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Crystal Ball – Styx

Crystal Ball © Styx, A&M Records [Fair Use]
Crystal Ball © Styx, A&M Records [Fair Use]

Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released October 1, 1976. The album marked the recording debut of new guitarist Tommy Shaw. The track “Mademoiselle” was Tommy Shaw’s vocal debut and the album’s Top 40 hit.

The album’s title track would become a concert staple for the band, as it was performed on every subsequent Styx tour with which Shaw was involved.

“Shooz” was co-written by Shaw and James “J.Y.” Young. The bluesy rocker had Shaw on slide guitar while Young contributed a Hendrix-like solo to the middle of the track after Shaw’s slide solo.

“This Old Man” is a song that Dennis DeYoung wrote for his father and the impact his dad had on his life.

Track listing

1. “Put Me On”
2. “Mademoiselle”
3. “Jennifer”
4. “Crystal Ball”
5. “Shooz”
6. “This Old Man”
7. “Clair de Lune / Ballerina”

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