The Grand Illusion
|The Grand Illusion|
|Studio album by|
|Released||July 7, 1977|
|Recorded||1977 at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago|
|Singles from The Grand Illusion|
|The Daily Vault||(B-) (1998) |
B (2006) 
|Rolling Stone||(favorable) |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, recorded at Paragon Recording Studios in Chicago and released on July 7, 1977. It launched the band to stardom, spawned the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself", and sold over three million copies in the US (Triple Platinum). Along with Pieces of Eight, it is their best-selling album to date.
As with much of Styx's catalog, many of the songs have quasi-medieval/fantasy lyrics and themes. Some are allegories and commentaries on contemporary American life and the members' experiences in an American rock band in the mid-to-late 1970s.
- "The Grand Illusion" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:36
- "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)" (Shaw) – 5:29
- Lead vocals: Shaw
- "Superstars" (Young, DeYoung, Shaw) – 3:59
- Lead vocals and lead guitar: Shaw
- Soliloquy: DeYoung
- "Come Sail Away" (DeYoung) – 6:07
- Lead vocals and synthesizer solo: DeYoung
- ARP Odyssey: Young
- Lead guitar: Shaw
- "Miss America" (Young) – 5:02
- Lead vocals and guitar solo: Young
- "Man in the Wilderness" (Shaw) – 5:51
- Lead vocals and guitar solo: Shaw
- "Castle Walls" (DeYoung) – 5:59
- Lead vocals: DeYoung
- Lead guitar: Young
- "The Grand Finale" (DeYoung, Young, Shaw) – 1:57
- Lead vocals: DeYoung
- Lead guitar fills: Shaw
- Melodic guitar lead: Young
- Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards
- Tommy Shaw – vocals, guitars
- James Young – vocals, guitars, keyboards
- Chuck Panozzo – bass
- John Panozzo – drums
- Barry Mraz – production assistance, engineer
- Rob Kingsland – engineer
- Mastered by Mike Reese at the Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California
- Derek Sutton – management, direction
- Jim Vose – tour manager
- Jeff Ravitz – lighting designer
- John "Tarkus" Schaefer – stage manager
- Bob "Yaz" Jastrzembski – equipment, motorcycle stunts
- Judson Terry Phelps – monitors
- Roland Young – art direction
- Jim McCrary – photography
- Chuck Beeson – album design
- Kelly and Mouse – album cover painting
|Chart (1977)||Peak position|
|U.S. Billboard 200||6|
|Name||Chart (1977)||Peak position|
|"Come Sail Away"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||8|
|"Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"||29|
- DeGagne, Mike. The Grand Illusion at AllMusic. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
- Christopher Thelen (1998-08-08). "The Daily Vault Music Review: Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- Melanie Love (2006-06-13). "The Daily Vault Music Review: Styx - The Grand Illusion (1977)". The Daily Vault. Retrieved 2013-02-09.
- Joe Fernbacher (1977-11-03). "Rolling Stone Music Reviews: Styx - The Grand Illusion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- 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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