Damn Yankees

The Essentials

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The members of supergroup Damn Yankees were all stellar players -- besides Ted Nugent, they boasted rock & roll veterans Tommy Shaw (Styx), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), and Michael Cartellone (Dixie Dregs) -- and clearly stood over most of their peers. Still, patching together two albums' worth of highlights and calling it "essential" is a somewhat ludicrous concept. Anyway, both of the band's albums delivered solid if unspectacular rock radio-friendly singles such as "Coming of Age," "Don't Tread," and, of course, the group's ├╝ber-power ballad "High Enough." This is the best place to start your Damn Yankees collection.

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