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Equinox

4.7 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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A sea of synths and the soaring vocals of Dennis DeYoung helped this 1975 LP and its single Lorelei become sizable hits. Also includes the rousing album opener Light Up ; the dramatic ballad Suite Madam Blue ; the fan favorite Lonely Child , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GB2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the one album where Styx was firing on all cylinders. It was their first on the A&M label and probably their best. Obviously inspired by the promotion to a major label, having left Wooden Nickel, Dennis DeYoung seemed to be re-born. Before he gave up high energy rock for his all-ballads-and-broadway sound, Dennis had previously taken control on Styx' next best effort, Styx II. Possibly dejected by that album's lack of sales, he took a back seat on "Serpent is Rising" and "Man of Miracles," the albums susequent to II, but he came back strong here. "Light Up" opens the album with a hint to the light pop sound Styx would adopt on future projects, but the album breaks hard and fast with "Lorelei," an infectious power pop song with which I'm sure most Styx fans are now familiar. "Mother Dear," a song co-written by John Curulewski, one of the original band members, is hauntingly beautiful with a few power guitar riffs thrown in just to keep you guessing. The song also reminds us that DeYoung is a hell of a good keyboard player. "Midnight Ride" is James Young's hard rock offering -- before he seemed to lose confidence in his ability to write songs. Reminiscent of a Ted Nugent chord progression, the song offers those of us craving metal with melody. During that time period, we came to look forward to the one JY rocker on each album. There are no weak efforts on this CD. If only Styx were still making recordings like this.
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I'm 14, and I got into Styx almost completely by chance. My parent have no record players or LP's, and neither have any Styx cassettes or CD's. My Dad and I were just listening to SIRIUS classic rock, and Lorelei came on. I IMMEDIATELY LOVED THE SONG! That night, I also happened to watch "Big Daddy", and learned that the song Mr. Roboto was by Styx. Since then, I've been collecting their albums. In fact, this is the first of theirs I bought (because of Lorelei), and I was not dissapointed. The very first song I heard told me that I was going to enjoy this band for years to come. Well, one year later, I'm still into this album. Compared to their others, it's not their best, but it's still essential to have for Lorelei and Light Up alone.
Light Up: Ought to be in their Greatest Hits I. Very mellow, 60's feel. 9/10
Lorelei: Styx's first step towards stardom, and one of the their best songs to date. 10/10
Mother Dear: Strange, upbeat feel. It's actually very entertaining. 8/10
Lonely Child: Very nice, passionate love song. DeYoung's vocals are top notch here. 9/10
Midnight Ride: Probably the most forgettable JY rocker. Still O.K. though. 7/10
Born For Adventure:A DeYoung rocker. It's a very heavy sound, which doesn't quite match DeYoung's vocals. 6/10
Prelude 12/Suite Madame Blue: Just barely worse than Lorelei. Another classic Styx prog/mainstream hit. 10/10
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I waited at least (gasp) over 25 years from the time that I had first heard of Styx (maybe 79-80) before I purchased my first Styx album (The Grand Illusion, 1977). I enjoyed that album so much that I started right at the beginning with the Wooden Nickel albums and worked my way up through Pieces of Eight (1978). This 1975 release was the band's first major label release following the final Wooden Nickel album Man of Miracles (1974) and shows the band beginning to develop the signature sound that was brought to it's fullest expression on albums like The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight. In general, Equinoxe presents a good example of American hard rock with aspects of English Progressive rock mixed in that makes for a very enjoyable listening experience.

The lineup at this point included John Curulewski (electric and acoustic guitars, synthesizers, vocals); Dennis DeYoung (acoustic piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, vocals); Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar and vocals); John Panozzo (drums, percussion, and vocals); and James Young (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals). All of the guys are solid players and there is some good ensemble work. The flourishes on the synthesizers (mini moog I think) are reminiscent of some English progressive rock and add a lot to the overall sound. All of the vocalists are great and there are some excellent vocal harmonies throughout the entire album. Equinoxe would be John Curulewski's last album with the band and he was replaced by Tommy Shaw on the follow up Crystal Ball (1976).

The eight tracks on the album range in length from 3'19 to the 7'52" Prelude 12/Suite Madame Blue suite. In large part, the music on Equinoxe is fairly sophisticated hard rock with some progressive touches here and there.
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This is the one Styx album I can still listen to from start to finish without skipping any songs. It perfectly blends the keyboard/guitar sound that so many band were not able to do (including Styx in their later music). There is no weak song in the lineup. It also serves as the last album John Curelewski played on sadly. Although I like the song, "Light Up" is an indicator of things to come in the Styx sound.
Dennis DeYoung wrote some great rockers in "Lorelei" & "Born For Adventure" that he was rarely able to do in later efforts and JY's "Midnight Ride" is the typical great hard rocking song we came to expect from him. It's a shame that since this album, JY has only been delegated an average of 1 song per album, a crime in my opinion, with vocals being taken over by Dennis DeYoung (and later Tommy Shaw). This comment however does not diminish the fact that this is a complete album from start to finish. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes classic rock!
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