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Hi Infidelity Import, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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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|
After nearly a decade struggling through the midwest rock wars, REO Speedwagon landed on the top of the charts with this incredibly mainstream collection of power ballads and economic hard rock. As its name suggests, the band's strongest attribute is its inconspicuous nature. You never see it coming. Kevin Cronin has a serviceable voice and Gary Richrath is a solid if unspectacular lead player. "Keep On Loving You" was the huge hit and it sets the pattern for the power ballads that would take many a hard rock band to the top of the charts throughout the '80s. Other notable tracks are "Don't Let Him Go" and "Follow My Heart" which offer up simple platitudes about the trials and tribulations of love with a radio-ready sound that connected well with their audience. --Rob O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
"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.
Most recent customer reviews
I am a big REO Speedwagon fan from their early rock roots to more pop songs... their ability to stay current in the 60's through to the 80's reveals their diversity of style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ab
This CD was originally released in the 1980s. It is from a Progressive Rock Band of that era. The music is quite good and there is a Piano component to the Music. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Roller
The CD arrived quickly and in good condition; it will make a fine "blast from the past" addition to my music library.Published 22 months ago by Sandra Scherger
Its amazing that we can still get a CD where every song is a "winner".
Hi Infidelity was a hit the first time and its even better the second time around. Read more
this album. I'm sorry. I love all kinds of music really, from Metallica to Mozart (what I usually say) and this album is great. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2006 by B. W. Wilson