1. Time for some upgrades in server hardware and software to enhance security and take AK to the next level. Please contribute what you can to sales@audiokarma.org at PayPal.com - Thanks from the AK Team
    Dismiss Notice

REO Speedwagon -- Hi Infidelity

Discussion in 'Music Reviews' started by BBQDad, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

    Messages:
    39,264
    Location:
    Ligne Maginot
    The great, flat central plains of Illinois had and have a penchant for country-tinged rock. In addition to REO, the fertile crescent of Urbana-Champaign / Decatur / Bloomington-Normal / Peoria yielded Head East, Roadside Band, and Appaloosa.
     

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. Mystic

    Mystic We're all born mad

    Messages:
    39,264
    Location:
    Ligne Maginot
    In 100% agreement. We called him Kevin Groanin'.
     
  3. groupw

    groupw New Member

    Messages:
    38
    I was in college and "worked" at our campus radio station when this was released. It would be an understatement to say there was a great deal of anticipation for this album. Our station philosophy was to play what the commercial stations weren't. We had a few on our staff that had this in heavy rotation the first week by which time the commercial stations were all over it. Just as well. We were done with it by then. It was OK, but wore out its welcome quickly.
     
  4. Raynie

    Raynie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    882
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014
  5. 131east23

    131east23 ...near Frank's Pizza!

    Messages:
    3,500
    Location:
    Oregon
    Well engineered album that sounds great in LP format. The vinyl has the wow factor you are looking for as demonstration record that shows off your system.
     
  6. 1tumbleweed

    1tumbleweed Kozmik Kowboy Subscriber

    Messages:
    6,090
    Location:
    Colorado Front Range
    Friday Night Fights!

    Kevin Cronin vs. Gary Richrath = Jack Bruce vs. Ginger Baker = Dennis DeYoung vs. The Rest Of The Band

    Ain't Rn'R fun?:D

    Happy trails,
    Larry B.
     

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  7. Unabubba

    Unabubba Active Member

    Messages:
    225
    Yes, I do recall that was the point at which I missed the days of watching REO Speedwagon playing in cornfields at local college keg parties throughout the midwest. Nothing like their earlier performances.
     
  8. stereofanboy

    stereofanboy Addicted Member

    Messages:
    6,161
    Location:
    Pensacola
    That album always reminds me of a particularly pleasant 1984 summer day that I spent listening to High Infidelity with a particularly pleasant young lady.
     
  9. Phase700b

    Phase700b AK Lurker & Kinsman

    Messages:
    605
    Location:
    S.Central Wisconsin
    I have the album and bought it brand new back in early '81 in time to put it on cassette for a trip to Florida in April.

    I was a young man. Still enjoy it now and then.

    As to the "Midwestern twang" of the Kevin Cronin. . . he does have an unusual voice for someone from Illinois or the Midwest in general I think. Always sounded a bit nasal to me, but is his style.

    "Midwestern twang". . . ?:scratch2:

    I may take umbrage with that. . .. :D
     
  10. 131east23

    131east23 ...near Frank's Pizza!

    Messages:
    3,500
    Location:
    Oregon
    A. That's why I'll never get rid of my records.
    B. Class of '79 here also.
    C. My rule: when the ladies were in the car they chose the music.
     
  11. zeffer1940

    zeffer1940 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    266
    Location:
    Sylvania oHIo
    yes 79, high school.. it was on super heavy rotation, as well as playing live here in NW oHIo, like enough....when it was
    not playing it was Styx Come sail away...over and over...........We were really ready for the 80's
     

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  12. Danimal1969

    Danimal1969 The Tall Guy Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,066
    I bought this album when it 1st came out. Loved it as a kid. A couple years ago I found a half speed mastered version and was thrilled. Totally still love this album. I know the music is on the cheesy side, but it brings back good memories.
     
    dosmalo likes this.
  13. Dude111

    Dude111 Analogue is Awesome

    Messages:
    1,668
    I dont like this album as much as thier 1984 record,THAT ONE I LOVE!!!

    Every song also............
     
  14. BigElCat

    BigElCat Mmm Hmm Subscriber

    Messages:
    7,794
    Location:
    South of Kansas City
    I just ordered the 30th Anniversary edition CD.

    Loved this album as a kid, Class of '82.
     
  15. prisoners

    prisoners AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,514
    Location:
    Addison, Il
    I was 13 when this came out and everyone bought it. This past summer i saw them for the first time (was never much of a fan) and was completely shocked at how much I enjoyed them. I've since gone back and listened to not only this record again but many for the first time. I absolutely love 'You Get What You Play For', especially 'Like You Do' and 'Golden Country".
     
