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, heavy metal
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. It peaked at number #33 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1979.[1] The album went gold on December 5, 1979.[2] 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. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos.

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

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

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heavy on Your Love"   Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath 3:35
2. "Drop It (An Old Disguise)"   Kevin Cronin 3:14
3. "Only the Strong Survive"   Gary Richrath 3:52
4. "Easy Money"   Gary Richrath 4:01
5. "Rock & Roll Music"   Chuck Berry 2:55
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Take Me"   Kevin Cronin 3:29
7. "I Need You Tonight"   Kevin Cronin 3:35
8. "Meet Me on the Mountain"   Gary Richrath 4:04
9. "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



Chart (1979) Peak
US Billboard 200 33[1]
Canadian Albums Chart 52[3]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA July 20, 1979 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl E-35988
USA 1979 Epic Records Tape PET-35988
USA 1979 Epic Records 8 TRK E35988
USA 1990 Epic Records CD EK35988
Japan 2011 Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1489
UK 2013 Rock Candy Records CD-24 bit audio
(Remastered & Reloaded)


  1. ^ a b "Nine Lives (Billboard Albums)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  2. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by R.E.O. Speedwagon. Retrieved 2015-01-17.
  3. ^ "Top Albums/CD's – Volume 32, No. 3, October 13, 1979". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. October 13, 1979. Retrieved February 1, 2015.