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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2002)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B000066405
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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"The Hits" gives you what you expect from later day REO Speedwagon: power ballads with plenty of keyboards and synthezers to make you want to rock, but blush instead. Oh, don't be ashamed, Americas favorite guilty pleasure hard rock band is fun to listen to, and "the Hits" shows this side, while missing much of their harder rocking, garage days of the late 70's.

The hits are here: "Keep on Loving You" and "Can't Fight this Feeling" are known by many who listen to FM Rock or even adult contemporary radio. REO Speedwagon knew how to craft a killer power ballad, and that's what they did best. Once they found their strength, they used it to their ability to conquer charts and Top 40 radio, a territory most FM Rock staples used to miss, but started entering in the 80's (Foreigner, The Cars, Toto, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, Van Halen, etc.) REO Speedwagon joined their contempories in crafting commercially successful music, and weren't ashamed of it (hell, the acts make a lot more money from that, and have a chance at a lot more awards).

However, hard core REO Speedwagon fans will be disappointed that not more of their lesser known hard rock/garage songs weren't included. Yes "Ridin' the Storm Out", one of their hits from the older days, is included (brilliantly it is the last song, great way to end the album.) Besides that and few other cuts, it's mainly the newer power ballads and pop-rock songs, which might be a bummer to fans looking for the older sounding songs.

REO Speedwagon is a band many are ashamed to say they enjoyed, but why? They crafted killer power ballads, the kind of songs you could play for your boyfriend or girlfriend and know that they would be yours. Anything wrong with that? Didn't think so. Pick up this album and blush all over again.
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