Not worth the space it takes up in the iTunes store
By Bring Kristen Hall Back
Stupid. Avoided many of the Styx tunes that would have sounded great with the CYO. I don't understand this cover band. Get DeYoung back or hand it up.
Styx is not what they used to be
The Styx that really rocked was the Styx from the 70's and 80's and mostly with Deyoung. Tommy Shaw had some good songs early on, but this reincarnation of Styx just doesn't do justice to their old music unfortunately, which is so rich and energetic. A lot of this Styx is slow and boring and at many times sounds like a cheesy knockoff.
Styx and the CYO in Cleveland
Who's Dennis DeYoung? These guys and the orchestra ROCK!!
Turn it up and enjoy a cacophany of music from the Midwest with these Chicago rockers in Cleveland!
This is AWESOME!!!!
This album is very well put together, I saw this concert on TV and I thought it was spectacular. I do miss Dennis de Young, but this show was very good,
Too bad for "Chuckie" that his twin brother John couldn't be at the concert.
R.I.P. John Panazzo
Was so glad it was on CD
I saw the HD concert on DirectTV and was blown away. I immediately went to Itunes to see if it was available as a CD and to my delight, it is. Normally the newer (non- classic) songs in a concert are throw-away necessities, but the newer Styx songs are all sublime; in fact I think they outshine the classics, especially Just Be and A Criminal Mind. The power of the Orchestra and Chorus is goose-bump stuff, and Styx is the perfect band to expand their music in this format. A fantastic listen.
Styx was great, orchestra was iffy
As a longtime Styx fan, and someone who is glad that it isn't just "The Dennis Show" anymore (sorry Dennis), I was thrilled to get to hear this collaboration. The DVD is great, too, for Styx fans. As a musician and orchestra afficionado, though, I found the CYO to be more of a distraction than a plus on this album. So much more could have been done with the arrangements, and most of the time the orchestra simply added "noise" where it wasn't needed. It seemed that the arrangers spent most of their time trying to find something for everyone to do. I like the idea, and it's a must for Styx fans, but I was let down and kept wondering how wonderful it could have been.
All Styx Fans, Please Read
Styx wasn't solely Dennis DeYoung. Dennis DeYoung took an ego trip during 'Kilroy was Here' and that really hurt Styx. Tommy Shaw and James Young have, as well as the Panozzo brothers, contributed equal success to Styx, Dennis DeYoung did not sing a word of 'Blue Collar Man' or 'Miss America', those both are classic hits. Many of those 'Not Styx without Dennis DeYoung' are paying no mind to the prolific force that Tommy Shaw was and other musical projects of both Tommy Shaw and Dennis DeYoung, they both had their solo careers, but during 'Edge of the Century', Tommy Shaw was a member of Damn Yankees, which was once one of the top ten bands in America, This is a solid album, Good job to Styx and CYO.
Better than ever
Though this doesn't really need any more reviews, I'm still blown away at how good these guys are. Many think Dennis being gone is a bad thing, it doesn't really bother me-I actually prefer the new Styx. This album is a great combination of old and new hits, and the orchestra and chorus add extra energy to this already amazing concert.
The new styx rocks!
This album is an amazing accomplishment that has amazing new hits and puts a fresh twist on their old songs. To me, styx sounds better now than ever. Their music is more complicated, wild, and fun without DDY trying to get them on broadway. Styx now sounds how it was meant to be-a rock band. TS and JY do an amazing job, and the rest of the lineup is phenominal. Please, DDY fans, get over it. He belonged on Broadway anyway.
See it on PBS if you can
I just stumbled across this concert on PBS by accident. AWESOME! I watched about 15 minutes in the middle and then Tivo'd the whole thing so I could see it all. I've seen about 1/2 and kept waiting for a pledge break to see if the album was available...whodathought (Yes, that IS a word) I'd be HOPING for a pledge break!
Anyway, iTunes has it, and life is good. Tommy sounds as great as ever, James Young looks more like an alien android than ever, and continues to turn out stunning, seemingly effortless guitar riffs that make you remember why you wished you could grow your hair out and join a band.
The orchestra adds a lot of depth. These kids are SO passionate. It's obvious they love what they're doing. If you're cherry picking, check out Blue Collar Man, It Don't Make Sense, and Crystal Ball, at least, but really, buy the whole thing!