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  The Grand Illusion (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The album's theme is the struggle to overcome self-deluding superficiality in order to affirm one's genuine value which Dennis DeYoung confirmed on In the Studio with Redbeard which devoted an entire episode to The Grand Illusion.
JY on The Grand Illusion episode of the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard said the track came to him in the middle of the night and its riff was inspired by the Jethro Tull song "Minstrel in the Gallery".
Released on 7/7/77, "The Grand Illusion" was Styx' 7th album release.
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 Grand Illusion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
La Grande Illusion is a 1937 film by renowned director Jean Renoir (1894-1979)—son of artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir—and is regarded by critics and film historians as one of the masterpieces of French cinema.
Grand Illusion was released in 1937 to much critical acclaim.
In Grand Illusion, director Jean Renoir uses the First World War (1914-1918) as a lens through which to examine Europe as it faces the rising spectre of fascism (especially in Nazi Germany) and the impending approach of the Second World War (1939-1945).
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 grand illusion
Grand Illusion are from Sweden and are poised to astound everyone with their debut album, it is a masterpiece of melody with great songs and tight musicianship.
The name "Grand Illusion" may well be a new one to most people even though it conjures up visions of Stygian pomposity, but the members of the band are well rehearsed in making great music.
These two albums were recorded on a tight budget, but their quality shone through at an early stage, as they were well favoured in the eyes of both magazine reviewers and fans of Swedish melodic rock.
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 The Grand Illusion
The Grand Illusion, their seventh album, was released on 7/7/77, and it was the album that finally allowed Styx to break away from being labeled as a support band to becoming "superstars" (pardon the pun...lol).
This album spawned the hit single "Come Sail Away" which remained on the charts for 22 weeks where it peaked at #8.
The album also contained the Tommy favorite "Fooling Yourself" and the JY rocker "Miss America." This album was not only their first hit album, but it was also a first for them in other aspects too!
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 Grand Illusion
The biggest connection is between the title of the album ­ the cover and the photos.
On the last album we had a song that also had the same name as the title of the album “The book of how to make it”.
But for this album we didn’t think that any of the song titles were good enough to make it as the album title.
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 Album Cover Art quiz -- free game   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This album cover pictured a rider on a horse, a forest, a woman's face, a body of water, and a grid design all rolled into one picture.
This album cover featured the word "Styx" with a picture of the band on stage appearing in the letters, set against a white background.
This album has multiple cacti on the floor of a huge, dried up body of water.
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 STYX The Grand Illusion reviews and MP3
A good album that mixed Art Rock, Arena and plain POP with great talent, "The Grand Illusion" was a big success in all the world, specially the simple and nostalgic "Come Sail Away" that reached the top of the charts in most countries, good song but too poppy fort my taste.
I really do believe that these albums, especially 'The Grand Illusion' are PROG albums; they have all the attributes of the best prog bands here- the flash and intricacy that Yes, ELP and Genesis had at their best, but a songwriting ability to rival The Beach Boys.
This album was one of the albums that we regularly aired for the city.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on The Grand Illusion - Styx at Epinions.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The album cover is some surrealist painting I've seen in art books before, though I can't quite recall who the artist was.
Finishing up on a disappointing note is an unnecessary reprise of "Superstars/The Grand Illusion" called "The Grand Finale", where we're briefly reminded that we're all the same, in the most Disney-esque manner imaginable.
That is, if they were having any fun- the songs on "The Grand Illusion" suggest that they felt alienated and guilty over their superstar status.
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 ALBUM PREVIEW - GRAND ILLUSION/ “Ordinary Just Don't Do”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Grand Illusion have written the “Book of how to make it” and now have a well-earned “View from the Top”, they have also shown us their beginnings as the band “Promotion”, so where can they go to now?
The title of the new album “Ordinary Just Won’t Do” shows the commitment the band have to their music, this next recording just had to be that extra bit special.
The songs are what you would expect from Grand Illusion, the music writing is from Anders Rydholm, with most lyrics supplied by the usual Rydholm and Karlsson, but there are contributions from fellow Escape artists Chris Ousey (Heartland), Steve Newman (Newman) and Steve Overland (FM).
www.sonny1968.de /preview/grandillusion.htm   (490 words)

 Classic Rock Album Review
This album was the album that launched Styx into superstar status.
