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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00BELDIMG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Empty Sky7 on July 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Styx back in 1995, when I was 17..The first album I picked up was the greatest hits collection, while liking a few songs, I wasn't real impressed. One day I decided to pick up "Caught In The Act", just to get an idea how the group sounded live..This is where it all began for me. I took CITA with me on a ride one evening, and I was blown away..The energy and excitement that was in these live recordings..I loved the extra antics and sped up ending in "Too Much Time On My Hands"; DeYoung's held out vocal on "Suite Madame Blue"; the raw energy behind "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling Yourself"; the uncertainty and agony expressed in "Crystal Ball"; hearing the audience go wild on "Come Sail Away", and for the first time, I felt the emotion in "The Best Of Times". From this point on, I was a Styx fan. This album gave life to so many of those songs that I felt were a little flat in their studio versions, not to say that every song here is better than the studio recordings, but there is just a certain power when you hear these songs live, and for the first time, I found myself really able to relate. Does this album have any faults? Not really, the only things I can think of are that "Lady", and "Renegade" aren't present, but as good as this is, that can be overlooked. "Music Time", the only studio track on the album, as "bubble gum" as it might be, is one fun song..What else can be said? Great album, not what introduced me to the group, but what made me appreciate them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Jensen on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was just nine years old when Styx embarked on their nine-year hiatus in 1984, so I was not privileged enough to be heavily exposed to them while growing up. However, years later, when it was more fashionable to listen to everything from Guns-N-Roses to Run DMC, this cassette remained in my tape deck for years after my older sister recommended I listen to it. Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw and James Young harmonized as well as any trio of singers in any rock band to date. A bold statement ... but one I stand by. That could not be more evident than listening to the live versions of Crystal Ball, Best of Times and Snowblind ... among others. Unfortunately, this album is inexplicably missing the stand-out singles Lady and Renegade. Nevertheless, I'd consider this to be the best modern day rock live album second only to Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band's "Live '75-'85." It's simply that good!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Calhoun on May 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Most people want to compare this album to RTP. In my opinion this one has more energy, probably because Styx was still an active touring band and had been so for 15 years. My major complaint is the same one that others have voiced, they seem to have trimmed a number of songs from their show and considering that this is a double CD, this seems a bit "short". The album leads off with a studio track (Music Time) which even though it was a chart hit(#40) doesn't appear on greatest hits 1 or 2, so you will have to get it here. The actual concert kicks off with Mr Roboto which features Dennis "acting" out the song. You can hear his grunts as he "struggles" to remove the Roboto mask. Roboto has been given new life with the VW commercial but to me when it is taken out of context outside of the Kilroy concept it just doesn't work. Within Kilroy the song has meaning, on this cd it leads into Too Much time. That makes a lot of sense. I hear they are playing it on the current tour so I'm sure that it still has the same problem. Highlights of the cd include Rockin' the Paradise and Don't Let it End(with Babe ending). Unless someone digs deep in the vault and pulls out some more tapes this is the only live recording of Dennis, Tommy, JY, Chuck and John that you can legitimately purcahse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DANtheSTYXfan on September 18, 2006
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This is Styx's only live album with all of the 5 classic members of Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, James Young, Chuck Panozzo, and John Panozzo. It is a very well done 2-disc album. With 7 songs on each disc this is a must have for every hard-core Styx fan. This is better than Return To Paradise and all the other live albums Styx has made with Lawrence Gowan. This was when Styx was at their peak and on the edge of their hiatus from 84 to 90. So seriously buy this album. My personal favorite on this album has to be Blue Collar Man (Long Nights). That song alone is worth the price of admission I mean the price of this album. This is really good music that you won't be able to find on today's music this style of talent + creativity = great music is most definetly gone. So buy this CD because you'll never hear music like this on an album or live ever again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dani1969 on November 14, 2010
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I always said that Styx in this concert sounds better than studio original tape. And is a fact!!! Great, great performance. Great studio versions of each track. I could hear first time this work in 1984 in 88.9 broadcasting station. I took 26 years to find it again. Amazing, but it worths. Greetings from Colombia to Styx and Styx fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence J. Reardon on November 10, 2007
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Styx released their first live album, the 2-disc Caught in the Act in April of 1984.
The double live album (and its off-shoot concert video (now on DVD)) was recorded (and filmed) in April of 1983 on the band's Kilroy Was Here tour at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana. Most Styx fans want to compare this album to 1997's Return to Paradise. Caught in the Act slightly has the edge as the band had more energy, were younger and were still an active touring band at the time.
The album leads off with the studio track "Music Time", which was a US charting hit peaking at #40 in the Spring of 1984 yet doesn't appear on either Greatest Hits 1 or 2 or the recently released Come Sail Away Anthology, so you will have to get the track here and a great song (when I first got the album on cassette when released in 1984, I used to crank this track up and set the tone for a great live album to come).
The actual concert kicks off with "Mr. Roboto" which features singer and keyboard player Dennis DeYoung acting out and singing the song live much better than the heavily processed vocals he did on the studio version (the band used the instrumental backing track as the band's equipment was hidden thanks to the props on-stage during the track). You can hear his grunts as he struggles to remove the Roboto mask (you can see this on the Caught in the Act video which was finally released on DVD in 2007). Roboto was given new life with the VW commercial in 1999 but when taken out of context outside of the Kilroy Was Here concept it doesn't work. Within Kilroy the song has meaning which many fans don't see.
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