It is hard for me to believe that Styx has been around for four decades. They have had countless hits over the years, many of which are well represented in their new two CD compilation Regeneration. What makes this new compilation special? This CD was recorded with their current touring lineup, and offers one new song “Difference in the World”, as well as two newly re-recorded Damn Yankees songs “High Enough” and “Coming of Age”.
I am sure it will anger some folks that the songs in the 2 CD set were re-recorded without Dennis DeYoung, but Styx has carried on without him since 1999. Sometimes, you have to let the music do the talking, and the music speaks loud and clear. Tommy Shaw still sounds amazing in 2011, and Lawrence Gowan is excellent as well. I am a little disappointed that “Babe” and “Mr. Roboto” aren’t in this collection, but the new song, “Difference in The World”, as well as the re-recorded Damn Yankees songs make up for the tracks that are missing.
Overall, I think Regeneration is a very good career retrospective, and is one for all current Styx fans to check out.
Regeneration will be available on October 4th. You can pre-order it here.
For more information on Styx, please visit www.styxworld.com.
Rating: Out of 10
1) The Grand Illusion
2) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
4) Sing For The Day,
5) Crystal Ball
6) Come Sail Away
7) Difference In The World
1) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2) Miss America
4) Queen Of Spades
5) Boat on The River
6) Too Much Time On My Hands
8) Coming Of Age
9) High Enough
James “JY” Young – Guitars & Vocals
Tommy Shaw – Guitars, Vocals, Mandolin
Lawrence Gowan – Vocals & Keyboards
Todd Sucherman – Drums & Percussion
Ricky Phillips – Bass Guitar
Chuck Panozzo – Bass Guitar
I must admit that I only discovered The Poor recently, when I found out that they opened up for AC/DC on their Ballbreaker tour. I didn’t wee AC/DC on that tour, but I found I strange that I didn’t know about a band, that opened up for them. On the strength of their tune “More Wine Waiter Please”, The Poor also opened up for KISS, Van Halen, The Scorpions and more.
The Poor’s sound is definitely AC/DC inspired. I don’t know if I would call them an AC/DC clone, but I hear instances where they sound like Airbourne (or is it Airbourne that sounds like them) and Rhino Bucket, with a little bit of 80’s hair metal guitar for good measure. Interestingly enough, The Poor’s drummer, James Young is the nephew of Malcolm & Angus Young.
While the music on this disc is not very original, it is pretty good. This is one of those CD’s where I like every song. Some of my favorite cuts are “Dirty Money”, “Tell Someone Who Cares”, “More Wine Waiter Please”, and “Liar”.
For more information on The Poor, check out their myspace page, and tell someone who cares! You can find copies of this disc, at Amazon.com and on EBay. The band reunited for an opening slot with W.A.S.P. in 2008, so we have not seen the end of The Poor. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Dirty Money
3. Man of War
4. Tell Someone Who Cares
5. More Wine Waiter Please
6. Ain’t on the Chain
8. Hair of the Dog
11. Only the Night
The Poor is:
Skenie – Vocals
Julian Rv Grynglas – Guitars
Matt Whitby – Bass
James Young – Drums