Pageviews all time history." The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx,
released on July 7, 1977.
It launched the band to stardom, spawning the hit singles
"Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself",
and selling over three million copies in the US.
According to keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, the album's theme was the struggle to overcome self-deluding superficiality in order to affirm one's genuine value.
This theme was reflected in the lyrics of the album's title track:
- So if you think your life is complete confusion
- 'cause your neighbor's got it made
- just remember that it's a grand illusion
- and deep inside we're all the same
Upon its release as the lead single from the album, "Come Sail Away" charted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped The Grand Illusion achieve multi-platinum sales in 1978.
It is one of the biggest hits of Styx's career. "
|The album cover art is an homage to a painting by |
René Magritte entitled