Grand Illusion was more theme or concept oriented, which to me, makes it more impressive overall as a body of work.
All four albums are a must-own but of the four, I would by The Grand Illusion CD first.
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 The Grand Illusion - smart.shop
Styx had four albums released between 1972 and 1974 on Wooden Nickel with their only real success being "Lady" off the Styx II (1973) album but was not a hit until about a year and a half later.
None of the album is bad, and had I not been overexposed to three of the songs from FM radio, I'd give it a five star rating.
The album seems to be a concept criticizing the consumer mindset of America, although this was 1977, and a store like Wal-Mart at that time was a regional store and not the national icon it became starting in the 1990s, but it looked like Styx was seeing it in the air.
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 Grand Illusion
As the band prepared for The Grand Illusion sessions they discovered that fame was different than they had thought.
I was the seventh member; the album was going to be released in July of 1977.
This was a no brainer.” James JY Young contributed to the album with his classic “Miss America.” Shaw on Young: “We loved "Miss America." I think it was the greatest showcase of JY’s strengths as a singer and a guitarist.
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 Album - August
And my favourite albums which EC played it in concert 1986 with the great man (Phil Collins) and one of concerts that I love it because this album is very outstanding.
This was the first full album of the Marriage of East and Clapton who have been a team for many years now.
Grand Illusion was a throw in and did not appear on the original vinyl version of this album and when you listen you will know why.
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 Martin`s STYX Page
It was the album Paradise Theatre that I fell upon in a friends car one day and after listening to a couple of tracks and with a lot of persuasion I managed to borrow it.
The Album Paradise Theatre was released in January 1981 and it actually tells a story from beginning to end, which I keep meaning to try and put story to paper as a rock opera.
As you may of guessed Paradise Theatre was about the closure of this theatre and this album Return To Paradise is quite the opposite with original tracks sung live plus lots of others and this is something I think John Panazzo would be very proud of.
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 Amazon.ca: The Grand Illusion [Import]: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Grand Illusion straddled the seemingly divergent directions as only Styx could, laying on the pomp with layers of keyboards and high-flown lyrical conceits, yet keeping the proceedings light with hook-filled choruses and breezy melodies.
Chicago based rockers Styx's seventh album entitled The Grand Illusion was released on July 7, 1977 to an unsuspecting audience in the States.
I subsequently received this album on cassette when I was 9 in 1985 and was blown away by every song including Dennis' classic title cut, the Shaw/DeYoung/Young collaboration Superstars, plus the underrated gems like Tommy's Man in the Wilderness, Dennis' Castle Walls and the concluding The Grand Finale.
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 Get Ready to ROCK! Review of CD album by rock band Grand Illusion called Ordinary Just Won’t Do
Grand Illusion also tip their hat to 80’s era Styx and Kansas in the vocal arrangements especially the glorious ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’.
But Grand Illusion do have a modern edge as well as demonstrated by ‘New Beginning’, with it’s crunchy guitar and catchy hook filled chorus.
Sadly this style of music will never be trendy again like the 80’s heyday but full credit to Grand Illusion for stinking to what they know and love playing.
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 Styx   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Grand Illusion, released in 1977, was Shaw's first major success, peaking at number 6 during its nine-month stay on the Billboard album chart.
The album became their most successful ever, and also stayed at number 1 for three weeks on the album chart.
A watered-down pop-rock album with a big-budget production, its success came on the back of their previous album rather than on its own merits.
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 Grand Illusion Solo Tab by Styx @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
Author/Artist: Styx Title: Grand Illusion (Solo) Album: Grand Illusion Transcribed by: J. Chitty Email: 08jchidester@davis.k12.ut.us There is a excellent tab of this song on MXTABS.NET written by, well, I don’t know.
Anyway, it’s a great tab, it’s got everything but the solos, so put this one together with that one and you have a perfect tab of this song.
NOTE: in the tab of Grand Illusion on MXTABS.NET, there is one mistake.
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 Ground and Sky review - Styx - The Grand Illusion
Styx's The Grand Illusion is certainly one of the highlights of the genre; it blends soft-rock and prog-rock pomposity in a way that, while sounding very dated, is effective in its own way even today.
