The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight (Live from Orpheum Theater In Memphis, TN, 2011) - Styx

The Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight (Live from Orpheum Theater In Memphis, TN, 2011)

Styx

  • Genre:
  • Release Date: 2012-01-01
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 18

  • ℗ 2012 TMB Productions, LLC, exclusively licensed to Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd

Tracks

Title Artist Time
1
The Grand Illusion Styx 5:38 USD 1.29
2
Fooling Yourself (The Angry Yo Styx 6:20 USD 1.29
3
Superstars Styx 6:16 USD 1.29
4
Come Sail Away Styx 8:55 USD 1.29
5
Miss America Styx 6:18 USD 1.29
6
Man In the Wilderness Styx 6:49 USD 1.29
7
Castle Walls Styx 6:04 USD 1.29
8
The Grand Finale Styx 2:24 USD 1.29
9
Great White Hope Styx 5:00 USD 0.99
10
I'm Okay Styx 7:10 USD 1.29
11
Sing for the Day Styx 5:06 USD 1.29
12
The Message Styx 1:13 USD 0.99
13
Lords of the Ring Styx 4:36 USD 1.29
14
Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) Styx 5:17 USD 1.29
15
Queen of Spades Styx 6:08 USD 1.29
16
Renegade Styx 5:10 USD 1.29
17
Pieces of Eight Styx 5:23 USD 1.29
18
Aku-Aku Styx 3:17 USD 0.99

Reviews

  • Come Sail Away

    5
    By Batken
    I was listening to the different live versions of Come Sail Away as well as the original recording. I wanted the best sounding version of one of my most favorite songs. I chose this version of the song. Listening again right now, I don't think this is Dennis DeYoung singing it. Is it sacrilege to say that I actually think I like this version with "the new guy" better than the original performer. I'm sure that it is the same Styx band.
  • All-Round Greatness in this concert!

    5
    By Mike Wolfson
    Like much had said This is One Outstanding Live Show! I was clearly blown away by the performance of keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan which made me think I do not miss Dennis DeYoung at all. I had seen this performance many times on TV [whenever shows up] and I still like each rendition of the tracks of the 2 classic Styx albums even as I am not a big Styx fan myself. In Short, Do Buy this album and even yet try to watch the live concert of this very show too its Equally Great when one gets a chance to expereince all-round greatness in visual action.
  • Fantastic for any fan of Styx

    5
    By bmwhd
    I grew up with these songs. I was lucky enough to see Styx tour these originally in the '70s and I've worn the grooves off my original vinyl copies. I was initially leery of buying these live recordings made without DDY but couldn't be happier. So good. Don't hesitate to buy this collection.
  • Disappointed Dennis is missing

    2
    By AZWildk4t
    I had Come Sail Away Live from the Return to Paradise album. Sadly it cuts off the last 90 seconds of the song. Couldn’t find the album on iTunes and bought the song from this album. Was disappointed when i realized Dennis wasn’t the lead singer. Great band but without Dennis they are just a good band.
  • Gowan is a fake

    3
    By Musical Truth 101
    Much like those who critize Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS being imposters of Ace and Peter, Gowan is a fraud who cannot even come close to the singing talent of Dennis DeYoung. I think its a joke and I will NEVER and I mean NEVER buy a styx cd or go to a styx concert again until these guy check their egos and give us fans what we want. A reunion with Dennis, Chuck, JY and Tommy. I will say this though, Todd rocks on the drums. He was a great choice to take over for John (may he rest in piece).
  • Yes!

    5
    By MONTOYA-798
    Perfect example of a great live band. Even better than the studio albums
  • Great recording, but Gowan remains a poor replacement

    3
    By Panjandrum
    Don't get me wrong, I don't mind Gowan singing his own songs, he contributed several good ones to the Cyclorama album. However, he simply can't do justice to any of the songs that Dennis used to sing. He's point-blank an extremely poor substitute. I would rather hear Tommy take lead on those songs. I think he would do a much (much) better job than Gowan. Even JY, never as refined find a vocalist as Dennis or Tommy, could do a better job on some of Dennis's tracks. At least it would sound like STYX was actually performing the songs. Alternately, they could find a better singer to take over those songs that Dennis leads. Gowan remains nasally and grating on the ears. Nothing like what STYX should sound like.
  • Absolute Awesomeness

    5
    By God of Thunder
    If you've never seen Styx live before, I have to tell you, they are just AWESOME live. I have seen 50+ bands live in concert, and Styx may be the best band I've ever seen. I just don't see how it could get any better. They are all great musicians, especially the drummer and the keyboardist, and as a unit they are just mind-blowingly awesome. For us Styx die-hards, this release is a treat. These two albums are my two favorite Styx albums. Just about all the songs are great. I am only 25, therefore I am not old enough to have heard most of these songs live. I don't even know which if these sons have been played live before and which haven't (aside from the hits which obviously have been done). And, hearing this live recording of Styx playing these songs in the order they appear on the album, hearing al these songs I've never heard live before is AWESOME! They breathe A LOT of new life into these songs. Part of it is because the current drummer and keyboardist are better than the ones they replaced. Gowan does a great job singing his asongs, and while I prefer Dennis's voice, hearing a fresh new voice on those songs is good. Tommy Shaw sings just as well now as he did back in the day and JY sings even better, and I think both have grown as players. Add it all together and I think, while some will think this is blasphemy, I think in terms of playing songs Styx in 2010 is actually even BETTER than Styx of the 70's. Highlights for me include "Man in the Wilderness," "Castle Walls," "Great White Hope," "I'm OK," "The Message," "Lords of the Ring" "Queen of Spades," and "Pieces of Eight." Also, Gowan's intro to "I'm OK" is very clever. I liked the album version of the song, but it wasn't as good as it could have been. You can barely even hear tha backing voices in the final chorus on the album version. On the live version, they are more than audible, sing with MUCH confidence, and they have made "I'm OK" one of my favorite songs. They even made me love the few songs I used to not care for. I didn't like the album version of "Superstars," but I liked JY's intro to the song and they performed it extremely well, especially JY doing the spoken part. I didn't like "Sing For The Day," but again, they performed it well. I didn't like "The Message," but I LOVE this live version of it. They even got me to love "The Grand Finale." When I bought this, the #1 thing I was curious about was how they would pull off "The Grand Finale" live, since it isn't really song. It's just a ish-mesh of other songs on the album, a closing track that sort of ties the albu together. I don't like these outro tracks, and when I listen to the album this one is no exception. But, boy, did they pull it off well here. I LOVE this version of it. That may be the most impressive thing of all. This review is long-winded, but there are so many awesome things about this performance that you don't want to leave anything out. If you're a die-hard Styx fan, buy it! Buy it! Buy it!
  • Great live album

    5
    By Jimh55
    Great live Styx album. Lawrence Gowan did a great job singing and playing Dennis' keyboard parts.
  • Nice Show

    5
    By speedypete2112
    Saw the show on Palladium music channel. Great stuff. I downloaded this today and the sound is great. No issues with Track 9. Thanks iTunes.

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