Dennis DE YOUNG: Desert Moon LP 1984 STYX vocalist / keyboardist debut A.O.R solo album + Jimi Hendrix cover. Check videos
5.0 out of 5 stars Old AOR album but still great listening.
If you’re into AOR then make this part of you collection. “Don’t wait for heroes” was and is still relevant. Fire was a great cover and the rest brilliantly written with catchy chorus and tags. Great stuff.
5.0 out of 5 stars For any Styx fan,
As the frontman for Styx, Dennis DeYoung produces a solo album of original quality with the title track being the pick of the bunch. A must have for any Styx fan.
Dennis DeYoung – Desert Moon
Format: Vinyl, LP
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, “Desert Moon”, and the follow-up single, “Don’t Wait for Heroes”, cracked the Billboard Top 100 as well. Desert Moon was certified gold in Canada in 1984.
1 Don’t Wait For Heroes 4:46
2 Please 4:21 Lead Vocals – Rosemary Butler
3 Boys Will Be Boys 5:42
4 Fire 3:46 Jimi Hendrix COVER
5 Desert Moon 6:08
6 Suspicious 4:57
7 Gravity 4:50
8 Dear Darling (I’ll Be There) 4:29
Track 2 is a duet with Rosemary Butler
Track 4 is a cover of the Jimi Hendrix track.
Desert Moon is the debut solo album from one-time Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1984 by A&M Records.
The album reached #24 on the Billboard album charts in the fall of 1984. The albums biggest hit was its title cut which hit #10 on the Billboard singles chart.
The albums second single “Don’t Wait for Heroes” reached #83 and got MTV play.
“Desert Moon” was certified Gold in Canada.
Dennis DeYoung: keyboards, vocals
Tom Dziallo: guitars, Bass Guitar
Dennis Johnson: Bass Guitar
Tom Radtke: drums, percussion
Steve Eisen: saxophones
Rosemary Butler: Duet Vocal on “Please”
Suzanne DeYoung, Tom Dziallo, Dawn Feusi: Additional backing vocals
Styx was only a year in the grave before lead singer Dennis DeYoung ventured out on his own with his solo debut, Desert Moon. The solo record does not represent a significant stylistic departure from Styxs brand of pop/rock, although the emphasis is heavier on the pop and not as heavy on the rock. DeYoung continues his gut-busting vocal strategy, belting notes that often do not require belting. The singer also supplies the keyboards, of which there are plenty — this is a mid-’80s record, after all. Tom Dziallo handles the wailing electric guitars and arranged the ill-advised cover of Jimi Hendrixs “Fire.” The album yielded a Top Ten hit in “Desert Moon,” which is a tolerable pop ballad. (The most memorable song on the album may also be its most annoying. A ’50s-flavored ode to life as an obnoxious teenage boy, “Boys Will Be Boys” is just a little too catchy for its own good. But in a record full of forgettable synth-pop, it almost comes as a relief).