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By the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s, R.E.O. Speedwagon had won the hearts, minds and airwaves of continental North America. This hard won ascendance was comprehensively documented on the 8CD “Early Years 1971-1977” collection from HNE.

R.E.O. Speedwagon’s long history goes way back to their formation in Champaign, Illinois in 1967. Initially a covers band playing bars and fraternity houses, the initial line-up featuring Neal Doughty on keyboards and Alan Gratzer on drums and vocals, named themselves after the R.E.O. Speed Wagon, a model of American flat-bed truck. By the time they recorded their debut LP for Epic Records in 1971, the line-up had settled around Terry Luttrell on lead vocals, driving force Gary Richrath on guitar and Gregg Philbin on bass. By the release of second LP, “R.E.O./T.W.O.”, the band were joined by Kevin Cronin on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards. Following 1977’s self-explanatory “You Get What You Play For: Live”, Bruce Hall would replace long time bassist Gregg Philbin in time for the punningly titled “YOU CAN TUNE A PIANO BUT YOU CAN’T TUNA FISH” [1978].

As well as extensive liner notes from Malcolm Dome, this expansive 9 disc set features a wealth of bonus tracks. Produced By Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath with Paul Grupp, CD1 features “YOU CAN TUNE A PIANO BUT YOU CAN’T TUNA FISH”, which includes both long and short versions of the radio friendly ‘Roll With The Changes’, as well as a single edit for ‘Time For Me To Fly’. CD1 is completed by the rare promo LP, “LIVE AGAIN” from 1978, which features exclusive on-stage versions of ‘Son Of A Poor Man’, ‘(I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come’, ‘Flying Turkey Trot’, ‘Keep Pushin’’, ‘Ridin’ The Storm Out’, ‘Piano Interlude’ and ‘157 Riverside Avenue’

Produced by Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath with Kevin Beamish, CD2’s “NINE LIVES” [1979] includes a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Rock & Roll Music’, and concludes with Bruce Hall’s hard rocking road anthem, ‘Back On The Road Again’. Bonus Tracks are ‘Easy Money’ (Edit) plus rare live versions of ‘157 Riverside Avenue’ and ‘Ridin’ The Storm Out’

With CD3’s “HI INFIDELITY” [1980], R.E.O. truly conquered the American mainstream, with huge radio hits in ‘Don’t Let Him Go’, ‘Keep On Loving You’ and ‘Take It On The Run’. Once again it was produced by Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath and Kevin Beamish and co-produced by Alan Gratzer.

CD4 kicks off with a collection of demos made for “HI INFIDELITY”, giving a unique insight into the creation of this huge record. CD4 is completed with live promo versions of ‘Don’t Let Him Go’, ‘Keep On Loving You’, ‘Take It On The Run’ and ‘In Your Letter’ as well as a 1989 reggae version of ‘Keep On Loving You’.

Once again produced by Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Kevin Beamish & Alan Gratzer, CD5’s “GOOD TROUBLE” [1982] continued R.E.O.’s continued domination of the charts with ‘Keep The Fire Burnin’’.

CD6’s “WHEELS ARE TURNIN’” [1984] featured another massive hit in ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’. Bonus Tracks include a short version of ‘I Do Wanna Know’, ‘Live Every Moment’ (Edit) and ‘Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright)’ taken from The Goonies film soundtrack.

Produced By Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer and David DeVore, the bonus cuts on CD7’s “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT” [1987] are ‘Variety Tonight’ (Edit), ‘I Don’t Want To Lose You’, plus two versions of ‘Here With Me’. And as the sleeve proudly states, R.E.O. Speedwagon were still were Neal Doughty, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath, Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall.

It was three years before R.E.O. would release a new album, and by the time of CD8’s” THE EARTH, A SMALL MAN, HIS DOG AND A CHICKEN” [1990] Dave Amato had joined on lead guitar and Bryan Hitt was on drums and percussion. Bonus Tracks include two alternative versions apiece of ‘All Heaven Broke Loose’ and ‘Just For You’, plus ‘’Til The Rivers Run Dry’.

R.E.O. Speedwagon were very much a live act, and this mammoth nine disc set concludes with a collection of rare and exclusive live recordings, including ‘Don’t Let Him Go’, ‘Take It On The Run’ and ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ from Kemper Arena in 1985, ‘Keep The Fire Burning’ and ‘Roll With The Changes’ from Rockford Metro Centre 1983, ‘Back On The Road Again’ from Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu 1989 and ‘Keep On Lovin’ You’ from Indianapolis in 1984.

