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Year of Release: 1975
Born For Adventure
Suite Madame Blue
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Classic Rock returns with Chicago's Styx, and their second album on our
site, the 1975 release, Equinox. "Lorelei" is the most popular
hit from this release, as many Classic Rock stations play this song. The
remainder of this album focuses on great Progressive Rock, energetic, and
entertaining, Styx's Equinox has some great moments, and is considered
one of their better albums.
The album's opener, "Light Up" definitely lights up the atmosphere,
very energetic, and a good song to start off the album. "Lorelei" is
next, and for those who are familiar with Classic Rock radio, I'm sure this
song is no stranger. "Mother Dear" continues the Progressive Rock mold,
with a touch of classical (or even jazz) piano, as well. "Lonely Child"
continues the typical Progressive Rock, featuring the keyboards and guitars,
as heard in many 1970s P.R. bands. This song could be compared to the early
"Midnight Ride" has a more hard rock sound, definitely 1970s-style.
"Born To Adventure" has the Rock and Progressive, as heard on
Alan Parson Project's Pyramid and could even be compared to the hard
rock of Deep Purple/Rainbow. "Prelude 12" is a short guitar instrumental,
and the album's closing tune, "Suite Madame Blue" is a great ballad,
having the comparisons of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps,"
and accoustic guitar Led Zeppelin ("Babe I'm Gonna Leave You").
This one is definitely worth repeated listens.
Equinox is definitely one of Styx's best. Clearly defining Rock
and Progressive Rock of the 1970s, any rock fan will enjoy this release.
Styx may have "sold out" in their later years, but it is easily agreed that
their early years were their best.
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