US rock legends Styx have a new album out where they deliver their hits live with Contemporary Youth Orchestra made up of 115 musicians aged between 15 and 19 years old and a 60 member choir. It also has 2 brand new Styx songs that makes this at least a little interesting, this feels just like another compilation with this band and I prefer to hear the real studioversions, not that this is bad or anything but like their last studio album "Big Bang Theory" that was filled with covers I also think this is rather uninteresting stuff.
The only thing that makes me lift up my eyebrows are the two new tracks "Just Be" and "Everything All The Time", both are nice songs but "Everything...." is the one that hooked me up with a great pompish start filled with layers of melodies and listen to the part after the 2nd chorus, amazing stuff. A classy song that takes you back to the heydays of Styx. "Just Be" is a studio version and is a good ballad with great harmony vocals. Otherwise you get to hear all their hits from "Blue Collar Man" to "Boat On The River" but I would have wanted to see this on DVD instead that should have been more interesting. This is for the real die-hard Styx fans only.
I was at the concert and although the "studio versions" are the standard STXY sound, to me they now sound kind of "naked" without the tonal and tonic underlining support of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra. If you moderately like the CD the by all means get the DVD. Constant energy and excitement! These guys loved the kids... and they loved STYX back!
Pink Floyd´s "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" is dedicated to the band´s former leader Syd Barret. Syd used to be the leader...until his schizophrenia and the LSD started to catch up with him, and he became rather insane. The band called David Gilmour, who had given Syd guitar lessons during high shool, and would cover for Syd during concerts, correcting his mistakes and filling in when he started playing along to a different tune. Syd eventually got more and more distanced of the band and David got to be the lead guitarist, but lots of the insanity themes they sing about is related to their former bandmate.