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Cornerstone

StyxAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GBU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Styx didn't do enough to endear itself to a generation of prom-goers with its 1975 slow-dance classic "Lady," they closed the deal a few years later with Cornerstone's premiere hit, "Babe." Perhaps the prototypical I-love-you-but-I-just-gotta-go power ballad, the song was Styx's first No. 1 hit, and it propelled the album to platinum-plus status. Led by that track as well as "Why Me," another Top 40 hit, Cornerstone is Styx at their most accessible and melodic. The album experiments with some new sounds as well, with horns added to the mix on Dennis DeYoung's "Borrowed Time" and "Why Me" and mandolin on Tommy Shaw's "Boat on the River." If their album sales didn't offer the final word on the band's popularity at the close of the '70s, a 1979 Gallup poll did the trick: The group was named America's most popular rock band. It's you babe, indeed. --Daniel Durchholz

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This 1979 LP rocketed to #2 on the strength of the hits Why Me and Borrowed Time and especially Babe , the #1 smash ballad that became the band's biggest hit of all time. Warm keyboards and lush harmonies rule the roost here.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 3/4 stars--still great music October 14, 2001
By Brad
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The criticism of this album is well-documented--too many DeYoung ballads, not enough guitar-based rock. While I agree that "The Grand Illusion" and "Pieces Of Eight" are better rock albums, this one stands right up there as a pop/rock masterpiece. "Babe" is of course incredibly overplayed but is still a standout ballad, as is "First Time". Besides these songs, there are no other "sappy ballads" here. 2 out of 9 tracks as ballads is not a bad ratio. "Boat On The River" is mellow but a uniquely enjoyable Tommy Shaw tune--and NOT a ballad. "Lights", "Why Me" (the follow-up single to "Babe") and "Never Say Never" are good mid-tempo rockers. "Eddie" flat out rocks, as does "Borrowed Time". The chorus of "Love In The Midnight" is an example of the best of Tommy and Dennis when they collaborate together. In a nutshell, this album stands up musically to other Styx efforts while not quite as rocking as its predecessors.
As a side note, I totally disagree with those who say that Styx was a talentless band. Each member was musically talented in their own right, and the sum of those parts always made for an interesting and constantly changing sound. Those who call this band "the worst of corporate rock" simply don't like this type of music and should just stick to reviewing their annoying "political" and "alternative" bands or whatever crap they as well as the supposed "music critics" like. After all, you won't find me reviewing something like a Sonic Youth album any time soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Styx record for many reasons June 30, 2008
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1979's 'Cornerstone' is often panned and put down by Styx fans. True, it is very different from the Wooden Nickel-era Styx that released 'Lady' in 1972 and the early A&M years Styx that put out 'Equinox' and 'The Grand Illusion,' to name a few, but this isn't a bad Styx record at all.

In fact, I think it's well worthy of five stars. Sure, many people buy this for 'Babe,' the band's first and only #1 hit, but there is far more to 'Cornerstone' than just that one song.

For example, 'Borrowed Time' is a superb rocker from Styx. It starts off as somewhat of a melodic song, with some catchy keyboard lines from Dennis, and than the guitar riffs from J.Y. and Tommy start to kick in. It's one of my all-time favorite Styx songs.

Another great song is 'Lights.' John's drum intro is superb, and the lyrics are meaningful and powerful at the same time. It is definitely a must-listen for any Styx fan.

While this is not as good as 'The Grand Illusion,' 'Equinox' and 'Pieces of Eight' or maybe one of their earlier Wooden Nickel masterpieces such as 'The Serpent Is Rising,' it's still worth your time.

Styx could make ballads and rock and roll songs, and 'Cornerstone' proves it. If you've never checked out this record or your too afraid to, don't be. This record features many great tunes besides 'Babe.'

Overall, this is highly recommended for any Styx fan. The whole record is great.

Highly recommended. Not their best record, but still great.

ENJOY!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballads that have no equal August 22, 1999
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This is the first album I ever listened to with my first girlfriend and it holds a special spot in my heart. But that is not the only reason I am giving this album 5 stars . It is a masterpiece and should be taught in colleges on how to write Ballads. The songs have feeling and emotion in them. Some Ballads seem to have been scribbled on a piece of paper and thrown together the next day but there is heart and soul in these songs. I am very surprised First Time never made it to the No1 spot. But Babe overshadowed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good transitional album for Styx November 10, 2007
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Styx's ninth album Cornerstone was released in September of 1979.
The album is best remembered for singer/keyboard player/chief songwriter Dennis DeYoung's musical love-letter to his wife called "Babe". This song was Styx's first and only No. 1 hit and it helped the band get their third album in a row to Triple Platinum status and the first Top 3 charting album for the band peaking at #2 and it wouldn't be their last.
Led by Babe as well as the following Top 40 single, Dennis' classic about one's worries "Why Me" (which should have been Nancy Kerrigan's theme song from her attack at the hands of Tonya Harding), introduced us to a poppier sounding Styx (fellow prog rock band Genesis had changed their sound at that time as well yet no one complained).
The album experiments with some new sounds as well like horns, strings and conflicting musical styles as the brand of art rock Styx perfected was seen as dying and/or already out of style by 1979 thanks to New Wave and Punk changing the rock landscape.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Tommy Shaw's "Boat on the River" was a great folk song which showed Tommy was not just full of rock music (like he claimed on Behind the Music) and could have been written by a European folk performer and the song almost didn't get released as band manager Derek Sutton said the song was deplorable but Dennis DeYoung told Tommy Shaw let's record it and it became the band's biggest European hit to this day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars styx collection is not complete without cornerstone
THIS IS ONE OF THEIR BEST CDS NOT PUTTING DOWN THE OTHERS AS THEY ARE AS WELL AWESONE CDS,
CORNERSTONE HAS some awesome hits on it alone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
It got here quickly and in great shape. Thanks a bunch, Suzette! This has all of the songs I was looking for not featured on other CDs from Styx!
Published 9 months ago by S. Spears
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back tons of memories
high school.sophmore year...i got laid by cheerleaders more by this album then ANY OTHER ...styx rocks...thanks for the music & memories
Published 9 months ago by MedUnitLdr
4.0 out of 5 stars good band from the 70's
Styx were cool from when they started all the way to Kilroy Was Here. this is not too shabby Dennis DeYoung is in it and when he's involved in the band, he's got some really cool... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josiah Doran
4.0 out of 5 stars Styx - 70's Soundtrack
If you were a teen ager in the 70's Styx was a big part of the soundtrack of your life. This vinyl reissue sounds better than ever. These tunes were meant to listen to in order. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Yikes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but
Great Styx album, not there best but Great... I love that I can get download & cd in the mail!
Published 13 months ago by J. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 1979
Great songwriting, excellent vocals from all members of the band. Soundtrack of my youth. All Styx material was evolving with every album.
Published 14 months ago by DHG
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
A lot of memories were attached to the songs on this album. It is a must-have for any Styx fan.
Published 15 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
in my opinion styx is the greatest band ever. the music is just timeless . if you are a styx fan you know this. if your not listen to them you soon will be.
Published 16 months ago by Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Styx Cornerstone
This is a very controversial album by a great band. First I bought the five classic albums for twenty dollars, which was a bargain. Read more
Published 17 months ago by buddy
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