Greatest Hits (Styx album)
|Styx Greatest Hits|
|Greatest hits album by Styx|
|Released||August 22, 1995|
|Recorded||1975 - 1995|
|Producer||Styx and Dennis DeYoung|
|Styx compilation chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
This album essentially replaced Styx's previous greatest hits album, Styx - Classics, Volume 15, which was released by A&M in 1987. That previous album had excluded the hit song "Lady" because the song was originally recorded for and released through Wooden Nickel Records (which also had a distribution arrangement with RCA Records). Because A&M/Polygram had been unable to secure distribution rights to the song, most of the classic lineup of Styx (Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, and James "J.Y." Young) reunited to re-record the track at Dennis' home studio, The White Room. They were joined by uncredited session drummer Todd Sucherman, who filled in for John Panozzo due to Panozzo's failing health; Sucherman joined the band permanently in 1996, during the Return to Paradise tour. The track, which is very similar to the original, was titled "Lady '95".
With the exception of "Lady '95", Styx - Greatest Hits features the original album versions of all the other songs included in the compilation. "Come Sail Away" is presented here in its full 6:05 version and "Miss America" is here in its original studio version (despite the CD's packaging showing incorrect time listings for both tracks).
The "Lady '95" session led to Styx reuniting.
While Styx Greatest Hits is by far and away the best selling Styx compilation (certified 2x platinum) and contains all of 8 Top 10 Singles and many key classic rock radio tracks, there are some notable omissions. Most notably, "Rockin' the Paradise" which peaked at #8 on the Top Rock Tracks chart in 1981 and is a concert staple, and "Boat on the River" which is Styx's biggest international hit, are both absent from the compilation. In addition, top 30 hits "Love At First Sight" (#25), "Why Me" (#26) are also absent. Other missing mid-chart hits include "Mademoiselle" (#34), "Music Time" (#40), "Sing for the Day" (#41), "High Time" (#48), "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" (#54), and "Borrowed Time" (#64). Notable missing rock tracks include "Love Is the Ritual" (#9 Rock Tracks), "Snowblind" (#24 Rock Tracks), and "Light Up". Most of these are included in the follow up collection Styx Greatest Hits Part 2, or the career-spanning Come Sail Away – The Styx Anthology (aka Styx Gold). The only charted songs that have never been included in a compilation are "Why Me", "Music Time", and "High Time".
- "Lady '95" (Dennis DeYoung) – 3:05 Re-recorded for the compilation. Originally from Styx II.
- "The Best of Times" (DeYoung) – 4:18 From Paradise Theater.
- "Lorelei" (DeYoung, James Young) – 3:22 From Equinox.
- "Too Much Time on My Hands" (Tommy Shaw) – 4:33 From Paradise Theater.
- "Babe" (DeYoung) – 4:24 From Cornerstone.
- "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" (Shaw) – 5:28 From The Grand Illusion.
- "Show Me the Way" (DeYoung) – 4:36 From Edge of the Century.
- "Renegade" (Shaw) – 4:14 From Pieces of Eight.
- "Come Sail Away" (DeYoung) – 6:05 From The Grand Illusion.
- "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" (Shaw) – 4:06 From Pieces of Eight.
- "The Grand Illusion" (DeYoung) – 4:35 From The Grand Illusion.
- "Crystal Ball" (Shaw) – 4:32 From Crystal Ball.
- "Suite Madame Blue" (DeYoung) – 6:33 From Equinox.
- "Miss America" (Young) – 4:59 From The Grand Illusion.
- "Mr. Roboto" (DeYoung) – 5:30 From Kilroy Was Here.
- "Don't Let It End" (DeYoung) – 4:54 From Kilroy Was Here.
- Dennis DeYoung - synthesizer, keyboards, vocals
- Chuck Panozzo - bass, vocals
- John Panozzo - percussion, drums, vocals
- James Young - guitar, vocals
- Tommy Shaw - acoustic guitar, guitar, electric guitar, vocals
- John Curulewski - guitar on Lorelei
- Todd Sucherman - drums on "Lady '95" (uncredited)