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Essential REO Speedwagon [3.0]
     

The Essential REO Speedwagon [3.0]

by REO Speedwagon
 

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REO Speedwagon reached the Billboard charts 24 times. Not all of those were big hits, of course. Some of the early singles barely qualified for the Hot 100, while some of the latter-day hits made no waves outside of the Mainstream Rock charts, which means that they are relatively unheard by the pop audience that loved Hi Infidelity and "Can't Fight This Feeling

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REO Speedwagon reached the Billboard charts 24 times. Not all of those were big hits, of course. Some of the early singles barely qualified for the Hot 100, while some of the latter-day hits made no waves outside of the Mainstream Rock charts, which means that they are relatively unheard by the pop audience that loved Hi Infidelity and "Can't Fight This Feeling." In other words, all the big hits could have been assembled on a single-disc collection, but Essentials 3.0 is a sprawling triple-disc, 41-track history. There's a reason for that. The extra space gives plenty of room for the band -- and Kevin Cronin was indeed a co-producer on this set -- to show that they weren't just a power ballad powerhouse, that they also rocked hard and stretched out on occasion. Consequently, The Essential is more of a history than a standard hits collection. If anything, the hits take a back seat, with the first big anthem, "Roll With the Changes," not showing up until track 13 and Hi Infidelity not rearing its head until the second disc. If you just want the hits, the appropriately titled 1988 collection The Hits will serve those up, but Essential digs deeper, hitting nearly all of the key album tracks, concert staples, and fan favorites, drawing a picture of a band that was more muscular and complex than the hits, particularly power ballads like "Can't Fight This Feeling," would suggest. It's not for every listener, but for those fans who want more than the hits but don't want full-length albums, this is the perfect solution.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886975409327
catalogNumber:
754093

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

REO Speedwagon   Primary Artist
Kevin Cronin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Lord-Alge   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Kevin Beamish   Producer
Kevin Cronin   Producer
David DeVore   Producer
Alan Gratzer   Producer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Jesse Harms   Producer
John Henning   Producer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer
Paul Leka   Producer
REO Speedwagon   Producer
Gary Richrath   Producer
John Stronach   Producer
Aaron Rapoport   Cover Photo
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Susan Hargrove   Packaging Manager
M. Murphy   Composer
R. Braun   Composer
James Peterik   Composer
Billy Rose   Producer
T. Kelly   Composer

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