Paradise Theatre (album)
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|Studio album by|
|Released||January 19, 1981|
|Recorded||1980 at Pumpkin Studios, Oak Lawn, Illinois|
|Singles from Paradise Theatre|
|The Daily Vault||A (2003) |
C (2006) 
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Paradise Theatre is the tenth album by the rock band Styx, released in January 1981 (see 1981 in music). It was the most successful album by Styx, peaking at #1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard Album Chart in April and May 1981 (non-consecutively).
Four singles from the album charted, three in the top 10. The lead single "The Best of Times", written by Dennis DeYoung, went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Too Much Time on My Hands", written by Tommy Shaw, went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaw's only top 10 hit for Styx. "Nothing Ever Goes as Planned", written by DeYoung, went to #54 on the US Pop Chart. "Rockin' the Paradise" — written by DeYoung, Shaw and James Young — went to #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
The song "The Best of Times" has been featured in multiple films. The song is in the 1999 film Big Daddy, in which Adam Sandler's character, like Sandler himself, is a Styx fan. It also appears in the 2005 film The Perfect Man'
Paradise Theatre became Styx's only US #1 album. It was the band's fourth consecutive triple-platinum album.
A concept album, the album is a fictional account of Chicago's Paradise Theatre from its opening to closing (and eventual abandonment), used as a metaphor for America's changing times from the late 1970s into the 1980s. (Dennis DeYoung, who envisioned and developed the entire concept, confirmed this in an episode of In the Studio with Redbeard about the making of the album.)
Vinyl copies of the album have a design featuring the name of the band laser etched directly onto the vinyl on side 2 (some copies had a wax design of the cover art). The vinyl record sleeve was a gate-fold and was painted by the artist Chris Hopkins. On the back cover, label and spine, the title of the record is spelled "Paradise Theater", while on the front cover, the title is spelled "Paradise Theatre".
Vinyl releases and initial CD pressings of the album had the musical segue between "Half-Penny, Two-Penny" and "A.D. 1958" indexed as the intro to "A.D. 1958". Subsequent pressings of the CD had the segue indexed as the fade to "Half-Penny, Two-Penny" instead.
|2.||"Rockin' the Paradise"||DeYoung, Young, Shaw||DeYoung||3:35|
|3.||"Too Much Time on My Hands"||Shaw||Shaw||4:31|
|4.||"Nothing Ever Goes as Planned"||DeYoung||DeYoung||4:48|
|5.||"The Best of Times"||DeYoung||DeYoung||4:19|
|8.||"Snowblind"||Young, DeYoung||Young, Shaw||5:00|
|9.||"Half-Penny, Two-Penny"||Young, Ray Brandle||Young||4:33|
|11.||"State Street Sadie"||DeYoung||(instrumental)||0:28|
- Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards
- Tommy Shaw – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, vocoder
- James "JY" Young – vocals, electric guitars
- Chuck Panozzo – bass guitar
- John Panozzo – drums, percussion
- Steve Eisen – saxophone
- Dan Barber – horn
- Mike Halpin – horn
- John Haynor – horn
- Mark Ohlson – horn
- Billy Simpson – horn
- Producer - Styx (Dennis DeYoung)
- Engineers - Rob Kingsland, Gary Loizzo
- Arranger - Styx
- Mastering - Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1981||"Nothing Ever Goes as Planned"||Pop Singles||54|
|"Rockin' the Paradise"||Mainstream Rock||8|
|"Too Much Time on My Hands"||2|
|"The Best of Times"||Mainstream Rock||16|
The album has sold 4 million copies to date.
- AllMusic album review by Eduardo Rivadavia: Styx - Paradise Theatre (1981)
- The Daily Vault album review #1 by Duke Egbert (2.12.2003): Styx - Paradise Theatre (1981)
- The Daily Vault album review #2 by Paul Hanson (27.6.2006): Styx - Paradise Theatre (1981)
- 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.
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