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Good value rock compilation,
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This review is from: Take It On The Run: The Best Of Reo Speedwagon (Audio CD)
Vilified by the music press for a style that resembled the likes of Boston, Styx and Foreigner without being quite as good as any of those bands, REO Speedwagon nevertheless left us with a few memorable hits. The two extremes of their output are displayed on successive tracks on this CD. 'In Your Letter', which appeared on their biggest album, 1980's 'Hi Fidelity', sounds like a sickly sweet, terribly twee pastiche of those early 1960s sickly sweet, terribly twee pop songs that masqueraded as rock and roll. Following this is the oldest track, 1972's 'Golden Country', a raucous, indisciplined hard rock track that sounds as if it's by a different band. Between these extremes falls their most satisfying material, featuring energised, yet polished hard rock with solid harmonies. 'Keep Pushin'', 'Roll With The Changes' and 'Ridin' The Storm Out' may sound cliched, but are exciting. Then of course there are the three big hits, 'Keep On Loving You', 'Can't Fight This Feeling' and 'Take It On The Run', which stand alone as pop songs in the guise of rock, thereby affording them the so-called 'power ballad' tag. REO Speedwagon weren't the best in their field, nor were they innovative, but they recorded enough good quality music to justify this compilation which, at the price, is excellent value.