Progrography

Styx
A sour wince at the mention of "american prog" evinces my distaste for it. In its classic incarnation, Kansas and Styx are the undisputed masters, and even they were guilty of grand larceny in the beginning. Both bands eventually came into their own, however; in Styx' case on albums like The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight. And yet, Styx (like Kansas) never abandoned the hard rock format. Instead, guitarist James Young and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung (like Steve Walsh and Kerry Livgren) wrote songs that rocked and progged, respectively. John Curulewski and, later, Tommy Shaw provided the band with a third songwriter. In fact, it was Shaw's departure for a solo career that slowed (but never stopped) the Stygian flow. They released an album of cover tunes, Big Bang Theory, in 2005.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1972 September STYX
1972 Best Thing
1973 July STYX II (aka LADY)
1974 February THE SERPENT IS RISING
1974 November Lady
1974 November MAN OF MIRACLES
1975 May You Need Love
1975 December EQUINOX
1976 January Lorelei
1976 October CRYSTAL BALL
1976 Crystal Ball
1976 November Mademoiselle
1976 Jennifer
1977 July THE GRAND ILLUSION
1977 September Come Sail Away
1977 BEST OF STYX
1978 February Fooling Yourself
1978 September 1 PIECES OF EIGHT
1978 September Blue Collar Man
1979 March Renegade
1979 Sing For The Day
1979 September Babe
1979 October CORNERSTONE
1979 Why Me
1979 Borrowed Time
1980 Boat On The River
1980 Lights
1980 Never Say Never
1981 January The Best of Times
1981 January PARADISE THEATER
1981 March Too Much Time On My Hands
1981 June Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
1983 February Mr. Roboto
1983 February KILROY WAS HERE
1983 April Don't Let It End
1983 July High Time
1984 April Music Time
1984 April CAUGHT IN THE ACT
1986 A&M GOLD SERIES
1987 CLASSICS VOLUME 15
1988 GOLD SERIES
1990 October 9 EDGE OF THE CENTURY
1990 October Love Is The Ritual
1990 Show Me The Way
1990 Love At First Sight
1991 FAN BOX SET
1995 August 22 GREATEST HITS
1996 June 11 GREATEST HITS PART 2
1996 It Takes Love
1996 Lady (live)
1997 April 29 RETURN TO PARADISE
1997 Paradise
1997 On My Way
1997 THE BEST OF TIMES: THE BEST OF STYX
1999 June 29 BRAVE NEW WORLD
1999 Everything Is Cool
1999 Number One
1999 I Will Be Your Witness
1999 July 7 THE BEST OF STYX (Japan)
2000 March 21 EXTENDED VERSIONS
2000 September 25 THE SINGLES COLLECTION
2000 September 26 ARCH ALLIES (LIVE AT RIVERPORT)
2001 March 29 YESTERDAY & TODAY
2001 June 5 STYX WORLD: LIVE 2001
2001 A Criminal Mind (Live)
2002 June 11 THE BEST OF STYX: THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
2002 July 9 AT THE RIVER'S EDGE: LIVE IN ST. LOUIS
2003 February 18 CYCLORAMA
2003 Waiting For Our Time
2003 Yes I Can
2003 These Are The Times
2003 August 26 ROCKERS
2003 October 7 21ST CENTURY LIVE
2004 May 4 COME SAIL AWAY: THE STYX ANTHOLOGY
2005 February 15 THE COMPLETE WOODEN NICKEL RECORDINGS
2005 May 10 BIG BANG THEORY
2006 November 7 ONE WITH EVERYTHING
2008 April 29 THE BEST OF STYX: GREENSERIES
SEE ALSO...
TOMMY SHAW discography
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