Equinox (Styx album)
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|Studio album by|
|Released||December 1, 1975|
|Recorded||1975 at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago|
|Singles from Equinox|
|The Daily Vault||B|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The album was the band's first release for A&M Records (with whom they had signed earlier in 1975, after the late unexpected success of the 1973 single "Lady").
The album also marked the final appearance of original Styx guitarist John Curulewski who left the band to spend time with his family, abruptly following the release of Equinox. The band went into a frantic search to find a replacement for their upcoming tour to support Equinox. Soon after, they found Tommy Shaw.
Although Equinox stalled at #58, it went Gold in 1977 shortly before the release of The Grand Illusion (1977) and it sold 350,000 copies when it was first released.
The album's biggest hit is the track "Lorelei", which became Styx's second US Top 30 hit.
The opening track "Light Up" is a rock and roll anthem.
"Mother Dear," co-sung by Curulewski (verses) and DeYoung (chorus), is in a prog-rock style.
"Lonely Child" is a melodic power ballad featuring 12-string guitars.
Side 2 opens with the rocker "Midnight Ride," which showcases the hard rock singer-songwriter Young would become. It is the only song written by him on the album.
"Born for Adventure," about legends such as Robin Hood, is the only song co-written by DeYoung, Young, and Curulewski.
The 12-string guitar instrumental "Prelude 12" was composed by Curulewski. It segues into the most well-known song on the album, "Suite Madame Blue," which was written about the then-imminent US Bicentennial. The track became a staple at all Styx tours with Dennis DeYoung. It is a rare example of a Styx song having four vocal parts, and includes a one-time backing vocal by Chuck Panozzo, during the "America" part.
|3.||"Mother Dear"||Curulewski, DeYoung||Curulewski, DeYoung||5:25|
|2.||"Born for Adventure"||DeYoung, Curulewski, Young||DeYoung||5:12|
|4.||"Suite Madame Blue"||DeYoung||DeYoung||6:30|
- Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards
- James "JY" Young – vocals, electric guitars
- John Curulewski – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
- Chuck Panozzo – bass guitar, backing vocals on "Suite Madame Blue"
- John Panozzo – drums, percussion
- Producer - Styx
- Engineer - Barry Mraz
- Assistant engineer - Rob Kingsland
- Remixing - Barry Mraz, Styx
- Mastering - Doug Sax
- Production assistant - Barry Mraz
- Design - Chuck Beeson, Junie Osaki
- Art direction - Roland Young
- Photography - Chris Micoine
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
- DeGagne, Mike. Equinox at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Ray, Benjamin (2005-03-17). "The Daily Vault Music Review: Styx - Equinox (1975)". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- 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.
- VH1's: Styx Behind The Music