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The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx. Some estimates have the album at over 5 million copies sold. The album launched the band to stardom and spawned the hit singles " Come Sail Fools Paradise - Don McLean - Playin Favorites " and " Fooling Yourself.
Some are allegories and commentaries on contemporary American life and the members' experiences in an American rock band in the mid-to-late s, such as Castle WallsSuperstarsMiss America and the title track, The Grand Illusion. The emotionally deep song "Man in the Wilderness" was written by Tommy Shaw after watching a Kansas performance in Detroit, which they had played as the opening act.
Unlike any presentation of rock music I'd ever experienced. To go that big opened up all kinds Illusion (John 00 Flemings Golden Mix) - Doran - Automatic ideas in my mind, and the next time I was alone with my acoustic, the song more or less unfolded itself.
The lyrics touch on nostalgia of "childhood friends," escapism, and a religious thematic symbolized by "a gathering of angels" singing "a song of hope. Musically, it combines a plaintive, ballad-like opening section including piano and synthesizer interludes with a bombastic, guitar-heavy second half. In the middle of the second half it features the proggish minute-long synthesizer instrumental break, after the solo finished, the guitar-heavy returns with a catchy chorus.
It was originally based on Shaw's initial perception of DeYoung who was an "angry young man" who viewed the group's successes with a wary eye and grew angry or depressed with every setback. It was only in later years that Shaw began Illusion (John 00 Flemings Golden Mix) - Doran - Automatic see himself in the lyrics, and the song took on a more personal meaning to him.
The composition features a number of time signature changes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the film, see La Grande Illusion. For other uses, see Grand Illusion disambiguation.
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