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Poll Question: Which of these is the best?
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    Posted: September 30 2013 at 18:54
They're probably not considered prog, but hell ill do it anyway. This is Styx, an American rock band from Chicago and decided to do something like this on my spare time. So, what do u think?? Oh and also, the first four albums with the slash in the middle represent the 2 titles used for the same album
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Can't beat "The Grand Illusion". The whole first side is the happiest music I know. All great songs. "Paradise Theater" and "Pieces of Eight" are also really strong though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Michael678 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 19:18
everyone come here for the real poll and voting i dont know how to close the other one!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 23:09
Well...the only good thing about Styx is their name.
I voted Grand Illusion..at least there are a couple of decent tracks on that one.
 
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Equinox by far..... Suite Madam Blue is special 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2013 at 23:51
I think this is a case where the commercial breakthrough reflected the peak of creativity, that is The Grand Illusion. They had done some fine recordings before, notably Equinox and Styx II, and the only thing comparable afterwards was the follow-up Pieces of Eight.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote b_olariu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 00:38
The Grand Illusion (1977)
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'The Serpent Is Rising' is my fave from STYX. Never could get into 'Grand Illusion'.......
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote antonyus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 02:27
the grand illusion
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Grand Illusion. I still have my old vinyl recording.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BarryGlibb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 06:47
This poll should be moved to the "Prog-related" forum.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digdug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 08:31
Grand Illusion

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Equinox
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 14:08
Crystal Ball, Equinox, Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight in that order. I also quite like Paradise Theatre.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The-time-is-now Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 01 2013 at 14:51
Originally posted by digdug digdug wrote:

Grand Illusionfollowed byEquinox



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< id="" id=":AA2F4D1D-BC58-4ac1-931C-94B431C26869"> I'm not embarrassed to appreciate Styx, even though I don't really listen to them anymore.  I find that I played those albums so many times in high school, that they are permanently in my memory and don't need to be heard.
 
Styx has simpler song structures than ELP or Yes or Genesis, but the same spirit is there - the synthesizers, the mythic lyrics, the "concept album," the idea that your music can be something more than a soundtrack to somebody else's party...
 
I voted for "Kilroy Was Here," because I think that this project tried to do something original in the 80's, and largely failed because the audience was too shallow.  The union of film, theater, and rock concert was just too much for them.  As a lover of progressive rock, I have a lot of sympathy for this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote presdoug Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2015 at 16:01
The Grand Illusion-I was lucky enough to have seen the original tour for that album in March of 1977 at the Ottawa Civic Centre, with Prism opening. Fantastic concert.
Mahler's 7th Symphony-like the Soundtrack to a serious operation that is going really well.
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Originally posted by freyacat freyacat wrote:

< id="" id=":AA2F4D1D-BC58-4ac1-931C-94B431C26869"> I'm not embarrassed to appreciate Styx, even though I don't really listen to them anymore.  I find that I played those albums so many times in high school, that they are permanently in my memory and don't need to be heard.
 
Styx has simpler song structures than ELP or Yes or Genesis, but the same spirit is there - the synthesizers, the mythic lyrics, the "concept album," the idea that your music can be something more than a soundtrack to somebody else's party...
 
I voted for "Kilroy Was Here," because I think that this project tried to do something original in the 80's, and largely failed because the audience was too shallow.  The union of film, theater, and rock concert was just too much for them.  As a lover of progressive rock, I have a lot of sympathy for this.
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See, I'd love to agree with you, I really would, Kilroy was a huge risk . . . unfortunately, it pretty much killed the band and the discord shows itself in the music.  While it's a great concept in a time that had little to no appreciation of the concept album, I can't give it the nod for the execution.  Other than Mr. Roboto, the album really isn't that good in my opinion.

I considered "Paradise Theater" but in the end I gave the nod to "The Grand Illusion" if for no other reason than the respect that I gained for Dennis DeYoung when it took me the better part of a month to perfect the solos from 'Foolin' Yourself'.  I played in a Styx tribute band and enjoyed a lot of their music, but Foolin' Yourself is the top of the line as far as Styx songs go.
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equinox, then crystal ball
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2015 at 16:49
Voted for Pieces of Eight as it is my neighbors favorite Styx album. (does that count?) 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2015 at 16:55
hahha.  not suprisingly... I voted for Ivan's least favorite. Clap

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