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DISC ONE:
YOU CAN TUNE A PIANO BUT YOU CAN’T TUNA FISH (1978)
1. ROLL WITH THE CHANGES
2. BLAZIN’ YOUR OWN TRAIL AGAIN
3. TIME FOR ME TO FLY
4. LUCKY FOR YOU
5. THE UNIDENTIFIED FLYING TUNA TROT
6. SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODNIGHT
7. RUNNIN’ BLIND
8. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR WOMAN IS TONIGHT?
9. SING TO ME BONUS TRACKS
10.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (SHORT VERSION)
11.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (LONG VERSION)
12.TIME FOR ME TO FLY (EDIT)

LIVE AGAIN [PROMO 1978]
13.SON OF A POOR MANN
14.(I BELIEVE) OUR TIME IS GONNA COME
15.FLYING TURKEY TROT
16.KEEP PUSHIN’
17.RIDIN’ THE STORM OUT
18.PIANO INTERLUDE
19.157 RIVERSIDE AVENUE

DISC TWO:
NINE LIVES (1979)
1. HEAVY ON YOUR LOVE
2. DROP IT (AN OLD DISGUISE)
3. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
4. EASY MONEY
5. ROCK & ROLL MUSIC
6. TAKE ME
7. I NEED YOU TONIGHT
8. MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN
9. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

BONUS TRACKS
10.EASY MONEY (EDIT)
11.157 RIVERSIDE AVENUE (LIVE)
12.RIDIN’ THE STORM OUT (LIVE)

DISC THREE:
HI INFIDELITY (1980)
1. DON’T LET HIM GO
2. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
3. FOLLOW MY HEART
4. IN YOUR LETTER
5. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
6. TOUGH GUYS
7. OUT OF SEASON
8. SHAKIN’ IT LOOSE
9. SOMEONE TONIGHT
10. I WISH YOU WERE THERE

DISC FOUR:
BONUS TRACKS / PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS
1. SOMEONE TONIGHT
2. TOUGH GUYS
3. IN YOUR LETTER
4. FOLLOW MY HEART
5. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
6. DON’T LET HIM GO
7. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
8. SHAKIN’ IT LOOSE
9. I WISH YOU WERE THERE
10. DON’T LET HIM GO (EDIT)
11. TAKE IT ON THE RUN (EDIT)

LIVE PROMO
12. DON’T LET HIM GO
13. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
14. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
15. IN YOUR LETTER
16. KEEP ON LOVING YOU (89 REGGAE VERSION)

DISC FIVE:
GOOD TROUBLE (1982)
1. KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN’
2. SWEET TIME
3. GIRL WITH THE HEART OF GOLD
4. EVERY NOW AND THEN
5. I’LL FOLLOW YOU
6. THE KEY
7. BACK IN MY HEART AGAIN
8. LET’S BE-BOP
9. STILLNESS OF THE NIGHT
10. GOOD TROUBLE

DISC SIX:
WHEELS ARE TURNIN’ (1984)
1. I DO WANNA KNOW
2. ONE LONELY NIGHT
3. THRU THE WINDOW
4. ROCK ‘N ROLL STAR
5. LIVE EVERY MOMENT
6. CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING
7. GOTTA FEEL MORE
8. BREAK HIS SPELL
9. WHEELS ARE TURNIN’

BONUS TRACKS
10. I DO WANNA KNOW (SHORT VERSION)
11. LIVE EVERY MOMENT (EDIT)
12. WHEREVER YOU’RE GOIN’ (IT’S ALRIGHT) (REMIX)
13. GOTTA FEEL MORE (RADIO MIX LONG VERSION)
14. GOTTA FEEL MORE (RADIO MIX SHORT VERSION)
15. WHEREVER YOU’RE GOIN’ (IT’S ALRIGHT) (THE GOONIES OST)

DISC SEVEN:
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (1987)
1. NEW WAY TO LOVE
2. THAT AIN’T LOVE
3. IN MY DREAMS
4. ONE TOO MANY GIRLFRIENDS 5. VARIETY TONIGHT
6. SCREAMS AND WHISPERS
7. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEART
8. OVER THE EDGE
9. ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN 10.TIRED OF GETTIN NOWHERE BONUS TRACKS
11.VARIETY TONIGHT (EDIT) 12.I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU (THE HITS)
13.HERE WITH ME (THE HITS)
14.HERE WITH ME (RADIO EDIT)

