One of the greatest Stage and popular rock bands ever.
JediMack | VALRICO, FL USA | 05/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Styx were the masters of starting with a ballad that built into a solid rock song. I don't remember anyone doing it better. For sheer power, Blue Collar Man, Come Sail Away and Miss America were great. Miss America came at a time when the country was torn by the Vietnam War, and this song salutes America. I am not sure the hate America first crowd never forgave them. Styx produced a lot of wonderful, feel good music. Depravity and anger drove many of the bands that critics liked better. Styx was and is family friendly. This CD is best purchased along with Styx Greatest Hits Part 2 to get all their best songs.This band still holds the record in rock for consecutive number 1 albums, yet the critics at VH1 and their 500 experts could not find room in their top 100 for Styx, Boston, Heart, Kansas or Journey. They went with mostly British bands, many that I never heard of. The band members never seemed to go Hollywood and mostly continued to live in Chicago between tours."
DANtheSTYXfan | Kalamazoo, MI USA | 09/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A spectacular collection of great songs by Styx (the greatest band of all-time). I feel there are a few songs missing like Lady, Lorelei, and it's pre-Edge Of The Century so there is no Show Me The Way. But that is the case with all greatest hits albums. This is a great album but you should really get their greatest hits 1 & 2.
Anyway here is my review:
1. Babe (20/10) The best love song of all-time. Dedicated to Dennis DeYoung's wife Suzanne. Off of Cornerstone.
2. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (35/10) My favorite song and their best song. Features every instrument espececially John Panozzo's drums. And the vocals and guitar solo by Tommy Shaw is so good. Gets you pumped to go out and work hard. Off the album Pieces Of Eight
3. Come Sail Away (30/10) Enough Said. Off The Grand Illusion
4. Crystal Ball (22/10) First Hit with Shaw singing. Off of Crystal Ball.
5. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) (26/10) A nice song the keyboard work by DeYoung is spectacular. Tells you to get over problems and move on. Off of The Grand Illusion.
6. Light Up (15/10) Some great keyboard work and very good drum work. Off of Equinox.
7. Mr. Roboto (17/10) Kinda off-beat very thought provoking song. Off the album Kilroy Was Here.
8. Renegade (30/10) Has the greatest guitar solo of all-time (done by JY). Drum work is excellent all about an outlaw who finally got caught and is telling his story to his mom. Off the album Pieces Of Eight.
9. Best Of Times (24/10) Classic. Good guitar solo. Lyrics and vocals are awesome. Off the album Paradise Theatre.
10. Don't Let It End (25/10) The lyrics here are unbelievable and a good guitar solo. Off of Kilroy Was Here.
11. Grand Illusion (22/10) Dennis DeYoung's classic warning on the influence of the media. Two great guitar solo's and the drum work is awesome. Off of The Grand Illusion.
12. Suite Madame Blue (19/10) A great hard rocker. Guitar work is good. The keyboard solo is breathtaking. Bass is good. And the drum work is great. Off of Equinox
13. Too Much Time On My Hands (21/10) A classic pop rocker. A really nice catchy tune. A great guitar solo too. Off of Paradise Theatre.
14. Miss America (23/10) The classic growling rocker done and sung by JY. The guitar work is excellent. Dennis' keys are great and of course John keeps goin strong on the drums. Off of The Grand Illusion.
Well There you have it my review. This is a great album a great one to finish off your collection."