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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 (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony special product
  • ASIN: B002QCKOO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The First Noel
2. Winter Wonderland
3. Silent Night
4. Deck The Halls
5. Little Drummer Boy
6. The White Snows Of Winter
7. Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)
8. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11. Blue Christmas
12. Children Go Where I Send Thee
13. Joy To The World

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13 Brand new REO Versions of Christmas Favorites!

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If you are a Christmas Music Fan, then this CD needs to be in your collection.
Tony Finocchietti
It is a fun album with good music, good harmonies and a good mix of traditional and somewhat-less-traditional tunes.
Robert J. Diaz II
For anyone snickering that a rock band can make a great Christmas CD, you may want to think again.
Lookin4space

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Hinton on November 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am a fan of REO Speedwagon, but I was skeptical of a Christmas album from Kevin and Co. I would say they pulled it off, but of course they did.. we're talking about talented veterans and it's not like it's their first rodeo, if their first Christmas album. It's upbeat and and fun without being over-the-top, in your face Christmas cheer. A touch of rocking gospel thrown in made even me wanna do back flips. The very nature of the album doesn't make it a must have, but Christmas music fans (aren't we all though for at least a month or two every year?) and REO Speedwagon fans especially will enjoy. Merry listening!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Diaz II on November 24, 2009
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I got this CD. I have been a fan of REO since I was just a kid and they remain my favorite band. I was a little disappointed on my first listen to this album because the title implied that it was going to be more of a rock album. But, it is a Christmas album with rock band instrumentation. I would have liked a bit more guitar screaming on this album, especially given the title.

That said, it is a good Christmas album and I like it more each time I listen to it. I especially like that they chose a few songs you don't typically hear, specifically "Children Go Where I Send Thee" which may be my favorite on the album. Bruce Hall does a good job on "Blue Christmas" and the cover of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is good. "Deck the Halls", "Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy" are quite good, too. "Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria)" does well with the traditional REO harmonies and instrumentation.

If you are looking for a rock album, this is not it. If you are looking for a Christmas album, then this is a good one to add to your collection. It is a fun album with good music, good harmonies and a good mix of traditional and somewhat-less-traditional tunes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Terry P on November 6, 2009
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After listening to this collection three times and counting, I have one question for the band. Fellas, what took you so long?
I have been an REO fan from the beginning, and a Christmas music fan even longer. This collection will appeal to you whether you are one or both. There is a nice selection of both spiritual and secular songs, all done with dignity and class. The arrangements are true to the original melodies, but stamped with the unmistakable rock and roll sound of REO from way back. The spiritual "Children Go Where I Send Thee" is not historically one of my favorites, but this rendition had me ready to shout "Hallelujah!" as it blared through my ipod on the train to work this morning. The band's rendidition of "Blue Christmas" has them channeling their inner Alan Jackson, and they pull it off beautifully. One of my all time favorites, "Little Drummer Boy" hasn't sounded so good since Joan Jett did it many years ago. There is not a clunker in the bunch. Definitely a keeper.
This CD will have you looking forward to the holidays to dust it off and put you in the spirit. Buy it now and rock on through the New Year, my friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Shadick on November 28, 2009
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So REO broke out with a Christmas CD? I was skeptical at first. Being a fan of early REO and not so much of the 80's REO, I wasn't sure what to expect. I took a chance and am I glad I did.REO has taken a handful of Chritmas tunes and rocks them. Any fan of REO will enjoy this collection of songs. The best part is the whole family will enjoy them. They rock out the songs but not to the point where anyone would think it's to much or not recognize them. This is a CD I recommend for the whole family to listen to while you decorate the tree. Merry Christmas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tony Finocchietti on December 6, 2009
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WOW! That is the 1st word that comes to mind when I first hit play on REO Speedwagon's New CD "Not So Silent Night". Lead Singer Kevin Cronin's vocals are crystal clear and continually proves that he can sing with the best of them. If you are an REO Speedwagon Fan, then this CD needs to be in your collection. If you are a Christmas Music Fan, then this CD needs to be in your collection. The cd starts right out with a short but sweet version of "The First Noel". Then, in REO style, the CD kicks in with a rockin' version of "Winter Wonderland". Then, one of the jewels of the cd, is "Silent Night". When you first start listening to that song, you know you are listening to an REO Speedwagon CD. It has that familiar REO sound, even though it is a Christmas Song/CD, REO Speedwagon made the cd their own, REO style. Another hidden jem is "Blue Christmas", a song you wouldn't expect from REO. Cronin hands the mic over to REO's Bassist Bruce Hall, and he does a country version of the classic, more in the style of Elvis, deep vocals, and a nice steel guitar sound. It is really relaxing and easy to listen to. REO also does their rendition of John and Yoko Lennon's "Happy Xmas(War Is Over) and what a rendition it is. They aren't taken anything away from the Lennon classic, as it is a tribute to Lennon and and in the Christmas spirit, all proceeds from that song are going to the John Lennon Foundation. REO also does the classics "Little Drummer Boy" where drummer Bryan Hitt shows off his drumming style as Lead Guitarist Dave Amato gets to show off his chops. Keyboardist Neal Doughty has several leads and solos showing off his new grand piano.Read more ›
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