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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Music Review - STYX: "Paradise Theatre" Audio Fidelity Hybrid SACD

The late 70's were very kind to the Chicago based rock band STYX and after 3 multiplatinum albums in a row the band entered the 80's with their 4th, "Paradise Theater."

Dennis DeYoung cooked up "Paradise Theater" as a concept album that serves as the fictional account of the opening and eventual closing of Chicago's Paradise Theatre.  The album scored two top ten singles with "The Best Of Times" going to #3 and "Too Much Time On My Hands" landing at #9.  Other tracks garnered heavy FM radio play such as "Rockin' The Paradise" and "Snowblind."

"Paradise Theatre" has only been released on CD once and that version was never sonically satisfying.  Well that has finally been remedied with Audio Fidelity's just released Hybrid SACD version.

The SACD version has been mastered by Kevin Gray and STYX fans finally have the definitive version of this great album. Tracks like "A.D. 1928" and "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned" sound better than ever and the whole album finally sounds perfect.

If you never owned the album on CD then buy this version.  If you do own the album on CD then the SACD version is absolutely worth the upgrade.

Although DeYoung's fascination with the concept albums would eventually lead to the band's demise a few years later... "Paradise Theatre" still stands as a testament to what STYX was capable of at the top of their game.

Drumroll please... 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

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