CD Box Set Review: “REO Speedwagon: The Classic Years 1978 – 1990”

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REO Speedwagon fans can rejoice once again as Cherry Red Records has just released a second career spanning boxset: “REO Speedwagon: The Classic Years 1978 – 1990.”

Last year super label Cherry Red Records gave classic rock fans a an amazing gift with the release of “REO Speedwagon: The Early Years 1971 – 1977.” Now they’ve up the anti with a 9 disc set the spans the bands most popular period 1978 – 1990.

Every single hit song from “You Can Tune A Piano But You Can’t Tuna A Fish,” “Hi in-Fidelity,” Wheels Are Turnin'” and more are here with fully remastered audio.

You also get 56 bonus tracks which include 9 “Hi in-Fidelity” demos plus soundtrack songs, radio single edits and 29 LIVE tracks making their CD debut. “The Classic Years: 1978 – 1990” is truly the definitive box set for REO Speedwagon’s biggest hits with 13 Top forty singles, 3 Top Ten albums including the 10 million seller “Hi in-Fidelity.”

Cherry Red Records has once again given the diehard music fan something special with this collection of original album tracks and never before available on CD rarities. The mini sleeve albums are all housed in a hard clamshell case that includes a 40 page full color booklet of newly created liner notes. The booklet also includes all the original album elements throughout plus all of the credits too.

The package is stellar but wait until you hear the audio because these albums have never sounded this good in any format before. If you already own these albums it’s definitely time for an upgrade. If you’ve never owned them before then now is the time to get stunning audio and quality packaging at a price that won’t break the bank.

Bonus Tracks include:

Roll With The Changes (Short Version)
Roll With The Changes (Long Version)
Time For Me To Fly (Edit)
Easy Money (Edit)
157 Riverside Avenue (LIVE)
Ridin’ The Storm Out (LIVE)
Don’t Let Him Go (Edit)
Take It On The Run (Edit)
I Do’ Wanna Know (Short Version)
Live Every Moment (Edit)
Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright) (Remix)
Gotta Feel More (Radio Mix Long Version)
Gotta Feel More (Radio Mix Short Version)
Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright) (The Goonies Version)
Variety Tonight (Edit)
Here With Me (Radio Edit)
All Heaven Broke Loose (Album Version – More Guitar)
All Heaven Broke Loose (Single Version – More Vocal)
+ 29 LIVE Tracks

 

 

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Pat FrancisCD Box Set Review: “REO Speedwagon: The Classic Years 1978 – 1990”