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THE GRAND ILLUSION

Styx

 

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b_olariu
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4 stars The grand illusion released with big articles in musical newspapper, they wanted to be the most know band in that time in USA at least, a thing that for sure they done it. So, released in 7.7.1977 , The grand illusion is maybe thir most well known , the most progressive and because of that they were at the peak of their career. Another hit Come sail aways make from Styx a well known and respected aswell band in USA scene in those times. Aswell a combination of AOR elenets here and there, some pop orchestration aswell but this time, the keybords sound realy strong, much in fron then before, mre complex and with lush arrangenets all over. I realy like this album a lot, the second best after Equinox or maybe at same level. Some Gallup polls from 1979 made on young generation of that period, between 13-19, gives the incontestable resoult, Styx was the most well known american band , being in front of bands like Kansas, Journey or Forigner. A good album towards great, pieces like Come sail away, Miss america or Man in the wilderness show a mature Styx , musicaly speaking, much more progressive then before where arrangements are melted in great Styx manner, from pop elements with progressive complexity,, secialy the keybords made all the fun here and the voice aswell. So a big album for that period, 4 stars from me.
b_olariu | 4/5 |

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