The album that started it all.
By God of Thunder
This is the debut album of one of the best American rock bands ever. Back in those days a lot of bands weren't great right away (and even the ones that were great became even greater over time, making their debut albums seem less great). Bands evolved into greatness, which helps for sustained success. There are more 70's tock bands that are still around today than 80's and 90's bands. Anyway, the good about this album is that is showed great musicianship and sophistication. That was impressive for it's time. Back then just about all the bands that had those qualities were British. Styx may be the first American rock band to have these qualities. However, as far as songwriting goes, the album only has 6 songs. Much of the tape is used on the first song, which I LOVE the beginning of it through the drum solo, but after that it loses interest. I vastly prefer ELP's Fanfare for the Common Man over Styx's. Styx did it before ELP, but it isn't Styx's song so they don't get points for that. Also, almost all the songs are covers. The only original tunes on this album are "Best Thing" (which is good but not great) and some parts of the 1st song. However, I LOVE "Children of the Land" and the ensuing drum solo and I also love "Quick is the Beat of my Heart."