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This Time We Mean It

REO SpeedwagonAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000008JYB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars REO - Meh..... April 16, 2014
Format:MP3 Music
This is one of the few REO albums that I had never picked up or heard, so decided to give it a try recently. It was the last album of the Mike Murphy years with the band and although an ok effort, is nothing spectacular. The album was executive produced by Bill Szymcyk who is probably best known for his work with The Eagles. The influence shows as the band cover the Henley / Frey composition “Out Of Control” and many of the choruses and song production sound very similar to The Eagles, especially on tracks like “Candalera”. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but comes across a little odd for a Midwestern meat and potatoes rock n roll band. There are a lot of REO albums that I would purchase before this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Picture Misleading January 21, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Fast shipping but the picture is MISLEADING! There is a "demo" sticker on the album cover. But other than that the product was in great shape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REO Fan January 11, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ok, I'm biased, just like everything REO SPEEDWAGON. Some good tracks you never hear unless you attended REO SPEEDWAGON concerts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album December 6, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Couldn't find this album anywhere. The download sounded great and I was very happy to be able to get this album on mp3 download.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so R.E.O! June 30, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
All of my previous reviews of this album, (all one of them) are now to be considered null and void because, shamefully, I did not have my facts straight regarding who was the lead singer on each of the first five albums, namely 'R.E.O. Speedwagon', 'R.E.O.-T.W.O.', 'Ridin' the Storm Out' and, forgive me if I don't have the order right here, 'This Time We Mean It' and 'Lost In A Dream'. So, here is the correct list: Terry Luttrell, Kevin Cronin, Mike Murphy, Mike Murphy, Mike Murphy, and then Kevin Cronin from then on. So, there is the correction I needed to make.
R.E.O. has always said they have never been able to capture the on-stage energy of their live performances in the studio, and they are always correct about that. If you've ever heard one of their albums and then gone to see one of their concerts to promote that album, you absolutely know the truth of that statement. I don't know if they just don't get good mixing, good studios, good producing, whatever. But I'm convinced that a lot of the band just couldn't be less interested in the studio recording process. Regardless of who the frontman is at the time, the background vocals have almost always sucked; under-volume, undersung, and under-interesting. A lot of the time one can hardly hear them, much less make up what they're singing. Richrath never did have the strongest voice, but he did have a decent voice and could sing all right. Key word, boys: AMPLIFICATION! Turn it UP a bit, that's all, and then put some of your own energy into it and sing it with some conviction. It cannot possibly be that difficult to crank it up in the studio so that energy translates somewhat better onto the recording. I swear, God's honest truth, your 6th album, 'R.E.O.' the calfskin album, is truly one of my all-time favorite albums of yours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars REO's lost album October 26, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
This Time We Mean It is an interesting choice for an album title- they probably meant well but the results aren't up to par this time around. However if we were to remove the mediocre lounge-y opener called "Reelin" which is obviously the worst song on the album since the vocal melody is weak and the piano playing is generic, the rest of the material is pretty stellar. Still, I'd rather listen to Lost In a Dream or Ridin' the Storm Out.

"Dance" is an awesome song. It has a distinct Bay City Rollers-like vocal melody that has no relation whatsoever to the REO Speedwagon most of us associate with, but it's a *really* good melody so all is forgiven. "Gambler" has a power-driven set of vocals that's instantly melodic according to my tastes. The optimistic vibes I sense in the vocals really appeals to me. "Candalera" is similar but with a more country/rock tendency- it's really good. "Headed For a Fall" has even *stronger* country/rock vibes with an even better vocal melody. REO Speedwagon fans used to the radio favorites will be shocked upon hearing these songs.

"River Of Life" has a mushy vocal melody that captures the ballad-drenched mid 70's days and the chorus STILL sounds weird to me after a couple listens, but the Doobie Brothers-like vocals and the atmosphere (that reminds me of a train ride through the country for some reason) wins me over in the end. Sorry guys, this is NOT a cover version of Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver" concluding the album. This is actually better. Stepping away from the norm, the song opens with a really heavy grunge riff similar to Neil Young & Crazy Horse. VERY unusual choice for the band there. It leads into a soulful chorus with a steady beat and positive vibes perhaps similar to Van Morrison's classic stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of their best........ December 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Take heed: this is now available as a two for one set. This Time We Mean It/ R.E.O. are available right here on Amazon, so get it! This Time We Mean It is one of the five REO albums everyone should own. That is, it is their fifth album, and their first five albums were great. The material is strong and does not have much in common with a lot of the pop drivel that the band turned out after Kevin Cronin returned on R.E.O. in 1976. I'm not saying everything they have done with Cronin has been bad, definitely not, he was on T.W.O.; it's just that I think they rocked harder and kept more of the blues/boogie focus with Murphy and with Luttrell on the first (and also their best) album. This Time is worth owning.
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