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.