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PostSubject: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:54 am



Sample of Gone Gone Gone and tracklisting on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Styx/dp/B071CRGRTM/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1492778934&sr=8-8&keywords=styx+the+mission

There is also a preorder for CD and vinyl.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:25 am

I heard the first single Gone Gone Gone last night. Nice return to their vintage sound in the vein of The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight. Just a little perplexed that Tommy has written a concept album about a mission to Mars when he was very resistive to writing about robots with Dennis on the Kilroy album. We'll see how the rest of the album sounds
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:11 pm

I like it. 

It does have those vintage Styx harmonies.

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:18 pm

Wow. I'm impressed. I haven't given this band much thought in a long time but that sounds pretty good.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:57 pm

Interview:

Styx fans got a somewhat unexpected surprise when the band announced the upcoming release of a new studio album, The Mission, which will be released on June 16 (via Universal Music Enterprises).
The album is their first studio release of original material in 14 years, following 2003’s Cyclorama. The group — featuring the lineup of singers and guitarists Tommy Shaw  and James “J.Y.” Young, keyboardist and singer Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer and percussionist Todd Sucherman and bassist Ricky Phillips — has been secretly working on the project for the past two years. It features a concept, which unfolds across 14 songs, described as “an aurally adventurous 43-minute thrill ride that chronicles the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.”
The Mission wraps in all of the signature elements of the band’s much loved classic sound, with a wealth of big hooks and anthem-sized choruses. At first listen, it feels like a Styx album that could have easily been made during The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight eras.
“The idea was let’s be as true to the Styx sound [as possible],” Shaw confirms in an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. “Our favorite Styx sound is that era around The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight. And Equinox too. There’s a little tip of the hat to Equinox, because side two of Equinox I think is highly underrated. The instrumental beginning of “Time May Bend” was kind of me tipping my hat to Equinox.”
As fans dig into the new album’s material, they’ll find no shortage of sonic ear candy, especially if they’re listening on headphones, where sound elements travel back and forth between the right and left channels on songs like “Locomotive” and “The Outpost.”


Read More: Tommy Shaw Shares the Secrets Behind Styx's New 'Mission': Exclusive Interview | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/tommy-shaw-interview-2017/?trackback=tsmclip
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:58 pm

Preoders up on http://styxworld.com including clear vinyl. Some nice packages, might preorder the clear vinyl for now.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:04 pm

wow. i did not think they had it in them. good song!

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:12 pm

Back in my college days Styx was my favorite band.  "Styx" even became my nickname on campus.  This was during the Equinox, Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight days.  Then they dropped "Cornerstone" and the dreaded "Babe".  I jumped ship.  Never went back.  But this new one sounds like something that could have been on Pieces Of Eight or Paradise Theater. 

I'll definitely be checking out the new album once more songs are available for preview.

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:00 pm

Other than Babe, I thought Cornerstone had a couple of good songs on it,including Lights and Why Me.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:23 pm

There are some decent tracks on Cornerstone but "Babe" ruined their reputation (and mine back then) so I had to drop them.

REO Speedwagon did the same thing to me with "Keep On Loving You" from Hi Infidelity.  I'd loved the band up til then but then they dropped that sappy song and that's all anyone associated with the band at the time.  I disowned REO too even though there are a bunch of good songs on Hi Infidelity (like Tough Guys and Out Of Season).

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:26 pm

I never thought I would ever say: Damn! Styx has an awesome new song out. Good stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:19 am

Also read that this was recorded in ANALOG. Interesting, will make the vinyl sound pretty good (I hope!).
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:45 am

Here's the album opener, "Overture", performed by a tribute band. I have no idea how they know it already since it hasn't been released. If this is indeed the opening track this sounds like classic Styx. Nice keys and acoustic guitar. Sounds very DeYoung-ish ironically.

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:57 pm

They say they've been working on songs for the past year, maybe this leaked.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Tue May 02, 2017 10:17 pm

There's no question about it - they are all quality musicians -
and certainly know how to piece together quality songs. I love "Babe" !
STYX are kinda like The Eagles - with that rich vocal harmony.....
I always wanted to read a book about them....but no time yet.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri May 05, 2017 11:54 am

Glower wrote:
There's no question about it - they are all quality musicians -
and certainly know how to piece together quality songs. I love "Babe" !
STYX are kinda like The Eagles - with that rich vocal harmony.....
I always wanted to read a book about them....but no time yet.

It's out of print but look for "The Grand Dilusion" by Sterling Whitaker. Best Styx book out there, covers a LOT of the early days. A fascinating read. Might be some used copies somewhere. I used to hear from Sterling from time to time but he seems to have disappeared. Someone asked me about the book and I tried to contact him and ask if he had any more copies or plans to print it again. Never heard back.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri May 05, 2017 7:43 pm

Glower wrote:
I love "Babe" !


OMG!!!!! angry angry angry angry angry angry


I have to consult with the others to see if this is a "ban-able" offense.  If it's not, it should be. 

just kidding

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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat May 06, 2017 1:25 am

The song Renegade helped get me into rock music.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Sat May 06, 2017 7:09 am

I don't hate Babe but it definitely isn't the best. When I was around 10-12 years old I loved it but then I discovered their other songs which were more rockin'. I think from Cornerstone I would have to say Borrowed Time or Why Me are my favorites but of all the A&M albums Cornerstone is the weakest (even weaker than Edge Of The Century).
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri May 19, 2017 9:08 am

New single "Radio Silence" dropped today. I downloaded from iTunes and it definitely has that classic 1977 sound, it reminds me of "Man In The Wilderness".

You can hear a snippet here:

https://www.amazon.com/Radio-Silence/dp/B06ZY3WDFH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495195669&sr=8-1&keywords=styx+radio+silence

However you don't get that "Wilderness" feel in this snippet.

And someone apparently has heard the whole thing:

http://drmusic.org/Styx_-_The_Mission.html
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri May 19, 2017 11:34 am

They seemed to have made a huge effort to tap into the past.
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PostSubject: Re: New Styx album "The Mission"   Fri May 19, 2017 7:28 pm

Yeah that's a crappy snippet.

But I think I'm going to have to get this album.  After all, my nickname in college was "Styx".  Or more accurately "Steeeeex" because an exchange student from Belize branded me with it.  He was on the same dorm floor as me and I was always blaring the early Styx albums.  Whenever he saw me walking around campus he'd yell "Hey Steeeeex!!!".  Bert was not a quiet person.  lol!

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