Cornerstone is the ninth album by Styx, released in 1979 .
Cornerstone was Styx's follow-up to the Top 10 selling Triple Platinum album, 1978's Pieces of Eight.
Like the four previous Styx effort, the band produced the album themselves. However, the band started using a new recording studio Pumpkin Studios in Oak Lawn, Illinois and shied away from the art-rock/prog-rock influences that dominated their first eight studio albums.
The album was the band's first move towards pop/rock direction.
Dennis DeYoung had two ballads on the album. The first was the album's first single and Styx's only US #1 single "Babe" which Dennis wrote for his wife Suzanne. The track performed as demo with just him and the Panozzo brothers but then James Young and Tommy Shaw heard the track and decided to put it on Cornerstone with Shaw overdubbing a guitar solo in the song's middle section. Another ballad was "First Time" which was intended to be Cornerstone's second single until Shaw complained and threated to leave the band. "Borrowed Time" was released instead, reaching #63 on the charts. DeYoung also wrote the Top 30 hit, the poppish "Why Me", which was the third single release from the album. Dennis pre-dominantly used a Fender Rhodes electric piano on half of the tracks.
DeYoung and Shaw co-wrote two tracks. The opening "Lights" was music by DeYoung and lyrics by Shaw (who sang the track). The rocking "Borrowed Time" had music by Shaw with lyrics from DeYoung (who sang this track). "Borrowed Time" would open concerts on the group's tour in support of Cornerstone nicknamed The Grand Decathlon tour.
Shaw's famous song on the album was the folkish sounding "Boat on the River" which became the band's biggest European hit. He also penned the poppish "Never Say Never" and the epic closer "Love in the Midnight," which has been sampled to create the hip-hop song "The Streets been good to me" by the artist Maino, on the album "Death before Dishonor".
1. (00:04:42) - Styx - Lights
2. (00:03:57) - Styx - Why Me
3. (00:04:29) - Styx - Babe
4. (00:03:11) - Styx - Never Say Never
5. (00:03:11) - Styx - Boat On The River
6. (00:05:02) - Styx - Borrowed Time
7. (00:04:26) - Styx - First Time
8. (00:04:17) - Styx - Eddie
9. (00:05:22) - Styx - Love In The Midnight
Playing Time.........: 00:38:37
Total Size...........: 88.41 MB