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STYX is one of those bands that are always mentioned with some fear and shame by the Progressive Rock fan, because they always played in the border that divides Prog from plain POP, I believe the best way to describe them is as Prog Related (understanding this description as the simplest and more commercial form of Progressive Rock) blended with AOR, somehow in the same vein as JOURNEY or BOSTON but much more complex.

Officially born in 1972 from the ashes of "The TRADEWINS" and "TW4" was formed by the Panozzo twins (Chuck on bass and John on drums), Dennis de Young (vocals and keyboards), James Young (guitar, vocals) and John Curulewski (guitar, vocals).

In the first years they were closer to progressive rock than ever, from 1972 to 1974 the band released four albums, "Styx", "Styx II", "The Serpent is Rising" and "Man of Miracles", even though they were popular in Chicago, still the band couldn't reach commercial success. As a curiosity, in their first album they recorded "Movement for a Common Man" based in Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, almost five years before ELP. In 1975 they release their more commercially consistent album (at that point of course) "Equinox" which blended Rock & Roll, Pop and Progressive Rock in an efficient way, "Light Up", "Lorelei" and "Suite Madam Blue" are the first songs in which the band achieve some financial success and show the sound they pretended to create.

1976 was a crucial year for "STYX", John Curulewski leaves the band and is replaced by Tommy Shaw who became the front man with his California boy image (Even when he was born in Montgomery Alabama) and melodic but elaborate style, the band finally had the face capable of reaching the female public and massive acceptance, but writing some of the best STYX themes. "Crystal Ball" was released in the same year with a moderate success, "Crystal Ball", "Mademoiselle" and "Put me On" became favorites in their massive concerts, the band was reaching their commercial peak but started to abandon prog rock and turning into an ARENA band.

At this point the story is well known, "The Grand Illusion" became a platinum album with major hits like "Fooling Yourself" and of course "Come Sail Away", also their three next albums "Pieces of Eight", "Cornerstone" and "Paradise Theater" reached commercial success with tracks that go from light prog' to soft pop ballads.

This era ends in 1983 with the infamous "Kilroy Was Here" a weak ...
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2.80 | 106 ratings
Styx
1972
3.12 | 111 ratings
Styx II
1973
3.00 | 106 ratings
The Serpent Is Rising
1973
2.73 | 99 ratings
Man Of Miracles
1974
3.48 | 171 ratings
Equinox
1975
3.10 | 156 ratings
Crystal Ball
1976
3.69 | 251 ratings
The Grand Illusion
1977
3.59 | 205 ratings
Pieces Of Eight
1978
2.66 | 161 ratings
Cornerstone
1979
2.93 | 168 ratings
Paradise Theatre
1981
2.14 | 136 ratings
Kilroy Was Here
1983
2.71 | 65 ratings
Edge Of The Century
1990
2.85 | 57 ratings
Brave New World
1999
3.27 | 54 ratings
Cyclorama
2003
3.31 | 55 ratings
Big Bang Theory
2005
4.13 | 23 ratings
The Mission
2017

STYX Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 39 ratings
Caught In The Act Live
1984
3.79 | 26 ratings
Return to Paradise
1997
2.28 | 6 ratings
Arch Allies - Live At Riverport
2000
3.96 | 10 ratings
Styxworld Live 2001
2001
3.80 | 5 ratings
At The River's Edge - Live In St. Louis
2002
3.16 | 6 ratings
21st Century Live
2003

STYX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.06 | 19 ratings
Return To Paradise (DVD)
1999
3.73 | 13 ratings
Styx and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland: One With Everything
2006
2.59 | 14 ratings
Caught In The Act: Live 1984
2007
3.71 | 13 ratings
The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live
2012

STYX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.60 | 10 ratings
Best of Styx
1977
3.23 | 7 ratings
Classics, Vol 15
1987
2.84 | 29 ratings
Greatest Hits
1995
3.30 | 6 ratings
Greatest Hits Part 2
1996
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Best of Times: The Best of Styx
1997
4.08 | 4 ratings
The Singles Colllection
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Lady: The Encore Collection
2000
2.25 | 4 ratings
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Styx
2002
2.38 | 4 ratings
Rockers
2003
3.41 | 8 ratings
Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
2004
3.33 | 22 ratings
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings
2005

