Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Fish released Field of Crows

Field of Crows

Fish


Released: May 25, 2004


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo-progressive rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. The Field (Dick, Watson) [8:42]
  2. Moving Targets [5:46]
  3. The Rookie (Dick, Watson) [5:35]
  4. Zoo Class [5:23]
  5. The Lost Plot (Dick, Turrell) [5:10]
  6. Old Crow [5:20]
  7. Numbers (Dick, Watson, Usher) [5:36]
  8. Exit Wound (Dick, Watson) [5:55]
  9. Innocent Party [7:37]
  10. Shot the Craw [6:00]
  11. Scattering Crows (Still Time) (Dick, Watson, Turrell, Duguid) [5:05]

Songs by Dick, Watson, and Dugild unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 66:58


The Players:

  • Derek W. Dick, aka “Fish” (vocals)
  • Bruce Watson (guitar, e-bow)
  • Frank Usher (guitars)
  • Steve Vantsis (bass)
  • Tony Turrell (keyboards)
  • Mark Brzezicki (drums, percussion)
  • Dave Haswell (percussion)
  • Danny Gillan (backing vocals)
  • Richard Sidwell (trumpet, flugel horn)
  • Steve Hamilton (saxophone)
  • Yatta, Lars K. Lande (crowd vocal on “The Field”)
  • Irvin Duguid (clavinet on “Old Crow”)

Rating:

3.407 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)

About the Album:

“Anyone who thought Fellini Days was a notch under Fish’s previous two studio releases (Sunsets on Empire and Raingods with Zippos) should feel relieved after listening to Field of Crows, a very fine entry in the gentle giant’s discography.” AMG

“Fish is making the best out of his lowering voice on this album, which could be seen as a sign of maturity. This album rocks out, but it mostly relies on mellower tracks and simpler songwriting – something reminiscent of Ian Anderson’s own dealings with an aging voice and more introspective interests. Fish’s focus is not on extended suites and shifting moods anymore, but elegant, intelligent songs, and in that regard he deserves an A for Field of Crows.” AMG

“His backing band has undergone yet another reshuffle. Guitarists Bruce Watson and Frank Usher are back. Bassist Steve Vantsis, drummer Mark Brzezicki, and keyboardist Tony Turrell round up the main lineup. Fish co-wrote most of the songs with Watson, a partnership that ranks among his best of late.” AMG

“The album is evenly split between rockers and mellower songs with folk-blues roots. From the first category, the very Marillion-esque (don’t you just love those piano arpeggios?) The Lost Plot, the premium ballad Shot the Craw (possibly his most moving since ‘A Gentleman’s Excuse Me’), and the bluesy Exit Wound stand out.” AMG

“Among the beat-driven numbers, kudos go to another bluesy number, Zoo Class, the catchy Moving Targets, and Innocent Party, in which the singer shows that he can still push a powerful mood-switching song.” AMG

“As usual, arrangements are finely crafted and varied from song to song, resulting in a very satisfying set high on memorable songs and surprisingly low on disposable content.” AMG

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Last updated 6/12/2021.

Monday, May 10, 2004

In Concert: David Bowie

image from www.concertlivewire.com

Venue: Starlight Theater; Kansas City, MO


The Set List:

1. Rebel Rebel
2. New Killer Star
3. Battle for Britain (The Letter)
4. Cactus (Pixies cover)
5. Fashion
6. All the Young Dudes (Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople made it famous)
7. China Girl
8. Pablo Picasso * (Modern Lovers cover)
9. Fame
10. The Loneliest Guy
11. The Man Who Sold the World
12. Breaking Glass *
13. Be My Wife *
14. Hallo Spaceboy
15. Sunday
16. Heathen (The Rays)
17. Under Pressure
18. Days
19. Changes *
20. The Supermen
21. Ashes to Ashes
22. Quicksand
23. White Light, White Heat (Velvet Underground cover)
24. Heroes
Encore:

25. Station to Station *
26. Suffragette City
27. Ziggy Stardust

So, here’s the breakdown of what Bowie played and from what albums they came.

