Styx ‎– The Serpent Is Rising

Wooden Nickel Records ‎– BXL1-0287
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Witch Wolf
Written-By – Young*, Brandle*
A2 The Grove Of Eglantine
Written-By – DeYoung*
A3 Young Man
Written-By – J. Young*, R. Young*
A4 As Bad As This
Written-By – Curulewski*
B1 Winner Take All
Written-By – Lofrano*, DeYoung*
B2 22 Years
Written-By – Curulewski*
B3 Jonas Psalter
Written-By – DeYoung*
B4 The Serpent Is Rising
Written-By – Lofrano*, Curulewski*
B5 Krakatoa
Written-By – Krause*, Curulewski*, Beaver*
B6 Hallelujah Chorus (From Handel's "Messiah")
Written-By [Uncredited] – Händel*

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℗ 1973 Wooden Nickel Records, Inc. © 1973 RCA Records, New York, N.Y.
All songs © 1973 Wooden Nickel Music (ASCAP)

Recorded at Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago

A1 to B4, B6 Published by Wooden Nickel Music (ASCAP);
B5 - Wooden Nickel Music and Parathon, Inc. (ASCAP)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A Side Etch, except "I", Sterling & "A2" stamps): BXL 1-0287 A-5 I STERLING A2
  • Matrix / Runout (B Side Etch, except "I", Sterling & "A3" stamps): BXL \ 10287 B -2 I STERLING A3
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BXL1 0287 Styx The Serpent Is Rising(LP, Album) Wooden Nickel Records BXL1 0287 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
FL 13112 Styx The Serpent Is Rising(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor FL 13112 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
ND90594 Styx The Serpent Is Rising(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) RCA (2) ND90594 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
BXL1-0287 Styx The Serpent Is Rising(LP, Album, RE) RCA Victor, Wooden Nickel Records BXL1-0287 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
RPL-6009 Styx The Serpent Is Rising(LP, Album, RE) RCA RPL-6009 Japan 1981 Sell This Version



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September 5, 2015

I suppose not many people are into this album, because I have not found much in-depth discussion about it on the internet. I found it to be quite good taking into consideration the time period when it was recorded. A hidden gem for fans. I have listened to it several times over. There are many good hard rocking songs on this album. Now to the vinyl pressings: I ended up with 2 different Wooden Nickel pressings of this album. I am no expert by far, but from my observances, BXL 1-0287 may be a second pressing. I also have BWL 1-0287. Both albums are Sterling pressed vinyl. In the dead wax area, the BXL copy has BWL 1-0287 with the "W" scratched through and an "X" added above it. Other differences noted: BWL has what seems to be a more correct label orientation having the Buffalo Nickel Indian head printed with "Heads" and the Buffalo side with "Tails", whereas BXL is the opposite ("Tails" is written on the Indian Head print side of the label). One other difference was, on the rear of the album cover, the BXL version has a Wooden Nickel crest on the upper right hand corner and "RE2" on the lower left hand corner.