The Second Decade of Rock and Roll, 1981-1991

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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The Second Decade of Rock and Roll should be spared, especially since their best song, "Keep on Loving You," has been replaced by a poorly ventured reggae version that sounds silly and out of place.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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974849223
  • Catalog Number: 748492
  • Sales rank: 18,068

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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