1970: The Man Who Sold the World: title cut, The Supermen
1971: Hunky Dory: Changes, Quicksand
1972: Ziggy Stardust…: title cut, Suffragette City
1973: Ziggy Stardust – The Motion Picture (live): All the Young Dudes, White Light White Heat
1974: Diamond Dogs: Rebel Rebel
1975: Young Americans: Fame
1976: Station to Station: title cut
1977: Low: Breaking Glass, Be My Wife
1977: Heroes: title cut
1980: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: Fashion, Ashes to Ashes
1981: Under Pressure (single with Queen) – first on Queen’s Greatest Hits
1983: Let’s Dance: China Girl
1995: Outside: Hallo Spaceboy
1997: Earthling: Battle for Britain (The Letter)
2002: Heathen: Cactus, Sunday, Heathen (The Rays)
2003: Reality: New Killer Star, Pablo Picasso, The Loneliest Guy, Days

Saturday, May 8, 2004

In Concert: Styx & Peter Frampton

image from youtube.com

Venue: Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre; Bonner Springs, KS


Styx Set List:

1. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2. The Grand Illusion
3. One With Everything
4. Lady
5. Too Much Time on My Hands
6. Snowblind
7. More Love for the Money
8. Medley
9. These Are the Times
10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
11. Miss America
12. Come Sail Away
13. Renegade (encore)

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Styx released Come Sail Away anthology

Styx

Retrospective: 1971-2004

l to r: John Panozzo, James Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung

This page offers a career retrospective of Styx from their origins in 1971 through the release of their 2004 anthology Come Sail Away: The Anthology by offering snapshots of all the studio albums released during that time and highlighting several compilations.

The Players:

  • Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards: 1971-1999)
  • James “JY” Young (guitar, vocals: 1971-)
  • John Curulewski (guitar, vocals, synthesizers: 1971-76). Died of an aneurysm in 1988.
  • Chuck Panozzo (bass: 1971-)
  • John Panozzo (drums, percussion: 1971-1990). Died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47.
  • Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar: 1976-84, 1995-)
  • Glen Burtnik (bass, vocals: 1990, 2000-04)
  • Todd Sucherman (drums: 1995-)
  • Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards: 1999-)
  • Ricky Phillips (bass: 2003-)

Formed: 1971

Where: Chicago, Illinois

Disbanded: 1984

Reunited: 1990, 1999-present

Album Sales: 54 million

Official Website: StyxWorld.com


Awards:

See Styx et al’s Top 100 Songs here.

The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born.

In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song “Lady” restored interest in the band. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. The group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited for an album without Shaw, who worked with supergroup Damn Yankees from 1989 to 1992 and then as a duo with Damn Yankees’ bandmate Jack Blades in 1995.

Shaw returned to the fold for a 1995 tour and they recorded a few songs in the studio for their Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 compilations. In 1999, they released their first studio album in nearly a decade. They’ve actively toured since and released studio albums sporadically.


The Studio Albums:

Hover over an album cover for the title and year of release. Click on the album cover to see its DMDB page.


Compilations:

These are the compilations spotlighted on this page. The snapshots of the studio albums indicate all songs featured on any of these compilations, noted by the codes below. Appearing after song titles are the songwriters in italicized parentheses, running times in brackets, and when relevant, the date the song was released as a single and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.


Live Albums:

(Organized by dates of recording, not release)


Styx I (1972):

“Although they began as an artsy prog-rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads.” GP

Twin brothers John Panozzo and Chuck Panozzo started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, Dennis DeYoung quickly joined them and they formed a “combo named the Tradewinds during the late 1960s.” LP When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with John Curulewski. James Young joined in 1970.

“Local gigs in and around the Windy City led them to the attention of Bill Traut, a Chicago musician/producer whose regional record label Wooden Nickel was distributed throughout North America by RCA. Traut was actively seeking new talent and TW4 was just what he was looking for to compete with” LP the “primarily U.K-centered progressive rock scene” LP and bands like Yes; Rush; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The band changed their name to Styx, “named after a river from Greek mythology that ran through the ‘land of the dead’ in the underworld,” GP and signed to Wooden Nickel.

