Personnel: Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, autoharp, mandolin); James Young (vocals, guitar, autoharp, synthesizer); Dennis DeYoung (vocals, keyboards); Chuck Panozzo (vocals, bass guitar); John Panozzo (vocals, drums, percussion); Arnie Roth (strings); Steve Eisen (saxophone); Ed Tossing (horns).
Recording information: Pumpkin Studios, Oak Lawn, IL.
Photographer: Aaron Rapoport.
Arrangers: Ed Tossing; Arnie Roth.
With CORNERSTONE, Styx entered the '80s primed to continue their run of phenomenal success. While it was one of their biggest-selling albums, it also saw the beginning of a rift between the gritty rock tendencies of Tommy Shaw and James Young and the pure pop romanticism of Dennis DeYoung. The latter's ballad "Babe" hit Number One and gave the band even more popular appeal than before, but it stood in stark contrast to the less sugary offerings of Young and Shaw.
Despite the presence of the aforementioned blockbuster single, CORNERSTORE bears some less heralded gems. Young's blazing "Eddie" is one of his most effective compositions ever. Shaw's "Lights" picks up where PIECES OF EIGHT's "Sing for the Day" left off, and his "Love in the Midnight" is a moody, atmospheric treat for hardcore Styx fans.