Styx - Regeneration Volumes I & II

Reworking of AOR/pomp rock classics, plus

Regeneration Volumes I
& II

Despite the enticement of a
new track and a couple of
reinterpretations of Damn
Yankees numbers (via shared
guitarist Tommy Shaw), the
new material on this 16-song
collection fails to live up to the
standards of the vintage tracks.

For those unfamiliar with
the US pomp-rockers’ oeuvre,
Regeneration offers re-treads
of cuts from across much of
Styx’s formidable 70s and 80s
catalogue, aside from their
early prog days and latter AOR
outings. With original singer
Dennis DeYoung history,
Laurence Gowan takes his
part, alongside the vocal
prowess of guitarists Shaw
and James ‘JY’ Young. Yet
while DeYoung’s distinctive
tones are absent, the spirit is
not, with Grand Illusion kicking
things off in appropriately
vaudevillian style, before the
wall of harmony vocals of
Lorelei, several fine acoustic-framed
ballads (including the
beauteous US Top 10 hit,
Come Sail Away), and the
biting Blue Collar Man. Miss
America becomes even funkier
than the original, but the
essence of the mighty Queen
Of Spades and tranquil Boat
On The River – accordion and
all – remain. The synth-led
Too Much Time On My Hands,
insistent Snowblind and others
add to the lustre, making for a
cracking collection.

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Eagle | EAGCD 469 (2-CD)

Reviewed by Tim Jones
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