Styx – Greatest Hits

I can keep my own input on this one short: this is, short of the later stuff with Gowan, pretty much most of the Styx songs I’d want to hear in any one sitting. Now, I know, their albums will have deep cuts that are stellar and I should probably have those too, but honestly, throwing this on as I worked away the other day was just right for me in the moment. I knew every song, hell, I knew most of the words.

And now, I will shamelessly use other people’s work to tell you things:

Lady was re-recorded for this compilation, and titled Lady ’95. According to Wiki, that session led to Styx reuniting. And there’s more:

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the American rock band Styx. It was released by A&M Records on August 22, 1995. It contains 16 tracks, 8 of which were Billboard Top 10 Pop Singles, another 4 that were Billboard Top 40 Pop Singles, and 4 that received heavy airplay on FM album oriented rock stations.

This album essentially replaced Styx’s previous greatest hits album, Styx – Classics, Volume 15, which was released by A&M in 1987. That previous album had excluded the hit song Lady because the song was originally recorded for and released through Wooden Nickel Records (which also had a distribution arrangement with RCA Records). Because A&M/Polygram had been unable to secure distribution rights to the song, most of the classic lineup of Styx (Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo and James J.Y. Young) reunited to re-record the track at Dennis’ home studio, The White Room. They were joined by uncredited session drummer Todd Sucherman, who filled in for John Panozzo due to Panozzo’s failing health; Sucherman joined the band permanently in 1996, during the Return to Paradise tour. The track, which is very similar to the original, was titled Lady ’95.

With the exception of Lady ’95, Styx – Greatest Hits features the original album versions of all the other songs included in the compilation. Come Sail Away is presented here in its full 6:05 version and Miss America is here in its original studio version (despite the CD’s packaging showing incorrect time listings for both tracks).

And the track list:

1. Lady ’95 – originally from @
2. The Best of Times #
3. Lorelei $
4. Too Much Time on My Hands #
5. Babe %
6. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man) ^
7. Show Me the Way &
8. Renegade *
9. Come Sail Away ^
10. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) *
11. The Grand Illusion ^
12. Crystal Ball ~
13. Suite Madame Blue $
14. Miss America ^
15. Mr. Roboto +
16. Don’t Let It End +

In Sum:

Fantastic. A real nostalgia trip, and amazing how many songs I knew when I didn’t know the titles off the top of my head. Fantastic stuff, great band, cool comp. Win win win.

@ Styx II 1973
$ Equinox 1975
~ Crystal Ball 1976
^ The Grand Illusion 1977
* Pieces Of Eight 1978
% Cornerstone 1979
# Paradise Theater 1981
+ Kilroy Was Here 1983
& Edge Of The Century 1990

26 thoughts on “Styx – Greatest Hits

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Mike just pointed out there’s a Volume 2 of the Greatest Hits, and it has Sing For The Day on it!

      I found this on the Amazons:

      Styx’s second Greatest Hits album was released in June of 1996. This compiation has the tracks left off of the first greatest hits. The rest of the hits are here such as the Top 40 hit Mademoiselle from 1976, the Top 100 charting Borrowed Time from 1979 and the Top 30 hit Love at First Sight from 1991. Plus the monster European hit Boat on the River. You also get more great album tracks like Light Up, Superstars, Sing for the Day, Queen of Spades, Lights, First Time(the song which Tommy Shaw complained about quitting the band if A&M released it as a single), AD 1928/Rockin’ the Paradise(a rock radio staple), Snowblind and Haven’t We Been Here Before. Also, there are two new songs. Tommy’s rocker Little Suzie co-written with Dennis DeYoung and featured Todd Sucherman on drums. There’s also the ballad It Takes Love which was the last song John Panozzo recorded before his death in 1996. The songs on here sound better than the original CDs and when will A&M remaster their albums. Highly recommended!

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  1. mikeladano says:

    I love this album. Yes there are deeper cuts but I’m nowhere near having a Styx album collection with everything. Gotta start somewhere and this CD is still entertaining to me as I veeerryy slowly buy older albums.


  2. J. says:

    I still haven’t heard a STYX album. In fact, I couldn’t tell you if I’ve ever heard one of their songs! Anyhoo, compilations like this can be good when you know there’s not much chance of you wanting anything else, huh?

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I can pretty much guarantee you’ll have heard a few of these songs, in your time. Youtube a few of the titles – betcha you have!

      This comp is a great place to start if you’re interested in getting started with them!

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