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Reo Speedwagon/R.E.O.T.W.O [Import, 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 (July 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bgo
  • ASIN: B000QXDE7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gypsy Woman's Passion
2. 157 Riverside Avenue
3. Anti-Establishment Man
4. Lay Me Down
5. Sophisticated Lady
6. Five Men Were Killed Today
7. Prison Women
8. Dead At Last
Disc: 2
1. Let Me Ride
2. How the Story Goes
3. Little Queenie
4. Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes)
5. Music Man
6. Like You Do
7. Flash Tan Queen
8. Golden Country

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered two-fer from the AOR rockers featuring their first two albums for Epic Records on one CD. These albums date from 1971 and 1972 respectively and show the band at their hard rockin' best just a few years before they became staples on FM radio. BGO.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream Come True September 3, 2007
By Weeds
Format:Audio CD
I have been an REO fan since 1969. I sat on the floor of The Red Lion dozens of times and watched and listened in amazement at the music that was being produced (does anyone remember the incredible version of Sympathy For The Devil that they played as an encore? Everyone was standing on top of every table/chair/bar to groove to the music).

These CDs in one word are EXCELLENT. The original REO album has poor sound qualities including poor bass and an overall thin and flat sound. The Re-Master is excellent and I can finally turn it up and the sound is full, clear, not distorted and has definition. The Re-Master of REO/TWO is also excellent. I have been hoping for years that someonoe would take on this project and I give a big Thank You to whoever invested in it.

That is because, in my opinion which will not be well received, these two albums and the Live album consist of all the REO music that ever needed to be recorded. If you ever heard them play live in the late 60's and early 70's you know what I mean. Their live energy and bonding with the audience in a small venue was unbelievable. As they got bigger and bigger, the music suffered. Their best music was written as a group by Luttrell/Richrath/Doughty/Philbin. I still prefer the songs they performed back then including Young Girl On The Mountainside, their 15 minute version of Lay Me Down with a 10 minute instrumental jam in the middle inclduing Luttrell on the flute, and Dead At Last where, after the organ solo at the end, Richrath would slide his guitar on the mike stand. Watching Richrath live was something I always looked forward to and I can say it is my fondest Rock N Roll memory. He was truly unbelievable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reo's First release on CD!!! August 7, 2007
By Snowdog
Format:Audio CD
Finally, a record company decided to issue Reo's first release on CD. Reo Speedwagon and REO TWO are some of the best music that this band has recorded and the digital remastering only enhances an already great sound. The liner notes are a good addition as well. May Gary Richrath live on. Get it while you can!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Release on CD September 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I just received this dual CD from Amazon. I was very impressed right away with the packaging and liner notes of the CDs. The cover art all appears to be close, if not, identical to the original vinyl LPs I have. They kind of mixed/matched using both throughout the CD case. The liner notes were written in June 2007 and actually have a few tidbits of information I had not read over the last 30 years. They have some quotes from Terry L. and discuss some of the band's turmoil from a perspective other than Kevin C's. Obviously the sound quality is the essential question. I did not have either release on CD, only vinyl, so it is leaps and bounds above what I am used to. The first "album" has been near imposible to ever get on CD. So, this combination is a great package for the price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Available at last August 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first REO album has never been available on CD in the twenty plus years that I have been looking for it. This has very good sound, so dump that LP. The second album has been around; the point is to buy the first while it is available. Gary Richrath was a blazing fast guitarist on this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wagon that isn't dragin' December 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The first two albums we're superb, I am flabbergasted they didn't chart! I guess people didn't know anything about talent way back when either! Terry Luttrell did well on vocals I was surprised pleasantly. This album sure puts out a lot of good blues and showcases their progressive rock side as well! Not to mention some blue eyed soul on "Five men we're killed today." Then comes along Kevin in R.E.O T.W.O which was brilliant as expected. BOTH AWESOME SINGERS WITH GREAT MUSICIANS! Neal Doughty an underrated piano man whose struck a chord with me! Greg Philbin, awesome bassist who threw in a few solos along the way! Gary Ritchrath.... well his guitar playing says everything and it is SUPERB. So what are you doing still reading my review? This album should already be in your cart at checkout! There you go... My first review enjoy you'll be ridiculously glad you bought it. Promise.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY ON CD!! October 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Totally Awesome!!! I have been waiting for the debut album from REO for years. A few years ago I recorded my album onto a cassette, just so I could listen to it at work or in the car. It is an amazing album that totally rocks. If you are not familiar with the early albums from REO Speedwagon, check this out. You won't recognize it is REO, except for Gary Richrath's blazing guitar. Also on my list of favorites from REO is "Lost In A Dream". However, "Lost In A Dream" is no longer available. If you can find a copy, grab it. This album, along with R.E.O. Speedwagon, feature lead singers other than Kevin Cronin. You can't go wrong with the purchase of R.E.O. Speedwagon/R.E.O. T.W.O. For my taste, the R.E.O. T.W.O. album is the best from the Kevin Cronin files, before they got a little more mellow & trendy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remastering job!!!! April 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been an REO fan since 1971 and also saw them perform back in 1971, 1972 and 1975......and in my opinion.....this is a fantastic remastering job...I have all the original LP releases and the original CD releases to compare this to...