  • Best Thing (DeYoung, Young) [3:15] (9/16/72, 82 US, 86 HR, 40 CL) AN
  • You Need Love (DeYoung) [3:44] (5/10/75, 88 US, 81 CB, 40 CL) AN


Styx II (1973):

Styx’s early albums reflected the prog-rock vibe Traut was seeking. They built a substantial local following with their early albums and non-stop touring, but couldn’t break through to the mainstream until 1974 when Lady, a track from their second album, was revived by Chicago radio station WLS-FM. It was issued as a single nationwide and became a top-10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. GP

  • Lady (DeYoung) [2:58] (12/7/74, 6 US, 6 CB, 7 HR, 7 RR, 5 CL, 19 CN, 23 AU) AN


The Serpent Is Rising (1974):

Styx’s third studio outing was a loose concept album which sold under 100,000. It was promoted with the single “Winner Take All” which didn’t chart.

  • Winner Take All (DeYoung, Charles Lofrano) [3:05] AN


Man of Miracles (1974):

This was Styx’s last album with Wooden Nickel. It didn’t gain much traction for the band, but featured a cover of the Knickerbockers’ “Lies,” which was later substituted with “Best Thing” from the first album. It was during promotion for this album that “Lady” from Styx II was revived and gained attention for the band and got them signed to a major label.

  • Rock and Roll Feeling (Curulewski, Young) [3:02] AN


Equinox (1975):

This was Styx’s fifth album overall and first with major label A&M. It gave them their second top-40 hit with Lorelei and also led to songs Light Up and Suite Madame Blue gaining inroads into AOR radio.

  • Light Up (DeYoung) [4:17] (1975, 13 CL) CL, G2, AN
  • Lorelei (DeYoung/ Young) [3:19] (2/14/76, 27 US, 30 CB, 28 HR, 26 RR, 9 CL, 6 CN) G1, AN
  • Prelude 12 (Curulewski) [1:21] AN
  • Suite Madame Blue (DeYoung) [6:30] (7 CL) CL, G1, AN


Crystal Ball (1976):

The night before Styx was set to launch a tour in support of their Equinox album, Curulewski abruptly left the band. They scrambled to find a replacement, settling with guitarist and singer Tommy Shaw. While Crystal Ball wouldn’t become a monstrous success, Shaw’s addition to the band would set the band on a trajectory which would make them arguably America’s favorite rock band. Here he contributed the album’s power ballad title track and in a co-lead vocal with DeYoung on top 40 hit Mademoiselle.

  • Mademoiselle (DeYoung/ Shaw) [3:57] (11/6/76, 36 US, 57 CB, 58 HR, 15 CL, 25 CN) G2, AN
  • Crystal Ball (Shaw) [4:32] (5/14/77, 9 CL) CL, G1, AN
  • Shooz (Shaw/ Young) [4:44] AN


The Grand Illusion (1977):

This was the first of Styx’s four consecutive top-10, multi-platinum albums. No band had ever accomplished that feat. This album was propelled by Come Sail Away, a top 10 Dennis DeYoung-penned pop hit that became the band’s show closer, and Fooling Yourself, a prototype for the Tommy Shaw rockers that were to come.

  • Come Sail Away (DeYoung) [6:07] (9/24/77, 8 US, 1 CL) CL, G1, AN
  • Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (Shaw) [5:29] (2/18/78, 29 US, 6 CL) CL, G1, AN
  • The Grand Illusion (DeYoung) [4:36] (5 CL) CL, G1, AN
  • Miss America (Young) [5:01] (15 CL) CL, G1, AN
  • Superstars (DeYoung/Shaw/Young) [3:59] G2
  • Man in the Wilderness (Shaw) [5:49] AN


Pieces of Eight (1978):

DeYoung had established himself as the most commercial of the band’s trio of singer/songwriters with top-10 hits “Lady” and “Come Sail Away” and James Young was the undeniable rocker of the band. Shaw, however, found a comfortable place between the two and exerted his clout as a rocker who could also generate hits on Pieces of Eight with the top-40 songs Renegade and Blue Collar Man.

  • Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (Shaw) [4:05] (9/9/78, 21 US, 21 CB, 22 HR, 21 RR, 4 CL, 9 CN, 98 AU) CL, G1, AN
  • Sing for the Day (Shaw) [4:57] (12/30/78, 41 US, 41 CB, 39 HR, 17 CL, 27 CN) G2, AN
  • Renegade (Shaw) [4:13] (1/9/79, 16 US, 18 CB, 22 HR, 17 RR, 1 CL, 10 CN) CL, G1, AN
  • Queen of Spades (DeYoung/Young) [5:38] G2
  • Pieces of Eight (DeYoung) [4:44] AN


Cornerstone (1979):

DeYoung returned to the forefront on the Cornerstone album. To the chagrin of Styx’s harder-rocking fans and to the delight of the pop world, the lead single was the full-on ballad Babe by DeYoung. The lighter fare landed Styx its only #1 pop hit, but caused tension as Shaw fought to keep the band from succumbing to DeYoung’s more theatrical, melodic balladry. For unknown reasons, “Why Me,” the second top-40 hit from Cornerstone, failed to find a home on any of the compilations featured on this page.

