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The first-ever compilation pulled from this Chicago progressive-bubblegum band's A&M catalog, featuring such album-Rock radio fixtures as Come Sail Away; Lorelei; Babe; Blue Collar Man (Long Nights); The Best of Times; Too Much Time on My Hands; Renegade; Mr. Roboto; Don't Let It End , and more, plus a 1995 re-recording of Lady !

If it's your belief that one of the reasons today's rock is so bereft of personality is that all sense of show business has been drained from the music, then a look back at the career of Styx offers proof positive that it wasn't always thus. Greatest Hits offers a comprehensive overview of the band, from its art-rock days--which produced a top 10 hit in "Lady," a new version of which is included in this package--to its years as a perennial album-rock favorite--with offerings ranging from flights of fancy ("Come Sail Away," "Renegade") to proto-power ballads ("Babe," "Crystal Ball") to songs reflecting the working-class roots of its audience ("Too Much Time on My Hands," "Blue Collar Man"). The band eventually succumbed to a shift in musical tides and just plain silliness ("Mr. Roboto"), but for a time, this disc suggests, a satin-suited pomp-rocker was something to be. --Daniel Durchholz

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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102 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Styx is one of those groups that many people seem to hate, and yet has always done well on tour. One likely explanation is that Styx has sung songs that are often almost "gimicky" or too cute for some fans. An example might be "Mr. Roboto." Furthermore, their commercial success may turn some critics away from Styx because there often seems to be an opinion that commercial success means little artistry. Regardless of why the opinions are what they are, Styx has had a long successful career, and though they are generally classified as a rock group with numerous pop hits, they have had songs that were very artistic and edged into progressive rock.

At the height of their popularity, Styx tried to experiment with their music, which is always dangerous for a long-established group since their existing fans may feel betrayed and the genre they are trying to break into either reviles their music or doesn't recognize what they are trying to do. "Kilroy Was Here", from which "Mr. Roboto" was taken, was such an experiment. "Kilroy Was Here" was a concept album that told a story. I think that had Styx been a new group, the album may have worked. However, many longtime Styx fans felt betrayed by an album that appeared to diverge from Styx's traditional music. This album marked the end or the beginning of the end for a monster group that had churned out so many good songs.

This album includes the best of Styx through their 1990 album, "Edge of the Century," which is represented by one top 40 song, "Show Me the Way." This CD also has a re-recorded version of "Lady" from 1995. Styx has continued to record, releasing three additional albums after 1990 and achieving a couple of additional hits on the Adult Contemporary and U.S.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on December 11, 2000
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Styx had an incredibly distinctive sound now some twenty years ago. This album, was aptly titled and has all their hits. Included is "Lady" (more on that though, in a moment), "Too Much Time", "Babe" and my two favorites, their two signature songs (to me, that is) being "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" and "Come Sail Away" . They are all well reproduced, and inside a set of headphones will fill up your head with great music.
My only complaint? Their first hit "Lady" is included as not as the original, but as a re-recorded version. The differences are subtle, but throw it off for me just a tad. That is not enough of a reason to dog this album out, though. Ought to be an Amazon Essential!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on January 2, 2001
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Despite all of the problems that Dennis DeYoung had with the other members of Styx (he was formally kicked out last year) there is NO DOUBT that these guys have produced some of the best songs of the past 25 years. From their Grammy winning 'Babe' to what has GOT to be one of their greatest efforts, 'Come Sail Away' Styx just could do NO WRONG during the latter part of the 70's and early 80's. They were selling out everywhere they went and aside from the abysmal 'Mr Roboto' tour (imagine rock music inter-connected with a terrible Shakespear-type acting play and you get the idea of what the concert was like--simply aweful) you could just count on hearing one of their tunes on the radio quite regularly. This CD has just about everything that made Styx so dog-gone great: Ballads, Rock tunes and a few in-between numbers.
Dennis' voice is one of the best in the past two decades to hit radio, and Tommy Shaw ain't half bad either--and together they have written some of the most catchy songs you will ever hear. The themed album 'Paradise Theatre' has GOT to be a MUST HAVE for any die-hard Styx fan, and despite the truly horrific 'Mr Roboto' Tour, the album on the other hand was really pretty good. But you don't NEED to grab all of their albums in order to hear the cream of the crop...if you manage to purchase THIS CD you will own the absolute BEST OF THE BEST songs these guys produced, and that is saying a LOT, trust me. Catchy guitar riffs and likeable lyrics have propelled these guys a long way, and I have my doubts as to how well they will be received without Dennis (I wouldn't want to see Styx with him, would YOU?) there is NO doubt that this particular collection of hits is quite honestly VERY MUCH WORTH the price. Buy it. Unwrap it. Enjoy. Listen and Repeat.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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I am so very sorry that a band that writes songs of a positive nature that are filled with hope and inspiration offends so many people. But whether you like it or not, that hope gave them 4 consecutive triple platinum albums. As vocalists, the singers in Styx are unmatched. With three lead vocalists with totally different styles, Styx sung some of the greatest harmonies of the era. And as far as musicianship goes, let me ask you, how many keyboard players out there can play the solo at the end of Fooling Yourself played by Dennis DeYoung?? I thought so:) Blue Collar Man and Renegade only begin to show the guitar shredding capabilities of James Young and Tommy Shaw. For those who call their lyrics tripe, listen to songs like "The Grand Illusion", "Rockin' The Paradise", "Queen Of Spades". For those who hate ballads, you should check out albums like, Equinox, Crystal Ball, Grand Illusion, Pieces Of Eight. Though many of their hits were ballads, most of their songs were rock oriented with art-rock, progressive flavoring. But as for the comment about "Babe". It was a song Dennis wrote to his wife about missing her when he is on the road. Oh God, an honest song, by a man that is devoted to his wife. How awful and threatening.
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