YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Best Thing (#82)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, I hope not.
LINEUP: John Curulewski, Dennis DeYoung, Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo, James Young
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First record from classic rock band with proggy tendencies. Um, they’d get better. Thankfully.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Right off the bat, Styx goes for the proggy jugular – a 13 minute four-part opus with man on the street interviews, a Copeland interlude, and Dennis DeYoung DeYounging all of the place with his synthesizer. Unfortunately, unlike their later epics, this one isn’t interesting or memorable.
The rest of the record are ‘normal’ songs. A couple stand out as something that could be keepers, “Right Away” and “Best Thing”. The big issue to me are the lead vocals – they seem strained, especially on the quieter songs. The harmonies are there – but the leads aren’t and the songs definitely aren’t.
If they didn’t grow up and become Styx, this would have been forgotten.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were originally called The Tradwinds, then TW4, which they kept even after they became a quintet. They changed their name after they signed.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C-: Two keeper cuts. One really long and unneccesary prog thing, which downgrades this. There’s good and bad on this album…wait…there’s OK and bad on this album. Be warned.