REO Speedwagon have a large, loyal following in their homeland although, like other similar groups, they have only made a limited impact internationally. Still, they have some fans outside America and I'm one of them.
The pinnacle of their career came with the album Hi infidelity, an album full of rousing, up-tempo songs that topped the American album charts for several months and spawned several American hit singles - Don't let him go, Keep on loving you (a number one hit), Take it on the run and In your letter. In the UK, Keep on loving you made the top ten while Take it on the run made the top twenty.
Understandably, the group never came close to matching the phenomenal success of Hi infidelity again, but they had another American number one hit with Can't fight this feeling, which became their third and last UK hit, making the top twenty.
Elsewhere, there are many fine songs here. That ain't love, In my dreams and One lonely night are among the other highlights but I particularly like Time for me to fly, which Dolly Parton later covered in a bluegrass style for her album, White Limozeen - very different from the original, but both versions are brilliant in their different ways.
This compilation includes all the tracks available on the earlier compilation (The hits) except I don't want to lose you, which I can live without. This is the best hits package yet released of the group's music, although if you are new to their music, I recommend that you start with Hi infidelity. Great as their other music is, that album was something else again.