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A snappy little compilation.

Budget label Spectrum's latest offering is a nineteen-cut collection which mainly covers Styx's live and times from February 1976's 'Equinox' album (represented by 'Lorelei') and ending exactly seven years later with the release of 'Kilroy Was Here' ('Mr Roboto' and 'Heavy Metal Poisoning' being the album's showcases) after which (one live album aside) the band splintered and wasn't heard of again until 1990. The reformation album 'Edge Of The Century' is given a nod in the shape of 'Show Me The Way' ("Wot? No 'Love Is The Ritual'?" as Kilroy might say) and from the very early days comes 'Lady', albeit here in its 1995 form.

Styx have always been masters at what they do, and so 'Babe The Collection' is a snappy little compilation and really hard to fault. 'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)' and 'Renegade' from the livelier 'Pieces Of Eight' will always be up there in my book, and songs like 'Come Sail Away' and 'Too Much Time On My Hands' are so contagious they should be quarantined.

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I was quite taken with Malcolm Dome's booklet notes, and the assertion that US pomp rock was a fusion of English prog and US AOR. I'd never really thought about it in those terms before – well, I don't spend much time pondering the creation of pomp rock at all, to be honest – but it's a good point well made, even if it does get skewed somewhat by adding Foreigner (who were/are/never will be pomp rock full stop) to the equation. I guess I'd also pick holes with the statement that 'Babe' the song "showcases how you should write and record such a ballad with it not becoming too cloying" as I feel I'm drowning in mush every time I hear it, but that's just a personal opinion. It's still the band's most famous song, and nothing's going to come along now to knock it off that perch.

Styx never really meant that much in the UK (although 'Babe' hit No. 6 and the heavily promoted 'Paradise Theater' album broke into the Top 10) but were spectacularly massive back home in America. More recently though they've won a new audience over here, and it's great to see them being appreciated over here at last. You see, there's no such thing as 'too late'…

John Tucker

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