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Styx: Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight - Live [Blu-ray] (2011)

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  • Actors: Styx
  • Directors: Styx
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006IY4QPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Filmed on November 9th, 2010 at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN, this stunning show captures Styx performing their classic multi-platinum seventies albums The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight live in their entirety for the first time. These iconic albums established Styx as a globally successful rock band and defined the AOR genre for a generation of Americans. These new live performances perfectly portray the power, songwriting skill and musical virtuosity that are synonymous with Styx throughout their career and with these groundbreaking albums in particular. / Bonus Features: Putting On The Show an in-depth look at the people and equipment required to stage this epic concert. / Line-up: James J.Y. Young (vocals, guitars, keyboards); Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars); Todd Sucherman (drums); Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards); Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals) & Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar). / TRACK LISTING: 1) Intro/1978 2) The Grand Illusion 3) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) 4) Superstars 5) Keyboard Interlude 6) Come Sail Away 7) Miss America 8) Man In The Wilderness 9) Castle Walls 10) The Grand Finale 11) Great White Hope 12) I m O.K. 13) Sing For The Day 14) The Message 15) Lords Of The Ring 16) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) 17) Queen Of Spades 18) Renegade 19) Keyboard Interlude 20) Pieces Of Eight 21) Aku-Aku

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
As a writer for a guitar magazine, I got just an advance of the two-CD, single DVD (not Blu-Ray) set, ten days before the actual release date. My wife and I caught the show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, four days after the band had videoed and recorded the show at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis for this release.

From a technical sense, this is a masterpiece---filmed in HD w/ 11 cameras, and the accompanying coordinated video that played on the screen while the band is playing live is visible enough to where you can tell that the video production company nailed their assignment in prepping this for the concert
(definitive example: The screen explodes with a "Get up!" graphic when that shout-out line comes along in "Fooling Yourself".

Three of the songs had never been performed in concert before, and the band is in fine form. As for perceived controversies about the lineup, the disproportionate live albums, etc., this is the most stable lineup the band has ever had; the newest member is Ricky Phillips, who came on board over 8 years ago. For what my opinion's worth, Gowan has taken the so-called DDY songs and made them his own---he sings in the same range but is a bit grittier, and he is quite animated onstage, never taking himself artsy/seriously.

Here's the point (of this release and my perspective): Every generation wants to hear the music it came of age with for the rest of its collective life. Styx fully acknowledges they're now in the "classic rock" band category, and part of that pigeonhole includes playing the hits for folks who are in the same age demographic as most of the band members. This presentation is an enjoyable and professional effort by a band that still knows how to rock hard, and how to entertain their audience. A band's personnel lineups are, bottom line, irrelevant if the customer's satisfied, and I thought this show delivered in spades.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
At age 13, one of the first records I ever bought was Styx's "Grand Illusion." When "Pieces of Eight" came out, I scrambled to get it. I remember lying on my back, lights out, headphones on, partaking in their sonic magic.

By the time I began attending concerts (probably just a year later) Styx had already ventured off into "Top 40 Land" and I lost interest. I've seen the band numerous times since they re-grouped in 1990. And while every show has been great, none have fully matched my initial infatuation.

For me, this DVD is pretty close to "the Holy Grail." It's the concert I was imagining in the dark all those years ago.

Anyone familiar with these albums already knows that the set list is nothing less than perfect. In this performance, Styx is musically tight and with a majestic sound, looking healthy and happy. Each musician excels, and the Styx signature harmonies are out in force. Great care has been taken to fine-tune everything, even Styx mainstays (for example, "Miss America" gets back her usually-absent instrumental intro).

Tommy Shaw is like some miracle of nature, singing and playing with as much prowess as ever. ("Sing For the Day" is out of this world!)

Drummer extraordinaire, Todd Sucherman, is exciting like fireworks. I read in an interview that his affection for these albums in his youth made this project a particular labor of love. It shows. And his technical flair adds a magic all its own.

I wasn't expecting it, but some of the best sounding numbers turn out to be "I'm Okay," "Queen of Spades" and "Pieces of Eight," all penned and originally sung by Dennis DeYoung. Keyboardist/vocalist Lawence Gowan really nails them.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performance by a definitive classic rock band January 23, 2012
Format:DVD
As a writer for a guitar magazine, I got just an advance of the two-CD, single DVD set, ten days before the actual release date. My wife and I caught the show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, four days after the band had videoed and recorded the show at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis for this release.

From a technical sense, this is a masterpiece---filmed in HD w/ 11 cameras, and the accompanying coordinated video that played on the screen while the band is playing live is visible enough to where you can tell that the video production company nailed their assignment in prepping this for the concert
(definitive example: The screen explodes with a "Get up!" graphic when that shout-out line comes along in "Fooling Yourself".

Three of the songs had never been performed in concert before, and the band is in fine form. As for perceived controversies about the lineup, the disproportionate live albums, etc., this is the most stable lineup the band has ever had; the newest member is Ricky Phillips, who came on board over 8 years ago. For what my opinion's worth, Gowan has taken the so-called DDY songs and made them his own---he sings in the same range but is a bit grittier, and he is quite animated onstage, never taking himself artsy/seriously.

Here's the point (of this release and my perspective): Every generation wants to hear the music it came of age with for the rest of its collective life. Styx fully acknowledges they're now in the "classic rock" band category, and part of that pigeonhole includes playing the hits for folks who are in the same age demographic as most of the band members. This presentation is an enjoyable and professional effort by a band that still knows how to rock hard, and how to entertain their audience. A band's personnel lineups are, bottom line, irrelevant if the customer's satisfied, and I thought this show delivered in spades.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Having just seen Styx in concert, and even with ...
Having just seen Styx in concert, and even with this being a few years older and a different style of show, it still captured the essence of these guys live and will allow me to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by greg mclucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 4 days ago by Robert P. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good CD and DVD.
Published 6 days ago by Luis E. Rosado López
5.0 out of 5 stars STYX – BETTER IN 2014 THAN 1978!
1977 – 1978. I spent many hours listening to The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight albums… along with The Eagles, Aerosmith, and Van Halen, back when these guys were all top 40... Read more
Published 18 days ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
AWESOME!!!!!!!crank up your dts decoder .....set your subwoofers to fifty percent and fasten your seat belts..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by victor osinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Styx: Welcome to the Grand Performance!
This is an incredible concert where they played both sides of the 2 different LP's in order... It's not a greatest hits... You won't hear Babe or The Best Of Times or Mr. Roboto. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Evan Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars he does an excellent job of reproducing the keys and vocals of the ...
This Blu-ray gives the viewer an idea of the excitement of a Styx show. As with any band that replaces a key member, there are always naysayers that say that it is not the same... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin N. Cotnoir
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent albums, both Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight
Excellent albums, both Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight. Two of my favorites. Great performances by all! Still miss Dennis DeYoung though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vern Crouch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 2 months ago by John O. Kinnick
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Quite a good performance. I think it would be much better if they played their Best of Styx songs rather than two LPs.
Published 2 months ago by Tamer A.
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