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Kilroy Was Here

StyxAudio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 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: B000002GF6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A #3 LP in '83, this was one of the defining pop-rock concept albums of the '80s. The smash Mr. Roboto kicks off the album and its robot imagery, followed by the hit High Time and the smash ballad Don't Let It End . Domo arigato!

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A departure from the norm, but very well done October 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First, understand that I wasn't around in the beginning, so I don't know Styx from their Wooden Nickel days. I was still in diapers, so sue me. I came in when Styx was reaching the height of poularity with Pieces of Eight, Paradise Theatre, Grand Illusion, Crystal Ball, et al. So when someone mentions the band Styx to me, that's what jumps to mind.

Now, I'm guessing the detractors of this album were around from the beginning, because I really don't see how Kilroy was that big a departure for Styx. Yes, it was experimental, but lighter? As if to say "Just Get Through This Night" is lighter than "Man in the Wilderness?" Or "Haven't We Been Here Before" is lighter than "Suite Madame Blue?" Please. This *is* Styx!

And while I like Styx' racier stuff (I'm the only one I know that loves "Half-Penny Two-Penny") most of the tracks on Kilroy are very well arranged and performed. I say most, because "Heavy Metal Poisoning" does suffer far too much from the "goofiness factor" another reviewer mentions. It reminds me too much of a cross between hard rock and showtunes, which is *not* a good thing. They definitely would have been better off keeping that track serious. And frankly, I think Styx' live version of "Don't Let It End" is far superior than the album version. As for the rest:

<li>Mr. Roboto: Synth heavy, not unpleasant, thought provoking lyrics

<li>Cold War: Catchy rhythym; almost rap-like

<li>High Time: Best adrenaline song on the album

<li>Just Get Through...: Quite possibly the best song on the album; very mellow and heartfelt. Tommy pours his soul out on this one.

<li>Double Life: My personal fave from this album; nothing complex about it, but best harmonies on the album. "Masquerade...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the Irony December 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The irony of the song "Don't let it end" is the key here. The Styx empire of classic rock ended with this album. I will state my status as a Styx fan prior to "Kilroy Was Here" and after. Prior to KWH I had the "Paradise Theater" album and I did enjoy it as a kid back then. It may not have been the best Styx album of all time but it was their most popular and pretty consistent as an album. Before "Paradise Theater", I only knew of Styx from the singles of that era. Back in the 45 rpm era, those were what really sold in that time. I have the 45s of "Babe" and "Lights" and I think I have "Why me" also. Anyway, I was a limited Styx fan at the point of time when "Paradise Theater" came out.

As for the "Kilroy Was Here" days of Styx, I was just getting into being a Rush fan so honestly KWH was not on my musical radar at the time. With me the controversial side of the release of the album doesn't even have a say in my musical history so no story from me here about that. I really only know of the controversy from seeing the VH1 special in the 90s.

On to the review, I think a two-star rating is fair enough. After just now listening to the album in it's entirety for the first time in a year or so, the weak songs are still weak to me. I do happen to love "Mr. Roboto", I do like "Don't let it end" very much and "Heavy Metal Poisoning" is a pretty good rocker, but the rest of the songs are just not good, IMHO. I know some people on here list other tracks and they have stated their opinions of them and I respect that, but honestly the rest of the tracks are weak in comparison to the three mentioned above.

Get this cd only for completist purposes only.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The final nail in Styx' coffin February 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What were they thinking? Or should I ask what was Dennis DeYoung thinking? His ever-expanding ego and arrogance finally took its toll on the band with this album which drove Tommy Shaw away for 13 years! He got away with the concept-driven Paradise Theater because the catchy "The Best of Times" and Tommy Shaw's "Too Much Time on My Hands" helped it sell a few million. Not to mention it was 1981 and popular music was at its worst.
But then along came 1983 and "Kilroy Was Here". It came with a storyline that could have easily been penned by a 7th grader, and a live show filled with some of the most vomit-inducing dialogue that ever graced a stage. Dennis' character was named Robert Orin Charles Kilroy. His initials were R.O.C.K. Get it??? Are you sure?
Dennis, Dennis, Dennis. This album was all you. All your idea, all your fault! This is why you've been kicked out of the band....TWICE. Long gone was the Dennis DeYoung of "Come Sail Away" and "Lady". We were introduced to the new persona that stays with us to this day. It started with the Paradise Theater's "Billy-Joel-meets-Liza-Minelli" persona, and on Kilroy became the "Andrew-Lloyd-Weber-swallows-a-robot" Dennis.
Why?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Was There...It Deserved To Be Trashed March 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had been listening to Styx for 6 years and had all of their releases when Kilroy came crashing through with Mr Roboto. I'm not putting anybody down for liking that song, but it and the majority of the rest had such a negative impact on the longtime fans. Mr Roboto in retrospect isn't *horrible*, it just isn't Styx if you know what I mean. Cold War is absolutely the worst Styx song of all time. I can't believe Tommy would write or allow such garbage. Don't Let It End is respectable. High Time is more garbage. Heavy Metal Poisoning and Double Life are the best 2 songs (written by JY of course). Just Get Through the Night is actually pretty decent. Haven't We Been Here Before might be acceptable if there weren't so many light songs already here. The real shame is they had the talent, proven guitar work and awesome drumming by John to avoid such a quick fall from grace.
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Published 21 days ago by tiffany
3.0 out of 5 stars i liked at least half of it but manly bought for ...
just picked up this cd, put it in my player and was decent, i liked at least half of it but manly bought for my styx collection
Published 1 month ago by scott c.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd. Took me back to 1982 when I ...
Great cd. Took me back to 1982 when I got the album as a graduation gift. Happy I bought it.
Published 2 months ago by DIANNE J LACROIX
2.0 out of 5 stars I loved that Styx was a rock-based band that could mix ...
This is the first Styx album I did NOT purchase. In the mid-70s, I was a huge Styx fan before most people had even heard of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RLS33
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend!! A+
I love this album!! I was a teenager when it was originally released and I still own it on vinyl....It's very dark( plays out like George Orwells, '1984' ) and uplifting at times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jake A.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Excellent. One of Styx best. I was more than satisfied with the CD. I was pleasantly surprised by the download.
Published 4 months ago by Tony G. Richey
3.0 out of 5 stars was not how I remember it
When I was in high school I remember liking this album a lot better than I do now. I guess I am now Dr Righteous
Published 7 months ago by Robert Wolfe
3.0 out of 5 stars styx
well here is another styx cd and I don't have the passion for this one I feel this might be one of their least favorites and I do like a couple of songs but overall I just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by spudas
5.0 out of 5 stars Domo arigato
Have loved Styx for years! Enjoyable CD. As always, Tommy Shaw is the best. James JY Young shreds on the guitar
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer A. Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I saw this concert tour when I was in High school, and listening to this CD brought it all back and for a little bit, I was a kid again, although I found my speedometer creeping up... Read more
Published 11 months ago by aladikat
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