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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.

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DDY is amazing

Dont listen to people who say styx is fine without DDY, Cuz Dennis DEyoung was styx with his great vocals and when i saw that he did work after styx i couldnt wait to get this album. Dennis is the greatest vocalist i have ever Known. -yea24

God Bless Dennis DeYoung!!!

Styx ain't Styx without Dennis DeYoung, and it drives me nuts to know that his former bandmates Shaw and Young don't get it that they wouldn't be the success they are without him.

Dennis DeYoung still puts on a GREAT show!!

I just took my wife to see Dennis DeYoung in Albany, NY doing a free concert playing the music of Styx (with 2 solo songs as a bonus). The band was amazing, and DeYoung was as amazing as ever!! What a great show! I can't imagine even the original STYX lineup sounding tighter.. it was truly one of the best shows we've ever seen. He played an upcoming single "100 Years From Now", which was fantastic, and coming to the US soon! Well worth watching for!!


Born: February 18, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The keyboardist/vocalist of Chicago-based arena rock band, Styx, Dennis DeYoung continues to cultivate a successful solo career. Recording on his own as early as 1984, DeYoung produced four impressive solo albums -- Desert Moon, Back to the World, and Boomchild before reuniting briefly with his former bandmates in 1990. The reunion proved to be brief, however, and Styx disbanded a second time shortly after releasing an album, Edge of the Century. DeYoung used the opportunity to record his fourth...
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