I was asked to start a thread about each Styx album. First, this is not a discussion about the current Styx vs. Dennis DeYoung. It's also not a thread about bashing or making fun of the group -- I get it, many people don't like Styx but there are those of us that do. Criticism of each album is welcome because there are things we don't like. I have been a fan since 1980 when I discovered the band at 9 years old. I found "The Grand Illusion" in my brother's record collection and became hooked. Styx – August 1972 “The nucleus of Styx goes back to 1964 and a South Side neighborhood band called TW4. The years have brought 2 new guitars and a direction by 5 multi-talented artists whose energy is a tribute to the beauty of the Chicago rock n’ roll community”. 1. Movement For The Common Man 13:11 · Children Of The Land · Street Collage · Fanfare For The Common Man · Mother Nature’s Matinee 2. Right Away 3:40 3. What Has Come Between Us 4:53 4. Best Thing 3:13 5. Quick Is The Beat Of My Heart 4:49 6. After You Leave Me 4:00 The opening cut, Movement For The Modern Man is 13:11. Don’t let that fool you as being a long song because it is actually 3 songs meshed together. Children Of The Land opens the record with a song written by JY and features him on lead vocals. Straight ahead rocker with some nice drum work from John at the end of the piece followed by some trippy guitar and bass work. Street Collage is spoken word. Workers on the street discuss looking for jobs. I believe the voices speaking are Dennis, JY, John Panozzo and John Curulewski (the voice that sings while walking by). It rolls into Fanfare For The Common Man by Aaron Copeland (5 years before ELP would release the song). Another lead vocal from JY. Mother Nature’s Matinee is a nice slow tempo song from Dennis DeYoung, featuring him for the first time on a Styx album. The song picks up tempo at the end with some nice guitar work from JY. Side 1 of the album closes out with Right Away, another lead local from JY written by Paul Frank. This song would be featured on the 1974 Fresh Start – What America Needs LP with Paul Frank on vocals. Side 2 opens with What Has Come Between Us written by Mark Gaddis with Dennis on lead vocals. Next is Best Thing with vocals by Dennis and JY. This was their biggest song at the time and would reach #82 on the Billboard charts 10/13/1972. Quick Is The Beat Of My Heart written by Lewis Mark is another JY lead vocal. This is a song they would perform live through the Man Of Miracles tour. Closing out the album is After You Leave Me by George Clinton (not P-Funk George) with JY on vocals. A slow, plodding song to close out the album with some nice organ work from Dennis. Bill Traut and John Ryan produced the first album. Wooden Nickel (Bill Traut) did not like the name TW4 and the band was given a list of names to choose from. Styx was the only name “no one hated”. The band was not happy with the songs chosen for the album. Dennis said “The owner of the record company picked the songs to be recorded. I had written “Lady” for the first album but he said to hold off and maybe put it on the second album. My contribution on that album is almost nothing; I co-wrote two songs and that was it”. As the recording process went along the band was less than satisfied. Chuck Panozzo: “The first time we were in the studio the producer saw all of John’s percussion instruments and said you’re wasting your time with all of this. A record deal was not an automatic ticket to riches and fame”. JY: “Best Thing came out on the charts at 88. We said ‘what’s so hard about this?’ and the next week it got up to 82. 3 weeks later it was gone so we said “I guess we figured out what’s so hard about this’”. There is a live video performance from 1972 of Styx performing "Best Thing" but the audio is not very good on the YouTube version. There is also a live version from 2019 featuring producer John Ryan on lead guitar. You can find both of those by searching for Best Thing on YouTube.