STYX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Lady
1973
2.00 | 2 ratings
Light Up
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Best Thing
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lorelei
1975
4.00 | 3 ratings
Come Sail Away
1977
3.50 | 2 ratings
Sing For The Day
1978
3.50 | 2 ratings
Blue Collar Man
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Enganandote (El Joven Enojado)
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Boat On The River
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Lights
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Renegado (Renegade)
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Times
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Too Much Time On My Hands
1981
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rockin' The Paradise
1981
3.20 | 5 ratings
Regeneration
2011

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 The Mission by STYX album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.13 | 23 ratings

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Review by gr8dane

4 stars Styx on a mission. What a nice surprise we got here.Styx making a concept album about the first manned mission to Mars. If you were not a fan of Styx before,I am sure this won't change your mind.But if like me, you were along for the ride in the 70ies,this is a fantastic album.For me the Equinox-Pieces of 8 were fantastic.(Also love the Wooden Nickel era.). There is only one pumping rocker like Miss America and Queen of Spades,the 2 minute scorcher Gone Gone Gone and no sappy ballads like Babe and such.Everything in between here and very well produced and sounding excellent. Harmonies galore,lots of guitars ,heavy drumming and great keys.The sound of Styx is alive and well.I am not going to do song for song here,there is always you-tube for sampling. I really hope they will play this whole album on tour.It's absolutely worth it. Welcome back boys.
 Kilroy Was Here by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.14 | 136 ratings

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Review by Corcoranw687

3 stars I always thought everyone was too hard on Styx, but the fact is they sound too much like prog for a radio-rock fan, and their songs rarely inspire the average prog fan. I like to say Styx has something for everybody to dislike, and that is truest for this album, but I think they're great and music like this has great value. Let's look at an album that most would write off that isn't bad at all, the much-ridiculed 1983 sort-of-concept album "Kilroy Was Here". Sure we've heard all we need to hear about the singles, "Mr. Roboto" is pretty repetitive and really does have a comical chorus, but a radio single about an android who is struggling with his identity whilst defending humanity at least sounds like it would be awesome. "Don't Let it End" and "Haven't We Been Here Before" are pretty weak 80s ballads, and I don't often get through "Double Life" either. What's with 3 stars when half the album is questionable, then? "Cold War" is great, a catchy chorus and Tommy Shaw's fantastic vocals keep me interested until the first solo section, where the rest of the band plays a very "Home By the Sea" part, making me wonder what Tony Banks was listening to during those recording sessions. "High Time" introduces a dystopian world with a man who speaks to you on your "laser video", and ends with a huge horn section and Dennis acting bizarre with his stuttering vocals. "Heavy Metal Poisoning" is my favourite on the album and has JY apparently playing Dr. Righteous, possibly the man from the previous song. This song about music ruining the youth's minds is mostly spoken by JY in a very ominous way, but we soon turn to a children's choir screaming "sex and drugs!!" and "Righteous righteous righteous!!", it's great. Another standout is "Just Get Through This Night" which features a neat intro followed by a great Shaw ballad with excellent lyrics, this one really nails it. Overall I think you should listen to this album if you are ever in an 80s mood, some tracks may just surprise you. 3 stars
 The Serpent Is Rising by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.00 | 106 ratings

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Review by poito

3 stars This is a transition album by the american band Styx, which in the 70's sailed between Rock and Prog. They began as a pure Rock band with little prog airs, and this is perhaps the last good Rock album they released. The Chicago sound was being abandoned and the band was about to become unrooted, maybe a necessary step to embrace Prog in the ensuing years in which they would release a few glorious Prog-Rock albums beginning with EQUINOX in 1975. Here you'll find a few nice rockers, As Bad As This, Jonas Psalter, and the title track. Great musicianship, good guitar riffs and splendid hammonds. To end with a curious version of Haendel's Hallelujah.
 Pieces Of Eight by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.59 | 205 ratings

