Crystal Ball (Styx album)
|Studio album by Styx|
|Released||October 1, 1976|
|Recorded||1976 at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
The album's title track would become a concert staple for the band as it was performed on every subsequent Styx tour with which Shaw was involved.
"Shooz" was co-written by Shaw and James Young. The bluesy rocker had Shaw on slide guitar while Young contributed a Hendrix-like solo to the middle of the track after Shaw's slide solo.
"This Old Man" is a song that DeYoung wrote for his father and the impact his dad had on his life.
Debussy's classical piece "Clair De Lune" served as the intro to the album's closing track Ballerina. The version of "Clair De Lune" on Crystal Ball just had DeYoung on piano and changed the key from D flat to C as the next track ("Ballerina") started in C minor.
Although the album stalled at #66 upon its 1976 release, it would go platinum in 1978 after the success of the next album The Grand Illusion.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Daevid Jehnzen of Allmusic rated Crystal Ball three-and-a-half out of five stars. He stated that it was better than Styx's previous album, Equinox, although it was not as successful. He also said that the album "[showcases] Styx's increased skill for crafting simple, catchy pop hooks out of their bombastic sound." Alan Niester of Rolling Stone also found the album favorable, stating that "although Styx is based in Chicago, the group has its English scam down pat". He also stated that the instrumentation "always seems on the verge of going out of control, giving the whole album an extra surge of excitement."
- "Put Me On" (DeYoung, Shaw, Young) – 4:56
- "Mademoiselle" (DeYoung, Shaw) – 3:57
- Lead vocals: Tommy Shaw, harmony lead guitar solos: Tommy Shaw and James Young
- "Jennifer" (DeYoung) – 4:16
- Lead vocals: Dennis DeYoung, lead guitar: James Young
- "Crystal Ball" (Shaw) – 4:32
- Lead vocals and lead guitar: Tommy Shaw, synthesizer solo: Dennis DeYoung
- "Shooz" (Shaw, Young) – 4:44
- Lead vocals and slide guitar: Tommy Shaw, second guitar solo in middle of song: James Young
- "This Old Man" (DeYoung) – 5:11
- Lead vocals: Dennis DeYoung, lead guitar: Tommy Shaw
- "Clair de Lune/Ballerina" (Claude Debussy/DeYoung/Shaw) – 7:09
- Instrumental/Lead vocals: Dennis DeYoung, lead guitar solos: James Young (wah-wah induced solos) and Tommy Shaw
- Dennis DeYoung – Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals
- Chuck Panozzo – Bass, Vocals
- John Panozzo – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
- Tommy Shaw – Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Vocals
- James Young – Guitar, Vocals
- Producer: Styx
- Engineers: Barry Mraz and Rob Kingsland
Album – Billboard (North America)
Singles – Billboard (North America)
- Jehnzen, Daevid. Crystal Ball (Styx album) at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Niester, Alan (January 13, 1977). "Styx, Crystal Ball". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 789. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.