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REO Speedwagon - The Hits [Original recording remastered]

REO SpeedwagonAudio CD
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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 (April 30, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000066405
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Don't Want to Lose You
2. Here With Me
3. Roll With the Changes
4. Keep on Loving You
5. That Ain't Love
6. Take It on the Run
7. In My Dreams
8. Don't Let Him Go
9. Can't Fight This Feeling
10. Keep Pushin'
11. Time for Me to Fly
12. One Lonely Night
13. Back on the Road Again
14. Ridin' the Storm Out

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These Guys Just KEEP Plugging January 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Everyone misses the point about REO Speedwagon: the critics who call their music corporate and faceless, even fans looking for a 70s-80s nostalgia trip every summer with Frampton Comes Alive XXIII.
Unlike studio-born contemporaries such as Toto and Journey, REO came from the midwest and built its reputation on non-stop touring. Even amidst changes in personnel and musical tastes, their music, reflected in their best and most popular songs contained here, reflect persistence and perserverence. Look down the titles: "ROLL with the Changes," "KEEP on Loving You," "KEEP Pushing," "Don't Let Him Go," "Ridin' The Storm Out." (Not to mention "Keep The Fire Burnin'" a great 1982 hit which didn't make it here.) These songs are about staying in the game (whether the game is love or career) when many feel it's no longer necessary. It's no accident that their breakthrough 1977 live album was called, "You Get What You Play For"; REO's success was belated but earned. This is more than a best-of CD. Even with the hit ballads it's a mission statement that rocks.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power Ballads February 21, 2006
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REO Speedwagon began life as a rock group, edging toward the harder side. However, the group's success came with ballads, typically power ballads.

This album contains a taste of REO Speedwagon's harder edge with songs "Keep Pushin'," "Roll with the Changes," "Back on the Road Again" and "Ridin' the Storm Out." However, fans of REO Speedwagon's early material will likely be disappointed because the remainder of the album is largely ballads, and even those songs that skirt the definition of ballad are still love songs. This album also focuses on the years from "Hi Infidelity" to 1987, with nine of the fourteen songs in this collection from those years.

"Ridin' the Storm Out" was from the album of the same name, which reached #171 on the Pop Album chart. This song reached #94 and probably has as much air play today as when it was released in 1973.

The 1976 album "R.E.O.," which reached #159 on the Pop Album chart, contributes the song "Keep Pushin'," which I believe was not released as a single.

The 1978 album "You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish" was a breakthrough album for REO Speedwagon, reaching #29 on the Pop Album chart. This album contributes the songs "Time for Me to Fly," which reached #56, and "Roll with the Changes," which reached #58.

The 1979 album "Nine Lives" was about as successful as the 1978 album, reaching #33 on the Pop Album chart. That album is represented by the song "Back on the Road Again," which I believe was not released as a single.

The songs to this point are generally fast with a solid beat. However, in 1980 REO Speedwagon changed styles with the #1 album "Hi Infidelity," which lends three songs to this compilation. "Keep on Loving You" is a beautiful ballad that reached #1.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Rock & Roll Collection October 5, 2000
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REO Speedwagon was one of those bands that came out of the 70's with an attitude that they'll do it their way. Disco was on it's way out, punk was just hitting its stride, and glam-rock hadn't started but these guys just wanted to ROCK! Although they had acheive some success in the late 70's with their first top 40 hit "Roll with the Changes" and the live album "Nine Lives" which re-introduced "Riding the Storm Out", it was 1981's "Hi Infidelity" which took them to superstar status. Hits like "Take it on the Run" and "Keep on Loving you" brought many new fans to the concerts. Unfortunitly, here is where they also started to sell out. Instead of being Rock & Roll stars they tried to become top 40 hit-makers. Songs like "Can't Fight This Feeling"(1984) and "In My Dreams" (1986) reek of sell out to the masses. What a shame.
This Greatest Hits collection covers just about all their albums, from mid-70's to late 80's, and is a great testament to their staying-power. If I were to buy only one REO Speedwagon CD, it would be Hi Infidelity. However, this collection would be second.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REO's best from late 70's to 80's March 8, 2004
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The groups Foreigner, Foghat, Styx, Journey, Air Supply, and the subject of this review, REO Speedwagon, can cause a lot of debate among music fans due to the "corporate rock" effect that took place in the 1970's, where artists' albums were guaranteed platinum sales if they became part of the well-oiled machinery that may have yielded hits on the radio, but remained in an uninspired and uninnovative cozy rut. As someone into all kinds of music, I find myself in a very untenable position. I like REO Speedwagon, yet I like classic punk and disco, two genres of music that broke the musical cul-de-sac America seemed to be going into.
Having established that, the Hits, which came out a year after REO's last studio album of the 80's, 1987's Life As We Know It, encapsulated material from their R.E.O. 76 album up to Life As We Know It, with two new songs. The first one, the intense and yearning "I Don't Want To Lose You," was written by the team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg (Heart, Bangles) and the languid "Here With Me," which was a close cousin to "In My Dreams" released the previous year.
Life As We Know It was released when I first got into them and,"That Ain't Love" was quite a rocker by their standards, as I had the preconception that they were mellow rock like latter day Chicago, but no, this fiery affirmation that "say what you want to hear, do what you want to do" ain't love, told me otherwise.
However, the third single, co-penned by lead singer Kevin Cronin and ace songwriter Tom Kelly, "In My Dreams" sounded more what I expected to hear, soaring lead vocals, inoffensive harmonies, in other words, the mainstream rock ballad.
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