In correlation with the new limited edition 8-album/9LP box set Styx: The A&M Albums 1975-1984, Universal Music will be issuing the individual records - Equinox (1975), Crystal Ball (1976), The Grand Illusion (1977), Pieces of Eight (1978), Cornerstone (1979), Paradise Theater (1981), Kilroy Was Here (1983), Caught In The Act (1984) - separately as part of the UMe "Back to Black" vinyl reissue series.
The roots of Styx were formed in Roseland on the south side of Chicago back in 1961 by twin brothers Chuck and John Panozzo on bass guitar and drums respectively, with vocalist/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung as The Tradewinds, then TW4, with guitarist James "JY" Young joining in 1970. By '72, when they signed to indie Wooden Nickel Records, they changed their name to Styx because "it was the only one none of us hated," according to DeYoung.
The group scored a hit single in "Lady," which hit the Top 10 in the U.S., but it wasn't until signing with A&M Records that the band hits its stride, releasing eight albums in the course of nine years, starting with Equinox in 1975 and closing with the live Caught in the Act in 1984, while adding guitarist Tommy Shaw in 1976. Known for melding hard arena-rock basics with metal guitar solos, progressive art flourishes and a highly theatrical stage show, Styx earned four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, along with 16 Top 40 smashes, including "Renegade," "Come Sail Away," and "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)."
1975's Equinox was Styx's first album for A&M and fifth overall, marking the final appearance by guitarist John Curulewski, who was replaced by Tommy Shaw for the subsequent tour. The album's biggest hit was "Lorelei," which was the band's second U.S. Top 30 charter. Another popular song from the album is "Suite Madame Blue," which was written for America's bicentennial. With its four-part harmonies, it is a staple of the band's live set. Although the album stalled at No. 58, it eventually went gold in 1977.
Styx Equinox Track Listing:
1. Light Up
3. Mother Dear
4. Lonely Child
5. Midnight Ride
6. Born For Adventure
7. Prelude 12
8. Suite Madame Blue