The Second Decade of Rock and Roll, 1981-1991 by REO Speedwagon | 886974849223 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Second Decade of Rock and Roll, 1981-1991

The Second Decade of Rock and Roll, 1981-1991

by REO Speedwagon
     
 

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Fans of live material will thoroughly enjoy this handpicked hit-and-miss 18-track compilation of REO Speedwagon's hits recorded during the band's mid- to late-'80s tours. Most of the songs work well in a live environment, with songs like "Tough Guys," "I Do' Wanna Know," and "Keep the Fire Burning" coming out on top, harnessing the most energy while keeping with their

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Fans of live material will thoroughly enjoy this handpicked hit-and-miss 18-track compilation of REO Speedwagon's hits recorded during the band's mid- to late-'80s tours. Most of the songs work well in a live environment, with songs like "Tough Guys," "I Do' Wanna Know," and "Keep the Fire Burning" coming out on top, harnessing the most energy while keeping with their original form. Only six of the tracks are from the studio, with "Shakin' It Loose" being the most spirited, as the others are mediocre REO efforts ("L.I.A.R," "Live Every Moment," "Love Is a Rock"). As a hits package, though, The Second Decade of Rock and Roll should be spared, especially since their best song, "Keep on Loving You," has been replaced by a poorly ventured reggae version that sounds silly and out of place. While the ballads are kept to a minimum, some of their less accomplished material could have been replaced with some of their '70s work from Tuna Fish or even REO. Tracks like "Live It Up" and "One Too Many Girlfriends" represent their late-'80s disappointments in The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog, and a Chicken and Life As We Know It, sounding a wee bit uninspired. For what it's worth, Doughty's Hammond organ revitalizes much of the live material while, on the other hand, the absence of Gary Richrath's feverish guitar playing is sadly missed on a few of the newer tunes. The Second Decade shouldn't be deemed crucial, as only a few of its tracks are truly worthy of owning.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974849223
catalogNumber:
748492
Rank:
22698

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

REO Speedwagon   Primary Artist
Cara Lee Day   Background Vocals
Bob Carlisle   Background Vocals
Dave Amato   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kevin Cronin   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Neal Doughty   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Steve Forman   Conga,Shaker
Tommy Funderburk   Background Vocals
Alan Gratzer   Drums,Background Vocals
Bruce Hall   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jesse Harms   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Graham Lear   Drums
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Gary Richrath   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Bryan Hitt   Percussion,Drums
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Melanie Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Tom Lord-Alge   Producer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Kevin Cronin   Producer
David DeVore   Producer
Alan Gratzer   Producer
Jesse Harms   Producer
Gary Richrath   Producer
Jim Scott   Producer
John Swenson   Liner Notes

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