The best early collection from Styx.
I became a fan of Styx back in 1972. I was only 9 at the time and really didn't know who these guys were. But my mom did. She played the piano and loved Styx song Lady. As I got older and started playing drums and the bass. I found the work that John and JY did on "The Serpent is Rising and Man of Miracles" was and still is amazing. I know that these songs are no longer performed. But I can imagine how good they would sound with Tommy and JY playing them once more for us old guys that remember The original Styx. Bringing those two back in there set might interest a whole new group of fans
Styx IS Styx
Whether it's a song from their early years or a more current song, Styx is Styx. That's all, this is a rocking band with that rocking sound. So go ahead Styx fans buy this if you don't already have it :)
By Gears Hater
While I believe the Tommy Shaw Styx is better, these are great. Man of Miracles is a great album, and of these Song I like Unfinished Song the most. None of these are fillers - just good rock, even if not as good as the albums with Tommy. You will NOT want to get this if you are not a hardcore Styx fan though.
plexiglas toilet song
who can tell me if styx wrote the song plexiglas toilet ??????
This album has great guitar solos, keyboard playing, drums, bass guitar, and vocalization from, John "JC" Curulweski, James "JY" Young, Dennis DeYoung, John Pannozo, and Chuck Pannozo. It is complete with mixtures from; Styx, Styx II, Man Of Miracles And The Serpent Is Rising. All of which are great albums. But only one problem. Itunes doesn't have and of those albums on here. How could they not even put the albums that this one is based on? Thats kind of weird. Anyways, it's still an amazing album. This is my favorite kind of music and I'm 12 years old! So really, escpesially if you grew up in the 70's or 80's this is a must have!
Some Of My Favorite Works Of the Band
I always liked the Wooden Nickel years of Styx's career (although Grand Illusion is my favorite of all time). After they reformed for Edge of the Century and again for Brave New World, these were the albums I had hoped they would re-channel; more of the prog-rock/hard rock edge.
"Best Thing" has one of the best drum parts of all time
"Jonas Psalter" was the band's best prog-rock story telling song followed by "Christopher Mr. Christopher" and "Man of Miracles"
"Unfinished Song" was the "Crystal Ball" of it's day; Longing to know where a lost soul belonged and where it would lead
"The Serpent Is Rising" was the most "acid rock" song, the band ever made and J.C.'s best
"A Day" The 2nd best song J.C. made with the band, and Chuck's best bass riff (I liked J.C.'s work far better than J.Y.'s. It's a shame he only had 5 songs, if you include "Krakatoa as a song, 6 if you include his work on "Plexiglas Toilet")
"You Better Ask" J.C.'s 3rd best song and lightest in content
The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings
Wow! I remember these songs! Like other listeners mentioned, I fell in love with Styx after they hit it big, then backtracked to see where they came from. I often thought that with the right exposure songs like Best Thing, Winner Take All, and What Has Come Between Us could have been "greatest hits" worthy tunes. And A Day, so moody! Christopher, Mr. Christopher is an interesting song. It's about the de-cannonization of Saint Christopher (patron saint of travelers). I guess the Vatican didn't think there was enough evidience that he ever existed, so they took his sainthood away. I'm not sure they were ever able to provide compelling evidence that he didn't exist though... Anyway, the lyrics to this song serve to show the breadth and depth of early Styx music. Much deeper than a lot of the "I like you, you're hot, lets spawn" lyrics we heard so much of back then.
John Curulewski really did contribute the early success of this great band
A Day is one of my very favorite Styx songs (favorite is Suite Madam Blue). You Need Love and Lies are also high on my list. Anyone who loved them as a kid and then decided to abandon them should really listen to some of this early stuff that is not quite as formulaic as the hits that we heard over and over on the radio. I'm sorry to say it, but you almost need to be a little more mature to appreciate these early offerings.
I bought the 2 disc compilation before iTunes listed it. Wonderful set that brings me back to the pre A&M records days. Amazing stuff from an amazing, iconic band full of energy and creativity...and just waiting to break onto the national scene. Reminds me of late nights on WLS out of Chicago waiting to hear Styx.
For those of you complaining about no Plexiglass Toilet hidden track, if is there as a direct add-on beginning at 3:45 of the track "As Bad as This." the name is not there, nor was it ever on the original LP. Enjoy!
I am glad to see another person around my age loves Styx too. I am 13, and only listen to 60s, 70s and 80s music!