Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ryan T. Sessions | Savannah, Georgia United States | 01/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up listening to Styx in the eighties(i'm only 22)I was familiar with the Shaw-era of the band. My brother-in-law found this on vinyl and gave it to me. This is an awesome album. "You Need Love" and "Lady" are the songs that most people seem to relate to. But"A Day" is a powerful and beautiful song. And "Father O.S.A."shows DeYoung at his best. His songwriting has always ben an inspiration, and this song just blows me away. And John's drumming is so powerful that you can't help but air drum to it. I like Tommy Shaw, but i think this was the most true era of the band. I was gonna go see Styx on the "Brave New World" Tour, but decided not to go, because of DeYoung's absence. I hope, as I'm sure all Styx fans do,that he returns. If not, Styx needs to quit."
Styx - 'Styx II' (RCA)
Mike Reed | USA | 02/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1973, as ' Styx II ' was the band's second effort. Remember,guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw had not joined the band as of yet. This considered by most fans to be decent '70's album rock. Tunes I was semi-impressed with were "You Need Love",their first top ten hit single "Lady","Father Of O.S.A." and "I'm Gonna Make You Feel It". Ironically,all four of those cuts were penned by Dennis DeYoung.Wanted to mention something here,I don't care WHO says that "Lady" was one of the wimpiest,lamest or worse power ballads ever written. Personally,I've ALWAYS liked this tune."
The Real Styx
Eric J. Flora | Chicago, IL. | 01/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Styx started in Chicago, and actually had used the name TW4 from 1964-1972. At that time the Panozzo brothers Dennis Deyoung and John Curulewski added a guitar player (James Young). Since there were more than four members TW4 needed a name change and chose Styx. This line up produced 4 albums for Wooden Nickle records, and The album Equinox for A&M. At that point John Curulewski quit and was replaced by Tommy Shaw. It may be noted that Styx had established its sound and platinum status before Tommy Shaw's arrival. It may also be noted that none of the original TW4 lineup is now a member of Styx and neither is the man who created the fomula with his song Lady. That song can be found on Styx 2 which was released in 1973. That song set the groundwork when it hit big for the sound Styx would stick to in the future. Styx without Dennis Deyoung is like Wings without Paul MCcartney. No knock on Tommy Shaw or Denny Laine."