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Styx & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland One With Everything (Concert/DTS)

 

Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: C+ Concert: B-

 

 

Styx has been written off a the kind of faceless corporate Rock that made Punk necessary to save the genre at the time, but that is unfair revisionist history. Instead, the band was started by the twin brothers Chuck and John Panazzo, which by 1976 became the band we know of when Tommy Shaw joined the band. A few years before that, the band was quickly gaining notice on the independent Wooden Nickel label.

 

Lady put them on the map in 1975 and they were signed to the extraordinarily artist-friendly A&M Records and became one of the labels biggest acts. Up to that line-ups disintegration in 1983 when Shaw left the band in a falling out with Dennis DeYoung that later drove DeYoung out of the band for both personal and healthy reasons, the band later reformed with Shaw and have toured on and off ever since. John Panazzo died in 1996.

 

The latest variation has teamed up with The Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland for the new One With Everything concert. HDed on May 2006, this edit of the concert runs 112 minutes and features these classics as follows:

 

  1. Blue Collar Man
  2. Lorelei
  3. One With Everything
  4. It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace)
  5. Can't Find My Way Home
  6. I Am The Walrus
  7. Just Be
  8. Everything All the Time
  9. Crystal Ball
  10. Miss America
  11. Criminal Mind
  12. Too Much Time On My Hands
  13. Boat on the River
  14. I Don't Need No Doctor
  15. Medley: Put Me On / Mademoiselle / Heavy Metal Poisoning / Midnight Ride / Sing for the Day / Shooz / Queen of Spades / Great White Hope / Half Penny Two Penny / Borrowed Time / Rockin' the Paradise / Lights / Man in the Wilderness
  16. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
  17. Renegade

 

 

Noticeably absent are hits DeYoung was behind like Babe, The Best Of Times, Come Sail Away and anything from the fascinating and ill-fated Kilroy Was Here (1982) album like Mr. Roboto. As for Shaw, his voice is still in great shape and except for adjustments to fit the 171-piece orchestra, sounding just as clear and rangeful as it did going back to the 1970s. Many of these Rock/Classical Orchestra combos have been attempted and just about all of them have been a disaster, but despite some glitches here and there, One With Everything is still worth a look even when it does not live up to its ambitions.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot in digital High Definition recently and after seeing several Blu-ray releases from Eagle, we know this will look better in that and the HD-DVD format they also support. With that said, the Video Black is weak here, but is from the tradedown to this format. The editing and shooting is not bad and I look forward to the actual HD. The sound is here in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds, Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1, with the 5.1 mixes better. The DTS just edges out the Dolby, but not by much. I noticed a slight distortion/compression issue in the 5.1 mixes throughout, but it is still good. Extras include two new Styx Christmas songs filmed at the same concert: All I Want & Ring The Bells, interview segment with the band and a photo gallery.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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