Wheels Are Turnin'

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Wheels Are Turnin' blends clear, crisp ballads with high-energy pop
ock, which eventually gave REO Speedwagon four Top 40 singles, the same amount as Hi Infidelity credited them with four years earlier. Kevin Cronin's writing is rock-solid, a delightful turnaround from 1982's Good Trouble album. As one of the band's best ballads, "Can't Fight This Feeling" puts an elegant piano riff in front of Cronin's earnest voice, presenting REO with its second number one single, while "I Do' Wanna Know" is a turbulent ride of clean-cut guitar and up-and-down piano that comes off as well-crafted pop with a bite. Every track has the band sounding ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Wheels Are Turnin' blends clear, crisp ballads with high-energy pop
ock, which eventually gave REO Speedwagon four Top 40 singles, the same amount as Hi Infidelity credited them with four years earlier. Kevin Cronin's writing is rock-solid, a delightful turnaround from 1982's Good Trouble album. As one of the band's best ballads, "Can't Fight This Feeling" puts an elegant piano riff in front of Cronin's earnest voice, presenting REO with its second number one single, while "I Do' Wanna Know" is a turbulent ride of clean-cut guitar and up-and-down piano that comes off as well-crafted pop with a bite. Every track has the band sounding sharper and more alive, with even the less-extravagant material like "Break His Spell" and "Thru the Window" emanating merit. "One Lonely Night" throws the spotlight on Cronin's voice, proving that his expertise at carrying out the slow stuff hasn't dwindled, while "Live Every Moment" rounds out the last of the singles from the album, hitting number 34 in August of 1985, eight months after Wheels Are Turnin' achieved its number-seven mark on the U.S. charts. With production, songwriting, and tight instrumentation wisely dished out in equal portions, Wheels Are Turnin' was evidence that REO Speedwagon could still make some gratifying rock & roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972510224
  • Catalog Number: 725102
  • Sales rank: 36,150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
REO Speedwagon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bruce Bass Guitar
Kevin Cronin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Ad-Libs
Bill Cuomo Performing Ensemble
Neal Doughty Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Steve Forman Percussion, Conga, Shaker
Tommy Funderburk Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Gratzer Drums
Bruce Hall Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tom Kelly Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Page Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Richrath Guitar, Electric Guitar, wah wah guitar
Technical Credits
Kevin Cronin Producer
Bill Cuomo Orchestration
David DeVore Engineer
Alan Gratzer Producer
Steve Hall Mastering
Gary Richrath Producer
Randee St. Nicholas Cover Photo
Ron Larson Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic REO Speedwagon

    Wheel are Turnin' is a very good album. I'd give it 5 stars except I want to leave room for Hi Infidelity and Find Your Own Way Home. There is one huge romantic ballad on it, Can't Fight This Feeling, which I learned on Friday, took 10 years to write. If you want a lot of songs like that one, buy The Ballads instead. This is a lively, dance-able rock album, not pop like Building The Bridge, or hard rock like Nine Lives. My favorite song on it is probably Live Every Moment. It is unusual in that there is a song by Niel Doughty, the keyboard player. Also, Bruce Hall does not sing lead on this album, Kevin Cronin sings lead on every song. REO Speedwagon is a light-hearted band, and you can hear that in Rock 'n Roll Star, and I Do' Wanna Know, which has the silliest rock video I have ever seen. The romantic themes never turn explicit on this album, so children need not be protected, as they should be from songs like Go For Broke.

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