Hi Infidelity

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Hi Infidelity
REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity CD cover.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1980
RecordedJune - October 1980
ProducerKevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath
REO Speedwagon chronology
Nine Lives
Hi Infidelity
Good Trouble
Singles from Hi Infidelity
  1. "Keep On Loving You"
    Released: November 4, 1980
  2. "Take It on the Run"
    Released: March 1981[1]
  3. "Don't Let Him Go"
    Released: May 1981[2]
  4. "In Your Letter"
    Released: July 1981[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauB−[5]

Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by the band REO Speedwagon, released on November 21, 1980 (see 1980 in music). The album became a big hit in the United States, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200. It went on to become the biggest-selling rock album of 1981, eventually being certified 10 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Of the four singles released, "Take It on the Run" went to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the band got their first of two number one hits with "Keep On Loving You".


The album title is a play on the term Hi-Fi (high fidelity), and the album art is an illustration of this pun where an act of sexual infidelity is apparently occurring while the man is putting a record LP to play on the hi-fi stereo.


From the album six songs charted on the Billboard charts, including "Keep On Loving You" which was the band's first Number 1 hit, and "Take It on the Run", which reached No. 5 on the charts. The song "Tough Guys" uses an audio clip from the 1937 Our Gang episode "Hearts Are Thumps".[6]

"Tough Guys" was one of two songs from the album that charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart despite not being released as singles. Music critic Robert Christgau called "Tough Guys" his favorite song from the album but suggested that the line "They think they're full of fire/She thinks they're full of shit" would prevent the song from reaching the pop Top 40.[5]


On October 25, 2004, the band recorded the songs of this album live from beginning to end for an XM Radio "Then Again Live" special.

On July 19, 2011, Sony Music re-released Hi Infidelity with bonus demo tracks for the album's 30th anniversary.[7] Demo tracks were recorded Live at Crystal Studios, Hollywood, June through August 1980.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
1."Don't Let Him Go"Kevin Cronin3:47
2."Keep On Loving You"Cronin3:20
3."Follow My Heart"Tom Kelly, Gary Richrath3:50
4."In Your Letter"Richrath3:18
5."Take It on the Run"Richrath3:59
Side 2
6."Tough Guys"Cronin3:51
7."Out of Season"Cronin, Kelly3:07
8."Shakin' It Loose"Richrath2:27
9."Someone Tonight"Bruce Hall2:42
10."I Wish You Were There"Cronin4:27
Disc 2 – The Crystal Demos (2011 CD 30th Anniversary edition) bonus tracks
1."Someone Tonight"Hall2:49
2."Tough Guys"Cronin3:35
3."In Your Letter"Richrath4:08
4."Follow My Heart"Kelly, Richrath3:57
5."Take It on the Run"Richrath4:01
6."Don't Let Him Go"Cronin4:20
7."Keep On Loving You"Cronin3:30
8."Shakin' It Loose" (Instrumental)Richrath2:32
9."I Wish You Were There"Cronin4:58
Total length:33:54


Additional personnel
  • Steve Forman – percussion
  • He-Man Broken Hearts Club Choir – backing vocals
  • Tom Kelly – backing vocals
  • Richard Page – backing vocals


  • Producers: Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath
  • Engineer: Kevin Beamish
  • Assistant engineer: Tom Cummings
  • Mastering: Kent Duncan, Greg Fulginiti, Jo Hansch
  • Remastering: Joseph M. Palmaccio
  • Reissue producer: Al Quaglieri
  • Remastering supervisor: Laura Grover
  • Arranger: Kevin Cronin
  • Programming: Kevin Cronin
  • Lyric assistant: Kevin Cronin
  • Art direction: Kosh
  • Design: Bobby Gordon, Kosh
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport
  • Lighting design: Bobby Gordon



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 5× Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Diamond 10,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl FE 36844
USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Tape FET 36844
USA 1980 Epic Records 8 TRK E36844
USA 1985 Epic Records CD EK 36884
USA 2000 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (Remaster) EK 61614
USA 2011 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (30th Anniversary 2 Disks) 88697695792
Japan 2011 Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1223


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