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Album Review

It seems that a double-disc collection of Styx would contain all their biggest hits, along with all of their key album tracks. Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology comes close to fitting that description, but it falls short in a couple of noticeable ways. The compilers have made a conscious decision to emphasize the progressive hard rock side of the band, devoting most of the first disc of the 35-song collection to their '70s album-oriented rock radio staples. By the end of that disc, the hits start coming with "The Grand Illusion," "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)," and "Come Sail Away," and these spill over to the first part of the second disc, which covers their prime period of Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone, and Paradise Theater, including all the big hits. Around this time, the song selection, which had been excellent until now, starts to slip, missing minor hits like "Why Me" and "Nothing Ever Goes as Planned," and that inconsistency plagues the final stretch of the compilation. The most egregious omission is "Don't Let It End," the excellent power ballad from Kilroy Was Here that reached number six on the Billboard pop charts, and its absence is all the more notable with the inclusion of material from their late-'90s/early-2000s comeback efforts, which may bring the anthology up to date, but simply isn't as good as their prime period. This is a major omission and it hurts Come Sail Away, but not fatally since, apart from the missing "Don't Let It End" and the other mentioned minor singles, this does its job right, and provides a thorough and accurate summary of Styx's long career.

Customer Reviews

Excellent Album

This album was Awesome. The only song that it doesn't have on it was "Don't Let It End" off of the album "Kilroy was Here." Thank you iTunes for putting the first five songs onto iTunes. Please put some 80's and 70's videos on here. Thanks for reading!


Go Styx! I absolutely LOVE "Come Sail Away" to death. We are singing it in our chorus, and it is going to sound really bad without the Ah-MAZING accompaniment of the guitar. BUY THIS ALBUM!

Back when music rocked!

Yeah, I'm 13, and Styx is my favorite band. I laugh in the face of 1 star reviews 'cause they worship Eminem and...the rest. Media as we know it is in a rut. What, with A.N.Τ Farm, Kidz Bop, Katy Perry and such, I wonder if I was born in the wrong generation, as a rock fan. Sure, my friends make fun of me for liking "1900's" music, but it's me who's laughing, both at the stupid lyrics of their songs, and 'cause they're missing out! Now that I've bored you with my frusteratingly long review, buy the album! Every song you'll hear, you'll fall in love with! Down with rap! Up with Styx!


Formed: 1970 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they began as an artsy prog rock band, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for bombastic rockers and soaring power ballads. The seeds for the band were planted in another Chicago band during the late '60s, the Tradewinds, which featured brothers Chuck and John Panozzo (who played bass and drums, respectively), as well as acquaintance Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards). By the dawn of the '70s, the group...
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