Wheels Are Turnin'

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Wheels Are Turnin'
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Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released November 5, 1984 (1984-11-05)
Recorded January–August 1984
Genre Rock
Length 39:31
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer
REO Speedwagon chronology
Good Trouble
(1982)
Wheels Are Turnin
(1984)
Life as We Know It
(1987)
Singles from Wheels Are Turnin'
  1. "I Do' Wanna Know"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Can't Fight This Feeling"
    Released: December 31, 1984 (UK); January 23, 1985 (US)
  3. "One Lonely Night"
    Released: 1985
  4. "Live Every Moment"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Wheels Are Turnin' is the eleventh studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in late 1984 (see 1984 in music). It is their second best-selling album, tied with Good Trouble, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The lead single was "I Do' Wanna Know," which stalled at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] But the second single, "Can't Fight This Feeling," was REO's second and longest-running number one single. Other singles released were "One Lonely Night" and "Live Every Moment". These singles also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #19 and #34, respectively.[2] The singles from the album also had success on other Billboard charts: "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "I Do' Wanna Know" each reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart, with "One Lonely Night reaching #17, and "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "One Lonely Night" reached #3 and #10, respectively on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3][4][5]

Billboard Magazine writer Kim Freeman suggested that the release of "I Do' Wanna Know" before "Can't Fight This Feeling" could be regarded as an "oversight,"[6] However, lead singer Kevin Cronin, who authored both songs disagreed, stating "not all singles are released to be hits."[6] Grein attributed the initial sluggish sales of Wheels Are Turnin prior to the release of "Can't Fight This Feeling" to the fact that "I Do' Wanna Know" was not successful with pop radio stations and noted that sales began to take off only after the release of the second single.[7][8]

In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos. The LP version contained a cut-out stroboscope.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Do' Wanna Know" Kevin Cronin 4:12
2. "One Lonely Night" Neal Doughty 3:20
3. "Thru the Window" Bruce Hall, Jeffery B. Hall 5:01
4. "Rock 'N Roll Star" Cronin, Tom Kelly, Gary Richrath 3:40
5. "Live Every Moment" Cronin 4:56
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Can't Fight This Feeling" Cronin 4:54
7. "Gotta Feel More" Cronin, Kelly, Richrath 4:26
8. "Break His Spell" Richrath 2:57
9. "Wheels Are Turnin'" Cronin 5:47

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Adult Contemporary: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top Rock Tracks". Billboard Magazine. November 24, 1984. p. 18. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  6. ^ a b Freeman, Kim (March 16, 1985). "REO Comes Back, Crosses Over". Billboard Magazine. p. 42. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (January 26, 1985). "Chart Beat". Billboard Magazine. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-10-04. 
  8. ^ Grein, Paul (March 9, 1985). "Chart Beat". Billboard Magazine. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-10-04.