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Styx: The Grand Illusion

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The Grand Illusion
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The Grand Illusion
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Come Sail Away
Miss America
Man in the Wilderness
Castle Walls
The Grand Finale

Achieving the perfect balance between pop appeal, rock muscle, and prog-influenced flavoring, THE GRAND ILLUSION is Styx at the top of its collective game.


Styx was the perfect blend of soft ballads and hard rock tunes. The Grand Illusion would catapult them to multi-platinum superstar status. The album produced two huge hits with "Fooling Yourself" and "Come Sail Away"  the centerpiece of the entire Styx catalog.  

Reaching number six on the Billboard charts, this crisply produced  seventh studio album contains all of the elements that made Styx what they were - the unquestioned mastery of their musical instruments, their remarkable vocals and their ethereal lyrics and arrangements.  

This excellent combination of pop and art-rock was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw as a tandem and Shaw's guitar work, along with James Young's, is full and extremely sharp.

Mastered by Kevin Gray

The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock
All Music Guide