Friday, January 07, 2011

Veni mecum vela da

Although released in 1977, "Come Sail Away" by Styx may be the quintessential 1980s prog-rock pop song:

Soft piano ballad beginning? Check.
Operatic vibrato-laced vocals? Check.
Power chords on the guitars? Check.
Synthesizer solo, more than one minute long? Check.
Key change in the last verse? Check.
Fade out? Check.
More than six minutes long? Check.

It's dated, but still fun to listen to; the kind of thing middle aged guys listen to in the minivan on the way to the Circle-K to buy milk...

Bonus: Live performance from way back in 1996.


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