Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Sean French, Jul 7, 2019.
42 years ago today. My "all time" favorite album was released.
The sevens are rich digits.
Magritte for the masses.
I saw them on the “Pieces of Eight” tour, but they still played almost all of “Grand Illusion.” It was a great show.
What album(s) was(were) released on 6-6-66 (besides that date being the fictional projected birth of Rosemary’s Baby!)?
Thought this was a king diamond reference. LOL
I first saw them in '79 on the Cornerstone tour. They played 6 of the 8 songs from TGI. Superstars and The Grand Finale were the only absentees from that album.
Styx was my first concert. I was 13. My mom took me and friend to the show at the Boston Garden.
Love that album.
I recently heard a live version of “Superstars” and in the live intro, JY states that they never played the song live due to the difficulty. I probably hadn’t heard the song in 35 years - great harmonies and tune.
That was a Monday. No-one released albums on Mondays back then--Tuesday was release day so that three day weekends wouldn't throw things completely off.
Fun fact. Styx were the first , maybe only, band to ever have released 4 triple platinum selling albums in a row. The Beatles , Stones , The Who , Zeppelin or Eagles didn't achieve that back then.
The platinum certification was invented in like, 1975 or so, well after the Beatles and Stones were releasing prime product. Zep not hitting that mark is surprising.
The album was the seventh album for Styx also.
One of the funnest concerts I went to back in the day, Nov. 27, 1979 I think it was, in Omaha, it was my gf's 21st birthday and we were in full hippie mode. Tommy Shaw was awesome! I don't think it would have been the same without him. All of their biggest hits non-stop for 2 hours or more, no other act, just Styx.
My older Brother went to Jr. High with Tommy Shaw, but I liked 'em before we knew it. I had that 8-track when I was around 12. Let's see...Grand Illusion, Boston's 1st, Kansas Leftoverture, Kiss alive II, Toys in the attic, Song remains the same, man......what a time for music!
Because of my age the first Styx song I heard was Mr. Roboto. For decades it was also the only Styx song I ever heard. In my teens I was into jazz, metal and 60's/70's rock. At about 19 I found punk and "alternative" and more experimental new rock music. For decades the only things I ever heard about Styx was the stuff about critics hating them, how they were a pompous, boring, middle of the road corporate band - Styx Stinks, parking lot full of whale vomit etc. Not too long ago I watched a video on Youtube about the fall out from the Kilroy Was Here album (because I remembered Mr. Roboto) and the breakup of the band which included clips of some of their earlier songs... and dammed if I didn't really like some of them! Years of ignoring these guys because of what I had heard other people say about them even though for quite awhile I could have just listened for myself on Youtube - makes me feel a bit foolish.
'77 was a great year. I turned 10. Grand Illusion, Little Queen, Foreigner Foreigner, and Cat Scratch Fever were in heavy heavy rotation in my room.
On the flipside, it's funny to look at the bands I was totally NOT into back then. Floyd, Skynyrd, Rush, Steely Dan; all bands I eventually discovered and dug into their catalogs, but at the time just didn't exist for me.
Great album. Every once in a while I have to sit down in the sweet spot and crank Castle Walls.
That was the first concert ( out of over 200 ) I went to, when I was 12. I still have the tour program. Great show.
The Grand Illusion tour -
There are only four Styx songs I really like:
Winner Take All
The Grove Of Eglantine
None of them are on that album.