The Balladsby REO Speedwagon
At one time, REO Speedwagon were considered hard rockers, or at least arena rockers. Over time, their harder-rocking material was forgotten, and their true talent surfaced -- namely, power ballads. Along with Journey, REO Speedwagon was one of the first groups to develop the power ballad -- the distinctive blend of anthemic melodies, slow tempos, big guitars and big hooks. They had their biggest hits with power ballads, so it makes sense that Epic would assemble a collection, appropriately titled Ballads, that contains all of them on one disc. As it happens, Ballads features all but one of their Top Ten hits ("Keep the Fire Burnin'" is the absent party), plus a pair of new songs, "Just for You" and "'Til the Rivers Run Dry." Naturally, the well-known hits ("Time for Me to Fly," "Keep on Loving You," "Can't Fight This Feeling," "Take It on the Run") dominate, especially since they're sandwiched between the two new songs on the first side. Nothing -- not the pleasant new songs, not the listenable album tracks, not the acceptable also-ran singles -- matches those songs, which sound all the stronger when they're sequenced together. Still, that doesn't make Ballads a weak listen, since the second-tier material here is among REO's best and helps elevate this collection to one of their most enjoyable albums. After all, their albums were frequently dotted with filler, and one benefit of a compilation is that it leaves the filler behind.
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Performance CreditsREO Speedwagon Primary Artist
Dave Amato Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
David Campbell Conductor
Kevin Cronin Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Neal Doughty Keyboards
Bruce Hall Bass Guitar
Bryan Hitt Drums
Technical CreditsTom Lord-Alge Producer
Peter Asher Producer
Kevin Beamish Producer
David Campbell String Arrangements
David Coleman Artwork,Art Direction,Illustrations,Cover Photo
Kevin Cronin Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Musical Supervision
Eddie DeLena Engineer
David DeVore Producer
Noel Golden Engineer
Alan Gratzer Producer
Paul Grupp Producer
Jesse Harms Producer
Tom Kelly Composer
Greg Ladanyi Producer
Gary Richrath Producer
Aaron Rapoport Back Cover
Jefferson Denim Packaging Manager
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Wow! This CD rocks! Great eighties ballads that you can sing along with!
REO has always been my 2nd favorite groups, after Styx of course. And can yous believe that those 2 bands are touring together this summers? I can not waits!! This REO tape is totally mint deluxe - it's all of their beautiful ballads on one tape. It's so good you'll weeps.