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You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051Y0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When I was in high school (class of 80!) my favorite classes were auto shop and electronics. One day in 1978 I worked on a guy's Jeep and took a peek inside his 8-track tape box. The guy had about 6 REO tapes and I thought "who are these guys?". I was a big Styx, Kansas, Kiss and Van Halen fan but never heard of them before. A few months later I helped a friend install a new Pioneer Supertuner 8-Track deck with Jensen tri-axel speakers, and we tested it out using his new tape - you guess it - their classic "Tuna" album! It sounded so great that I bought my own copy that night. It's been my favorite REO album ever since.

REO has always been a classic bar band "made good" at heart. At the time they were relentlessly touring across the mid-southwest while building up a following of die-hard fans. REO finally went platinum with thier 1977 Live album (sadly chopped up on CD - the Vinyl LP is still the definitive version), which set the stage for "Tuna", and 2 years later leading to a nationwide breakthrough with "Hi Infidelity".

The great things about this album - excellent songwriting from Cronin and Richrath, a wide variety of styles with tight musicianship, going from all-out rockers, sweet ballads, and midtempo pop-rock. After being unfocused for so many years, REO finally got it's act together on one album to become a great Album Rock band. REO was never ment to be a "Critic's Darling" - they were a band for teenagers and working class young adults who wanted to party and Rock!

Compared to the reverbed-to-death "Hi Infidelity" and "Good Trouble" LP's - the production of "Tuna" still sounds clean and well recorded. The new CD is a huge improvement in sound quality over the old CD that was released in the 80's.
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REO Speedwagon.... To me, their studio albums were never as good as the live performance. However, when this album came out they finally figured out how to capture the intensity. This is truly a great recording.
Every REO fan should have this in the collection.
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Ok, so this was just a slick pop album and probably the hard-rock and art-rock snobs hated it. Musically, there's nothing original here, and lyrically there's probably nothing original either (how many more song about getting over disappearing love does the world need?). But damnit, slick pop or not, this is good stuff! When I'm in a REALLY bad mood, I put on the headphones and play this at maximum volume. This is one of the most listened-to albums in my collection (I must be in a bad mood pretty often). It rocks. Gary Richrath's guitar work is intense, showing that you can have fiery playing in pop music. And when Neal Doughty's keyboards poke their way up past the guitars, they add a rollicking bouncy feel that nonetheless remains consistent with the intense sound of the guitars. (Think of Jerry Lee Lewis and how much power he could pull out of a piano.)
This is also a great album because there's no "filler" in it. Every song is good.
Do yourself a favor. If you're not already familiar with this album but you've brushed off the band because of their later mushy stuff, then ignore the critics and don't worry about their other albums -- just give this a listen a few times.
For comparison, this is very different from the mushy, awful album High Infidelity. It has a lot in common with their live album "You Get What You Play For", which I also highly recommend if you like this "hard pop" style.
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Growing up in the late 70's and 80's...the best time for creativity and plainly put, good clean rock-n-roll, "Tuna Fish" by REO Speedwagon is in my opinion their best. I have owned just about every incarnation of this release since it's debut. As such, I just purchased the latest remaster by RockCandy. Every remaster they do has been above and beyond expectation. That being said, I can only give this a 4 out of 5 rating for the simple fact that the 2000 remaster by the band itself is spot on with production, clarity, and crispness. When Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath and Alan Gratzer are invoved you can't expect nothing less. The only positive that can separate the 2000 release from 2013 release by RockCandy is that the former has the lyrics. The latter has booklet with interviews and band info minus the lyrics. I have BOSE surround sound and they audio is identical. I did not need to adjust volume and the instruments and vocals were the same. Buyer need only decide between lyrics and interviews as well as the price. It's about a $10.00 difference. Nothing against RockCandy....it's just that the guys of REO know what they're doing too. GOD BLESS!!! Enjoy!
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This is just opinion of course. It seems that many bands start out with weakish efforts, then climb to a peak, then decline into pop-ish mediocrity. At the beginning the die hard fans love it, toward the end the Top 40 fans (mostly women?) like it more. Styx fans find Grand Illusion to be the peak, yet girls like "Babe". Rush fans find "Moving Pictures" to be the peak, with softer radio songs to follow. To hard core metal fans, Metallica's first few albums are their best, peaking with Master of Puppets, while the black album is the peak for more mainstream fans. ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith had similar paths.

To similar thinkers, Tuna Fish is REO's peak. If you like this style of music, while the album isn't considered long by today's standards, there isn't any filler. I never hit the > button. Every song is good.

And if you don't like the style, well... there is always "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling" to look forward to - fine songs in their own right, but softer ballads than you will find on this album. Or looking backward, You Get What You Play For is the right place to start.
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