  • Babe (DeYoung) [4:25] (10/6/79, 12 US, 13 CB, 12 HR, 13 RR, 6 UK, 9 AC, 1 CL, 6 UK, 16 CN, 3 AU) CL, G1, AN
  • Why Me (DeYoung) [3:54] (12/15/79, 26 US, 19 CB, 18 HR, 12 RR, 9 CL, 10 CN)
  • Boat on the River (Shaw) [3:10] (3/16/80, --) G2, AN
  • Borrowed Time (DeYoung/Shaw) [4:58] (3/29/80, 64 US, 74 CB, 63 HR, 33 CL, 76 CN) G2, AN
  • Lights (DeYoung/Shaw) [4:38] (41 CL) G2, AN
  • First Time (DeYoung) [4:24] G2


Paradise Theater (1981):

“The band decided that their first release of the ‘80s would be a concept album, 1981’s Paradise Theater, which was loosely based on the rise and fall of a once-beautiful theater (which was supposedly used as a metaphor for the state of the U.S. at the time – the Iranian hostage situation, the Cold War, Reagan, etc.). Paradise Theater became Styx's biggest hit of their career (selling over three million copies in a three-year period), as they became one of the U.S. top rock acts due to such big hit singles as Too Much Time on My Hands and The Best of Times.” GP The former was yet another Tommy Shaw rocker while the latter was a DeYoung song that was more in the vein of ‘Lady” and ‘Come Sail Away,’ which had ballad elements but still rocked.

  • The Best of Times (DeYoung) [4:17] (1/24/81, 3 US, 5 CB, 6 HR, 13 RR, 26 AC, 1 CL, 16 AR, 42 UK, 11 CN, 23 AU) CL, G1, AN
  • Too Much Time on My Hands (Shaw) [4:31] (3/21/81, 9 US, 8 CB, 7 HR, 4 CL, 2 AR, 4 CN, 68 AU) CL, G1, AN
  • Rockin’ the Paradise (DeYoung/Shaw/Young) [3:35] (3/21/81, 20 CL, 8 AR) G2, AN
  • Snowblind (DeYoung/Young) [4:48] (3/21/81, 17 CL, 22 AR) G2, AN
  • A.D. 1928 (DeYoung) [1:07] G2, AN


Kilroy Was Here (1983):

“But the behind-the-scenes bickering only intensified in the wake of the album’s success, as DeYoung was now convinced that a more theatrical approach was the future direction for Styx. Shaw and the rest of the group begrudgingly went along.” GP “The resulting follow-up was another hit, 1983’s sci-fi based Kilroy Was Here (which told the story of a future where rock & roll was outlawed, almost a carbon copy of the story line of Rush’s 2112).” GP “The ensuing prop-heavy tour seemed to focus more on scripted dialogue and lengthy films than good old rock & roll.” GP In addition, the over-the-top (and poorly done) concept coupled with lead single Mr. Roboto’s cheesy novelty elements, alienated some Styx fans – and “would eventually lead to the group’s breakup.” GP

  • Mr. Roboto [5:28] (2/12/83, 3 US, 11 CB, 3 RR, 3 AR, 12 CN, 40 AU) CL, G1, AN
  • Don’t Let It End [4:56] (4/30/83, 6 US, 14 CB, 3 RR, 56 UK, 13 AC, 15 CN) CL, G1
  • Haven’t We Been Here Before (Shaw) [4:06] G2

Classics

Styx


Released: 1987


Recorded: 1975-1983


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: classic arena rock


Tracks: (1) Babe (2) Blue Collar Man (3) Come Sail Away (4) Crystal Ball (5) Fooling Yourself (6) Light Up (7) Mr. Roboto (8) Renegade (9) The Best of Times (10) Don’t Let It End (11) The Grand Illusion (12) Suite Madame Blue (13) Too Much Time on My Hands (14) Miss America


Total Running Time: 68:49

Rating:

4.179 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)

About Classics:

This was released as part of A&M Records’ series of compilations (officially it is called Classics Volume 15). It offered a nice snapshot of Styx’s heyday, but was superseded by the superior Greatest Hits in 1995. It omits top-40 hits “Lorelei” and “Mademoiselle,” as well as the pre-A&M years top-10 hit “Lady.”


