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REO Speedwagon

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REO Speedwagon album cover
Gypsy Woman's Passion
157 Riverside Avenue
Anti Establishment Man
Lay Me Down
Sophisticated Lady
Five Men Were Killed Today
Dead At Last
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Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 38:19

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Great Boogie Tunes & More


I remember when this music(album) came out.It was the year I graduated from high school. By it,s release I had left home. Renting a house with a couple friends.Having grown up in this special time of great change. Music and the bands making it were special. Most had a message to relate. Example "Five Men Were Killed Today" and we listened, if the music was great too!" REO" really made an impact with the hard driving tunes in this album. An absolute given addition in any road trip collection. Those of you who like to have your boogie senses juiced know what I mean. I have seen this band five times. And each time was special, and better.I witnessed how they went through their changes with different lead singers.They endured, and so did the style of music in this work.It is still one of my all time favorites. knifephil "71"

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Just the good ol’ boys, back before the controversial (love him or loathe him) Kevin Cronin made REO top-heavy with ballads. Curly crooner Cronin did provide some smooth yin to fiery axe-kicker Gary Richrath’s rough yang, so this platter drops some rather faceless barroom boogie. But unsung keyboardist Neal Doughty’s chops are as sharp as ever, and REO would salvage the smoking “Sophisticated Lady” and the sleazy anthem “157 Riverside Avenue” for their never-ending live oeuvre. Most songs are good, hard bits with nary a trace of Hi Infidelity’s infectious bubble rock. You know the amount of subtlety expected from a band that titles a tune “Prison Women” (later appearing on the premium Jailhouse Rock: Hits from the Big House collection). Like most old-timers, a return to these earthy roots would no doubt help REO out in their latter, uninspired years. – Whitney Z. Gomes

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