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REO Speedwagon reached a peak at Epic Records in 1980 and ’81 with Hi Infidelity, an album which has sold close to a staggering 10 million copies in the U.S. The release, which included the enduring radio hits “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On The Run,” is being commemorated this year with HI INFIDELITY: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION to be released July 19th. ... Read more in Amazon's REO Speedwagon Store

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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0002JE8WK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

33 of REO's most hook-heavy power ballads and fan favorites on 2 CDs! A previously unreleased version of Son of a Poor Man joins the hits Can't Fight This Feeling; Keep On Loving You; Take It on the Run; Keep the Fire Burnin'; That Ain't Love; In My Dreams; Here with Me; Time for Me to Fly , and more from the '70s to the '90s.

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I have original un-mastered copies of some REO Speedwagon albums that sound BETTER than this set!
M. Clement
For fans that only the band from their top 40 hits, The Essential REO Speedwagon provides an all-in-one collection of classic rocks most enduring music.
B. Daviet
With songs: "Take It On The Run", "Can't Fight This Feeling", and "Love Is A Rock" this album will make you sigh happily while listening to it.
Victoria Cameron

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some of the "Essentials" in Sony's series are merely bad rehashes of already existing hits discs (Eddie Money, Cyndi Lauper), but others use this opportunity to provide the most complete best-ofs ever done on an artist (Heart, Cheap Trick). This falls clearly in the latter category, with almost no filler and almost nothing crucial left out. Some may miss "I Do' Wanna Know" and "Sweet Time," but "Live Every Moment" and "The Key" were probably better choices from the albums those came from. Timing at over 75 minutes per disc, there was literally no room to fit anything else.

The booklet includes well-written liner notes from Kevin Cronin, along with time listings and chart info for each track.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. LeBaron on July 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me say I've been an REO fan ever since I saw them on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (and I know I'm dating myself, that was in 1974)...when I went to purchase the three albums they had out at that point I was a little confused to see that there was a different lead vocalist on each of them. Mike Murphy managed to stay with them for three LPs in a row before Kevin Cronin (the second singer) returned for good. My only complaint is that more of Murphy's stuff wasn't included (Give Me a Ride, Reelin' and a couple others were good rockin' tunes and deserve a listen) and my very favorite track from 1984's Wheels are Turnin' - I Do'wanna Know was in fact a top 30 hit for the band and really set the pace for that album...one listen and how can you not be smiling at the end of the song? Aside from that, not a bad collection at all. I do agree with the reviewer that said a 4-CD boxed set is in order. I bet the boys from Champaign have some stuff up their sleeve that'd knock us all out...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
REO Speedwagon have a large, loyal following in their homeland although, like other similar groups, they have only made a limited impact internationally. Still, they have some fans outside America and I'm one of them.

The pinnacle of their career came with the album Hi infidelity, an album full of rousing, up-tempo songs that topped the American album charts for several months and spawned several American hit singles - Don't let him go, Keep on loving you (a number one hit), Take it on the run and In your letter. In the UK, Keep on loving you made the top ten while Take it on the run made the top twenty.

Understandably, the group never came close to matching the phenomenal success of Hi infidelity again, but they had another American number one hit with Can't fight this feeling, which became their third and last UK hit, making the top twenty.

Elsewhere, there are many fine songs here. That ain't love, In my dreams and One lonely night are among the other highlights but I particularly like Time for me to fly, which Dolly Parton later covered in a bluegrass style for her album, White Limozeen - very different from the original, but both versions are brilliant in their different ways.

This compilation includes all the tracks available on the earlier compilation (The hits) except I don't want to lose you, which I can live without. This is the best hits package yet released of the group's music, although if you are new to their music, I recommend that you start with Hi infidelity. Great as their other music is, that album was something else again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gitters on August 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The essential Reo Speedwagon is the ultimate Reo hits collection,it covers their whole career from 1971 up to the newest studio tracks they have recorded back in the 90's.All of Reo's biggest hits are here,even the top 40 "Keep the Fire Burnin" which failed to make it onto 1988's The Hits.The Essential Reo Speedwagon is a great purchase for someone who is buying their first Reo CD, or for casual fans who own the Hits, but have a desire to hear more without buying every individual title.My only complaint is that "I don't wanna lose you" didn't make it onto the album,but that's allright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Johnson on June 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Essentials" CD sets are always going to have that one (or five) tracks that are missing. Those will always be mentioned in public reviews. This set is no exception, although not necessarily important.

Right after the excellent "Keep The Fire Burnin'" most would expect the obvious choice for representing that (almost) horrible Good Trouble album, in the form of "Sweet Time", which was not a great song, but certainly was ambitious and deserving of its addition on such a set titled "Essentials". However, "The Key" was in its place with no explanation, and that sets the tone in an awful direction when you're trying to go from the masterful Hi Infidelity tracks to the almost-masterful Wheels Are Turning tracks.

However, with only that as the complaint here, there really is not many other 2-CD compilations made that really does capture the essential history of a band. This set goes from the local Illinois barroom type rock that gave REO their first shot, to their masterful writing of monster ballads and pop hits, to their strength in keeping hold of their success, to the fall of the band by the time grunge took over. And with listening to the later tracks on CD two, it's clear that REO Speedwagon never lost their zest, but was merely pushed aside so the new bands could make their voices heard. "Love Is A Rock" could have easily been a hit, had it come out 5 years before.

The most impressive aspect of this set is the inclusion of such classic rock gems as "Golden Country", "(I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come" and other forgotten gems, "Lost In a Dream" and "Music Man". And even though "Keep Pushin'" has been included on a greatest hits package before, it was nice to see it included as well.
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