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STYX - Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, ... Read more in Amazon's Styx Store

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  • Audio CD (12 April 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002GF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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STYX Kilroy Was Here CD

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Tommy Shaw excels here with two beautiful ballads I can't get out of my head. 'Haven't we been here before' is astonishing in its beauty and harmonies. 'If I just get through this night' is no less gorgeous. I love 'Don't let it end' a brilliant styx ballad in De Young's normal style. J. young also writes what I believe to be his best song in 'heavy metal poisoning', it really works with his bass/baritone voice. I think this is one of their best albums, and unfairly maligned by others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Hicks on 21 April 2008
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This is not an album per say, this is a stage show that never got made, it has a interesting suggested plot that was crudely stolen later to make the queen musical but left behind all the scope and subtle allegory of the original.

On the music it self, it is a strong album that has only two or three weak songs that are easily carried by the other songs, this coupled by immediately charging into the uncontrollable robot dance inducing 'Mr Roboto' puts you in a good mind set to listen to the album.
The sound reminds me of a badass version of queen strongly, with hints of Devo and Buggels.

In all well worth buying.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave B on 14 Mar. 2001
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They did it with Paradise Theatre ... Again a few years on with a look to the heartless mechanised future of Mr. Roboto...through the emotional soaring of their melodies and lyrics on songs like "Don't Let It End" and "Just Get Through The Night" through to the punchier rocking sounds of "Heavy Metal Poisoning" and "High Time" . This was Styx at their peak , probably only equalled in 1990 with their "Edge of the century".The 80's were magic , and Styx and Kilroy were part of it... You are not a Styx fan if this CD is not part of your collection.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A departure from the norm, but very well done 17 Oct. 2004
By D. Hunter - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First, understand that I wasn't around in the beginning, so I don't know Styx from their Wooden Nickel days. I was still in diapers, so sue me. I came in when Styx was reaching the height of poularity with Pieces of Eight, Paradise Theatre, Grand Illusion, Crystal Ball, et al. So when someone mentions the band Styx to me, that's what jumps to mind.

Now, I'm guessing the detractors of this album were around from the beginning, because I really don't see how Kilroy was that big a departure for Styx. Yes, it was experimental, but lighter? As if to say "Just Get Through This Night" is lighter than "Man in the Wilderness?" Or "Haven't We Been Here Before" is lighter than "Suite Madame Blue?" Please. This *is* Styx!

And while I like Styx' racier stuff (I'm the only one I know that loves "Half-Penny Two-Penny") most of the tracks on Kilroy are very well arranged and performed. I say most, because "Heavy Metal Poisoning" does suffer far too much from the "goofiness factor" another reviewer mentions. It reminds me too much of a cross between hard rock and showtunes, which is *not* a good thing. They definitely would have been better off keeping that track serious. And frankly, I think Styx' live version of "Don't Let It End" is far superior than the album version. As for the rest:

<li>Mr. Roboto: Synth heavy, not unpleasant, thought provoking lyrics

<li>Cold War: Catchy rhythym; almost rap-like

<li>High Time: Best adrenaline song on the album

<li>Just Get Through...: Quite possibly the best song on the album; very mellow and heartfelt. Tommy pours his soul out on this one.

<li>Double Life: My personal fave from this album; nothing complex about it, but best harmonies on the album. " know we all live a masquerade..."

<li>Haven't We Been...: Starts slow and soft but builds quickly into a powerful ballad purely on the strength of Tommy. If you are a Tommy Shaw fan, do not miss this one.

<li> Don't Let It End (reprise): A reprise with homage paid to the bands that came before. A nice salute but nothing earth-shattering.

I agree with the other reviewers that new listeners to Styx should not start with this album; start with Grand Illusion and Paradise Theatre at the minimum, then make your way to Kilroy. Different, oft times eclectic, but whole-heartedly Styx.

