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Ultimate Collection
     

Ultimate Collection

by Dennis DeYoung
 
Dennis DeYoung's solo career started strongly in 1984, when "Desert Moon" became a Top Ten hit in the fall. The Styx singer struggled to match its success, not only with follow-up singles from his solo debut Desert Moon, but with the 1986 effort Back to the World and its 1988 successor Boomchild. Two years later, the band

Overview

Dennis DeYoung's solo career started strongly in 1984, when "Desert Moon" became a Top Ten hit in the fall. The Styx singer struggled to match its success, not only with follow-up singles from his solo debut Desert Moon, but with the 1986 effort Back to the World and its 1988 successor Boomchild. Two years later, the band reunited. In 1994, DeYoung released another solo album, 10 on Broadway, but that was merely a side project showcasing his love of showtunes -- he never left the band. 10 on Broadway served as a reminder that DeYoung's solo career was interesting, but quite uneven, and Hip-O's 1999 compilation The Ultimate Collection overlooks that effort. That may be a blow for completeness, but it helps the album, actually, since it's a coherent look at DeYoung's five-year solo detour. All the hits -- "Desert Moon," of course, but also such his three lesser-known singles "Don't Wait for Heroes," "Call Me," and "This Is the Time," which was featured in The Karate Kid, Pt. 2 -- are here, along with ten album tracks and a new re-recording of the Styx classic "The Grand Illusion," which was arranged by Alan Silvestri. To be frank, even in this distilled form, his solo material is still pretty uneven, but The Ultimate Collection is tighter than any other DeYoung album, with the possible exception of Desert Moon, and it's a worthwhile purchase for serious Styx fans looking for a good round-up of his brief solo sojourn.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0731454523622
catalogNumber:
545236

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis DeYoung   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sandy Caulfield   Background Vocals
Tom Dziallo   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Steve Eisen   Conga,Saxophone
Dawn Feusi   Background Vocals
Ron Friedman   Trumpet
Pat Hurley   Background Vocals
Dennis Johnson   Bass
Bob Lizik   Bass
Gary Loizzo   Background Vocals
Mike Ohlsen   Trumpet
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals
Joe Pusateri   Percussion
Tom Radtke   Percussion,Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Alan Silvestri   Conductor
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Synthesizer
Mark Williamson   Background Vocals
Jeff Morrow   Background Vocals
Matt Walker   Drums
Tony Ransom   Background Vocals
Tom Griffin   Background Vocals
Vince Guttman   Harmonica
Bill Shamplin   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dennis DeYoung   Producer
Tom Dziallo   drum programming
Gary Loizzo   drum programming
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Alan Shacklock   Producer
Alan Silvestri   Arranger
Bob Garcia   Liner Notes
Craig Bauer   Engineer
Ilene Weingard   Art Direction
Dana Smart   Producer
Steve Johnson   Engineer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Vince Guttman   drum programming
Maurice Lynn Simmons   drum programming
Vartan Weingard   Art Direction

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