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Review by poito

4 stars One more return of the band STYX to the soft rock scene. This album is a collection of rocker tracks somewhat in the mood of Queen, Asia, and other easy listening AOR bands, much to the taste of the pretty mid-age lady of the cover in wild days. Anyway, it has little resemblance to their early rocker albums, that was good traditional rock with strong American roots (STYX I and II); that was a different history. This one does not wear woodcutter shirts, it is the birth of the sissy rock that was so successfully exploited in the 80's by thousand long-haired clone bands banging around a shouting beardless blondie teen male with less music in their souls than a christmas card. Pity, because this band has made great contributions to the Prog-Rock, but the vulture industry and probably their own musical tendencies took them into the money-paved road. I've already commented on the schizoid musical production of STYX, at least in the early years which I'm more familiar with. Styx reminds me to these big movie stars that are known as the toughest men in the world, who alternate their movies as total destroyers with others as babysitters in bland comedies, such as Swartzenegger, Johnson The Rock, Diesel and so. At least, the easy albums by Styx contain a good collection of inspired rockers, and this Pieces is probably the best of all, with very catchy themes, some of which even became all-time pop-rock anthems such as Sing For The Day, I'm OK, Blue Collar Nights, Queen of Spades, and Renegade. Don't come here for prog. Obviously my generous rating is not because that. I'm always generous with pioneers, whatever they did.
 Crystal Ball by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.10 | 156 ratings

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Review by poito

2 stars It's curious the back and forth movements of this band. Styx begun as a rather standard American rock band, drifted to prog in 2-3 years, but never abandoned rock to which they returned recurrently. This Crystal Ball is essentially a rock album with a few prog arrangements, much of the AOR style of the 70's. I understand there were two musical souls in the band, Deyoung and Shaw, and there was a growing tension between members, possibly on account of the music direction. The issue is that the previous album EQUINOX and the one that followed THE GRAND ILLUSION have both little resemblance to this. Two excellent prog albums, sandwiched by rock compositions. It's somewhat schizophrenic, isn't it? In my view, there are only two interesting tracks in this, the opener Put Me On, a strange composition with bits of rock, ballad, and prog, and This Old Man, a slow gentle rocker. No much to remember, indeed.
 The Grand Illusion by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.69 | 251 ratings

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Review by poito

5 stars The great disbanding had already begun in 77, the prog heavens were falling apart, and all the great symphonic bands were going through hard times. The Punk era had placed Prog music in standby. It was not fashionable anymore; the excesses of discographics to control everything on stage and to collect to the last coin that gotpassed by meant the first deathly stub for symph prog, everybody turned to punk or heavy in pubs. But this band, Styx, an American act that paradoxically was born out of pure Chicago rock, appeared completely unaware of what was going on and released this genuine prog album. Was it that Prog had finally hit the streets in the US after all failed attempts from the Britain armada to disembark there? Well, in the end It was played by their own boys. This album is a perfect blending of melodic rock and prog, with carefully crafted compositions, subtle arrangements, great riffs especially at the keys, and a strong and solid guitar line, all assembled by experienced musicians. Fooling Yourself is a theme song to be placed amongst the greatest in Prog music with Wakeman-style organ bits, followed closely by Superstars and Come Sail Away. Miss American is a rocker that sneaked in. Man In The Wilderness wants to be an epic ballade and gets close to. Curiously, the title album opening is the only weak track casting a strange blend of flavors from mediaeval Jethro Tull to bland Beatles: it seems someone wanted the band to go other direction, or they simply wanted to take the American audience by surprise with this AOR opening? Anyway, yes, this album is one of the fewer US 70's prog albums deserving 5 stars.
 Equinox by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.48 | 171 ratings

