Nine Lives (REO Speedwagon album)

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Nine Lives
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released July 20, 1979
Recorded Spring 1979 at Sound City, Studio A and Kendun Recorders, Studio D
Genre Hard rock, soft rock, pop rock
Length 34:24
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, with Kevin Beamish
REO Speedwagon chronology
You Can Tune a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish
Nine Lives
Hi Infidelity

Nine Lives is the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. The title Nine Lives was chosen because the album was the band's ninth, including their live album, and it also featured nine songs. It was the last REO album to prominently feature a more hard rock sound. The group would turn to more pop-oriented material with 1980's Hi Infidelity.

The track "Only The Strong Survive" also later appeared on Gary Richrath's 1992 album Only the Strong Survive.

Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Melodic 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Heavy on Your Love" (Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath) – 3:35
  2. "Drop It (An Old Disguise)" (Cronin) – 3:14
  3. "Only the Strong Survive" (Richrath) – 3:52
  4. "Easy Money" (Richrath) – 4:01
  5. "Rock & Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) – 2:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "Take Me" (Cronin) – 3:29
  2. "I Need You Tonight" (Cronin) – 3:35
  3. "Meet Me on the Mountain" (Richrath) – 4:04
  4. "Back on the Road Again" (Bruce Hall) – 5:39


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Producers: Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Kevin Beamish
  • Engineers: Kevin Beamish, Gary Lubow
  • Arranger: Kevin Cronin
  • Associate Producer: Alan Gratzer
  • Production Assistance: Gary Lubow
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Williams, D. C. Snyder
  • Direction: John Baruck, Alex Kochan, Tom Consolo, JoAnn D'Agostino, Lynne Kirkwood
  • Art direction: Tom Drennon
  • Design: Tom Drennon, Ginger Canzoneri
  • Cover photographer: John Bilecky
  • Center spread and portrait photography: Neal Preston
  • Back cover cat illustrations: Ginger Canzoneri
  • Models: Candy Moore, Lindy Thorp, Shyanne Rippee, Karen Bilecky