Man of Miracles

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Man of Miracles
Studio album by Styx
Released November 8, 1974
Recorded 1974 at Golden Voice Studios, South Pekin, IL
Genre Progressive rock
Hard rock
Length 37:20
Label Wooden Nickel
Producer John Ryan,
Bill Traut
Styx chronology
The Serpent Is Rising
(1973)
Man of Miracles
(1974)
Equinox
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[2]

Man of Miracles is the fourth album by Styx, released in November 1974. Produced by John Ryan and Bill Traut, who had produced the band's first two albums, this would be the band's last original album on the independent Chicago-based label Wooden Nickel Records before moving to the major label A&M.

The original issue contained "Best Thing", a re-release from the debut Styx album, as the opening track on side two. A second release of Man of Miracles substituted the song "Lies", originally recorded by The Knickerbockers in 1966. The album was reissued in 1980 with new artwork and a newly abbreviated title, Miracles. This version started the second side with "Unfinished Song".

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

  1. "Rock & Roll Feeling" (J. Young, J. Curulewski) – 3:02
  2. "Havin' a Ball" (J. Curulewski, J. Young) – 3:53
  3. "Golden Lark" (D. DeYoung) – 3:23
  4. "A Song for Suzanne" (D. DeYoung) – 5:15
  5. "A Man Like Me" (J. Young) – 2:57
  6. "Best Thing" (James Young, Dennis DeYoung) – 3:13
    • Replaced in the second release by "Lies" (Buddy Randell, Beau Charles) – 2:41
    • Replaced in the 1980 reissue by "Unfinished Song" (D. DeYoung, C. Lofrano) – 2:57
  7. "Evil Eyes" (D. DeYoung) – 4:02
  8. "Southern Woman" (J. Young, Ray Brandle) – 3:10
  9. "Christopher, Mr. Christopher" (D. DeYoung) – 4:02
  10. "Man of Miracles" (J. Young, D. DeYoung, Ray Brandle) – 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: John Ryan for Chicago Kid Productions
  • Engineer: Gary Loizzo.

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 154

Artwork[edit]

The cover art was designed by Leon Rosenblatt, whose name is printed on the back credits as "Lee Rosenblatt."[3]

Miscellaneous[edit]

The initials "LJR" are plainly visible in the wizard's beard, and were likely hidden there by the album's artist, Leon J. Rosenblatt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Man of Miracles at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Personal interview.