The Essential REO Speedwagon

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The Essential REO Speedwagon
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Greatest hits album by REO Speedwagon
Released 10 August 2004
Recorded 1971-1999
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 154:65
188:12 (3.0 Edition)
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]

The Essential REO Speedwagon[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Cronin except where noted.

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Sophisticated Lady" Gary Richrath, Terry Luttrell, Gregg Philbin, Neal Doughty, Alan Gratzer R.E.O. Speedwagon (1971) 4:00
2. "Music Man"   R.E.O./T.W.O. (1972) 4:33
3. "Golden Country" Gary Richrath R.E.O./T.W.O. (1972) 6:33
4. "Son of a Poor Man" (10 seconds of guitar intro not on the original Ridin' the Storm Out (1973) album version) Gary Richrath A Decade of Rock and Roll 1970 to 1980 (1980) 3:54
5. "Lost in a Dream" Mike Murphy, Bruce Hall Lost in a Dream (1974) 6:33
6. "Keep Pushin'"   R.E.O. (1976) 4:06
7. "(I Believe) Our Time is Gonna Come"   R.E.O. (1976) 5:04
8. "Lightning" Gary Richrath, Kevin Cronin R.E.O. (1976) 5:56
9. "Like You Do" (Live) Gary Richrath Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) 6:53
10. "Flying Turkey Trot" (Live) Gary Richrath Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) 2:33
11. "157 Riverside Avenue" (Live) Gary Richrath, Terry Luttrell, Gregg Philbin, Alan Gratzer Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) 7:36
12. "Ridin' the Storm Out" (Live) Gary Richrath Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) 5:45
13. "Roll with the Changes"   You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish (1978) 5:37
14. "Time for Me to Fly"   You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish (1978) 3:42
15. "Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight" Gary Richrath, Kevin Cronin You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish (1978) 4:58
Total length: 77:52
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. "Back on the Road Again" Bruce Hall Nine Lives (1979) 5:28
2. "Only the Strong Survive" Gary Richrath Nine Lives (1979) 3:52
3. "Don't Let Him Go"   Hi Infidelity (1980) 3:45
4. "Keep On Loving You"   Hi Infidelity (1980) 3:21
5. "In Your Letter" Gary Richrath Hi Infidelity (1980) 3:16
6. "Take It on the Run" Gary Richrath Hi Infidelity (1980) 4:01
7. "Keep the Fire Burnin'"   Good Trouble (1982) 3:55
8. "The Key"   Good Trouble (1982) 3:26
9. "One Lonely Night" Neal Doughty Wheels Are Turnin' (1984) 3:21
10. "Live Every Moment"   Wheels Are Turnin (1984) 5:01
11. "Can't Fight This Feeling"   Wheels Are Turnin (1984) 4:54
12. "That Ain't Love"   Life as We Know It (1987) 4:01
13. "In My Dreams" Kevin Cronin, Tom Kelly Life as We Know It (1987) 4:30
14. "Variety Tonight" Neal Doughty Life as We Know It (1987) 4:30
15. "Here with Me" Kevin Cronin, Rick Braun The Hits (1988) 5:05
16. "Love Is a Rock"   The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken (1990) 5:35
17. "Building the Bridge"   Building the Bridge (1996) 4:15
18. "Just for You" Kevin Cronin, Jim Peterik The Ballads (1999) 4:38
Total length: 77:13

The Essential REO Speedwagon [3.0][edit]

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

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)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA August 10, 2004 Epic/Legacy 2-CD E2K 86015
USA September 1, 2009 Epic/Legacy 3-CD (Limited Edition 3.0) 88697 54093 2

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