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The Hits [Original recording remastered]

R.E.O. Speedwagon Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Power Ballads Galore April 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you're a big fan of the power ballad, let me introduce you to the flagship band of that genre(with Journey as a close second). REO Speedwagon falls into that fateful category caught between hard rockers and pretty boy posers. But don't count that against them. These songs are good. They might get a little sugary at times, but, overall, this is a solid album of big hits for the 'Wagon.
"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......
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4.0 out of 5 stars REO's best from late 70's to 80's March 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
The groups Foreigner, Foghat, Styx, Journey, Air Supply, and the subject of this review, REO Speedwagon, can cause a lot of debate among music fans due to the "corporate rock" effect that took place in the 1970's, where artists' albums were guaranteed platinum sales if they became part of the well-oiled machinery that may have yielded hits on the radio, but remained in an uninspired and uninnovative cozy rut. As someone into all kinds of music, I find myself in a very untenable position. I like REO Speedwagon, yet I like classic punk and disco, two genres of music that broke the musical cul-de-sac America seemed to be going into.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent band, excellent compilation Sept. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
REO Speedwagon have been called "one of the superpowers of Arena Rock." Ever since they started releasing albums, they have been a band that almost never fails to please. Having heard many of the band's songs on the radio and having enjoyed them, I bought this compilation. Read on to see how it measures up.
First of all, the pros. You get just about every major hit the band has ever had (Roll With The Changes, Keep On Loving You, Take It On The Run, Can't Fight This Feeling, Time For Me To Fly, and Ridin' the Storm Out.) These songs still get radioplay to this date, and with good reason. Also, the compilation doesn't just rely on the hits. The opener, I Don't Want To Lose You, demonstrates beautifully that a band's big hits aren't always the best tracks. Here With Me and That Ain't Love further demonstrate this.
As good as this compilation is, it's not perfect. The major problem is that it overemphasizes the band's eighties material (these were their "power ballad" years.) Most of the band's hard rock material came out in the seventies, and sadly, this compilation deprived us of some excellent cuts. Likewise, It doesn't quite fill the eighty minutes that can fit on a CD. Surely, at least two more tracks, preferably from the seventies, could have filled that gap.
Final verdict? If you're a casual fan of this band, or maybe you just like a song or two, this is the compilation for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation May 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
REO Speedwagon have been called "one of the superpowers of Arena Rock." Ever since they started releasing albums, they have been a band that almost never fails to please. Having heard many of the band's songs on the radio and having enjoyed them, I bought this compilation. Read on to see how it measures up.
First of all, the pros. You get just about every major hit the band has ever had (Roll With The Changes, Keep On Loving You, Take It On The Run, Can't Fight This Feeling, Time For Me To Fly, and Ridin' the Storm Out.) These songs still get radioplay to this date, and with good reason. Also, the compilation doesn't just rely on the hits. The opener, I Don't Want To Lose You, demonstrates beautifully that a band's big hits aren't always the best tracks. Here With Me and That Ain't Love further demonstrate this.
As good as this compilation is, it's not perfect. The major problem is that it overemphasizes the band's eighties material (these were their "power ballad" years.) Most of the band's hard rock material came out in the seventies, and sadly, this compilation deprived us of some excellent cuts. Likewise, It doesn't quite fill the eighty minutes that can fit on a CD. Surely, at least two more tracks, preferably from the seventies, could have filled that gap.
Final verdict? If you're a casual fan of this band, or maybe you just like a song or two, this is the compilation for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars R.E.O. Speedwagon
Bought this for the two songs that are so very memorable. The rest of the cd is fine and a god addition to my music library.
Published 14 months ago by Red the Wonderer
5.0 out of 5 stars comme je voulais
merci pour le cd en très bon état et comme le je voulais...il marche comme un neuf et merci encore
Published 17 months ago by micheline
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits
Everything promised, delivered. Very satisfied. Lots of old songs brought back some wonderful memories. We absolutely loved the disc. thanks.
Published 17 months ago by Randall Sugden
5.0 out of 5 stars REO A Power Band that still Rocks after 25 years!
This album is really impressive and contains all of REO's major hits including the top ten hits from the Hi infeidelity album to the wheels are turnin. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A great single disc REO Speedwagon best of!!!
This is a great single disc REO Speedwagon best of!!! The hits:Time For Me To Fly,I Can't Fight This Feeling,Ride The Storm Out,Keep On Loving You, there all here!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars The 80's can't sound any sweeter than this
The 1980's music scene established synch pop as a modern sound. It also introduced rap and pop. The highlight of that era, however, was the low key, softer and more intelligent... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2003 by S. Sarhan
3.0 out of 5 stars A good offering of greatest hits
REO Speedwagon pumped out some big hits and they are included on this album. Great album for a fan of the band and a fan or the era.
Published on Nov. 16 2003 by Alicia Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars 80s Arena Rock at its Best
REO Speedwagon personified the decade of 80s rock with their excellent blend of Gary Richrath's guitar, Neal Doughty's keyboards, Bruce Hall's bass, Alan Gratzer's drums and of... Read more
Published on April 10 2003 by Jeffrey T. Munson
3.0 out of 5 stars Weighted in the Wrong Direction
REO Speedwagon's "The Hits," makes the unfortunate mistake of emphasizing the band's latter history as vapid, power balladeers over their earlier, more energetic garage band days. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
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