If you ready my blog on My Space, you already know I don't hold covers albums in high regard. On their "new" album, Styx is going to cover themselves.
Styx guitarist James “JY” Young has confirmed the track listing for Styx' upcoming album Regeneration.
Speaking exclusively to journalist Doug Fox, JY said the album is “99 percent there,” and will feature seven tracks. In addition to the new Tommy Shaw song “Difference in the World” (which has been available for free download at www.styxworld.com for a week or so now), Regeneration will feature new re-recordings of Styx classics “The Grand Illusion”, “Come Sail Away”, “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)”, “Crystal Ball”, “Lorelei” and “Sing For The Day”.
Young says that re-recording these classic tracks was harder than it may appear. “When you go back and try to do it, you say, 'How DID we do that? What gear were we using and what gear was available for the engineer to use?'”
The new recordings were also different from the originals in that modern technology allows bands to record in different locations. JY says the new tracks were recorded in at least eight different studios.Regeneration was intended for release already, but the guitarist says it has been delayed and will emerge very soon. “It would have been good if it had been completed before we got out on the road, but we didn't quite get there for a variety of reasons,” he stated. “At some point, with every new thing that you create, there's a point where you have to say it's time to let go of this and it sounds pretty darn good,”Though JY didn't pinpoint an exact release date, Styx recently posted a video to its official web site that said the album should be available in the summer of 2010.
Though it's unconfirmed for now, rumor has it that Styx' fall tour dates will feature the band performing its classic albums The Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight in their entirety.For more information please visit www.styxworld.com.