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Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
     

Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology

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by Styx
 
It seems that a double-disc collection of Styx would contain all their biggest hits, along with all of their key album tracks. Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology comes close to fitting that description, but it falls short in a couple of noticeable ways. The compilers have made a conscious decision to emphasize the progressive hard rock

Overview

It seems that a double-disc collection of Styx would contain all their biggest hits, along with all of their key album tracks. Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology comes close to fitting that description, but it falls short in a couple of noticeable ways. The compilers have made a conscious decision to emphasize the progressive hard rock side of the band, devoting most of the first disc of the 35-song collection to their '70s album-oriented rock radio staples. By the end of that disc, the hits start coming with "The Grand Illusion," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)," and "Come Sail Away," and these spill over to the first part of the second disc, which covers their prime period of Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater, including all the big hits. Around this time, the song selection, which had been excellent until now, starts to slip, missing minor hits like "Why Me" and "Nothing Ever Goes as Planned," and that inconsistency plagues the final stretch of the compilation. The most egregious omission is "Don't Let It End," the excellent power ballad from Kilroy Was Here that reached number six on the Billboard pop charts, and its absence is all the more notable with the inclusion of material from their late-'90s/early-2000s comeback efforts, which may bring the anthology up to date, but simply isn't as good as their prime period. This is a major omission and it hurts Come Sail Away, but not fatally since, apart from the missing "Don't Let It End" and the other mentioned minor singles, this does its job right, and provides a thorough and accurate summary of Styx's long career.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0602498618370
catalogNumber:
000210402
Rank:
35134

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Styx   Primary Artist
Glen Burtnik   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dennis DeYoung   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Shaw   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
James Young   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
John Curulewski   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Larry Gowan   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Chuck Panozzo   Bass Guitar,Vocals,bass pedals,Group Member
John Panozzo   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Todd Sucherman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Styx   Arranger,Producer
Glen Burtnik   Composer
Dennis DeYoung   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tommy Shaw   Composer,Producer
James Young   Composer,Producer
Phil Bonanno   Engineer
John Curulewski   Composer
Marty Feldman   Engineer
Larry Gowan   Composer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Rob Kingsland   Engineer
Gary Loizzo   Producer,Engineer
Barry Mraz   Producer,Engineer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Plinky   Composer,Engineer
John Ryan   Producer
Todd Sucherman   Composer
Bill Traut   Producer,Executive Producer
Bill Rascati   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jon Spencer   Composer
Charles Lofrano   Composer
Bruce Monical   Engineer
Martin Huxley   Essay
Chuck Lofrano   Composer

