Hi Infidelity (2024 Remaster) REO Speedwagon

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Label: Epic/Legacy

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

Artist: REO Speedwagon

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  • 1Don't Let Him Go (2024 Remaster)03:45
  • 2Keep On Loving You (2024 Remaster)03:21
  • 3Follow My Heart (2024 Remaster)03:48
  • 4In Your Letter (2024 Remaster)03:16
  • 5Take It On the Run (2024 Remaster)04:01
  • 6Tough Guys (2024 Remaster)03:51
  • 7Out of Season (2024 Remaster)03:06
  • 8Shakin' It Loose (2024 Remaster)02:25
  • 9Someone Tonight (2024 Remaster)02:41
  • 10I Wish You Were There (2024 Remaster)04:27
  • Total Runtime34:41

Info for Hi Infidelity (2024 Remaster)

Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by American rock band REO Speedwagon, released on November 21, 1980, by Epic Records. The album became a big hit in the United States, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of 1981, eventually being certified 10 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Of the four singles released, "Take It on the Run" went to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the band got their first of two number one hits with "Keep On Loving You".

REO Speedwagon have been a favorite rock band of choice in the hearts and minds of classic rock music lovers for many years now. Led by the dynamic vocalist and front man Kevin Cronin, this powerful quintet hit the top of the charts with their mega-nine times platinum Hi Infidelity in 1980, and as time has been good to them, the album firmly places them as one of the industry’s most popular acts of all time.

Jam packed with four hit singles and six unforgettable album tracks, Hi Infidelity kept REO Speedwagon all over the radio dial and packing in concert arenas ever since. Who could ever forget the amazing rockers like Don’t Let Him Go, Tough Guys and Shakin’ It Loose, plus the solid power ballads like In Your Letter, and of course the super sounds of Keep On Loving You and Take It On The Run. This album was such a smash, some radio stations would even play side one in its entirety due to the amazing number of chart topping songs it contained.

"Many albums have scaled to the top of the American charts, many of them not so good, but few have been as widely forgotten and spurned as REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity. In a way, the group deserved this kind of success. They had been slogging it out in the arenas of the U.S., building up a sizeable audience because they could deliver live. And then, in 1980, they delivered a record that not just summarized their strengths, but captured everything that was good about arena rock. This is the sound of the stadiums in that netherworld between giants like Zeppelin and MTV's slick, video-ready anthems. This is unabashedly mainstream rock, but there's a real urgency to the songs and the performances that gives it a real emotional core, even if the production keeps it tied to the early, previsual '80s. And so what if it does, because this is great arena rock, filled with hooks as expansive as Three Rivers Stadium and as catchy as the flu. That, of course, applies to the record's two biggest hits -- the power ballad "Keep on Loving You" and the surging "Take It on the Run" -- which define their era, but what gives the album real staying power is that the rest of the record works equally well. That's most apparent on the Bo Diddley-inspired opener, "Don't Let Him Go," whose insistent beat sent it to the album rock charts, but also such great album tracks as "Follow My Heart," the sun-kissed '60s homage "In Your Letter," and "Tough Guys." What's really great about these songs is not just the sheen of professionalism that makes them addictive to listen to, but there's a real strain of pathos that runs through these songs -- the album's title isn't just a clever pun, but a description of the tortured romantic relationships that populate this record's songs. This is really arena rock's Blood on the Tracks, albeit by a group of guys instead of a singular vision, but that makes it more affecting, as well as a killer slice of ear candy. It's easy to dismiss REO Speedwagon, since they weren't hip at the time, and no amount of historical revisionism will make them cool kitsch. And, let's face it, their records were usually hit-and-miss affairs. But they did get it right once, and it's on this glorious record -- if you need proof why arena rock was giant, this is it." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

Kevin Cronin, lead and backing vocals (except on "Someone Tonight"), acoustic and rhythm guitars, acoustic piano on "Keep on Loving You" and "I Wish You Were There"
Gary Richrath, electric guitar
Neal Doughty, keyboards
Bruce Hall, bass, lead vocals on "Someone Tonight"
Alan Gratzer, drums, tambourine on "I Wish You Were There"
Additional musicians:
Steve Forman, percussion on "Keep on Loving You"
Tom Kelly, backing vocals
Richard Page, backing vocals
N Yolletta, backing vocals on "In Your Letter"
Maggie Ryder, backing vocals on "Keep On Loving You"

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REO Speedwagon
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States.

Today, REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” the aforementioned “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run,” and many, many more.

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