Paradise Theatre Import
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|1. A.D. 1928|
|2. Rockin' The Paradise|
|3. Too Much Time On My Hands|
|4. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned|
|5. The Best Of Times|
|6. Lonely People|
|7. She Cares|
|9. Half-Penny, Two-Penny|
|10. A.D. 1958|
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Their all-time biggest hit: the 1981 #1 LP that stayed on the charts an incredible 61 weeks! This is the Styx classic with the smashes The Best of Times and Too Much Time on My Hands plus the hit Nothing Ever Goes As Planned .
One album before Styx cut loose with an honest-to-goodness concept album, Kilroy Was Here, they flirted with the idea on Paradise Theater. The concept here has something to do with the decline of America in the '70s, based on the condemnation and destruction of the Paradise Theater, a famous showplace in the band's hometown of Chicago. Truth be told, the concept hasn't held together that well, though the individual songs have, led by the optimistic ballad "The Best of Times," and the rockers "Too Much Time on My Hands" and "Snowblind." Dennis DeYoung gives some of his most theatrical performances throughout, presaging his overly ambitious Kilroy concept, but also his successful run performing in the legitimate theater, as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. Paradise, meanwhile, was about as good as it got for Styx. --Daniel Durchholz
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Styx has a great comeback from what I would say was a lacking release the 2 years previous, Cornerstone.
Track 1, A.D. 1928
Dennis De Young starts off on vocals with a player piano backing him which fades into;
Track 2, Rockin' The Paradise
Singing about how "our generation" need to look to the future, and that with determination, cheating the "schemers who cheat all the rules" and fighting back against (white collar) corruption can advance the country.
Track 3, Too Much Time On My Hands
It starts out with a wicked synth slide downwards and then into the main deep beat. Chuck's bass comes in following with John on the drums. Tommy breaks in talking about how he's so bored with life and is suprised he's not crazy. The chorus "is it any wonder I've got to much" *CLAP* *CLAP* time on my hands" became (and still is) one of those things that when it's played live, you clap because it's such a fun song.
We get a wonderful guitar solo break coming back into the final verses and then the "wind down" clock rings fade the song out.
Track 4, Lonely People
I would say this is one of the "weaker" songs on the album. I love a lot of Styx songs and this by far is still up there but I would say I prefer to listen to others before this one.
A common theme in a lot of the songs on this album include some Saxophone and Horns playing and we get that here, first the song openes with a nice bass and guitar track, and Dennis comes in on vocals.Read more ›
Using the neglect and eventual destruction of Chicago's "Paradise Theater" as its extended metaphor, Dennis DeYoung and crew offer a solid portrait of the decline of American values, with a longing for better days (the enduring ballad 'The Best Of Times,' 'A.D. 1928'), placed in perfect tune with more blistering songs like 'Rocking the Paradise' and 'Snowblind.' The biggest hit from "Paradise Theater," guitarist Tommy Shaw's 'Too Much Time On My Hands,' can be seen as the anthem for aimless, unfocused teenagers.
All told, "Paradise Theater" is the Styx album that new fans should hear first. It boasts all of the ingridients that make Styx such a truly unique band to this day--pompous stadium-filling rock matched with artsy conceptual theatrics.
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Wicked CD ! I saw the Paradise Theatre concert back in 1980 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto ! Fantastic show & CD !Published 17 months ago by Gregory Rose
This album is one of my preferred from Styx. Hard to find in store. Happy to get it from Amazon. I listened it a lot when I was young...Published 23 months ago by Christian Renaud
Styx's tenth album Paradise Theatre, which was released in February of 1981, was the band's first of two concept albums in a row. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Terrence J. Reardon
I'd like to say I really enjoyed this cd...but then I'd have to change my name to Pinnochio. Not recommended.Published on April 18 2004 by afl
this album of styx titled paradise theater is great. all of the songs are very enjoyable. the best one is too much time on my hands. i think this album is great. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by Thomas C. Eddy
Styx's tenth album Paradise Theatre, released in February of 1981, was the band's first of two concept albums in a row. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
Paradise Theater is a work of art, a labor of love, from vocalist, keyboardist, Dennis Deyoung. From the opening piano note, of A.D. 1928, to the closing note of A.D. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2002 by Eric J. Weik