  16. Bosphrous

    Bosphrous Active Member

    Messages:
    164
    Location:
    Brunswick, ME
    This album is my third-favorite REO album, and I love it. My #1 and #2 favorites are the album that came right after this: Good Trouble, and the last album with Gary Richrath on it: Life As We Know It.
    I love how Hi-Fi starts off with a low feedback from Gary's guitar. The vocals/lyrics/overall song presentation are extremely confident, and Kevin Cronin is one of the best songwriters (and singers) I've heard. His pronunciation is always clear, and you never have to wonder what it is he's singing.
    My favorite song on Hi-Fi, is, without a doubt, Tough Guys, which enjoyed a great deal of success on the air, amidst darkness from everywhere: Running With the Devil, Not Talking about Love, tunes from Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and "AC/DC".
    Tough Guys was one of the biggest coups des tat in pop music history. It was a direct jab at all the bands of the era that felt the need to project a "big and bad" image. I have a special place in my heart for Tough Guys.
    It is my opinion that Take It On The Run (written by Gary Richrath) is one of the most well-crafted tunes ever, and although it is one of the earliest of the genre, is the best rock ballad I have ever heard. Gary's solo is a case study in how to create a compelling and meaningful solo. Tenderness and determination are in equal supply in this song, and I think that is one of the reasons it works so well.
    Shakin It Loose, like Tough Guys, is another high-flying rocker. While a tiny bit more sedate than the later Let's Be Bop (or the earlier Back On the Road Again), it was classic REO, especially in concert.
    I enjoyed very much the 1950's flavor of In Your Letter.
    Although I hate it when I hear the word "love" supplanted for "sex", Keep On Loving You is still a masterpiece. Follow My Heart, Wish You Were There and Someone Tonight always satisfy, and show Kevin's remarkable songwriting talent.
    The music to Out Of Season should have been re-written with a snappier line and more hooks, with perhaps a comic edge, because of the several other tunes on the album that had a sad tinge to them.
    REO created a much more controlled sound with Hi-Infidelity than on their previous albums with Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall. Speaking of Bruce, I think he and Kevin is one of the best vocal duets in rock (hear chorus on Shakin' It Loose).
    Kevin Cronin's exemplary showmanship and talent shine brightly on Hi-Infidelity. With a rythymn section of Alan Gratzer and Bruce Hall, there was only one way this album was going: Up.
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2017

     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  17. prisoners

    prisoners AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,514
    Location:
    Addison, Il
    Hey now....there's nothing wrong with the bands you mentioned. They might not be your favorites, but dismissing their performance and songwriting skills because they differ from REO (certainly a great act) is displaying an uninformed opinion.
     
  18. jimmkitts

    jimmkitts Active Member

    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    North East, MD
    Even though I liked this album at the time of it's release, I have come to see it as a portent of the demise of REO. They went from a rock band (157 Riverside Avenue, Riding The Storm Out, Back On The Road Again) to a pop band (Take It On The Run, Keep On Loving You). And even though Kevin Cronin was definitely an amazing vocalist, my favorite song was Back On The Road sung by Bruce Hall.
     
    Dude111 likes this.
  19. safebet

    safebet Long live vintage! Subscriber

    Messages:
    227
    Location:
    New England
    The LP does sound pretty good albeit over produced as had become the trend at the time. The album was easy to make fun of probably because many of us had seen them in rocking harder in concert, but for me personally it was hearing "heard it from a friend who..." ad nauseum on every radio everywhere I went for so many months.

    Riding the Storm Out is a very good album but I do love REO TWO, especially the tune "Like you Do". There are some other gems but overall the earlier period exemplifies a modestly talented band finding their sound whereas with Hi Infidelity, the producers forced their sound.
     
  20. Bosphrous

    Bosphrous Active Member

    Messages:
    164
    Location:
    Brunswick, ME
    They, like many bands, were victim of the "heavy rotation" syndrome. REO rocked just as hard on the H-Fi tour and subsequent tours as they did before-hand. Gary wrote Take It On The Run, and its still my favorite rock ballad. The song actually MEANS something (has cohesive, coherent lyrics), and that's more than I can say for a lot of tunes.
    "Heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend"? If you haven't had your heart ripped out by actually experiencing something like this, then it maybe can seem contrived.
    If Lay Me Down had appeared on the Hi-Fi album, you'd object to it.
    I think Good Trouble rocks a little harder than Hi-Infidelity, but with the volumnous airplay of tracks on Hi-Fi, I think we were all glad to see REO getting the recognition that they long-deserved.
     

Share This Page