Man of Miracles

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Man of Miracles
Styx - Man of Miracles.jpg
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)The Serpent Is Rising1973
Man of Miracles
(1974)
Equinox
(1975)Equinox1975
Singles from Man of Miracles
  1. "Best Thing"
    Released: 1975 (re-issue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 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 Styx (1972) 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]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock & Roll Feeling"James Young, John Curulewski3:02
2."Havin' a Ball"Curulewski, Young3:53
3."Golden Lark"Dennis DeYoung3:23
4."A Song for Suzanne"DeYoung5:15
5."A Man Like Me"Young2:57
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Best Thing"
  • Replaced in the second release by "Lies"
  • Replaced in the 1980 reissue by "Unfinished Song"
Young, DeYoung
  • Buddy Randell, Beau Charles
  • DeYoung, Charles Lofrano
  • 3:13
  • 2:41
  • 2:57
  • 7."Evil Eyes"DeYoung4:02
    8."Southern Woman"Young, Ray Brandie3:10
    9."Christopher, Mr. Christopher"DeYoung4:02
    10."Man of Miracles"Young, DeYoung, Brandie4:55
    Total length:37:20

    Personnel[edit]

    Styx[edit]

    Production[edit]

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

    Charts[edit]

    Album – Billboard (United States)

    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.

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