Since their late-'90s reunion, Styx has been the subject of countless budget-priced compilations. And as usual, the "compilers" are quite sneaky -- as buyers are fooled into thinking they're buying a compilation of original versions, before finding out that the versions are from the latter-day live releases. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that, for the most part, 2001's Yesterday & Today fits this description. Plucking selections from three different albums -- Return to Paradise, Brave New World, and the half Styx/half REO Speedwagon Arch Allies, Yesterday & Today mixes the classics ("Grand Illusion," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Fooling Yourself") with the newer studio tracks ("Number One," "Best New Face," and more). And expectedly, there's no comparison between the well-known standards and the newer tracks. Also included is a bonus video -- which doesn't prevent Yesterday & Today from being a stink bomb. Spend the extra bucks on such far superiorly assembled Styx compilations as Greatest Hits and Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato