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Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)

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Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)
Artist: Styx
Title Of Album: The Grand Illusion
Year Of Release: 1977 {2009 Japan SHM-CD}
Label: A&M, Universal Music
Genre: Progressive rock
Format: Flac/Cue/Log/Artwork
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 38:59
Total Size: 333 MB(+5%)


1. "The Grand Illusion" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:36
2. "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" (Tommy Shaw) – 5:29
3. "Superstars" (DeYoung, Shaw, James Young) – 3:59
4. "Come Sail Away" (DeYoung) – 6:07
5. "Miss America" (Young) – 5:01
6. "Man in the Wilderness" (Shaw) – 5:49
7. "Castle Walls" (DeYoung) – 6:00
8. "The Grand Finale" (DeYoung, Shaw, Young) – 1:58
Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)
personnel :

Dennis DeYoung - keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Chuck Panozzo - bass, vocals
John Panozzo - drums, percussion, vocals
Tommy Shaw - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
James Young - guitars, keyboards, vocals
Chuck Beeson - Album Design
Kelly and Mouse - Album cover painting

THE GRAND ILLUSION was the album that rocketed Styx to superstardom after all their years of hard work. That time spent in the trenches was clearly not wasted, as the group displays an unprecedented level of tightness here in their writing, arrangements, and performance. This is something of a concept album, the theme being the hypocrisy and self-deception inherent in modern American society. The songs that tackle this concept most directly are James Young's bristling rocker "Miss America," Dennis DeYoung's appropriately grandiose-sounding title tune, and "Superstars," Tommy Shaw's evisceration of the rock star life.

Some of the most effective songs here are Shaw's inspirational "Fooling Yourself," the more obscure, moody tunes "Castle Walls" and "Man in the Wilderness," and DeYoung's epic tale of interstellar experiences "Come Sail Away," which would become one of the most loved songs in the band's catalog. Achieving the perfect balance between pop appeal, rock muscle, and prog-influenced flavoring, GRAND ILLUSION is Styx at the top of its collective game.

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