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You Know You Want This Styx Van from 1979, So Don’t Pretend Otherwise

You Know You Want This Styx Van from 1979, So Don’t Pretend Otherwise

Retrotisements
Straight out of a Billboard magazine issue from February 1979 comes this groovy beauty: Laugh all you want, but this made total sense in '79. Styx was huge at the time, having released the successful Pieces of Eight album in September 1978. It was one in a string of multi-platinum records for the band. So who wouldn't want to rock the paradise with a painted Styx van featuring album art from Pieces of Eight and The Grand Illusion? I'd like one of the tour jackets too, please. Hell, I'd drive one of those bad boys around today. You can keep the Betamax player though.
Album cover of the week: Equinox

Album cover of the week: Equinox

Album Cover of the Week
Although Styx is now shorthand among music snobs for cheesy '70s arena rock (heavy on the syrupy ballads, please), there was a time that this wasn't so.  Released before they broke big in America, 1975's Equinox marked the creative apex of the band's early period.  On this album they did a much better job at melding their prog rock aspirations with the crisp, straightforward hard rock they were much better at handling. Other than the excellent music contained therein, Equinox is notable for being the last studio album to feature Styx co-founder and guitarist John Curulewski.  He left prior to the supporting tour and was replaced by Tommy Shaw.  Within a few years, Styx was one of the biggest bands in the land. The whole fire/ice thing has been played out countless times on album