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Kilroy Was Here


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Roboto
2. Cold War
3. Don't Let It End
4. High Time
5. Heavy Metal Poisoning
6. Just Get Through This Night
7. Double Life
8. Haven't We Been Here Before
9. Don't Let It End (Reprise)


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Format: Audio CD
Styx released Kilroy Was Here in February of 1983. The album was the first album since 1981's Paradise Theatre. Kilroy was a concept album about censorship. The idea came to keyboardist/vocalist Dennis DeYoung whom read an article on two fundamentalist brothers whom burned rock records because they had Satanic messages. Dennis came up with a concept where rock music was banned by Dr Righteous(guitarist James "JY" Young) and the rock stars were put in prison. This concept proved prophetic when the PMRC would emerge a few years later and of course the Parental Advisory stickers became a way of life. Kilroy then breaks out of prison and meets rock rebel Jonathan Chance(guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw) and try to bring rock back. I first bought this album on CD in 1995 and loved it from first listen thanks to the Caught in the Act concert film which told the story of this album better. Highlights on this album are Dennis' huge hit singles Mr Roboto(peaked at #3) and Don't Let It End(peaked at #6), Tommy's Cold War and Haven't We Been Here Before and JY's Heavy Metal Poisoning. The album was a huge success peaking at #3 and was another Platinum seller for the band. Unfortunately, Tommy left the band during the Kilroy tour. Because of this, Dennis put Styx on hold. Highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By statesboro blues on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
this is one of my favourite styx albums as it contained classic songs like mr roboto,high time and dont let it end.this cd is very highly recommended to all fans who like progressive rock music like yes,elp and rush.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred on Jan. 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album sealed the fate for what had once been an inspired classic rock band. At some point after 1978 (the year "Pieces of Eight" was released), aliens kidnapped Dennis DeYoung and returned him to earth with a transplanted brain that could only churn out the most Velveeta syrupy ballads and God awful cheap "jazzy" sounding songs with lots of horn-accompaniment. (See "High Time" on this album for one example). Gone was the Dennis of "Come Sail Away", "Lorelei", "Suite Madame Blue" and the cool rocker "Queen of Spades". We were now stuck with the Dennis DeYoung of "Babe", "First Time", "The Best of Times", "Mr. Roboto", and all sorts of crap in between.
"Kilroy Was Here" is the result of giving Dennis full control of the band's sound in his post-alien-transplant mode. Even a classic album like "Paradise Theater" suffered from some of the worst filler songs ever written (see "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned", and "Lonely People").
Dennis was kicked out in 1980, caused Tommy to leave in 1984, and was kicked out again in 2002. "Kilroy Was Here" is all the explanation you need for that.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Master of Reality on Jan. 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
The absolute WORST thing that a fan of great music could do would be to spend his/her hard-earned money on this abysmally awful collection of tunes. I was loathe to rate it even ONE star...how's about "negative 5 stars". The best "concept" for this album would have been: "Do Not Release". I am a true Styx fan, having seen them perform live in 1977 at the Summit in Houston, Texas....it was an incredible performance. If you truly wish to own quality music by Styx, then buy Crystal Ball, Equinox, Pieces of Eight, and The Grand Illusion. Commercial success DOES NOT equate with great music....and 'Kilroy was Here' is proof of that axiom. Even the members of the band (not counting Dennis DeYoung) hated this rubbish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 1 2009
Format: Audio CD
The year was 1983 and I was in the fifth grade. A buddy of mine had an album by a band called "Styx" ("like sticks," he said, "but with a Y!"). We played several songs over and over and over. A few months later, my mom took me to the store where I purchased Kilroy Was Here: the very first rock album I ever owned.

I kept coming back to the same songs, the "rockers" on the album: Mr. Roboto, Cold War, High Time, Heavy Metal Poisoning, Double Life, and Don't Let It End (Reprise). We always skipped the slow ones. I lost the LP in a move many years ago, and finally rebought the CD in 2005. It was only then that I finally heard the ballads!

One thing we loved about Kilroy Was Here was that it was a concept album, with a storyline written in the liner notes that we could follow. We thought it was so cool and so deep and futuristic! Now, of course, it seems silly and ridiculous. It is the near future. Music has been outlawed by Dr. Righteous (played by James Young) and Kilroy (Dennis DeYoung), a popular rock singer, has been imprisoned. He breaks out of jail by capturing a "Mr. Roboto", a robotic servant, and wears the robot's shell as a disguise. He meets up with Jonathan Chance (Tommy Shaw) and sets up a musical revolution. While the storyline had overtones that would foreshadow music stickering in the late 80's and early 90's, its futuristic predictions have obviously never come true, otherwise you wouldn't be able to buy this CD!

The music is very unlike older Styx (which I had never heard at the time) with synth and drum programs very prominent in the mix. This is an 80's album and will only appeal to rock fans who enjoy 80's music. The songs are fine, and yes, even the slow ones. Now I quite enjoy Shaw's Haven't We Been Here Before?
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