If you've listened to the remastering disasters done on bands like JOURNEY....Where the producer went crazy with compressor overkill...am glad I kept my original cd releases of those early JOURNEY cd's....that isn't the case here.....These are really sweet on the ears..and I must add that I also have the next "two for" in this series and once again...the producer really hit the high mark.

Here's how I heard it...Being a bass player myself and an ex HiFi salesman...I really appreciated how the bass is nice and strong...just like the LP's were....not muddy and you can hear the actual amplifier growl...which was so characteristic of Greg Philbins playing style....the mids are very strong and clear...the overall music is very well balanced...the highs all come thru without being harsh sounding, thus leading to listeners fatigue, like so many other remasters are guilty of. Considering these albums were recorded during 1971 and 72....I think the quality is exceptionally good considering the technology back then.

I also lke the packaging job and the liner notes...My only critique is I would have preferred they used the front and back covers of both albums and insert the liner notes for each album within those covers...but that's small change when you look at what you have.

I think that zekethefreak character needs to get a clue and just get his ears re-tuned..or maybe he just needs to invest in a better sound system..
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5.0 out of 5 stars REO!
Great CD'S. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Machine
5.0 out of 5 stars great
It was just what I expected no problems, arrived quickly and in good shape. The packaging was fine and the deliverly was spot on, Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Gary Rutledge
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see this surprise available
Had both on vinyl back when....Thought I'd enjoy to hear those NOT overplayed songs again...I was right.....Great deal 2 for 1....
Published 11 months ago by Jim Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This 2 for 1 package of their first two albums is great, and the music is kinda hard to find elsewhere. I love it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars first album the best
I have waiting for this first reo album to come out in cd for long time. all off the other reo albums don't come anywhere near the first album dose different lead singer on the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Derek W. Swindle
5.0 out of 5 stars KICK YO BUTT!
If you like The Litter, MC5, and other guitars ablaze rockers, then you are gonna love this! The sound is awesome too! Read more
Published 14 months ago by groover
5.0 out of 5 stars hurray
been looking for a long time for a CD with the songs 157 riverside ave.,Sophisticated lady and others on them, Not Live recordings, hate those. Read more
Published 17 months ago by doodle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
These are two great albums and they sound better than ever remastered.
Its great to have REO`s first album again (my lp is long gone).and REO TWO sounds great. Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for true REO fans and even non REO fans!
It is nice to see these two albums back on the market and remastered. These are REO's first two studio albums (each on individual discs). Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael P. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Early R.E.O.
I first heard REO after completing my stint in the service circa 1973. They played at a local University as they weren't well known. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jaxom5
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