Styx

Regeneration, Vols. 1-2

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The early 21st century saw an overabundance of classic rock bands continue to hit the road, but without the presence of their original lead singers who sang all their hits of yesteryear. Styx, who have had Lawrence Gowan handling keyboard/vocal duties in place of Dennis DeYoung since 1999, are a case in point. With Styx touring on a regular basis ever since DeYoung's departure, they decided to re-record some of their biggest hits with the modern-day lineup of the band, featuring longtime members Tommy Shaw (guitar and vocals), James Young (guitar and vocals), Ricky Phillips (bass), and Todd Sucherman (drums) in addition to Gowan. By and large, you get faithful renditions of Styx's classics -- which remain rock radio standards to this day -- including "Come Sail Away," "Renegade," and "Too Much Time on My Hands," among others. Also, you'll find an all-new tune, "Difference in the World," an appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo on "Fooling Yourself," plus renditions of a pair of songs that Shaw originally performed with the supergroup Damn Yankees ("Coming of Age" and "High Enough"). But when all is said and done, why would a fan looking for Styx's greatest hits not want the definitive original versions, which are superior to the versions here?

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