "Light Up", "Born for Adventure" being my favorites. As usual, JY contributes a harder rock anthem, "Midnight Ride", ... (read more)

Report this review (#278866) | Posted by mohaveman | Wednesday, April 21, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This time is for the american band called Styx, with the songs of this album i grow up, and is very nice to remember this pop-rock-progressive songs, and in fact, hard rock sometimes, with this album we find good momments and especially these are the songs: Light Up: very nice chorus, with a lo ... (read more)

Report this review (#266895) | Posted by JgX 5 | Thursday, February 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars the sound is pop rock progressive hard rock, not very original and therefore the overall average. Equinos marks a turning point in the career of the group thus focuses the sound 'pop' 'commercial' injury, although the sound of the bass and keyboards in particular are still sharp. The hand pump o ... (read more)

Report this review (#228371) | Posted by Discographia | Saturday, July 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The Grand Illusion usually gets all the attention, but I for one prefer Equinox. It's kind of the bridge album between their earlier proggier albums and their later commercial successes. Their sound is still very prog-like here, echoes of Rush and Yes crop up all over the place, but songs like " ... (read more)

Report this review (#77797) | Posted by | Thursday, May 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars "Equinox" is an album of hard rock that with the prog hit the center oflittle. But is not easy to listen to, because not immediate. The styx succeed to write a very valid album, that finds the moment prog ("mother dear"), but also moment almost heavy metal ("midnight ride" & "born for adventure"). B ... (read more)

Report this review (#60967) | Posted by | Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It was back in 1976 when i first heard Styx. I was visiting Budgie (remember them?) for a concert and while waiting for Budgie starting to play, the DJ played a song which i did not know, but blasted me away! It turned out to be Styx' Midnight Ride. I became an instant fan of Styx from that mo ... (read more)

Report this review (#45695) | Posted by | Tuesday, September 06, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was Styx's 5th album and their most mature to date, released in 1975 on the heels of their previous disc "Man Of Miracles." On "Miracles" Styx began experimenting with a slightly more progressive style and they began to fully explore it on this disc!! Sadly it was the final album with t ... (read more)

Report this review (#40247) | Posted by silversaw | Monday, July 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Although I haven't heard Pieces of Eight, I'd say this is the best Styx album of the albums through The Grand Illusion. The band continuously improved as it worked its way up to Equinox, then start getting bland with Crystal Ball and The Grand Illusion. This album isn't very progressive, b ... (read more)

Report this review (#38872) | Posted by | Friday, July 08, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you weren't in possession of this album back in the 1970's then you didn't go to high school. Every kid I knew had this album. It's the one that really cut it for them on FM radio. Heavy on synths and loud guitars throughout this is one heck of a heavy record. Suite Madame Blue is definitel ... (read more)

Report this review (#17357) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Tuesday, November 02, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The debut album that Styx recorded for A&M records is notable for many reasons. First, it's the album where they started to define a sound that would later help them reach great heights. Secondly, it marks the final appearance of John Curulewski as a member of the band, and while most folks will r ... (read more)

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