Paradise Theater (SACD)
2014, Audio Fidelity
Audio Fidelity have done it again with 1981‘s PARADISE THEATER by Styx. This is the second Styx release by the audiophile label and again they have struck the ball out of the park.
Being a casual fan of Styx and knowing all the hits I can say without a doubt that I have never heard these songs sound so good in my life. Songs like “Rockin’ The Paradise”, “Too Much Time On My Hands” and “Half-Penny, Two-Penny” need to be cranked up as far as your neighbors will let you. These are fantastic Rock songs that deserve to be heard at maximum volume and this release allows that without being harsh or fatiguing on the ears like many reissues out there. The clarity and depth of this release is top notch. Kevin Gray has outdone himself with the mastering of this classic album. He brought everything out to the front and has made it sound wonderful. It’s as though a new life was given to these well known songs as cliche as that sounds. Even the CD layer of this hybrid sounds amazing so you needn’t be worried about purchasing it. This is one of the band’s greatest albums and it’s loaded with familiar songs. There isn’t a single filler track on here like many of today’s albums.
I cannot say enough good things about this classic Styx album that hasn’t already been said before. This version will be my go to version for many, many years to come. It sounds wonderful to put it in simple terms. It has a real punch to it that was lacking previously.