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Released: September 1978

Rating: 3.889 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: classic arena rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Great White Hope (Young) [4:22]
  2. I’m O.K. (DeYoung/Young) [5:41]
  3. Sing for the Day (Shaw) [4:57]
  4. The Message (DeYoung) [1:08]
  5. Lords of the Ring (DeYoung) [4:33]
  6. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (Shaw) [4:05]
  7. Queen of Spades (DeYoung/Young) [5:38]
  8. Renegade (Shaw) [4:13]
  9. Pieces of Eight (DeYoung) [4:44]
  10. Aku Aku (Shaw) [2:57]

Total Running Time: 42:18

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 3.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 6
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (9/16/78) #21 US
  • Sing for the Day (1/6/79) #41 US
  • Renegade (3/17/79) #16 US


One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.

Pieces of Eight
“Styx’s feisty, straightforward brand of album rock is represented best by Blue Collar Man from 1978’s Pieces of Eight, an invigorating keyboard and guitar rush — hard and heavy, yet curved by Tommy Shaw's emphasized vocals. Reaching number 21, with the frolicking romp of Renegade edging in at number 16 only six months later, Pieces of Eight maintained their strength as a front-running FM radio group. Even though these two tracks were both mainstream singles, the rest of the album includes tracks that rekindle some of Styx's early progressive rock sound, only cleaner. Tracks like Sing for the Day, Lords of the Ring, and Aku-Aku all contain slightly more complex instrumental foundations, and are lyrically reminiscent of the material from albums like The Serpent Is Rising or Man of Miracles, but not as intricate or instrumentally convoluted. While the writing may stray slightly from what Styx provided on The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight kept their established rock formula in tact quite firmly.” MD

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Previous Album: The Grand Illusion (1977) Styx’s DMDB page Next Album: Cornerstone (1979)

Renegade (live)

Blue Collar Man (live)

Sing for the Day (2010 version; audio only)

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Last updated March 11, 2011.