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styxlivegtandillusionpiecesofeightcoverThe Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight Live

style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt;">Artist: Styx

Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Released: May 07, 2013

Reviewed: May 26, 2013

Boomerocity wrote a rave review of the concert DVD,  Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live last year.  One of the things I really wished had come out at the same time was a CD version only of the concert for those who don’t by DVDs.

My wait is over.

Styx’s two most revered albums, 1977’s The Grand Illusion and 1978’s Pieces Of Eight are beautifully recorded during their November 9th, 2010, performance on the stage of the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grand Illusion and Pieces Of Eight were both multi-platinum masterpieces that established Styx as a globally successfully rock act.

This was the first time these albums were played live in their entirety. Showcasing the scope and sheer magnitude of the Styx sound, Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James “J.Y.” Young (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Phillips (bass, backing vocals), and Chuck Panozzo (bass guitar) perfectly portrayed what made their music so groundbreaking. 

If you were a Styx fan back in the seventies or are just a recent fan, you’ll definitely want this live masterpiece as part of your listening library!