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Review by poito

4 stars Definitely this album by the band STYX has much more prog than their earlier productions. Those were Protoprog American fine rock, which in 72 spread and seeded all over. Styx landed in Prog in this Equinox in 75. We all know what had been created in the prog scene before this year, don't we? Even if I'm a bit wounded by the underrating of their early rock work I had to acknowledge the great additions here. Somehow the band had reached a sound that will be later familiar to us in bands like KANSAS, RUSH, or BOSTON, and precursor of many other bands in the 80's. The opening track Light Up is a clear example. My favorite is the end track Prelude-Suite Madame Blue, a slow piece (for the band's standards) with interesting synth motifs. The acclaimed Lorelei could be considered today an AOR piece for mainstream ingest, but let's give it its place in history. Mother Dear is another track with great sensitive synth passages. All in all, this is a great album, probably an essential one that should populate the shelves of any prog lover, an historical transitional work from the symphonic era to modern prog. Listen to it a couple of times to grasp all its values.
 Styx by STYX album cover Studio Album, 1972
2.80 | 106 ratings

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Review by poito

4 stars It is 1972 (a bit of history for scatterbrained writers) the year that saw Thick As A Brick and Close To The Edge. Still good times for Prog. But the rock scene was going through a hole, only a few well developed bands keeping it alive, The Purple confirmed their walk out of prog airs with the Machine Head, The Stones launched their Exile on Main Street, but not much else to highlight; lots of folky-country-whatever American songwriters, some Slade here, and the Credence there. The Styx weren't a prog band in the beginning, but their early production fells by own merits in the Protoprog category. In 72, the first album by STYX was simply a blast of fresh air for the rock and a true gem of early prog-rock casting an unmistakable American sound. You should get a remastered copy, such as the 2005's The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings, so you can really grasp what this band added to the music. Right Away, is an anthem of all times. Best Thing is one of those tracks that seeded it all, impressive hammonds, what a sound in the bass, that's power, the guitar riffs and transitions, woaao. What Has Come Between Us, what a great entrance. And the opening track, a cover of the Movement for the Common Man, well, it does not get to the majestic Fanfare version by ELP, but it is decent enough with great guitar work. I do not understand why this impressive album is so poorly rated. Maybe some are too young to thank their parents for being there. This is 1972, dears. Directly from the vinyl and the cassette times to your fancy wireless player, play it really LOUD, and you'll know what we are talking about,.
 Return To Paradise (DVD) by STYX album cover DVD/Video, 1999
4.06 | 19 ratings

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Return To Paradise (DVD)
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Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In the mid nineties the "classic" line-up of the band (Dennis De Young, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo) was playing together again. Unfortunately, this didn't last for a very long time, because John Panozzo died in mid 1996. Anyway, since 1995 they had a new drummer, called Todd Sucherman, a very good drummer who became their official drummer after John died.

This concert video was recorded in the Autumn of 1996, a few months after John died. I really didn't expect to see STYX playing as well as they did in this concert video. They sound very well rehearsed, and they look very happy playing together. Dennis De Young is a very good lead singer and keyboards player, and he sings and plays with a lot of energy. Maybe his songs are in contrast to the more heavy musical style of the songs which are sung and composed by Tommy Shaw and James Young. This led to De Young to leave the band in 1999 after some musical differences with Young and Shaw, and also after some health problems which also forced him to leave the band. De Young was replaced with another very good singer and keyboard player (Lawrence Gowan). Anyway, the band wasn't the same anymore without De Young.

The set list of this concert video is very good. I'm not a fan of STYX, but in this concert video they played some very good songs for my taste ("Come Sail Away", "Crystal Ball", "Blue Collar Man", "Miss America", "Lady", "Boat on the River", "Snowblind"). Fortunately, no songs from the "Kilroy Was Here" (1983) album were included in this concert video. Their "Caught in the Act" concert video from 1984 had several songs from that album, an album which I don't like.

There is also a song called "Show Me the Way" which was dedicated in this concert by De Young to the late John Panozzo. It is a very good song.

This concert video is very good, with very good quality of images, camera angles and recording and mixing. It is much better than the "Caught in the Act" concert video, and it has the band playing and singing with a lot of energy to their fans. It is a good memory of the band with Dennis De Young, and also shows a very good drummer, Todd Sucherman, playing with a lot of energy, doing a very good job replacing the late John Panozzo.

 Caught In The Act: Live 1984 by STYX album cover DVD/Video, 2007
2.59 | 14 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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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.

Thanks to Iván_Melgar_M for the artist addition.

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