|1. I Don't Want to Lose You|
|2. Here With Me|
|3. Roll With the Changes|
|4. Keep on Loving You|
|5. That Ain't Love|
|6. Take It on the Run|
|7. In My Dreams|
|8. Don't Let Him Go|
|9. Can't Fight This Feeling|
|10. Keep Pushin'|
|11. Time for Me to Fly|
|12. One Lonely Night|
|13. Back on the Road Again|
|14. Ridin' the Storm Out|
"I Don't Want To Lose You" sets the stage on this album. It lets you know what's in store. What follows is a songlist of primarily power ballads with a few rockers thrown in for good measure. "Keep On Loving You," "In My Dreams," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "Here With Me" are all included. The cautious tale "One Lonely Night" shows a darker side to love songs. The rockers here include a live version of the "last song, people" biggie "Ridin' The Storm Out," "Roll With The Changes," and "Keep Pushin'."
Other songs that I enjoyed on this album include "I Don't Want to Lose You" and "Time For Me To Fly."
These guys, along with bands like Styx, Foreigner, etc. often catch a lot of flack for sounding too slick to be considered real rock bands. Don't let that deter you from the fact that these bands knew how to make hit records. You may question their motives, but in the end every band is in it for the money, no matter what they say. So take this album for what it is. It's a good compilation of huge commercial hits for a good band. It's also a "sure thing" when you want to get that special someone in the right mood......
Having established that, the Hits, which came out a year after REO's last studio album of the 80's, 1987's Life As We Know It, encapsulated material from their R.E.O. 76 album up to Life As We Know It, with two new songs. The first one, the intense and yearning "I Don't Want To Lose You," was written by the team of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg (Heart, Bangles) and the languid "Here With Me," which was a close cousin to "In My Dreams" released the previous year.
Life As We Know It was released when I first got into them and,"That Ain't Love" was quite a rocker by their standards, as I had the preconception that they were mellow rock like latter day Chicago, but no, this fiery affirmation that "say what you want to hear, do what you want to do" ain't love, told me otherwise.
However, the third single, co-penned by lead singer Kevin Cronin and ace songwriter Tom Kelly, "In My Dreams" sounded more what I expected to hear, soaring lead vocals, inoffensive harmonies, in other words, the mainstream rock ballad.Read more ›
Dont hesitate to get this CD I play it all the time along with my Journey greatest hits!
This compilation of best hits by REO Speedwagon is a must-have for the fans. It's time you put away those long player records and cassettes and enjoy REO on compact disc!
All the wonderful hits are here; possibly the best ballads ever written Can't Fight This Feeling, and Keep On Loving You; the cool charmers Roll With The Changes, Don't Let Him Go, Take It On The Run, and Keep Pushin'.
The 80's cannot sound any sweeter than this.