STYX – Paradise Theater [Japanese remaster SHM-CD Limited Edition] Out Of Print
One of you asked how it sounds the Japanese nine-album cardboard sleeve (mini LP) remastered reissue series of STYX on high quality SHM-CD. In one word; outstanding.
All were released as Limited Edition and already turned out of print.
Their masterpiece “Paradise Theater” was requested again on this blog, an essential STYX album in your collection.
“Paradise Theater” was Styx greatest commercial triumph and their only #1 album in the charts, achieving triple-platinum sales. It remains as one of the best examples of the convergence between light progressive rock and AOR which typified the arena rock sound of top acts of the late-70s and early-80s such as Journey, REO Speedwagon and Kansas.
Indeed, “Paradise Theater” is for Styx their massive commercial breakthrough as it was ‘Escape’ for Journey, ‘Hi Infidelity’ for REO Speedwagon and Foreigner with ‘4’.
“Paradise Theater” produced as well three Billboard Hot 100 single hits; “The Best of Times”, “Nothing Ever Goes As Planned” and “Too Much Time on My Hands” considered among Tommy Shaw’s finest compositions ever.
Another track, “Rockin’ The Paradise” reached #8 on the Top Rock Track Chart, and of course we have here one of my favorite Styx song ever; the wonderful “Snowblind”.
“Paradise Theater” is where US AOR started in a big, massive way at the beginning of the ’80s.
These Japanese cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissues of STYX on SHM-CD sound awesome. Unfortunately, all are out of print.
Universal Music Japan ~ UICY-25043
| SHM-CD | Limited Edition
01 – A.D. 1928
02 – Rockin’ The Paradise
03 – Too Much Time On My Hands
04 – Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
05 – The Best Of Times
06 – Lonely People
07 – She Cares
08 – Snowblind
09 – Half-Penny, Two-Penny
10 – A.D. 1958
11 – State Street Sadie
Dennis DeYoung – Keyboards, Vocals
Chuck Panozzo – Bass
John Panozzo – Drums, Percussion
Tommy Shaw – Guitars, Vocals, Vocoder
James Young – Guitar, Vocals
Steve Eisen – saxophone
Mike Halpin, John Haynor, Mark Ohlson – horns
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