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Styx were formed in Chicago as far back as 1968, but developed slowly around Dennis DeYoung's keyboards.

Styx I (RCA, 1972) displayed DeYoung's ambitions (Movement for The Common Man) but the sound was unfocused. Styx II (RCA, 1973) veered towards a simpler form of AOR (Lady), which was refined on Serpent Is Rising (1973) and Man of Miracles (1974).
Suite Madame Blue, from Equinox (A&M, 1975), turned Styx into the quintessential "pomp-rock" band, also celebrated for its imposing live shows.

Adding guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw to the line-up, Styx found its true voice on Crystal Ball (1976) and stardom with The Grand Illusion (1977), that contains Come Sail Away, Miss America, Superstars, Castle Walls. Pieces of Eight (1978), with Renegade, and Cornerstone (1979), with the obnoxious ballad Babe, cashed in on the melodic/atmospheric formula.
The band tried to reassert its artistic status with the concept album Paradise Theater (1980), whose highlights are slightly more pretentious ballads (The Best Of Times, Too Much Time On My Hands), and with the sci-fi concept album Kilroy Was Here (1983), that includes Mr Roboto.
Styx reformed for Edge of the Century (1990) that yielded Show Me The Way.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Gianluca Mantovan)

Gli Styx si formarono a Chicago nel 1968, ma si svilupparono poco alla volta intorno al tastierista Dennis DeYoung. Styx I (RCA, 1972) ne mostro' le ambizioni (Movement for The Common Man) ma il suono rimase indistinto. Styx II (RCA, 1973) passo' al piu' semplice AOR (Lady), raffinatosi successivamente in Serpent Is Rising (1973) e Man of Miracles (1974). Suite Madame Blue, da Equinox (A&M, 1975), fece degli Styx l'archetipo del "pomp-rock", oltre ad imporli per i maestosi live. Con il nuovo chitarrista/vocalist Tommy Shaw, gli Styx trovarono la loro strada in Crystal Ball (1976) e lo stardom con The Grand Illusion (1977), contenente Come Sail Away, Miss America, Superstars, Castle Walls. Pieces of Eight (1978), con Renegade, e Cornerstone (1979), con la disgustosa ballata Babe, monetizzo' per mezzo della formula melodia/atmosfera. La band tento' di riaffermare il proprio status artistico con il concept album Paradise Theater (1980), i cui pezzi forti sono ballate piu' pretenziose (The Best Of Times, Too Much Time On My Hands), e con il concept album sci-fi Kilroy Was Here (1983), che include Mr Roboto. Gli Styx si riformarono con Edge of the Century (1990) contenente Show Me The Way.

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