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I Was There...It Deserved To Be Trashed 16 Mar. 2001
By Chess and Music - Published on
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I had been listening to Styx for 6 years and had all of their releases when Kilroy came crashing through with Mr Roboto. I'm not putting anybody down for liking that song, but it and the majority of the rest had such a negative impact on the longtime fans. Mr Roboto in retrospect isn't *horrible*, it just isn't Styx if you know what I mean. Cold War is absolutely the worst Styx song of all time. I can't believe Tommy would write or allow such garbage. Don't Let It End is respectable. High Time is more garbage. Heavy Metal Poisoning and Double Life are the best 2 songs (written by JY of course). Just Get Through the Night is actually pretty decent. Haven't We Been Here Before might be acceptable if there weren't so many light songs already here. The real shame is they had the talent, proven guitar work and awesome drumming by John to avoid such a quick fall from grace.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
the Irony 4 Dec. 2010
By Magnetic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The irony of the song "Don't let it end" is the key here. The Styx empire of classic rock ended with this album. I will state my status as a Styx fan prior to "Kilroy Was Here" and after. Prior to KWH I had the "Paradise Theater" album and I did enjoy it as a kid back then. It may not have been the best Styx album of all time but it was their most popular and pretty consistent as an album. Before "Paradise Theater", I only knew of Styx from the singles of that era. Back in the 45 rpm era, those were what really sold in that time. I have the 45s of "Babe" and "Lights" and I think I have "Why me" also. Anyway, I was a limited Styx fan at the point of time when "Paradise Theater" came out.

As for the "Kilroy Was Here" days of Styx, I was just getting into being a Rush fan so honestly KWH was not on my musical radar at the time. With me the controversial side of the release of the album doesn't even have a say in my musical history so no story from me here about that. I really only know of the controversy from seeing the VH1 special in the 90s.

On to the review, I think a two-star rating is fair enough. After just now listening to the album in it's entirety for the first time in a year or so, the weak songs are still weak to me. I do happen to love "Mr. Roboto", I do like "Don't let it end" very much and "Heavy Metal Poisoning" is a pretty good rocker, but the rest of the songs are just not good, IMHO. I know some people on here list other tracks and they have stated their opinions of them and I respect that, but honestly the rest of the tracks are weak in comparison to the three mentioned above.

Get this cd only for completist purposes only. Start with "The Grand Illusion" "Pieces of Eight" "Cornerstone and "Paradise Theater" and then go to the ones prior to those in the repretoire of Styx.

For those wanting a return to greatness of this once great band quickly order "Return to Paradise", a great live CD and DVD. A truly magical experience and a heluva good show.

In conclusion, I would not call "Kilroy Was Here" a total travesty but given that the band was for all intensive purposes kaput after this particular episode, this should tell the tale. But in all honestly, like in sports, can't win em all.
38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
The final nail in Styx' coffin 19 Feb. 2003
By Art E. Rocker - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What were they thinking? Or should I ask what was Dennis DeYoung thinking? His ever-expanding ego and arrogance finally took its toll on the band with this album which drove Tommy Shaw away for 13 years! He got away with the concept-driven Paradise Theater because the catchy "The Best of Times" and Tommy Shaw's "Too Much Time on My Hands" helped it sell a few million. Not to mention it was 1981 and popular music was at its worst.
But then along came 1983 and "Kilroy Was Here". It came with a storyline that could have easily been penned by a 7th grader, and a live show filled with some of the most vomit-inducing dialogue that ever graced a stage. Dennis' character was named Robert Orin Charles Kilroy. His initials were R.O.C.K. Get it??? Are you sure?
Dennis, Dennis, Dennis. This album was all you. All your idea, all your fault! This is why you've been kicked out of the band....TWICE. Long gone was the Dennis DeYoung of "Come Sail Away" and "Lady". We were introduced to the new persona that stays with us to this day. It started with the Paradise Theater's "Billy-Joel-meets-Liza-Minelli" persona, and on Kilroy became the "Andrew-Lloyd-Weber-swallows-a-robot" Dennis.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The album that finished Styx... 15 May 2007
By Grigory's Girl - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really never liked this album, the last by the "classic" lineup of Styx. This album seriously wounded the band, and the subsequent tour pretty much killed it off. It's really a pity that it came to such a disasterous end. As for the album, the only song that's really good is James Young's sole contribution Heavy Metal Poisoning, a funny, rocking take on right wing religious fundie types irrational hatred of heavy metal music (remember this was the 80's when heavy metal was "killing" our their target is rap music). Mr. Roboto is really annoying, and Don't Let It End is the worst ballad Styx ever did. This album is pretty much DeYoung's baby, and the tour was as well. They actually acted parts on stage inbetween songs on the tour (which was in arenas, not small venues), and the fans were furious. The rift it caused in the band never healed, even to this day. So unless you're a Styx completist, skip this one.
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