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Styx - 1972 Styx
Arguably America's first pomp rock album, the Styx debut is nothing short of a rock classic. Whatever the politics of the band at the time, the Styx debut is a solid effort and belongs in every serious collection and once again it's a reminder of just how great this band were and how far they have fallen from grace.

Styx - 1973 The Serpent Is Rising
Styx's third record 'The Serpent Is Rising' is the strongest of the Wooden Nickel era albums with the trademark mixture of Midwest hard rock and British progressive rock that would take them from Chicago night clubs and high school gymnasiums to Madison Square Garden and the L.A Forum a few years later.

Styx - 1975 Equinox
On 'Equinox', Styx first began their transition from progressive/pomp rock to an altogether more commercial (and thus palatable) brand of pomp. It was a precursor of things to come and one which paved the way for their enduring commercial success.

Styx - 1976 Crystal Ball
The band's second album for A&M and the first to feature upstart guitarist Tommy Shaw..

Styx - 1977 The Grand Illusion
'The Grand Illusion' could be considered Styx's commercial breakthrough album.

Styx - 1978 Pieces Of Eight
If Styx were going to crack the big time then their next album (following 'The Grand Illusion') would have to be the one. And as a body of work, 'Pieces Of Eight' delivers in spades.

Styx - 1979 Cornerstone
The album offered up some unusual flavours which might have worked well for fans of British pop and Beatles like mania, but the hard rockers among us might have wondered where the Styx sting had disappeared to, especially following on from the hard as nails 'Pieces Of Eight' album.

Styx - 1980 Paradise Theatre
'Paradise Theatre' successfully managed to bridge the gap for those long term fans of 'Equinox' and earlier, together with those new recruits won over by 'Cornerstone'. Presumably the album's nostalgic tone also struck a chord with a disillusioned American public at large (grown weary of the Carter administration). They purchased 'Paradise Theatre' by the truckload sending it to the pinnacle of the US album charts whereupon Styx became the first group to be awarded four consecutive multi-platinum albums.

Styx - 1983 Kilroy Was Here
Despite all the tension in the band and widespread public derision, 'Kilroy Was Here' provided yet another multi platinum success for Styx, with two massive hits into the bargain. I would hesitate to call it an AOR classic, but it has plenty of strong points to discover beyond the obvious hits.

Styx - 1990 Edge Of The Century
For many punters, the resultant 1970 reunion album 'Edge Of The Century' was their best effort since 1978's 'Pieces Of Eight' a distant twelve years past.

Styx - 2003 Cyclorama
The musical creativity that these guys once had has either disappeared out the door with Mr De Young (it was his band right?), or they're writing music that just ain't pressing the right buttons.

Styx - 2005 Big Bang Theory
Not sure a 'covers' album was the best thing to release in 2005?

Styx - 2017 The Mission
The official comeback is now underway; with 'The Mission' being Styx's first proper studio album since 2003's 'Cyclorama'.

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The Essential Series - 2017 Pomp Rock (Volume 1) by Gdazegod
This is our first volume in this series, you can be assured there will be volumes to follow as there are many Pomp related albums to cover off.