The Essential REO Speedwagon

The Essential 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." In other words, all the big hits could have been assembled on a single-disc collection, but Epic/Legacy's 2004 release The Essential REO Speedwagon is a sprawling double-disc, 33-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: 08/10/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998601529
catalogNumber: 86015
Rank: 6641

Album Credits

Performance Credits

REO Speedwagon   Primary Artist
Dave Amato   Group Member
Kevin Cronin   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Neal Doughty   Group Member
Bruce Hall   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Gary Richrath   Guitar
Bryan Hitt   Group Member
Mike Murphy   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Lord-Alge   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
Kevin Beamish   Producer
Rick Braun   Composer
Kevin Cronin   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
David DeVore   Producer
Neal Doughty   Composer
Alan Gratzer   Composer,Producer
Paul Grupp   Producer
Bruce Hall   Composer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Jesse Harms   Producer
John Henning   Producer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer
Paul Leka   Producer
Terry Luttrell   Composer
Gregg Philbin   Composer
Gary Richrath   Composer,Producer
John Stronach   Producer
Mike Murphy   Composer
Aaron Rapoport   Cover Photo
Neil Zlozower   Packaging
Gary Gershoff   Tray Photo
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
Chris Lutrell   Composer
Kevin Olsen   Producer
Susan Hargrove   Packaging Manager
R. Scott Horn   Packaging
Michael N. Marks   Packaging
James Peterik   Composer

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