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Hi Infidelity [Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, Import]

REO Speedwagon Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Don't Let Him Go
2. Keep On Loving You
3. Follow My Heart
4. In Your Letter
5. Take It On The Run
6. Tough Guys
7. Out Of Season
8. Shakin' It Loose
9. Someone Tonight
10. I Wish You Were There

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
...heard it from another that this album is great! I was a freshman in high school when this one was released. I'd never heard much from REO before, but it was impossible to ignore this album. Hi Infidelity was a "must have" for most people. It's THAT good. It's got the popular ballads, but there are also some great rockin' tunes like Tough Guys, Shakin' It Loose, and Someone Tonight.
I originally gave it 4 stars, but I'm switching it to 5. This album is pretty much flawless. There are no bad songs on here.
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By From the Musician's Pen TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a classic 80's album - actually it was released in 1980. Some people criticize it because they prefer the band's earlier, more rocking sound. Like it or not, it was this album that propelled them into superstars. I'm not a huge fan of the band either way but I do know this album had more radio played hits than can be found on any of their hits compilation CD's.

The first 6 songs on this album were radio played hits. "Don't Let Him Go', Take It On the Run" and "Keep On Loving You" are usually found on their hits CD's. "Tough Guys", "In Your Letter" and "Follow My Heart" are harder to find and It was good to hear them again. It's worth getting a copy of this album for these songs and to hear how the whole album fit together as originally intended by the band. The remaining 4 songs aren't hit worthy but they're not terrible either. Personally, I can't see why "Tough Guys" and "Follow My Heart" aren't as popular any more as the other hits because they sound similar enough. However, "In Your Letter" hasn't aged as well - it's very catchy but sounds like it's from the early 1960's (it was already "dated" sounding in 1981).

The reason for deducting stars...
The remastering is WAY TOO LOUD. Any dynamics have been squashed out of the music. The versions found on 1988's "The Hits" CD are quieter but more natural and have no added compression so you get the full dynamics. Both the 20th Anniversary and 30th anniversary editions have gotten progressively louder remastering. People are claiming they sound better, that they can hear things in the mix now that they couldn't before, etc. but really it's made a lot louder and everything is more up front.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, come on, lighten up June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, you. You know you went to at least one REO concert in the '80s, assuming you were born by then. And as much as you may consider yourself an upstanding citizen who now listens to more legitimate talents such as Dave Matthews -- okay, I make little joke -- you and I both know that there's a place in your heart for this stuff. It's okay: I won't tell anyone.
Maybe you had to be there, but if you were, I'm betting that you'll know what I mean when I say that there's something that's just plain timeless and fun about this one. It takes itself so very seriously, but it's not *entirely* unjustified in doing so -- especially considering that these were fairly dark days for music, and folks like Styx were running around instigating much greater crimes against humanity than were on display here. _Hi Infidelity_ shows melody and exuberance and overproduction and fairly atrocious lyrics slammed together into one big piece of something that I persist in believing is actually fairly decent, all things considered. Your mileage may vary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Several classics and a lot of filler Feb. 6 2004
By Joe Lee
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality has been boosted, that's for sure. "Keep on Loving You" and "Take it on the Run" finally broke these road warriors wide open, but it was a mixed blessing--the pop sound of the aforementioned mega-hits raised expectations for more pop hits and compromised the quality of their music. Critics have bashed this band for selling out, but these two songs stand tall among the pop music which was generated circa 1980.
"Don't Let Him Go" was a Top 40 hit and rocks pretty hard, as does the album cut "Tough Guys." But you'll need to look hard to find lyrics more shallow and sophomoric, especially on the latter. "In Your Letter" was also a hit and more of a sing-along, and the ballad "I Wish You Were There" is a tear-jerker. Other than the two huge hits, there really isn't much to recommend this one. If you're new to the band, you might want to pick up "The Hits," which contains everything from the power ballad era as well as high-end up-tempo work like "Roll With The Changes." There are also compliations out there which feature the band's seminal work, which include great tracks like "Riding The Storm Out," "Music Man," "Keep Pushin'" and "Golden Country." The early, live "You Get What You Play For," with its great "157 Riverside Avenue," shows the fire the band could generate in concert once upon a time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so sorry, but this album is AWFUL! Jan. 11 2004
By Jim
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this album, Hi Infedelity totally ruined this band. Why is it that when a band starts off as a real rock n rollin band, then add some 'pop' to their sound, which will get them airplay, and people jump on the band--wagon, they immediately go down the tubes? Look at what happened with Rush! Tuna Fish AND Nine Lives are far, FAR superior to this one, yet they never got the airplay this one got. I didn't get it then, and I still don't get it now. I heard 'keep on loving you' at work one day around the time it was released and I couldn't believe what I was hearing from Richrath and the boys. I remember some call-in show where a lady was asked about this album and I still remember what she said..."they sound so wimpy". Very well said. I had the pleasure (or maybe it was the misfortune) of standing on the barrier 3 feet in front of Richrath during the Nine lives tour. That was nice, but the man kept spitting on everyone, including me (he just gets into it I guess). GREAT SHOW though. Then I went to check them out a few years later during this tour, and wound up getting a police escort to the police man's station (I missed the show). But I am getting off subject here. This album is totally pop, and I DON'T like it!
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