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Regeneration [2 CD]

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Editorial Reviews

Styx is still selling out arenas, in part because their current touring band is maybe their best ever. This well-oiled machine re-recorded Styx classics as well as two Damn Yankees songs (Tommy Shaw was in that group, too) and the new song Difference in the World ; it joins The Grand Illusion; Fooling Yourself (the Angry Young Man); Too Much Time on My Hands; Come Sail Away; Lorelei; Renegade , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Grand Illusion
  2. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
  3. Lorelei
  4. Sing For The Day
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. Come Sail Away
  7. Difference In The World
  8. Coming Of Age
  9. High Enough


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • ASIN: B005HWUD80
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Victoria L. Dorroh on October 16, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I guess my expectations were too high (or not high enough), and I went away disappointed by my favorite band's latest CD. Oddly enough, the best remakes on this CD are those done by DeYoung replacement Lawrence Gowan, with Queen of Spades clearly the best song on this compilation. Tommy's regenerated songs (especially Too Much Time on Hands) just aren't very good. Recording quality is thin and sounds amateur compared to current CD's out there, production quality is 2nd rate. I really wish this incredibly talented group of guys now calling themselves Styx would create new music, Styx music, soaring vocals, harmonies, power guitar riffs, and solid, catchy rhythms produced by someone who knows how to make it sound right. So for this latest 'regeneration' of greatest hits just shows this band has 'too much time on their hands'. On a positive note, the cover art is incredible, packaging is cool, but the music is better on previous offerings. And then there are two Damn Yankees songs on here....really??!! and compared to the originals, they just aren't that good. Sorry guys, as I said you have always been my favorite band, just need to try harder at being Styx and not the Tommy Shaw Band covering Styx and Damn Yankees.
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By Johnny Boy on November 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album simply left me scratching my head. What in the world were these guys thinking? For many people, Styx died in 1999 when Dennis DeYoung departed the group. Not necessarily, I say, but there has been an undeniable dip in quality. While 'Cyclorama' was a fine album, and the countless live albums this group has released this decade haven't been terrible, 'Regeneration' simply causes me to shake my head.

A common marketing trend within the last 10-15 years has been for a band to go back into the studio and re-record some of the group's songs from the glory days. Artists like Foreigner, Bob Welch, and Tom Jones have all done this. Some work brilliantly (Bob Welch is a great example -- his remakes are better than the originals) and others backfire horribly (Tom Jones and Foreigner, although Jones was in fine form on his remakes, they were just recorded in the disco era and have aged horribly, but that's another review). Styx, as much as it pains me to say it, falls into the latter.

You see, I don't object to this band re-recording songs. Would I rather this group release new material? Absolutely. Would I prefer this group to leave their 1972-1999 recorded material alone? Again, certainly. But am I going to judge this record unfairly because they did it? Absolutely not.

What gets me on this record is there is absolutely no imagination here. The arrangements are completely as they were in the 1970s, but they don't sound fresh. Rather, they sound stale and lifeless. 'Come Sail Away' was especially painful to listen to. Lawrence Gowan is a fine singer, but he was obviously trying as hard as he could to sound like Dennis DeYoung. 'Queen of Spades' suffers the same problem. Gowan has no identity here so it seems, and that simply drags the record down.
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Styx used to be my favorite band as a youngster, and I was SO disappointed when they broke up in the early 80s. No one ever came near the place they and their music held in my heart. Their originals to me were like pure gold; why they thought they would make another remake CD is beyond me. DeYoung's replacement, Gowan, sounds awful to me. Even though Tommy Shaw's voice is still good, his re-recordings don't compare with his originals. J.Y., well, let's just say there's a reason his voice didn't make any of their top hits. I'm sticking with the old stuff so I can actually enjoy what I hear. If you like the Styx of the 70s and 80s, don't buy this one; get Dennis DeYoung's One Hundred Years From Now - THAT's great music!
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I've listened to Styx since the beginning (before they were big) and what a progression the music of Styx has been over the years. Either you like them or hate them and either you get caught up in all soap opera drama between Styx and DeYoung or you don't. For me, I try not to and try to rate each of their albums based on its own merit. For 'Regeneration' I really was expecting some new renditions of some of their classic tunes. Not so. Instead, this collection just comes across like a best of or songs that the band hand picked, re-sung, mixed and left it at that. What's the point then? Other than getting better production, these songs aren't offering anything new here. It would have been totally cool if they had reinterpreted them. That would have been awesome. One thing that I always noticed was how much James Young was prominent doing lead vocals back in the early years during albums one through five, but it seems when Shaw came along he took the back seat to having a song, maybe two on each album. Anyway, buy this if you have to have a another collection of Styx "radio" hits and want to listen to them with 2011 standards. 'Midnight Ride' from 'Equinox' would have been nice also as would have been some earlier songs from their first four albums. Other than 'Lady' I guess the band have forgotten about their formative years. Still, I would love to hear 'The Serpent is Rising' or 'Witchwolf' redone by the band. Just think about what they could do with those songs. But then again, after listening to this effort, maybe they shouldn't. And what's up with Shaw adding two 'Damn Yankee' songs to this collection? Styx doesn't have enough from their 15 studio albums to pick from? Overall, not a whole lot of value here, other than one new song and three stars just for middle of the road. Not horrible, but nothing spectacular.
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