The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, it was released on July 7, 1977.
It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles “Come Sail Away” and “Fooling Yourself”, and sold over three million copies in the US (Triple Platinum). Along with Pieces of Eight, it is their best-selling album to date.
The album was recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago.
The album cover art, created by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, is an homage to a painting by René Magritte entitled “Le Blanc-Seing”.
1. “The Grand Illusion” 4:36 2. “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” 5:29 3. “Superstars” 3:59 4. “Come Sail Away” 6:07 5. “Miss America” 5:02 6. “Man in the Wilderness” 5:51 7. “Castle Walls” 5:59 8. “The Grand Finale” 1:57
Pieces of Eight is the eighth studio album by Styx, released on September 1, 1978.
Like the band’s previous album, The Grand Illusion (1977), it managed to achieve triple platinum certification, thanks to the hit singles “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and “Renegade”.
The band members produced and recorded the album (like their previous three efforts) at Paragon Studios in Chicago with recording engineer Barry Mraz and mixing engineer Rob Kingsland. “I’m O.K.” was recorded at Paragon and St. James Cathedral. This would be the last album to be produced at Paragon Studios.
The album’s cover was done by Hipgnosis. DeYoung stated in the 1991 interview with Redbeard on the “In the Studio” episode that he initially hated the cover but grew to like it as he got older.
1. “Great White Hope” 4:22 2. “I’m O.K.” 5:41 3. “Sing for the Day” 4:57 4. “The Message” 1:08 5. “Lords of the Ring” 4:33 6. “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” 4:05 7. “Queen of Spades” 5:38 8. “Renegade” 4:13 9. “Pieces of Eight” 4:44 10. “Aku-Aku” Shaw 2:57
Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding hard rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theatre. The band established itself with a progressive rock sound in the 1970s, and began to incorporate pop rock and soft rock elements in the 1980s.
Styx is best known for the hit songs “Lady”, “Come Sail Away”, “Babe”, “Boat on the River”, “Too Much Time on My Hands”, “Renegade” and “Mr. Roboto”. Other major hits include “Don’t Let It End”, “Blue Collar Man”, “The Best of Times”, “The Grand Illusion”, “Crystal Ball”, “Fooling Yourself” and “Suite Madame Blue”. Styx has had 4 consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as 16 top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10.
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