This is a collection of Styx's first four albums on two CDs. I've considered myself a Styx fan since I was 13-yrs-old and Cornerstone came out. By the time Kilroy Was Here came out, I was going backward in their catalogue...not forward. But the earliest Styx album that I had ever heard up until today was Equinox (their 5th album). Well, this collection has shown me that I was missing the best stuff!!
These first four disks are fantastic! Much more hard rocking than the later poppy stuff that I was exposed to. Had I heard this when I was 12 I probably wouldn't have liked it...it would have been a little too heavy for a 12-yr-old FA. But I wish I'd heard this when I was 17. I guess it's never too late to enjoy music. I'm going to be spinning these for a while getting to know a whole other side of one of my favourite bands.
got 'em in ... similar experience to hearing early Journey's artsier phase, but early Journey was a group of tour hardened, seasoned veterans, whereas early Styx sounds like they over-stretch their bounds or exert themselves. But there is a looseness here that is refreshing given how polished they sound later. Good remaster job on this set. Worth it if you get it cheap. I got this on the cheap from one of sellers on Amazon, which has been a bonanza for cheap CDs of late. I've been catching up on quite a few bands which I thought had been under represented in my collection, until now. I paid $7.49 plus S&H for a two disc set - new. Schaweet!