DISC EIGHT:
THE EARTH, A SMALL MAN, HIS DOG AND A CHICKEN (1990)
1. LOVE IS A ROCK
2. THE HEART SURVIVES
3. LIVE IT UP
4. ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE
5. LOVE IN THE FUTURE
6. HALF WAY
7. LOVE TO HATE
8. YOU WON’T SEE ME
9. CAN’T LIE TO MY HEART
10.L.I.A.R
11.GO FOR BROKE

BONUS TRACKS
12.ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE (ALBUM VERSION-MORE GUITAR)
13.ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE
(SINGLE VERSION-MORE VOCAL)
14.JUST FOR YOU (RADIO EDIT)
15.JUST FOR YOU (THE BALLADS,FULL LENGTH VERSION)
16.’TIL THE RIVERS RUN DRY (THE BALLADS)

DISC NINE:
1. DON’TLETHIMGO(KEMPERARENA1985)
2. TOUGHGUYS(KEMPERARENA1985)
3. TAKEITONTHERUN(KEMPERARENA1985)
4. I DO WANNA KNOW (KEMPER ARENA 1985)
5. CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING (KEMPER ARENA 1985)
6. KEEP THE FIRE BURNING (ROCKFORD METRO CENTRE 1983)
7. ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (ROCKFORD METRO CENTRE 1983)
8. THAT AIN’T LOVE (KIEL AUDITORIUM, ST LOUIS 1987)
9. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN (BLAISDELL ARENA, HONOLULU 1989)
10.LIVE IT UP (CLUB EASTBROOK, GRAND RAPIDS)
11.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (DENVER, CO 1981)
12.RIDIN’ THE STORM OUT (DENVER, CO 1981)
13.KEEP ON LOVIN’ YOU (INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1984)
14.JOHNNY B. GOODE (INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1985)
15.CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING (GRAND RAPIDS, MI 1990)
16.SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODNIGHT ALPINE VALLEY, WI 1980)
17.TIME FOR ME TO FLY (ST. LOUIS, MO 1987)

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DISC ONE:
YOU CAN TUNE A PIANO BUT YOU CAN’T TUNA FISH (1978)
1. ROLL WITH THE CHANGES
2. BLAZIN’ YOUR OWN TRAIL AGAIN
3. TIME FOR ME TO FLY
4. LUCKY FOR YOU
5. THE UNIDENTIFIED FLYING TUNA TROT
6. SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODNIGHT
7. RUNNIN’ BLIND
8. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR WOMAN IS TONIGHT?
9. SING TO ME BONUS TRACKS
10.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (SHORT VERSION)
11.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (LONG VERSION)
12.TIME FOR ME TO FLY (EDIT)

LIVE AGAIN [PROMO 1978]
13.SON OF A POOR MANN
14.(I BELIEVE) OUR TIME IS GONNA COME
15.FLYING TURKEY TROT
16.KEEP PUSHIN'
17.RIDIN' THE STORM OUT
18.PIANO INTERLUDE
19.157 RIVERSIDE AVENUE

DISC TWO:
NINE LIVES (1979)
1. HEAVY ON YOUR LOVE
2. DROP IT (AN OLD DISGUISE)
3. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
4. EASY MONEY
5. ROCK & ROLL MUSIC
6. TAKE ME
7. I NEED YOU TONIGHT
8. MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN
9. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

BONUS TRACKS
10.EASY MONEY (EDIT)
11.157 RIVERSIDE AVENUE (LIVE)
12.RIDIN' THE STORM OUT (LIVE)

DISC THREE:
HI INFIDELITY (1980)
1. DON’T LET HIM GO
2. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
3. FOLLOW MY HEART
4. IN YOUR LETTER
5. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
6. TOUGH GUYS
7. OUT OF SEASON
8. SHAKIN’ IT LOOSE
9. SOMEONE TONIGHT
10. I WISH YOU WERE THERE

DISC FOUR:
BONUS TRACKS / PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED DEMOS
1. SOMEONE TONIGHT
2. TOUGH GUYS
3. IN YOUR LETTER
4. FOLLOW MY HEART
5. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
6. DON'T LET HIM GO
7. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
8. SHAKIN' IT LOOSE
9. I WISH YOU WERE THERE
10. DON'T LET HIM GO (EDIT)
11. TAKE IT ON THE RUN (EDIT)

