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TypeReleasedRecordedRYM Rating category
ArtistREO Speedwagon
Album
January 1977
1976
3.65 / 5.00.5 indigenous 231 ratings

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SkinnyRobbie Jul 09 2005 4.00 stars
Why would someone v music taste as great as mine offer a damn about this album, or REO Speedwagon in general? before this document was released, REO to be nobodies the couldn't obtain a document played on the radio also after 5 straight albums on gigantic Epic Records. Had actually Kevin Cronin continued to be in the band, your success would have actually happened sooner than 1977, therefore I finished up make the efforts to uncover the an excellent in this under-appreciated band. As soon as Cronin come back, I had actually a hunch REO's luck would certainly change, and it did. Approximately this point, my friends made funny of me because that listening to bands like REO and also Slade, due to the fact that they weren't well-known like Kiss and also Zep. And also in a flash, every dork in the high institution halls had on REO t-shirts. I basked in the "told ya so" little for a while, however while mine friends all played their REO 8-tracks, I moved on to other unpopular artists, choose The Dead Boys, which reverted me to the dunce corner.You acquire What girlfriend Play because that is a staple of the 'Dazed and Confused' era the 70's kitsch. The pushes the exact same buttons the Kiss Alive and Frampton Comes alive did before it and also takes no threats musically. This is what REO wanted and also it's what epos wanted. I mean there's nothing wrong through that. The band would never be the exact same again. Because that a couple of years, they ongoing making listenable, if predictable, albums. Then, in stimulate to store up through the brand-new generation of 80's kids, they marketed their souls come MTV and glossy pop, making them the (deserved) butt of absent satire because that the remainder of musical eternity. This album is the retro-fit minute of glory in REO's exhaustive back catalog. Taken because that what the is, it's an enjoyable, if mindless, drive in the back seat that a '71 Plymouth Duster.
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skirmani Feb 15 2020 4.50 stars
who would have actually thought the the 70's REO would certainly be virtually 180 degrees from what I prospered up listening to throughout the 80's. I started my journey through "Wheels room turning" and dabbled v a few albums from the 80's and also then furthar on in the 90's. Tiny did I recognize that the 70's era sound was favor true Rock and Roll, loud, aggressive, guitar solos, remarkable bass and also then the drums.This album has it all. The music entirely overshadows the singing, not that the singing is poor but the musicians room so much in synch, the this is a treat to listen to. Ns knew a couple of the songs, favor Son the a negative man, keep pushin, speak the storm, yet those space not the highlights. The whole recording is actually the highlight and also the album closer is an epic number.Gary Richrath is phenomenal here, the sounds favor it is his band and his guitar dominates. Dougherty, Philbin and also Gratzer provide him ample support to make this a genuine rocker.Highlights: Everything, yet if I had actually to pick a few, gold Country; like we do; put me down; I believe our time; Gary's solo; 157 Riverside Ave
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I very first saw this team on TV in the late seventies ~ above the classic music show 'Don Kirschner's' absent concert. Ns was hooked, and also immediately bought this double album. In the days prior to online music (and internet...), budgeting was necessary and a dual live record was ideal. Among the far better purchases ns have ever before made. It has actually a good live sound, and also there is a reason why they replaced Mike Murphy v Kevin Cronin. His vocals (and songs) added a feeling of completion to the already excellent creating of Gary Richrath. Highlights are 'Like girlfriend Do', 'Being Kind', 'Summer Love', 'Poor Man', 'Golden Country'. And the timeless classic 'Ridin' the Storm Out'. In the live form, that tune is precious the price that this LP alone. Forget every little thing you understand or think girlfriend know about this team from the syrupy sound that their extremely successful 80's am albums (Hi-Infidelity etc). This is the arena absent sound as it have to be heard. Small gripe - and also not around the album, but it's to be bugging me for many years. I remember listening to an FM rock station in Winnipeg one night in the beforehand eighties, and also they were acquisition requests because that a playlist around storms. I referred to as in and offered the over mentioned song. The DJ (who ns respected and liked) hadn't heard the it and didn't add it come the playlist. Five well, what might have to be - perhaps some previously fame could have come their way!