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You are watching: Reo speedwagon live: you get what you play for

TypeReleasedRecordedRYM Rating Genres
ArtistREO Speedwagon
Album
January 1977
1976
3.65 / 5.00.5 from 229 ratings

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SkinnyRobbie Jul 09 2005 4.00 stars
Why would certainly someone through music taste as great as mine provide a damn around this album, or REO Speedwagon in general? Before this record was released, REO were nobodies that couldn't get a record played on the radio even after 5 straight albums on large Epic Records. Had Kevin Cronin stayed in the band, their success would have happened sooner than 1977, so I ended up trying to find the excellent in this under-appreciated band also. When Cronin came back, I had actually a hunch REO's luck would change, and it did. Up to this suggest, my friends made fun of me for listening to bands like REO and Slade, since they weren't popular like Kiss and also Zep. And in a flash, eincredibly dork in the high institution halls had actually on REO t-shirts. I basked in the "told ya so" little bit for a while, but while my friends all played their REO 8-tracks, I relocated on to various other unrenowned artists, favor The Dead Boys, which reverted me to the dunce corner.You Get What You Play For is a staple of the 'Dazed and also Confused' era of 70's kitsch. It pushes the same butloads that Kiss Alive and also Frampton Comes Alive did before it and also takes no dangers musically. This is what REO wanted and also it's what Epic wanted. I expect there's nothing wrong with that. The band also would certainly never before be the exact same aget. For a few years, they continued making listpermit, if predictable, albums. Then, in order to keep up through the brand-new generation of 80's children, they sold their souls to MTV and glossy pop, making them the (deserved) butt of rock satire for the remainder of musical eternity. This album is the retro-fit minute of glory in REO's exhaustive earlier brochure. Taken for what it is, it's an enjoyable, if mindmuch less, ride in the back seat of a '71 Plymouth Duster.
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skirmani Feb 15 2020 4.50 stars
Who would have actually thought that the 70's REO would be nearly 180 degrees from what I grew up listening to throughout the 80's. I started my journey via "Wheels are turning" and also dabbled through a few albums from the 80's and then furthar on in the 90's. Little did I understand that the 70's era sound was choose true Rock and Roll, loud, aggressive, guitar solos, remarkable bass and then the drums.This album has actually it all. The music entirely overshadows the singing, not that the singing is bad however the musicians are so a lot in synch, that this is a treat to listen to. I kbrand-new a couple of the songs, like Son of a negative man, Keep pushin, Riding the storm, yet those are not the highlights. The whole recording is actually the highlight and also the album closer is an epic number.Gary Richrath is phenomenal here, it sounds like it is his band also and also his guitar dominates. Dougherty, Philbin and Gratzer provide him ample support to make this a genuine rocker.Highlights: Everypoint, yet if I had to pick a few, Golden Country; Like we do; Lay me down; I think our time; Gary's solo; 157 Riverside Ave
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I first observed this team on TV in the late seventies on the timeless music show 'Don Kirschner's' rock concert. I was hooked, and also automatically bought this double album. In the days before online music (and also internet...), budgeting was vital and also a twin live record was ideal. One of the much better purchases I have actually ever made. It has actually an excellent live sound, and there is a factor why they replaced Mike Murphy through Kevin Cronin. His vocals (and also songs) added a feeling of completion to the already fantastic creating of Gary Richrath. Highlights are 'Like You Do', 'Being Kind', 'Summer Love', 'Poor Man', 'Golden Country'. and also the timeless classic 'Ridin' the Storm Out'. In its live develop, that song is worth the price of this LP alone. Forobtain every little thing you know or think you recognize around this team from the syrupy sound of their highly successful 80's AM albums (Hi-Infidelity etc). This is the arena rock sound as it should be heard. Small gripe - and not around the album, yet it's been bugging me for many type of years. I remember listening to an FM rock terminal in Winnipeg one night in the early on eighties, and also they were taking requests for a playlist around storms. I called in and also offered the above pointed out song. The DJ (that I respected and liked) hadn't heard of it and also didn't add it to the playlist. Oh well, what can have actually been - maybe some previously fame can have come their way!