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