Thematically, the concept of The Grand Illusion is the counterfeit nature of modern society and the futility of aspiring to fame.
It's not too deep, but I find the lyrics to be executed well throughout the album, particularly in the last track when various pieces of the previous songs come together in one medley.
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 Styx: Nostalgia
Styx continued their arena-rock success story in 1978 with Pieces of Eight, an album that played up their hard-rocking edge on Top-30 hits like the desperado saga “Renegade” and the city-life drama “Blue Collar Man.” Like The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight was a platinum hit.
The platinum level of success continued for Styx in 1980 with Paradise Theater, a concept album that used the life and death of a popular theater as a metaphor for the decline of the human condition.
Meanwhile, the group backed up their hit album with a spectacular stage show that involved elaborate costume changes and scripted dialogue, as well as a 14-minute short film to explain the album’s story.
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True, much of the album is a bit derivative of other successful bands of the early 70's, but in their defense, They were still a developing band, trying to find a real direction.
This is one of those albums that is largely overlooked because it did not sell millions upon millions of copies, like their later albums seemed to.
The admittedly corny lyrics lay out the concept behind this album: That society places this "perfect" life in front of us that we are supposed to try to attain, but the boys are trying to tell you its all bullshit.
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 Styx - The Grand Illusion is actually pretty tasty cheese   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
This album was huge in 1977- my freshman year in high school, but I was in the early throes of cultish Beatle worship.
By their big, bombastic arena rock style, this band would be a likely target for the punk rockers attacks on "corporate rock" that were emerging about this same time.
And by "we will climb so high" we mean that you get to give us money for albums and concert tickets and adore from a distance as we live out "our" fantasy.
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 Styx : The Grand Illusion - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
Other than being their first platinum-selling album, The Grand Illusion led Styx steadfastly into the domain of AOR rock.
Built on the strengths of "Come Sail Away"'s ballad-to-rock metamorphosis, which gained them their second Top Ten hit, and on the high harmonies of newcomer Tommy Shaw throughout "Fooling Yourself," The Grand Illusion introduced Styx to the gates of commercial stardom.
Reaching number six on the album charts, The Grand Illusion was the first to display the gelled accomplishments of both Tommy Shaw and Dennis De Young as a tandem.
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 Grand Illusion Tour, ‘97   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Indeed, with a new, two-disc live album out--taped at the Horizon last year--relaxed and clearly enjoying themselves with much onstage exuberance and impromptu clowning, the band blasted its way through a two-hour-plus set with no breaks, showcasing its many hits infectious energy and high-powered commitment.
Still boyish at 43, Shaw, with his vocal and instrumental work on his "Blue Collar Man," "Renegade" and "Fooling Yourself," showed his working-class rock roots, and his amiable, country-flavored acoustic playing highlighted an unplugged set, in which, with a sense of club intimacy, the four members sat together stage front.
With Todd Sucherman's galvanizing drumming adding backbone to the rhythm section and with the band's first studio album in years due in the fall, this could indeed be "The Best of Times" for Styx.
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 RevelationZ Magazine - Album Review - Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion
The first half of the album is very strong indeed, starting off with the mid-tempo rocker Fools Never Die, applied with a catchy chorus and an illuminating symphonic shine.
One thing you will find as the album progresses is plenty of small breaks, diversions and clever additions.
Grand Illusion is a fine, catchy and diverse album that should satisfy lots of fans in the melodic Metal genre.
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 Ye Old Metal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Grand Illusion is considered by many fans, as well as Tommy Shaw himself, the band's creative apex, not to mention the first of a string of four albums that each sold in excess of four million copies in America alone.
The album kicks off with a typically theatrical song for the band, the title track being a perfect wind-up introduction to the record with its military snare and prog rock change-ups.
Production-wise, the album was acceptable, if not stellar, maybe "good" by 1977 standards but fairly conservative and midrangey, the main positive being the assemblage of such diverse sounds and influences.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on The Grand Illusion - Styx at Epinions.com
This album was probably one of the most popular by Styx.
1977's 'The Grand Illusion' was Styx' commercial breakthrough, catapaulting them from a very popular band that was a steady seller, to one of the most popular bands in the world.
It was the first of four triple platinum albums in four consecutive...
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