LIVE PROMO
12. DON'T LET HIM GO
13. KEEP ON LOVING YOU
14. TAKE IT ON THE RUN
15. IN YOUR LETTER
16. KEEP ON LOVING YOU (89 REGGAE VERSION)

DISC FIVE:
GOOD TROUBLE (1982)
1. KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN’
2. SWEET TIME
3. GIRL WITH THE HEART OF GOLD
4. EVERY NOW AND THEN
5. I’LL FOLLOW YOU
6. THE KEY
7. BACK IN MY HEART AGAIN
8. LET’S BE-BOP
9. STILLNESS OF THE NIGHT
10. GOOD TROUBLE

DISC SIX:
WHEELS ARE TURNIN’ (1984)
1. I DO WANNA KNOW
2. ONE LONELY NIGHT
3. THRU THE WINDOW
4. ROCK ‘N ROLL STAR
5. LIVE EVERY MOMENT
6. CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING
7. GOTTA FEEL MORE
8. BREAK HIS SPELL
9. WHEELS ARE TURNIN’

BONUS TRACKS
10. I DO WANNA KNOW (SHORT VERSION)
11. LIVE EVERY MOMENT (EDIT)
12. WHEREVER YOU'RE GOIN' (IT'S ALRIGHT) (REMIX)
13. GOTTA FEEL MORE (RADIO MIX LONG VERSION)
14. GOTTA FEEL MORE (RADIO MIX SHORT VERSION)
15. WHEREVER YOU'RE GOIN' (IT'S ALRIGHT) (THE GOONIES OST)

DISC SEVEN:
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (1987)
1. NEW WAY TO LOVE
2. THAT AIN’T LOVE
3. IN MY DREAMS
4. ONE TOO MANY GIRLFRIENDS 5. VARIETY TONIGHT
6. SCREAMS AND WHISPERS
7. CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEART
8. OVER THE EDGE
9. ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN 10.TIRED OF GETTIN NOWHERE BONUS TRACKS
11.VARIETY TONIGHT (EDIT) 12.I DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU (THE HITS)
13.HERE WITH ME (THE HITS)
14.HERE WITH ME (RADIO EDIT)

DISC EIGHT:
THE EARTH, A SMALL MAN, HIS DOG AND A CHICKEN (1990)
1. LOVE IS A ROCK
2. THE HEART SURVIVES
3. LIVE IT UP
4. ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE
5. LOVE IN THE FUTURE
6. HALF WAY
7. LOVE TO HATE
8. YOU WON’T SEE ME
9. CAN’T LIE TO MY HEART
10.L.I.A.R
11.GO FOR BROKE

BONUS TRACKS
12.ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE (ALBUM VERSION-MORE GUITAR)
13.ALL HEAVEN BROKE LOOSE
(SINGLE VERSION-MORE VOCAL)
14.JUST FOR YOU (RADIO EDIT)
15.JUST FOR YOU (THE BALLADS,FULL LENGTH VERSION)
16.'TIL THE RIVERS RUN DRY (THE BALLADS)

DISC NINE:
1. DON'TLETHIMGO(KEMPERARENA1985)
2. TOUGHGUYS(KEMPERARENA1985)
3. TAKEITONTHERUN(KEMPERARENA1985)
4. I DO WANNA KNOW (KEMPER ARENA 1985)
5. CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING (KEMPER ARENA 1985)
6. KEEP THE FIRE BURNING (ROCKFORD METRO CENTRE 1983)
7. ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (ROCKFORD METRO CENTRE 1983)
8. THAT AIN’T LOVE (KIEL AUDITORIUM, ST LOUIS 1987)
9. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN (BLAISDELL ARENA, HONOLULU 1989)
10.LIVE IT UP (CLUB EASTBROOK, GRAND RAPIDS)
11.ROLL WITH THE CHANGES (DENVER, CO 1981)
12.RIDIN' THE STORM OUT (DENVER, CO 1981)
13.KEEP ON LOVIN' YOU (INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1984)
14.JOHNNY B. GOODE (INDIANAPOLIS, IN 1985)
15.CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING (GRAND RAPIDS, MI 1990)
16.SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODNIGHT ALPINE VALLEY, WI 1980)
17.TIME FOR ME TO FLY (ST. LOUIS, MO 1987)