1995: A&M 31454 0387 2
Oh god, the indulgent shame . Ill state one basic thing right off the bat: I bought this CD for specific songs, not to celebrate Styxs music or career, and while playing the full CD for the first time was an interesting introduction to some of their other stuff (some of which Id heard in the 70s without knowing it was them nor remembering the songs much), really I have this CD in my library for the songs I wanted in the first place and I ignore the bulk of the rest. Specifically I was (and am) hooked on Too Much Time On My Hands, and most of the rest I could toss aside, but Renegade, Miss America, and (surprisingly) Lorelei still get me to go back for repeat listenings at substantial volume levels.
Babe, however, makes me want to turbo-vomit. And Come Sail Away was forever destroyed by South Parks Eric Cartman on the Chef Aid album, much to my eternal gratitude. I still have mixed feelings about Renegade, which is for the most part a sparklingly strong rocker but is so tainted with late-70s excesses that its hard to get through without sneering at.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.