Prior to recording this album, REO Speedwagon had been around for many years having a measure of success in their American homeland. This album took their career to a much wider audience at home while gaining international recognition for them, including the first two of their three UK hits.
About half the tracks climbed high in the American charts, with Keep on loving you hitting the very top - it also made the UK top ten. Take it on the run, also a huge American hit, made the UK top twenty. Don't let him go and In your letter were among the other American hits. The music is almost relentlessly up-tempo.
Any group that has such a long career (and plenty that don't) inevitably go through personnel changes. The line-up that recorded this album was Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, guitar), Gary Richrath (lead guitar), Alan Gratzer (drums), Neal Doughty (keyboards) and Bruce Hall (bass guitar). Kevin's strong but well-controlled vocals backed by the superb musicianship of the other members made this album a classic.
Good as their other albums are (at least the ones I've heard including Good trouble and Wheels, the two that followed this one), this is the album for which REO Speedwagon will be remembered for in America (where it was the biggest selling rock album of 1981) and elsewhere (where it gave them recognition that they previously didn't have).
If you only buy one REO Speedwagon album, make it this one - even ahead of a hits collection. Most of their greatest hits are here.