Guitar great Ted Nugent, Styx alumnus Tommy Shaw, and Night Ranger's Jack Blades joined with drummer Michael Cartellone to from this early 90's super-group. Their slick harmonies and guitar power shone through on hits lik... more »e 'Coming Of Age' and the power balled 'High Enough'. Digitally remastered.« less
Guitar great Ted Nugent, Styx alumnus Tommy Shaw, and Night Ranger's Jack Blades joined with drummer Michael Cartellone to from this early 90's super-group. Their slick harmonies and guitar power shone through on hits like 'Coming Of Age' and the power balled 'High Enough'. Digitally remastered.
Get the two CDs they put out instead
T. LeBaron | NH | 12/23/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Damn Yankees did two great CDs in 1990 and '92. It seems to have done something for Tommy Shaw's songwriting...unlike one other reviewer seems to think, Styx has grown into an honest to God ROCK AND ROLL band ande Dennis DeYoung is touring with a full-blown symphony orchestra (not to take anything away from his considerable talent, they just didn't want to be playing "Babe" the rest of their careers, and Lawrence Gowan seems to have injected some adrenaline there...and they all get along, more than you could say seven years ago). This is a good starter kit...but you're best off just getting the two CDs and finding the soundtracks to Nothing But Trouble and Encino Man for the songs "Bonestripper" and "You're Invited But Your Friend Can't Come" (essentially Vince Neil singing with Damn Yankees backing him). That's everything that's been released aside from a live video "Uprising"...go looking and enjoy!
PS: They saved the best track for last..."Silence is Broken" is a very powerful song that will bring chills to anyone that's ever been in any kind of abusive relationship, and needs the courage to stand up and say "enough"...one of Tommy Shaw's finest pieces of work, intense and emotional and has plenty to say. That alone is worth the price of admission! "
Save yourself some money and buy this CD!!!
D. R. McGaffin | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say...instead of buying both Damn Yankees CDs...save yourself some $$$$ and buy this compilation instead....all of their best are here..High Enough, Come Again, Where you goin now, Runaway, etc. I definitely recommend this for any "Yankees" fan!!!"
Better than I thought
Wayne Merritt | Dallas, TX, USA | 01/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would consider myself a "radio" Damn Yankees fan, having only heard their radio hits like, "Don't Tread on Me," and, "High Enough." After hearing this Essentials CD though, I see that there's more than meet's the ear. The only song on here that I can't seem to get into is, "Come Again," but all the others are real rockers for me. From the milder, "Silent is Broken," to the fast and heavy, "Piledriver," this CD never stops! The guitars, vocals, bass, and drums, all rock. I tend to give conservative ratings, so that's why I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars, but otherwise, I would highly recommend it for any other "radio" fans like myself."
Why this cd compilation was necessary
D. R. McGaffin | Hollidaysburg, PA United States | 03/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation is a pretty good mix of their best songs. I would have bought the original cds instead, but they don't seem to sell "Don't Tread" anymore. They are rereleasing it in May. The nice thing about this compilation is that it made me look at the songs from "Damn Yankees" again and I was surprised to find that I like more songs from it than I had originally had. If you like good rock 'n' roll, buy this disk. If you like it, buy "Don't Tread" in May. It is definitely worth the money. There are some good rockers on it that aren't on "Essentials.""
Seriously just buy the other two disks
Me in the (USA) | 11/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great stuff, but come on they only had two disks. Just get them both for Pete's sake. To act like this is all you need as some reviewers state makes me wonder how you'll love all of these songs and still wake up feeling good in the morning knowing that you are missing awesome rockers like Uprising, Rock City USA, and Livin This Side of Hell."