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Styx reached #6 with this 1978 LP, their perfect blend of prog power and pop. Includes the hits Blue Collar Man; Renegade, and Sing for a Day plus Queen of Spades ; the hypnotic Tommy Shaw-penned album closer Aku-Aku, and more!
Styx reached #6 with this 1978 LP, their perfect blend of prog power and pop. Includes the hits Blue Collar Man; Renegade, and Sing for a Day plus Queen of Spades ; the hypnotic Tommy Shaw-penned album closer Aku-Aku, and more!
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Format: CD
Label: AM
Catalog: 213224
Rel. Date: 10/25/1990
UPC: 075021322424

Pieces of Eight
Artist: Styx
Format: CD
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Styx reached #6 with this 1978 LP, their perfect blend of prog power and pop. Includes the hits Blue Collar Man; Renegade, and Sing for a Day plus Queen of Spades ; the hypnotic Tommy Shaw-penned album closer Aku-Aku, and more!

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''Pieces of Eight'' is the eighth studio album and second concept album by Styx, released September 1, 1978 (see 1978 in music).

The album was the band's follow-up to their Triple Platinum selling ''The Grand Illusion'' album.

The band members produced the album and recorded it (like their previous three efforts) at Paragon Studios in Chicago with recording engineer Barry Mraz and mixing engineer Rob Kingsland. "I'm O.K" was recorded at Paragon and St. James Cathedral, because of the pipe organ. This would be the last album to be produced at Paragon Studios.

The theme of the album, as Dennis DeYoung explained on ''In the Studio with Redbeard'' which devoted an entire episode to Pieces of Eight, was about "not giving up your dreams just for the pursuit of money and material possessions".

Eight of the album's ten tracks have vocals, and it features two instrumentals, the DeYoung synthesizer showcase "The Message" and Tommy Shaw's closing "Aku-Aku" (although for the latter, there was one lyric spoken, the title of the song).

The album's cover was done by Hipgnosis. DeYoung stated in the same 1991 interview with Redbeard on the "In the Studio" episode that he initially hated the cover but grew to like it as he got older.

The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard album chart, and like its predecessor would go Triple Platinum. - Wikipedia

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