Edge of the Century (1990):

After 1983’s Kilroy Was Here and a live album the next year, Styx went on hiatus. DeYoung, Young, and Shaw released solo albums. None matched Styx’s success, although DeYoung had a top-10 hit with “Desert Moon.” In 1989, Shaw joined Night Ranger’s singer and bassist Jack Blades and guitarist Ted Nugent in the supergroup Damn Yankees, which produced the top-10 power ballad “High Enough” and the #1 album rock track “Coming of Age.”

Meanwhile, the remainder of the band reformed Styx with Glen Burtnik stepping in for Shaw. The lead single, “Love Is the Ritual,” failed to reignite much interest in the band, but another DeYoung ballad, “Show Me the Way,” was a surprise top-10 hit for a group most assumed were dead and gone.

  • Love Is the Ritual (Burtnik/ Pinky) (9/29/90, 80 US, 9 AR, 59 CN) AN
  • Show Me the Way (DeYoung)(12/8/90, 3 US, 7 RR, 3 AC, 4 CN) G1, AN
  • Love at First Sight (Burtnik/ DeYoung/ Young) (4/6/91, 25 US, 18 RR, 13 AC, 20 CN) G2

Greatest Hits

Styx


Released: August 22, 1995


Recorded: 1975-1990, 1995


Peak: 138 US


Sales (in millions): 2.0 US


Genre: classic arena rock


Tracks: (1) Lady ’95 (2) The Best of Times (3) Lorelei (4) Too Much Time on My Hands (5) Babe (6) Fooling Yourself (7) Show Me the Way (8) Renegade (9) Come Sail Away (10) Blue Collar Man (11) The Grand Illusion (12) Crystal Ball (13) Suite Madame Blue (14) Miss America (15) Mr. Roboto (16) Don’t Let It End


Total Running Time: 75:25

Rating:

4.195 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Greatest Hits:

After Styx’s short-lived reunion in 1990, the members went their separate ways again. DeYoung played Pontius Pilate in a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and recorded an album of Broadway showtunes. Young issued a pair of solo albums and Shaw released an album in 1995 with Jack Blades, his bandmate from Damn Yankees. Shaw reunited with his former bandmates in Styx for a re-recording of “Lady” for the Greatest Hits album.

Like the Classics release, Greatest Hits still overlooked some top-40 hits, including “Why Me,” “Mademoiselle,” and “Music Time” – all of which were absent from Classics as well. There was only one more studio album released between the two compilations, which is represented by the top-5 hit “Show Me the Way.” It also includes “Lorelei,” which was not on Classics. The only song featured on Classics which isn’t included here as well is “Light Up.”

A reunion tour followed this album, but John Panozzo had to bow out (replaced by Todd Sucherman) due to struggles with alcoholism. He died that year.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Lady ’95 (DeYoung) [3:05] G1

Greatest Hits 2

Styx


Released: June 11, 1996


Recorded: 1975-1996


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: classic arena rock


Tracks: (1) A.D. 1928 (2) Rockin’ the Paradise (3) Light Up (4) Sing for the Day (5) First Time (6) Mademoiselle (7) Snowblind (8) Boat on the River (9) Borrowed Time (10) Lights (11) Queen of Spades (12) Love at First Sight (13) Haven’t We Been Here Before (14) Superstars (15) Little Suzie (16) It Takes Love


Total Running Time: 76:25

Rating:

2.895 out of 5.00 (average of 11 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About Greatest Hits 2:

While this largely feels like a leftovers collection, “Mademoiselle” and “Love at First Sight” were both top-40 hits and “Sing for the Day” just missed the cut. “Light Up” and “Borrowed Time” were singles and “Boat on the River” found top-5 success in Europe. “Rockin’ the Paradise” and “Snowblind” were album rock hits. This collection still manages to miss the mark, though. “Why Me” (a top-40 hit), “Nothing Ever Goes As Planned,” “High Time,” and “Love Is the Ritual” all charted, but are supplanted by album cuts like “First Time,” “Queen of Spades,” and “Superstars” which don’t need to be here. It is nice to have two new cuts.


