You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish

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You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released March 16, 1978
Recorded 1977–78 at Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, CA, vocals recorded at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA and Paragon Recording Studios, Chicago, IL
Genre Rock
Length 33:47
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Paul Grupp, John Boylan
REO Speedwagon chronology
Live: You Get What You Play For
You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish
Nine Lives
Singles from You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish
  1. "Roll with the Changes"/"The Unidentified Flying Tuna Trot"
    Released: 1978
  2. "Time for Me to Fly"/"Runnin' Blind"
    Released: 1978
  3. "Time for Me to Fly"/"Lightning"
    Released: March 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]

You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish is the seventh studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1978. It was their first album to be co-produced by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath. The album was REO's first to make the Top 40, peaking at #29.[3] The album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. which led it to go 2× Platinum.

This is the first album to feature Bruce Hall on bass, replacing Gregg Philbin. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos.

The track "Time for Me to Fly" was covered by Dolly Parton on her 1989 album White Limozeen. In 2005, the album cover was featured in Pitchfork Media's list of "The Worst Record Covers of All Time",[4] and in 2014 its title was featured in NME's list of "The 50 Worst Album Titles in History."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Roll with the Changes"   Kevin Cronin 5:37
2. "Time for Me to Fly"   Cronin 3:42
3. "Runnin' Blind"   Debbie Mackron, Gary Richrath 3:08
4. "Blazin' Your Own Trail Again"   Cronin 3:32
5. "Sing to Me"   Richrath 2:34
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Lucky for You"   Cronin, Richrath 5:02
7. "Do You Know Where Your Woman Is Tonight?"   Richrath 2:53
8. "The Unidentified Flying Tuna Trot" (Instrumental) Richrath 2:17
9. "Say You Love Me or Say Goodnight"   Cronin, Richrath 4:58


Additional personnel
  • Lon Price – saxophone (track 9)
  • Angelle Trosclair, Denise McCall, Denny Henson, Tom Kelly – additional backing vocals


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #
USA March 16, 1978 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl E-35082
USA 1978 Epic Records Tape PET-35082
USA 1978 Epic Records 8 TRK E35082
USA 1985 Epic Records CD EK35082
USA 2000 Epic Records CD (Remaster) EK-61613
Japan 2011 Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1488
UK 2013 Rock Candy Records CD-24 bit audio
(Remastered & Reloaded)