I've decided to try a new method of picking off songs quick from my WIP list and found a great unifying theme of much of my planned releases. Some time in April, I first thought about this and realized that my infatuation with prog, rock, metal, etc. had a common thread rooted in classical music (or was influenced by such in their discographies). So I am running this summer event dedicated to the symphonic, as SYMPHONIC SUMMER. Most of these releases will be rooted in progressive rock, but will include various metals as well.
Weekend Of June 9, 2018: SYMPHONIC SUMMER Pack 1 - Styx Pyx Vol. 1
Our first release for this event is dedicated to classic rock's STYX. Although the tracks presented here aren't their most stringy of works, the band in general has a connection to the classical in quite a lot of their early and a bit of their later work. Many thanks to Ejthedj for making this quickly possible, and helping with some cleanup and reductions.
Manual Reductions/OD/Compilation: ejthedj
Audio Source Lineage: 1974 Analog Master -> 2005 Remaster (Rhino Records) -> CD -> WAV
Additional Notes: Hands down THE BEST Wooden Nickel-era Styx track, or at least for this album. The very demonic organ gives off a hard tinge (a la Uriah Heep or Deep Purple) for an epic that belongs in the pantheon of Heavy Metal.
Initial Vocals/Manual Reductions/OD/Compilation: ejthedj
Audio Source Lineage: 1977 Analog Master (1987 DeYoung remix?) -> Japanese SHM CD (not sure which year) -> WAV (with adjustments)
Additional Notes: Another classic track following the album's theme of Illusion. Here we have an icon of American pop culture, the great beauty queen of America, selected once a year to be prouded and gawked until she fades from the spotlight to be "forgotten". (The difficulty rating for the vocals is probably wrong, not sure)
Cleanup/Manual Reductions/OD/Compilation: ejthedj
Audio Source Lineage: 1978 US Vinyl -> ION Profile LP (with preamp) -> Audacity -> Click/Noise Removal -> Mp3 -> Detailed Click Removal -> WAV
Additional Notes: Probably one of the good deep cuts from this band, having a somber entry and exit, with a rocking maniacal center. DeYoung laments of a woman whose nature fills him with regret but he can never elude her.
This is not all for Styx. More is on the way
Note: There may be other unrelated releases coinciding with this event, however they will be just as good/enjoyable!