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Little Suzie (Burtnik, Bob Burger, Shaw, DeYoung) [4:49] G2
  • It Takes Love (Burtnik, Burger) [3:26] G2


Brave New World (1999):

In 1999, Styx issued Brave New World, only their second studio album of the last 16 years – and their first with Tommy Shaw back in the band. This album isn’t represented on any of the Styx anthologies noted on this page, but it did produce the Tommy Shaw-led single “Everything Is Cool.”

While most of the band was ready to soldier on with further albums and tours, DeYoung had to take a break when he developed a virus that made him extremely light sensitive. He eventually overcame the disorder, but Shaw and Young had already replaced him with Lawrence Gowan and moved ahead. DeYoung sued them over the use of the name Styx in a lawsuit settled in late 2001. Chuck Panozzo also confirmed rumors that he’d contracted AIDS, but was battling it successfully.

  • Everything Is Cool (Shaw) (1999, --)


Cyclorama (2003):

The new-millenium lineup of Styx did plenty of touring and churned out a glut of live albums (four), but only one album of new material, 2003’s Cyclorama, with the lineup “of Shaw, Young, Burtnik, Sucherman and Gowan. It also featured guest appearances from John Waite, Brian Wilson, and actor Billy Bob Thornton. By the end of the year, Burtnik was out of the band and replaced by former Bad English and Babys member Ricky Phillips, although Panozzo did play with the group on select live dates.” GP

  • One With Everything (Burtnik, Gowan, Shaw, Sucherman, Young) [5:56] AN

Come Sail Away: The Anthology

Styx


Released: May 4, 2004


Recorded: 1972-2003


Peak: 136 US


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: classic arena rock


Tracks, Disc 1: (1) Best Thing (2) You Need Love (3) Lady (4) Winner Take All (5) Rock and Roll Feeling (6) Light Up (7) Lorelei (8) Prelude 12 (9) Suite Madame Blue (10) Shooz (11) Mademoiselle (12) Crystal Ball (13) The Grand Illusion (14) Fooling Yourself (15) Come Sail Away (16) Miss America (17) Man in the Wilderness

Tracks, Disc 2: (1) Blue Collar Man (2) Sing for the Day (3) Renegade (4) Pieces of Eight (5) Lights (6) Babe (7) Borrowed Time (8) Boat on the River (9) A.D. 1928 (10) Rockin’ the Paradise (11) Too Much Time on My Hands (12) The Best of Times (13) Snowblind (14) Mr. Roboto (15) Love Is the Ritual (16) Show Me the Way (17) Dear John (18) One with Everything


Total Running Time: 149:55

Rating:

4.080 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

About Come Sail Away: The Anthology:

This is Styx’s first anthology to include material from the Wooden Nickel years. The band had a couple of minor hits during that time with “Best Thing” and “You Need Love,” but more notably had a top-10 hit with “Lady.” It is a welcome addition since it hasn’t been represented in previous collections, save a rerecorded version on the 1995 Greatest Hits.

This collection also improves on its predecessors by offering a chronological run-through of the songs, which helps frame a band who may be best known for their arena rock heyday of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but had a more progressive rock sound before that and moved away from their classic sound on post-Kilroy releases.

This two-disc retrospective gets a lot right, but still makes mistakes. It could dispense with album cuts like “Shooz” and “Man in the Wilderness” to make room for better known songs like “Why Me,” a top-40 hit not included on any of the band’s hits collection, and “Don’t Let It End,” a top-10 which is inexplicably left out.

It’s also commendable that there is an effort to represent all Styx’s albums, but “One with Everything” doesn’t hold up alongside classic material and wasn’t even a single. At least “Waiting for Our Time,” also from the Cyclorama album, eeked its way onto the album rock chart. It also doesn’t make sense that the collection comes so close to hitting all the studio efforts, but then ignores 1999’s Brave New World. “Everything Is Cool” from that album would have fit better than “One with Everything.”


Tracks Not on Previously Noted Albums:

  • Dear John (Shaw) [3:04] (1997 on Return to Paradise) AN


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First posted 6/11/2008; last updated 5/18/2021.