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STYX: THE COMPLETE WOODEN NICKEL RECORDINGS, presents newly digitally remastered versions of all four of their Wooden Nickel albums, as well as the much sought after b-side 'Unfinished Song,' on a deluxe 2CD set.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B0007LLPM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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STYX - Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, ... Read more in Amazon's Styx Store

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This is a great collection, and an absolute must for Styx fans.
Grigory's Girl
Although I do have some of Styx's later work like Crystal Ball and Pieces of Eight, I first started listening to Styx with their Serpent Is Rising album.
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I am not going to tell you about the songs, how good or bad they are musically, that is for you to decide.
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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Siler on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When most folks think of Styx, they obviously think of "Come Sail Away", "Renegade", "Blue Collar Man", etc. The late 70s / early 80s hits. Most folks aren't familiar with the band's first four albums, recorded for a small label with sometimes crappy production before getting signed to A&M Records. And that's too bad, because there are many treasures to be discovered here.

I've been a fan of these four albums for many years now, and I'm very excited to see them remastered and in a single collection.

In many ways, the least Styx-ish of the set is the first album, STYX. Only about half the album was written by Dennis DeYoung and/or James Young; the rest is made up of cover songs, and even includes a George Clinton tune! :-) Oddly, the album opens with the longest track the band, in any of its incarnations, would ever record: "Movement for the Common Man". However, it also gives us one of the band's early gems, the wonderful "Best Thing."

STYX II is a real triumph, a huge leap forward, with all the material coming from Dennis (mainly) and John Curulewski. Its a very cohesive album, much moreso than the first and third. It features the only enduring hit from this era, the lovely (and overplayed) DeYoung ballad "Lady". But in addition to this, we also get a few other winners: Dennis' "Father O.S.A." (I never knew what the initials stood for) and "Earl of Roseland" (a fun song about his early pre-Styx days in Chicago ["I can see Charlie on the porch, Johnny clicking his sticks / And two boys I don't even know rehearsing electric string tricks"]), and John C's absolutely superb "A Day". Spend some time with this song and it will reward you handsomely.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eric Morris on February 24, 2005
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About time! These individual discs have been extrememly hard to find (except for Styx II). I had to pay collector prices to get some of them. This has the original artwork and sequencing of all 4 original discs, plus one bonus song. Nicely done! This collection is only for the Styxaholic like myself. More casual fans can stick to the remastered "Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology" and still get a sample song or two from these first 4 albums. BTW, don't forget to pick up the 2003 Styx release "Cyclorama" if you haven't already. It's their best work since 1978's "Pieces of Eight."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on January 27, 2006
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This excellent, economy-priced compilation repackages the first four Styx albums together including Styx (1972), Styx II (1973), The Serpent is Rising (1973), and Man of Miracles (1974), along with some very nice liner notes, the original cover artwork, and exceptional sonic clarity.

The first three Styx albums are simply staggering in the range of styles that are utilized within individual compositions, and from one song to the next while Man of Miracles is more straightforward. For example, along with hard rock and "boogie" (these styles dominate the four albums), there are scattered snippets of King Crimson, ELP, Jethro Tull, and southern rock influences, not to mention J.S. Bach (Fugue in G Minor - played on a pipe organ of course), snippets from great American composer Aaron Copland's Fanfare for a Common Man, an excellent rendering of the Hallelelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, covers of pop tunes (e.g. Lies), along with subtle avant-garde influences (found sounds), electronic experimentation, and um...bathroom humor (there is a silly, quasi-Mexican folk music flavored passage on As Bad As This where the subject matter includes a Plexiglas toilet - and ruins an otherwise great song). I'll be honest, even as a huge fan of 1970s English/continental European progressive rock (who loves eclecticism in music) I am completely in the dark as to what these guys were up to, but that is what I love about it - even if the eclecticism gets a bit "Frankensteinian" at times.

Of course, not all of the music is as crazy as I am making it out to be.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Duncan on January 9, 2006
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Look, I'm not going to give you my opinion of the material on this CD. Suffice to say that you're either reading this because A) You're a Styx fan, already know these albums and want to know what other fans are saying about this release or alternately B) You're new to Styx and searching their back catalogue. My review is for the existing fans. If you're new to Styx I would recommend reading some excellent Styx lists and reviews regarding these albums already published on Amazon. I would only be covering old ground. What I will say is, if you're new to Styx and have decided to give their first four albums a go, then buy this release. Don't buy the individual reissues. They're the ones with the horrible art deco covers.

Now regarding the quality of this recording. I own all the LP's and bought some of the CD reissues. The only frustrating thing was that the sound quality was marginal at best. It was like listening to a cloudy collage of instruments and vocals. My concern was I didn't want to pay for something I already owned unless they improved the overall production. Now don't get me wrong, not all remasters help the original sound. Sometimes the richness is lost and the music starts to sound like it's been filtered through a tin can. When I popped this into my CD player I was simply blown away. All I can say is WOW! Why has this taken so long to come out? The remastering makes these albums sound new, fresh and totally relevant today. I already loved the first 4 Styx albums, so I was probably going to purchase this at some stage, but this was a real surprise, hence the 5 star review.

You can hear everything. The bass lines sound clear, the drums are crystal and the vocals are strong and stand out above the music. This is one excellent job, full stop.
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