The Grand Illusion

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Other than being their first platinum-selling album, The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock. Built on the strengths of "Come Sail Away"'s ballad-to-rock metamorphosis, which gained them their second Top Ten hit, and on the high harmonies of newcomer Tommy Shaw throughout "Fooling Yourself," The Grand Illusion introduced Styx to the gates of commercial stardom. The pulverized growl of "Miss America" reveals the group's guitar-savvy approach to six-string rock, while De Young pretentiously struts his singing prowess throughout the title track. Shaw's induction into the band has clearly settled, and his guitar work, along with James Young's, is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Other than being their first platinum-selling album, The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock. Built on the strengths of "Come Sail Away"'s ballad-to-rock metamorphosis, which gained them their second Top Ten hit, and on the high harmonies of newcomer Tommy Shaw throughout "Fooling Yourself," The Grand Illusion introduced Styx to the gates of commercial stardom. The pulverized growl of "Miss America" reveals the group's guitar-savvy approach to six-string rock, while De Young pretentiously struts his singing prowess throughout the title track. Shaw's induction into the band has clearly settled, and his guitar work, along with James Young's, is full and extremely sharp where it matters most. Even the songwriting is more effluent than Crystal Ball, which was released one year earlier, shedding their mystical song motifs for a more audience-pleasing lyric and chord counterpoise. Reaching number six on the album charts, The Grand Illusion was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Tommy Shaw and Dennis De Young as a tandem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 075021322325
  • Catalog Number: 3223
  • Sales rank: 581

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Styx Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Dennis DeYoung Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Tommy Shaw Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
James Young Guitar, Vocals
Chuck Panozzo Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
John Panozzo Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Styx Producer
Rob Kingsland Engineer
Barry Mraz Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Album

    If you have never listened to Styx before ,this should be the first.This is one of the most incredible albums you will ever here. Every song on here is great and every member of the band contributed to it. A must buy for any Styx Fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grand Illusion Comes To Life

    When I listened to the hits "Come Sail Away," "The Grand Illusion," "Fooling Yourself" and J.Y.'s growling vocals on "Miss America," I was blown away!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grand Illusion, Styx's finest effort

    ''Illusion'' is easily one of the finest albums of the 70's. From Tommy's melancholy Man in the Wilderness to JY's rocking Miss America, it really spans the gamut of what the band is capable of. Definitely on my top 5 albums of all time list.

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