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Styx|Pieces Of Eight

Pieces Of Eight

Styx

  • Released on 1978-01-01 by A&M
  • Main artist: Styx
  • Genre: Rock
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Styx's feisty, straightforward brand of album rock is represented best by "Blue Collar Man" from 1978's Pieces of Eight, an invigorating keyboard and guitar rush -- hard and heavy, yet curved by Tommy Shaw's emphasized vocals. Reaching number 21, with the frolicking romp of "Renegade" edging in at number 16 only six months later, Pieces of Eight maintained their strength as a front-running FM radio group. Even though these two tracks were both mainstream singles, the rest of the album includes tracks that rekindle some of Styx's early progressive rock sound, only cleaner. Tracks like "Sing for the Day," "Lords of the Ring," and "Aku-Aku" all contain slightly more complex instrumental foundations, and are lyrically reminiscent of the material from albums like The Serpent Is Rising or Man of Miracles, but not as intricate or instrumentally convoluted. While the writing may stray slightly from what Styx provided on The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight kept their established rock formula in tact quite firmly.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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1
Great White Hope (Album Version)
00:04:22

Styx, Producer, MainArtist - James Oliver "Trummy" Young, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I'm O.K. (Album Version)
00:05:43

James Young, ComposerLyricist - Dennis De Young, ComposerLyricist - Styx, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Sing For The Day (Album Version)
00:05:00

Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Styx, Producer, MainArtist - Tommy R. Shaw, ComposerLyricist - Rob Kingsland, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Barry Mraz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
The Message (Album Version)
00:01:07

Dennis De Young, ComposerLyricist - Styx, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Lords Of The Ring (Album Version)
00:04:33

Dennis De Young, ComposerLyricist - Styx, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (Album Version)
00:04:06

James Young, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Shaw, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dennis DeYoung, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Styx, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Mraz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Panozzo, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Kingsland, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Panozzo, Drums, Percussion, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Queen Of Spades (Album Version)
00:05:40

James Young, ComposerLyricist - Dennis De Young, ComposerLyricist - Styx, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Renegade (Album Version)
00:04:16

James Young, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Shaw, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dennis DeYoung, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Styx, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Mraz, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Panozzo, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Kingsland, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Panozzo, Drums, Percussion, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Pieces Of Eight (Album Version)
00:04:44

Dennis De Young, ComposerLyricist - Styx, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Aku-Aku (Album Version)
00:02:56

Styx, Producer, MainArtist - Tommy R. Shaw, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1978 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Styx's feisty, straightforward brand of album rock is represented best by "Blue Collar Man" from 1978's Pieces of Eight, an invigorating keyboard and guitar rush -- hard and heavy, yet curved by Tommy Shaw's emphasized vocals. Reaching number 21, with the frolicking romp of "Renegade" edging in at number 16 only six months later, Pieces of Eight maintained their strength as a front-running FM radio group. Even though these two tracks were both mainstream singles, the rest of the album includes tracks that rekindle some of Styx's early progressive rock sound, only cleaner. Tracks like "Sing for the Day," "Lords of the Ring," and "Aku-Aku" all contain slightly more complex instrumental foundations, and are lyrically reminiscent of the material from albums like The Serpent Is Rising or Man of Miracles, but not as intricate or instrumentally convoluted. While the writing may stray slightly from what Styx provided on The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight kept their established rock formula in tact quite firmly.
© Mike DeGagne /TiVo

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