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Mmm? Mixed feelings - but . . . ?,
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This review is from: The Grand Illusion + Pieces Of Eight - Live (Audio CD)
I love Styx and the original albums are absolute favourites - Grand Illusion and Pieces of Eight are amazing.
Sadly what (or who) is missing here is Dennis De Young.
The vocals struggle at times and despite genuine effort so much is lost in transition.
The band play great - no let down there! Lawrence Gowan puts in some VERY convincing keyboards reminiscent of the "originals" and Todd Sucherman powers out on the drums. I am certainly NOT dismissing Tommy, JY or Ricky Phillips who add more than their weight; and old Chucky Panozzo is in there somewhere.
The live sound is pretty good but there seems to be an empty space.
One of my favourites and much anticipated was the live workout of "I'm Okay" - alas it is spoiled by a minute of inane "babble" at the beginning. Thankfully thereafter they get it together but Tommy struggles as he does on another real kicker - "Great White Hope"
I did hover over five; but . . . I am, perhaps, a victim of expectation?
You must make your own mind up. I DO NOT regret getting this for one moment and there are FIVE star moments!! Hey - four means I like it, and I do.