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Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is another Styx compilation. I already had two previous Styx compilations CDs before this one. But I would be switching between the other two different compilations to listen to all my favorite songs. This new Styx Anthology has all the favorites (and some under cover hits) available in the same compilation. The album pulls from all but one of their albums, encompassing their entire career from the early days of Wooden Nickel to later albums created in the 80s. As a long time Styx fan, I was glad to see that there were no remixed or drastically altered versions of their songs. There was one rare song on the album that I had not heard before: the full-length version of “Man in the Wilderness.” All the classic hits are on this CD including “Renegade,” “Show Me the Way,” “Come Sail Away,” and (of course) “Mr. Roboto.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a Classic Rock fan my whole life, and have heard all kinds of Classic Rock out there…good and bad, so I know when I hear good classic rock. I’d have to say Come Sail Away: Anthology is definitely good; actually its very good. I’ve always been a Styx fan, dating back to the seventies when I first heard “Man of Miracles” in 1974. I own every Styx album, so one might wonder why I bought the new anthology. And you wanna know my reason? It’s a great sum up of the whole collection…it’s almost like a conclusion to a book: it’s a conclusion of all their progression from the last thirteen albums. With songs like “Best Thing”, “Winner Take All”, “You Need Love”. “Lady”, “RocknRoll Feeling”, “Light Up”, “Shooz”, “Come Sail Away”, “Renegade”, “Lights”, “Rockin’ the Paradise”, “Mr. Roboto”, “Love is the Ritual”, and “One with Everything”, it covers the basics of all albums except for “Brave New World”, so thirteen out of fourteen is great. It’s definitely different then all that new pop and rap stuff my kids listen to…and when I put this on they actually become interested and ask what’s in my stereo. It’s a great compilation, I recommend it to anyone who prefers Classic Rock and likes Styx. If you’re into this, buy it. Trust me, you wont regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This does a terrific job of covering all the big hits that Styx has done.The only disapointment is that it forgot great songs such as Edge Of The Century and Love at First Sight From the EdgeOf The Century album . And how can you possibly forget to include songs from your best album Brave New World ? At least 3 tracs from this should have been includded. Cyclorama is still new so I can understand only one from this one. All in all this is a winner . Styx still Rock
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so enticed that Styx actually announced for some time that their label, A&M, was going to release a 2-disc anthology. And yet this also has songs from their Wooden Nickel period ("Best Thing" and "Lady") and their Sanctuary period ("Dear John", "One with Everything") and the version of "Man in the Wilderness" is longer, too. The songs are also presented in chronological order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Styx, my favorite band of all time. A band that made so many hits over the years, and now, they finally release a double-disc greatest hits collection. Most of their hits are here, but like some compilations in my opinion, I could have seen it better. Not a lot of material from their mostly ignored first four albums is on here, but the most important hits from those four are. I do not find that "Shooz" and "Man in the Wilderness" were necessary songs to put on here. I was surprised to see "Pieces of Eight" put on here. It kind of upsets me the fact that "First Time", "Don't Let It End" and "Edge of the Century" were omitted. Also, there are no tracks from "Brave New World" included on this collection. Sure there were a couple of missed songs, but Styx still rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I want to say that I love this new album. I remember when the Styx started as a small band in Chicago (called Tradewinds at the time) with brothers Chuck and John Panozzo, and friend Dennis DeYoung. I loved them from the beginning. Since then I’ve been collecting their albums (probably about 80% of the ones released). When I heard they were releasing an Anthology in 2004 I was scared that it was going to be a mistake and not be a success. After all, they’ve already done Over 15 compilations! I’m sure many of us loyal fans were a little skeptical. But after buying it about a month ago when it came out, I was blown away. It has several aspects that make it better than the previous compilations: It is digitally remastered…so as you’ll see, it sounds better than any other compilation. The songs are in chronological order so you can hear the progression of songs as you grew up (if you’re an old guy like me). Though the band has had their trouble in being a cohesive group over the years, with the loss of Dennis, and disagreement among members, they have still managed to create their best compilation album 30 years after they were formed. This album is a must buy if you’re a die hard Styx fan like me, or even a small fan…You won’t be disappointed with songs like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Best Thing,” “Renegade,” “Mr. Roboto,” and “Man in the Wilderness” all in a 2 cd set—by the way— Man in the Wilderness is the “Previously Unreleased Full Length Version” – It has a longer playout at the end….I highly recommend buying this one….enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this 2 cd set of styxs hits is awesome. this is deffilney a styx collection that fans have been waiting for/has all the good ones/toomuch time on my hands. mr roboto/the grand illision/ lady/etc/plus one track from the latest release cycrorama/
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have for the last few months been attempting to discover some great classic rock. It started when I got a collection of old rock records. Then talking to people whose musical tastes I respect, I began purchasing some classic rock CDs. When I saw this Anthology, I thought it would be perfect for me. It has two discs, 35 tracks. It would be the perfect introduction to the band. I had heard of some of their songs like Come Sail Away, so I had a good feeling I would like it. I ended up loving it. It is a symphonic display of musical talent and two and a half hours of great music. I throw it on while I work on my computer and I am in Paradise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic Rock? I’d never thought of myself as a classic rock fan, or thought I’d get into it. But in actuality, classic rock has gradually become a favorite genre of mine. Before I was more into metal., then I started dating someone who listened to Classic Rock, and it has casually changed my musical preference. My boyfriend lets me borrow his CDs all the time to encourage this of course, but I never took the initiative to go out and buy my own classic rock. One of my favorite CDs he lent me once was STYX: Crystal Ball, so I thought I should get more Styx. I wanted to buy Crystal Ball, but I also wanted to hear other Styx tracks I may have not heard before. So in buying my first Classic Rock CD I purchased Come Sail Away: Anthology. This two disc compilation of Styx is really great for first time Styx fans. It covers thirteen of their albums, and has classics like “Come Sail Away”, “Crystal Ball”, “Mr. Roboto” “Boat on the River” “Suite Madame Blue” and “Pieces of Eight”, so it gives you a little taste of all their progress. Give or take this CD gives out about two hours of pure Styx satisfaction, and I feel it everyday in my car. I highly recommend this CD to any Styx fan, old or new. And if you’re like me just getting into Classic Rock, I also recommend this as it’s a pure masterpiece of Classic Rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having never really been into classic rock, I was very reluctant to give Styx a try when my girlfriend insisted that I listen to their new greatest hits, “Come Sail Away.” However, I soon realized how many good songs there are aside from “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade”. You get songs off of 13 of their studio albums so there’s quite a wide variety of music to take in. Two discs and 35 songs later I found my self singing the songs all the time and wanting more. So much that I went out and bought the CD myself so that I could listen to it as much as I pleased. Having the songs digitally remastered really adds to the experience, I’ve heard other classic rock albums that I just couldn’t get past the poor sound quality. Needless to say I’m now a Styx fan and now look forward to seeing them in concert. Who would have thought music that was made almost ten year before I was born could rock so hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With dozens of classics and the recent heartfelt tribute "Dear John" to the late John Panozzo, this is an awesome set. This is by far some of the best music I've ever listened to!