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2.63 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1.Kilroy was here (a short film)
2.Mr. Roboto
3.Rockin' to Paradise
4.Blue Collar Man
6.Too Much Time on my Hands
7.Don't Let it End
8.Heavy metal poisoning
9.Cold War
10.The Best of Times
11.Come Sail Away
13.Haven't we been here before
14.Don't let it End (Reprise).

Bonus videos:
1. Come Sail Away (1977 Promo video)
2. Borrowed Time (1979 Promo video)
3. Babae (1979 Promo video)
4. Boat On The River (1979 Promo video)
5. A.D. 1928 / Rockin' The Paradise (Music Video)
6. The Best Of Times (Music Video)
7. Too Much Time On My Hands (Music Video)
8. Mr. Roboto (Music Video)
9. Don't Let It End (Music Video)
10. Heavy Metal Poisoning (Music Video)
11. Haven't We Been Here Before? (Music Video)
12. Music Time (Music Video)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dennis DeYoung / keyboards & vocals
- James "JY" Young / electric & lead guitars & vocals
- Tommy Shaw / lead & electric guitars, keyboards & vocals
- Chuck Panozzo / bass guitar, bass pedals & vocals
- John Panozzo / drums & percussion

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UPC: 602517373112 Manufacturer No: B0009295-09

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STYX Caught In The Act: Live 1984 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(29%)
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Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars For a long time I was waiting to watch a live DVD with Styx classic line up. I was quite disappointed to see there was any of that for a long time. It was quite surprising considering the fact they were HUGE in the late 70īs and early 80īs. I had to wait until 2007 to find this video, taken from their last tour promoting their Kilroy Was Here album of 1983. It is a mix of film, musical play and (mostly) rock concert, much of it concerning the Kilroyīs concept of a future society where rock music is banned by a totalitarian governament (a bold, if silly, snide at Reaganīs era emerging PMRC and Moral Majority censorship of the 80's).

Kilroy Was Here was not one of their best works, to say the least, and the band was facing internal struggles that ultimately caused its break up after this tour. But you wonīt notice that watching they blasting away many of their hits in front of an audience. Ok, the Kilroy tunes are more suited for a broadway music play than to a rock album, but I have to admit they worked far better live than on record. Besides, the majority of the songs here are from their previous effords. It is a pity that some of the live albumīs tunes did not make it to the DVD. Still, they could put up a stunning 13 song perfomance.

Styx proves themselves to be great entertainers and the excellent musicians you expect them to be after so many years on the road. I can even swallow their KIlroy characters during the albumīs numbers (at least it was a novelty then and it is good fun after all). Their vocal hamonies are very well done and most of the tunes are better than their studio counterparts.

Unfortunatly the video images are not improved from the VHS version. What you got here seems to be simply the transfer of the images to DVD without any kind of restoration. Not bad at all, but could be a better.The sound on the other hand is crystal clear and was definitly remastered (with options to 2.0 or 5.1 formats).

The DVD bonus is really a treat for fans: it includes all of their videos done up until then (12 in total).

Conclusion: I canīt really say this is the definitive classic Styx DVD we all wanted to see. I wish they had released something recorded live earlier in their long career. But still they pulled off a great show even at their final moments together. The classic line up really had something magical going on. And with the addition of their video collection Caught In The Act becomes a must have for any Styx fan.

Review by Finnforest
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1 stars Please let it end

I like Styx and believe they made some very good albums in the period from "The Grand Illusion" through "Paradise Theatre." But starting with "Cornerstone" the balance of power began to shift to DeYoung and some of the vital chemistry was slipping away as Shaw became more disillusioned. By the time they got to "Kilroy" the band was pretty much a joke and would never be the same again. It's a shame the band leaves this as their only live document from the old days when surely there are much better live performances in the vault from the 70s.

The concert is pretty dreadful on all levels, you can almost hear Shaw praying to God to strike him dead and end the misery. The dopey Kilroy tracks have little traction, and the band's better material is giving a very superficial treatment. They attempt to pump life into the songs by jumping all over the stage in stupid clothes and showboating to a painful degree. All of the real personality and quality of the better material is just glossed over by the lightweight, schmaltzy performance. Shaw's more straightforward delivery of his classics "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man" are pretty much the highlights of the show, but hardly enough to save it. By today's standards or by any standards frankly, the sound, visual, and overall presentation are subpar and anemic. Translation: It sucks. And I'm a fan of the group.

What I did enjoy were the bonus cuts on the DVD release, featuring performance promos of older tracks that sound almost revelatory after the main Kilroy show, the most unique being the video for "Boat on the River" showing Tommy on mandolin and Dennis on accordion, while Young strums an acoustic and Panozzo plays an upright. It reminds how special the band was just a few years earlier. These might be worth your time, but the main gig is not recommended.

I beg the band, open the vault and release a live DVD of material from the "Grand Illusion" and "Pieces of 8" tours. That would be amazing.

Review by Guillermo
2 stars STYX's "Caught in the Act" live album and the video of the same name have some differences in the tracks which were included in each other. While the live album has more variety in the songs (including some Hits) which were played from different albums in their discography up to 1983, the video has more songs from the album they were promoting at the time ("Kilroy Was Here", from 1983). That album, which is for me like a "Rock Opera" with a fictional story about "Rock music prohibition by a dictatorial goverment" (similar in some ways to the never finished Rock Opera from THE WHO called "Lifehouse" from 1971) let the band (and more particularly to lead singer Dennis De Young) show their acting skills during that 1983 tour. So, this video shows several songs from that "Kilroy" album being "acted" and not really played "live" with the band, with only the lead vocals maybe being really sung "live" while the music was played from tapes. Not being a fan of Broadway musicals, I don't like the acting during these songs. This concert video also starts with a "Kilroy Was Here mini-movie" which lasts for about 15 minutes, and it explained to the audience the story of the "Kilroy" album in a better way, I think. So, this concert video really starts in a more or less boring way (more for me, because I don't like the "Kilroy" album). I also think that the "Kilroy" story has some influences from PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" album, but obviously without all the more "dark" elements from Roger Waters's story. "Kilroy" was more like a "Broadway Production" in comparison, in my opinion.

I never have been a fan of STYX's music, but I like some of their songs. They sang and played very well, being very "American Rock" for my taste, but they had some quality (particularly with this, their most successful line- up). The songs that I liked from this video are "Rockin' the Paradise ", "Blue Collar Man", "Snowblind" , and particularly, "Come Sail Away", which is the song that I like more from STYX. I have to say that there are very clear differences between the versions of this song which were included in the live album and in the video (with both recorded in the same dates, April 9,10, 1983, at the Saenger Theater, New Orleans), with both versions sounding like being the same recording of the song in most parts, but the main difference is in Tommy Shaw's lead guitar parts. Maybe Shaw's lead guitar parts were re-recorded later in the studio, or one lead guitar part from the other date was edited to the other part of the other recorded date in the live album version. The live album version has an extended final part. I prefer the live album version. Anyway, this song was played and sung very well.

I think that the "Caught in the Act" live album is better in content than the concert video of the same name. I think that the concert video is more for the fans of the "Kilroy Was Here" album.

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