TITLE: Styx II
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #20
SINGLES: Lady (#6), You Need Love
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, no, no
LINEUP: John Curulewski, Dennis DeYoung, Chuck Panozzo, John Panozzo, James Young. Curt Freeland
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A better record overall, with some tolerable prog and then there’s this one song that…well…
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Although I don’t think it would have been as much of a splash had WLS not played it every 20 seconds or so, “Lady” is the song that established Styx in the 70’s as a band that could straddle the prog rock / album rock divide.
Sure, yeah, there are some long excursions (“A Day”, “Father OSA”) and a cut of Dennis DeYoung playing Bach on a pipe organ (and hopefully cleaning up after himself when he was done), but there’s more to these songs than an excuse to play long solos. It ain’t actually half bad on the whole.
This record was all Dennis DeYoung and John Curulewski, as James Young didn’t contribute any songs. Despite that, it’s a lot more concise and rocking than their first album.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: When the band struck gold on A&M in 1975, Wooden Nickel re-released this album and achieved the peak chart figrues above.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, one addition, called “Unfinished Song”. It’s finished, and not worth it.
GRADE: B: Not perfect, and sometimes a bit too windy and proggy, but it’s a great improvement from their debut. Oh, and it’s got “Lady”, too.