Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology (2004)


Disc One 1.Best Thing 2.You Need Love 3.Lady 4.Winner Takes All 5.Rock and Roll Feeling 6.Light Up 7.Lorelei 8.Prelude 12 9.Suite Madame Blue 10.Shooz 11.Mademoiselle 12.Crystal Ball 13.The Grand Illusion 14.Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) 15.Come Sail Away 16.Miss America 17.Man in the Wilderness Disc Two 1.Blue Collar Man 2.Sing For the Day 3.Renegade 4.Pieces of Eight 5.Lights 6.Babe 7.Borrowed Time 8.Boat on the River 9.A.D. 1928 10.Rockin' the Paradise 11.Too Much Time On My Hands 12.The Best of Times 13.Snowblind 14.Mr. Roboto 15.Love is the Ritual 16.Show Me the Way 17.Dear John 18.One With Everything

 

Styx manages to blow this one badly. First, they really didn't need an "anthology" release - the two greatest hits albums that had already been released served that purpose just fine. O.K. - you could argue that they had released three legitimate albums since the pair of Greatest Hits releases (although one was mostly live), and you could argue that it might be beneficial to include two discs on one compilation instead of two. So in retrospect, maybe this could have been a great idea. But, again, they blow it.

It was no longer a mystery to anyone that followed the band, that the bad blood between the axed Dennis DeYoung and the only two remaining "classic" members James Young and Tommy Shaw was indeed deep. Every interview that James Young would give about anything - he would manage to stab DeYoung in the back somehow. Sadly JY sounded less like an educated experienced musician and more like a pouty 16 year old whose dad won't let him use the family car. What becomes unforgivable is when these guys tamper with the band's past - or legacy, and try to rewrite their history to accommodate what they think it should have been. They don't obliterate DeYoungs contributions - that would literally be impossible since he wrote most of their hits, but they do careful exorcise many of his contributions that their fan base adored. Yes, we know now that they hated First Time, but many of their fans did not. So they simply don't include it here. Likewise, Don't Let It End, which was one of their biggest selling singles ever, is also excluded. It's not like they "needed" room or anything. The band manages to throw in more obscure cuts like Shooz (huh?) and Man in the Wildnerness (although it did have a new guitar solo! Oooh! Aaaah!) and manage to include five of the obscure early "Wooden Nickel" tracks (Lady would have been enough).

So, what you have here is in fact a pretty good collection of songs from the band's history. Just don't be fooled into thinking this is a good representation of their best material. For that, stick with the two "greatest hits" albums.





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