A&M Albums 1975-1984
Many other prog bands eventually moved toward pop and scored some big hits along the way—but none filled the arenas and soared up the charts with more spectacular success than Styx. These Chicago boys did go gold and start charting during their early Wooden Nickel years, but their platinum years began with A&M (as did their golden era with guitarist Tommy Shaw). Their first two charting A&M LPs, Equinox and Crystal Ball, produced the hits Lorelei, Mademoiselle, and Crystal Ball, but the #6 smash LPs The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight were the turning point. The winning formula—driving rockers, art-rock grandeur and soaring pop ballads—now firmly in place, Styx climbed yet higher with Cornerstone, Paradise Theater and Kilroy Was Here, which rose to #2, #1 and #3. The Top 40 double-live LP Caught in the Act only solidified their standing as pop superstars. Now, you can get all the hits, all the immaculately produced album tracks and those prime-period live performances in one place, in the most luxurious format going: 180-gram vinyl. This limited-edition nine-LP set brings you all those LPs, and that means you get the aforementioned hits plus Come Sail Away; Fooling Yourself; Blue Collar Man; Sing for the Day; Renegade; Babe; Why Me; Borrowed Time; The Best of Times; Too Much Time on My Hands; Nothing Ever Goes As Planned; Mr. Roboto; Don’t Let It End; High Time; the live hit Music Time, and more stellar Styx on vinyl! A&M.