Back To The World is a powerful concept album dealing with America's social issues, the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the environment (years before it became fashionable), as well as Curtis' optimism for the future.
The ex-Styx lead singer had a US Top 10 hit with 1984’s ‘Desert Moon’ with the album of the same name making the Billboard Top 30. ‘Back To The World’ also made the Top 200 albums. Since then DeYoung fell out of style, but from 2000 he has had a most successful solo career. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes. Any Styx fan should have at least ‘Back To The World’ in their collection and on this 2-albums-on-1 CD you can’t go wrong.
Trombonist Wayne Henderson has had a surprisingly sporadic solo career. During his years with the Jazz Crusaders, he only led two record dates of his own, and it was not until a decade after he left the group that he led his third session. Henderson does take some fine solos on this generally rewarding disc, which also features tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder (his old section mate in the Crusaders), keyboardist Rob Mullins, and guitarist Dwight Sills. The release, which is subtitled "The Next Crusade," is an extension of Henderson's old band, and the selections range from straight-ahead (including "Joshua") to soul-jazz and some funkier sounds. Worth picking up, although this CD will probably be difficult to find.