180g Vinyl LP!
Equinox is the fifth album by Styx, released in December 1975. The album marked
the debut of Styx on the A&M Records label. Equinox itself is a benchmark in the
band's career since it includes an instrumental nature reminiscent of their
early progressive years, yet hints toward a more commercial-sounding future in
The album also marked the final appearance of original Styx guitarist John
Curulewski who left the band abruptly following the release of Equinox. The band
went into a frantic search to find a replacement for their upcoming tour to
support Equinox. Soon after, they found Tommy Shaw. The album's biggest hit was
the track "Lorelei," which was Styx's second US Top 30 hit.
Another well-known song in the album was "Suite Madame Blue" (the title of which
has a play on the word "sweet" to refer to the musical term of "suites," i.e.
unrelated instrumental successions) which was written about the upcoming
Bicentennial of the US. The track became a staple for all Styx tours with Dennis
DeYoung. It's a rare example of a Styx song that (briefly) requires four voice
parts; during the Return to Paradise tour, the "America" bridge would be sung by
DeYoung, Shaw, James Young and the usually silent Chuck Panozzo. Now available
on 180 gram vinyl.
• 180g Vinyl
1. Light Up
3. Mother Dear
4. Lonely Child
1. Midnight Ride
2. Born For Adventure
3. Prelude 12
4. Suite Madame Blue