RELEASE
February 15, 2005
LABEL
Polydor
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock

Album Review

Remastered and repackaged, this is a treasure trove for die-hard Styx fanatics waiting for a proper reissue of their early works. But casual buyers best beware: this isn't the Styx that sang "Come Sail Away" or "Mr. Roboto," but a different though no less enjoyable group altogether. This two-disc set comprises their first four records under the Wooden Nickel imprint: Styx, Styx II, The Serpent Is Rising and Man of Miracles. While the arena rock anthems and compositional sensibilities are underdeveloped, the pomposity of their prog rock roots clearly shines through with the inclusion of "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Little Fugue in G" and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. It's also a document showcasing the evolution of their flare for theatrics and storytelling, which didn't entirely put them on par with their British and Italian prog rock counterparts, but close enough for people to take notice. Aside from "Lady," there isn't much here that casual listeners will identify with, but Styx loyalists will be pleased with proper documentation of the group's formative years, something all too neglected until now.
Rob Theakston, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Movement for the Common Man: Children of the Land/Street ...http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Right Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/right-away/id42580475?i=42580483&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. What Has Come Between Ushttp://itunes.apple.com/album/what-has-come-between-us/id42580475?i=42580486&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Best Thinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/best-thing/id42580475?i=42580489&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Quick Is the Beat of My Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/quick-is-the-beat-of-my-heart/id42580475?i=42580496&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. After You Leave Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/after-you-leave-me/id42580475?i=42580500&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. You Need Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-need-love/id42580475?i=42580503&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/lady/id42580475?i=42580507&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. A Dayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/a-day/id42580475?i=42580511&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. You Better Askhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/you-better-ask/id42580475?i=42580514&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Little Fugue in "G"http://itunes.apple.com/album/little-fugue-in-g/id42580475?i=42580517&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Father O.S.A.http://itunes.apple.com/album/father-o-s-a/id42580475?i=42580520&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Earl of Roselandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/earl-of-roseland/id42580475?i=42580523&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. I'm Gonna Make You Feel Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/im-gonna-make-you-feel-it/id42580475?i=42580526&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Unfinished Song [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/unfinished-song/id42580475?i=42580529&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Witch Wolfhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. The Grove of Eglatinehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Young Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. As Bad as Thishttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Winner Takes Allhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. 22 Yearshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Jonas Psalterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. The Serpent Is Risinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Krakatoahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Hallelujah Chorus [From Handel's Messiah]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Rock & Roll Feelinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Havin' a Ballhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Golden Larkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. A Song for Suzannehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. A Man Like Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Lieshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Evil Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Southern Womanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Christopher, Mr. Christopherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Man of Miracleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-complete-wooden-nickel/id42580475?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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