REO Speedwagon – “The Hits”

The Sleeve:
105_5103A 105_5103B

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
REO Speedwagon’s hits – you know this is going to be a great album, filled with break-up tracks (among other things). So, let’s go!
The album opens with the track “I Don’t Want to Lose You” – and it’s a good track, but you gotta give it to them for the chorus, well, the musicianship rocks, and so do the vocals, it makes for a great opening track. “I don’t want to lose you, I don’t want to lose the best love that I ever found…” up next comes the song “Here With Me” – which is great simply for the piano opening, it is amazing. Then the vocals come in, and you know what, I’m pretty sure this is another break-up track, “I don’t know where you are, but I need you here with me.” – I really like REO Speedwagon for this album. Then comes the track “Roll With the Changes” – and it makes for a pretty amazing power ballad in my opinion with amazing musicianship, especially all that guitar playing. Definitely loving it. This album this far has a pretty nice feel good vibe to it. After that comes the track “Keep On Loving You” – pretty sure this is break up song number four. “and I meant, every word that I said… and I’m gonna keep on loving you.” (yes, I left out a whole line.) the guitar solo though. Beautiful. Then comes the track “That Ain’t Love” (Break-up song number 5) – and well, it’s still pretty amazing. I’m definitely enjoying this album more than anyone should. Then comes break up song number six. “Take It On the Run” closes off the A-Side, and my lord this is one of my favorite Speedwagon tracks. The vocals are amazing, the musicianship is great. Simply an amazing closing track.

The B-Side opens with “Don’t Let Him Go” – and the drum part at the beginning reminds me of David Bowie’s “Panic in Detroit” – but hey, it’s a good track! I don’t think it’s a break-up song either, it’s more along the lines of getting the guy. Oh, look another personal favorite Speedwagon song of mine – “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” – which is another song about getting the girl this time! “And I can’t fight this feeling anymooore…” yea, this is one of my favorites. It’s definitely another power love ballad. “Keep Pushin’” follows next, which opens with some nice guitar playing and drums. It’s a pretty decent song, unfortunately it’s like the one song I don’t enjoy, but hey atleast it’s amazing, right? I know. After that comes “In My Dreams” – which is a slower song, and it definitely has that late to mid 80’s feel to it, (I’d be correct, since it was released in 87.) Then comes the one track that helped me through my April 2014 break-up, “Time For Me to Fly” which is basically the narrative of my relationship. But hey, you didn’t come here for that. It’s a pretty amazing track, and hey it was used in the movie “Grown-Ups” – the musicianship is amazing, and the vocals are superb. “I’m tired of holding onto a feeling I know is gone.” The album closes with the song “Ridin’ the Storm Out” – which was unreleased at the time, and had only been performed live, therefore, this is a live recording – and to be truly honest, this was the first Speedwagon song I had ever heard, and it made me fall in love with the band. The lyrics and musicianship are absolutely stunning. Great closing track.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – I Don’t Want to Lose You
A2 – Here With Me
A3 – Roll With the Changes
A4 – Keep On Loving You
A5 – That Ain’t Love
A6 – Take It On the Run

B1 – Don’t Let Me Go
B2 – Can’t Fight This Feeling
B3 – Keep Pushin’
B4 – In My Dreams
B5 – Time for Me to Fly
B6 – Ridin’ The Storm Out

Label:
Epic Records

Catalog Number:
OE 44202

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Design – David Coleman
Photography – Harry Mittman
Art Direction – Tony Lane & Nancy Donald

Other Albums I Own by REO Speedwagon:
A Decade of Rock and Roll, 1970 – 1980
Hi Infidelity

Released:
1988

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