Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx
Cornerstone - Styx

Cornerstone - Styx

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Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards, accordion

James "JY" Young – vocals, electric guitars

Tommy Shaw – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, autoharp

Chuck Panozzo – bass guitar

John Panozzo – drums, percussion

Steve Eisen – saxophone on "Why Me"

Arnie Roth – strings on "First Time" and "Love in the Midnight"

Ed Tossing - Horn arranger

Arnie Roth - String arranger

Ed Tossing – horn


1LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : RTI

Label :  Friday Music

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded in 1979 at Pumpkin Studios, Oak Lawn, Illinois

Engineered by Rob Kingsland, Gary Loizzo

Produced by Styx

Mastered by Joe Reagoso, Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1979

Reissued in 2012



Side A:

  1. Lights
  2. Why Me
  3. Babe
  4. Never Say Never
  5. Boat On The River

Side B:

  1. Borrowed Time
  2. First Time
  3. Eddie
  4. Love In The Midnight


“Presenting radio with one of the best rock ballads ever, Cornerstone gave Chicago's Styx their big break with the number one single "Babe," which held that spot for two weeks in October of 1979. "Babe" is a smooth, keyboard-pampered love song that finally credited Dennis De Young's textured vocals. While this single helped the album climb all the way to the number two spot on the charts, the rest of the tracks from Cornerstone weren't nearly half as strong. "Why Me" made it to number 26, and both "Lights" and "Boat on the River" implement silky harmonies and welcoming choruses, yet failed to get off the ground. De Young's keyboards are effective without overly dominating the music, and the band's gritty rock & roll acerbity has been slightly sanded down to compliment the commercial market. The songs aren't as tight or assertive as their last few albums, but Shaw's presence can be felt strongly on most of the tracks, especially where the writing is concerned. Outside of "Babe," Cornerstone tends to sound a tad weaker than one would expect.” AllMusic Review by Mike DeGagne


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.17 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.43 / 5

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