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The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings

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Styx 21/5/2005

Review

Remastered and repackaged, this is a treasure trove for die-hard Styx fanatics waiting for a proper reissue of their early works. But casual buyers best beware: this isn't the Styx that sang "Come Sail Away" or "Mr. Roboto," but a different though no less enjoyable group altogether. This two-disc set comprises their first four records under the Wooden Nickel imprint: Styx, Styx II, The Serpent Is Rising and Man of Miracles. While the arena rock anthems and compositional sensibilities are underdeveloped, the pomposity of their prog rock roots clearly shines through with the inclusion of "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Little Fugue in G" and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. It's also a document showcasing the evolution of their flare for theatrics and storytelling, which didn't entirely put them on par with their British and Italian prog rock counterparts, but close enough for people to take notice. Aside from "Lady," there isn't much here that casual listeners will identify with, but Styx loyalists will be pleased with proper documentation of the group's formative years, something all too neglected until now. ~ Rob Theakston
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Movement for the Common Man: Children of the Land/Street ... Styx 13:11
  3. 2 Right Away Styx 3:36
  4. 3 What Has Come Between Us Styx 4:53
  5. 4 Best Thing Styx 3:11
  6. 5 Quick Is the Beat of My Heart Styx 3:46
  7. 6 After You Leave Me Styx 4:1
  8. 7 You Need Love Styx 3:44
  9. 8 Lady Styx 2:56
  10. 9 A Day Styx 8:15
  11. 10 You Better Ask Styx 3:49
  12. 11 Little Fugue in "G" Styx 1:18
  13. 12 Father O.S.A. Styx 6:53
  14. 13 Earl of Roseland Styx 4:37
  15. 14 I'm Gonna Make You Feel It Styx 2:23
  16. 15 Unfinished Song Styx 2:57
  17. 1 Witch Wolf Styx 3:55
  18. 2 The Grove of Eglatine Styx 4:54
  19. 3 Young Man Styx 4:43
  20. 4 As Bad as This Styx 6:5
  21. 5 Winner Takes All Styx 3:0
  22. 6 22 Years Styx 3:36
  23. 7 Jonas Psalter Styx 4:36
  24. 8 The Serpent Is Rising Styx 4:45
  25. 9 Krakatoa Styx 1:35
  26. 10 Hallelujah Chorus Styx 1:29
  27. 11 Rock & Roll Feeling Styx 3:0
  28. 12 Havin' a Ball Styx 3:51
  29. 13 Golden Lark Styx 3:37
  30. 14 A Song for Suzanne Styx 4:59
  31. 15 A Man Like Me Styx 2:54
  32. 16 Lies Styx 2:46
  33. 17 Evil Eyes Styx 4:3
  34. 18 Southern Woman Styx 3:8
  35. 19 Christopher, Mr. Christopher Styx 3:58
  36. 20 Man of Miracles Styx 4:54

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