The Grand Illusion - Styx (1977)
I am one of those weird people who have loved everything that these soft-prog vets have done, even since the departure of Dennis DeYoung. I mean, since then we've had Styx with a youth orchestra and Styx covering The Beatles. Regardless of their many populist and critically derided achievements, Styx has never bettered The Grand Illusion LP. ( I know Paradise Theatre is pretty perfect too, but c'mon man......COME SAIL AWAY!!!) The title track wraps up these sons of Illinois' life work into a nice little opening album track package. In closing, I'd just like to say it is never wise to discount the Styx. You'll look like an unsympathetic toolbag. Unless you're talking about Mr. Roboto.