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Released: May 10, 2005

Rating: 3.500 (All Music Guide rating)

Genre: classic arena rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. I Am the Walrus (Lennon/ McCartney)
  2. I Can See for Miles (Townshend)
  3. Can’t Find My Way Home (Winwood)
  4. It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace) (Dixon)
  5. I Don’t Need No Doctor (Simpson)
  6. One Way Out (Williamson)
  7. A Salty Dog (Reid)
  8. Summer in the City (Sebastian)
  9. Manic Depression (Hendrix)
  10. Talkin’ about the Good Times (Waller)
  11. Locomotive Breath (Anderson)
  12. Find the Cost of Freedom (Stills)
  13. Wishing Well (Yamauchi)
  14. Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (Shaw)


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 46
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Am the Walrus (?) --


my favorite album of the year

Big Bang Theory
Here’s a surefire formula for convincing even your most loyal fan base to abort – have your band’s leader get way too sappy, which Styx front man Dennis DeYoung had done full force by the time reunion albums rolled around in 1990 and 1999 – then jettison him altogether, and then, just in case there’s even a remnant of your signature sound left, release a cover album.

“Those looking for this to be the big Styx record that will catapult them back into the mainstream will be sorely disappointed…[with this] 14-song collection of covers from some of the band’s influences and all-time rock favorites. Starting with…the Beatles’ I Am the Walrus, the band works its way through the great rock & roll songbook with safe, relative ease. Also included are the Who’s I Can See for Miles, the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City, Blind Faith’s Can’t Find My Way Home [with a good vocal from Tommy Shaw], Jimi Hendrix’s Manic Depression, Jethro Tull’s Locomotive Breath, and Free’s Wishing Well” (Theakston).

“All fine choices, and in combination with Styx’s usual clean production and relaxed atmosphere around the usually serious album format makes Big Bang Theory a record that die-hard fans will enjoy and casual fans might regard as a passing novelty stopgap in between records” (Theakston).

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