The Essential REO Speedwagon

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The Essential REO Speedwagon
Greatest hits album by REO Speedwagon
Released 10 August 2004
Recorded 1971-1999
Genre Rock, hard rock
Label Epic, Legacy
Producer REO Speedwagon; Peter Asher
REO Speedwagon chronology
Keep On Rollin'
(2002)
The Essential REO Speedwagon
(2004)
Rock Breakout Years: 1981
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Essential REO Speedwagon is a greatest hits album by the band REO Speedwagon released through Epic Records and Legacy Recordings[2] The collection spans the band's history from 1971 through 1999 and the package includes two compact discs.

In 2009, the album was re-released as part of the Limited Edition 3.0 series which added a third bonus disc with eight more tracks.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Kevin Cronin, except where noted.

The Essential REO Speedwagon[edit]

Disc 01
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sophisticated Lady"   Gary Richrath, Terry Luttrell, Gregg Philbin, Neal Doughty, Alan Gratzer 4:00
2. "Music Man"     4:33
3. "Golden Country"   Richrath 6:33
4. "Son of a Poor Man (10 seconds of guitar intro not on the original album version)"   Richrath 3:54
5. "Lost in a Dream"   Mike Murphy, Bruce Hall 6:33
6. "Keep Pushin'"     4:06
7. "(I Believe) Our Time is Gonna Come"     5:04
8. "Lightning"   Richrath, Cronin 5:56
9. "Like You Do (Live)"   Richrath 6:53
10. "Flying Turkey Trot (Live)"   Richrath 2:33
11. "157 Riverside Avenue (Live)"   Richrath, Luttrell, Philbin, Doughty, Gratzer 7:36
12. "Ridin' the Storm Out (Live)"   Richrath 5:45
13. "Roll with the Changes"     5:37
14. "Time for Me to Fly"     3:42
15. "Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight"   Richrath, Cronin 4:58
Disc 02
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Back on the Road Again"   Hall 5:28
2. "Only the Strong Survive"   Richrath 3:52
3. "Don't Let Him Go"     3:45
4. "Keep On Loving You"     3:21
5. "In Your Letter"   Richrath 3:16
6. "Take It on the Run"   Richrath 4:01
7. "Keep the Fire Burnin'"     3:55
8. "The Key"     3:26
9. "One Lonely Night"   Doughty 3:21
10. "Live Every Moment"     5:01
11. "Can't Fight This Feeling"     4:54
12. "That Ain't Love"     4:01
13. "In My Dreams"   Cronin, Tom Kelly 4:30
14. "Variety Tonight"   Doughty 4:30
15. "Here with Me"   Cronin, Rick Braun 5:05
16. "Love Is a Rock"     5:35
17. "Building the Bridge"     4:15
18. "Just for You"   Cronin, Jim Peterik 4:38

The Essential REO Speedwagon [3.0][edit]

The Essential REO Speedwagon [3.0] has the same tracks above with an added CD with eight more tracks.

Disc 03
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Do' Wanna Know"     4:14
2. "Out of Season"   Cronin, Kelly 3:07
3. "Sweet Time"     3:08
4. "Wherever You're Goin' (It's Alright)"     5:05
5. "Blazin' Your Own Trail Again"     3:34
6. "Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometime)"     6:02
7. "Tough Guys"     3:52
8. "Live It Up (Live)"     4:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Cronin – Vocals (Disc 01: tracks 02-04, 06-15/All tracks on Disc 02 & 03); Rhythm guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Piano on various tracks
  • Gary Richrath – lead guitars (All tracks on Disc 01/Disc 02: 01-15/Disc 03: 01-07)
  • Gregg Philbin – Bass (Disc 01: tracks 01-12/Disc 03: 06)
  • Neal Doughty – Keyboards (All tracks)
  • Alan Gratzer – Drums (All tracks on Disc 01/Disc 02: 01-15/Disc 03: 01-07)
  • Terry Luttrell – Lead Vocals (Disc 01: track 01)
  • Mike Murphy – Lead Vocals (Disc 01: track 05)
  • Bruce Hall – Bass (Disc 01: tracks 13-15/All tracks on Disc 02/Disc 03: 01-05, 07-08), Lead vocals on "Back on the Road Again"
  • Dave Amato – Lead guitar (Disc 02: tracks 16-18/Disc 03: 08)
  • Bryan Hitt – Drums (Disc 02: tracks 16-18/Disc 03: 08)
  • Jesse Harms – Keyboards (Disc 02: tracks 16/Disc: 03: 08)

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