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Styx - 2005 Big Bang Theory



ARTIST: Styx
ALBUM: Big Bang Theory
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 247
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Larry Gowan - vocals, keyboards *Tommy Shaw - vocals, guitars * James Young - vocals, guitars * Ricky Phillips - bass, vocals * Todd Sucherman - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Am the Walrus (The Beatles) * 02 I Can See You For Miles (The Who) * 03 It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace) (Willie Dixon) * 04 I Don't Need No Doctor (Humble Pie) * 05 Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith) * 06 Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull) * 07 A Salty Dog (Procol Harum) * 08 One Way Out (Allman Brothers) * 09 Summer In The City (Lovin' Spoonful) * 10 Talkin' About The Good Times (The Pretty Things) * 11 Find The Cost Of Freedom (CSNY) * 12 Wishing Well (Free) * 13 Manic Depression (Jimi Hendrix) * 14 Blue Collar Man (Styx)

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WEBLINKS: www.styxworld.com


Background
Well, what needs to be said about these guys? Those familiar with Styx will need no introduction to their past deeds. It's their current deeds which need questioning however. A great treat for those who remember the band in their halcyon days. The twin string attack of Shaw and Young is resurrected, the addition of Ricky Phillips (The Babys and Bad English) embellishes the bottom end, while Larry Gowan proves more than a worthwhile replacement for Dennis DeYoung. But whats with 'Big Bang Theory'? What is the theory beyond a set of covers? What record label would allow this to happen? Do you think A&M, Atlantic or Sony would allow such a release to occur? Probably not, so it falls to the hands of Italian label Frontiers to set a precedent.


The Songs
Personally I think it isn't the wisest move. Styx fans have hardly gotten over some of the recent Styx releases where they have felt short-changed due to the track-listing, and the rehashing of the same material released yet again. Then we got 2003's 'Cyclorama' album, which was a flop at the box office (understandly so..) and now we have this set. Just check out the track listing below and you will see that a good cross-selection of sixties and seventies favourites are faithfully reproduced here. Apart from the band members and their management.. does anybody really care? I mean, we could do down to any Karaoke bar and hear people resurrecting some of these tunes. Given half the chance, someone could also 'Idolise' it for TV if they really wanted to!!


In Summary
By all accounts, the bands recent live gigs have been going down well. A mix of well loved favourites plus a selection of tracks from 'BBT'. At the end of the day, only true Styx fans will get any mileage out of this tribute event. I only hope to be able to give them credit where credit is due, and a chance for them to redeem themselves after the 'Cyclorama' disaster. But I guess I'll be waiting a few more years yet. What we really want is a set of new tunes to get our teeth into. This is about as palatable as warm beer.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 11:07:06
I thought this was a pretty decent album. An ofdd thing to do but good nonetheless. The UK tour they undertook in support of this release was fantastic. Dennis De Young was NOT missed.
#2 | rostoned on July 01 2008 11:33:31
Agree with Dave's comment on the live show. I saw that tour with Kansas as a support band and must admit that Lawrence Gowan live is a terrific showman, a great surprise and a fantastic frontman.
#3 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 12:26:48
Has Larry Gowan's debut solo album ever been released on CD? I've a feeling it has.
#4 | rostoned on July 01 2008 12:45:11
If that's the self titled (gowan) from the early eighties I have the CD, released by CBS canada in the early 90s if memory serves me well.
#5 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 13:02:32
Yup, the one with the excellent 'Jet White' as the opening track. Do you have the catalogue number for the CD to hand please? I think i know where I can get a copy.
#6 | rostoned on July 01 2008 16:44:39
Here's the details Dave: COLUMBIA WCK 80069. The CD was made in Canada, doesn't say the year of manufacture. The booklet is non existant (1 panel), it was very probably an economical release. Considering it's from the early 90s or very late 80s, I suspect a mint original vinyl will sound better, more dynamic and fuller than this...be warned. hmm!
#7 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 20:01:25
Thanks. I have had the vinyl version since its original release, but can't resist picking stuff up on CD as well these days!
 
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