Ridin' the Storm Out
Ridin' the Storm Out is the third studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1973. It peaked at number 171 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1981, reaching platinum status in 1989, it was the first album to feature Mike Murphy on vocals. The sessions started out with Kevin Cronin, but he left the band before the album was finished, due to creative differences; the title track would become a hit for the band on their live album, after Cronin had returned to the band. The song refers to the band being stuck in a harsh winter blizzard after a show in Boulder, Colorado, at a bar named Tulagi's; the album includes a new composition by Stephen Stills, "Open Up", never recorded by Stills himself or any of his bands, though "Know You Got to Run" from Stephen Stills 2 is an embryonic version of the song. "Know You Got to Run" consists of only verses and uses a sombre acoustic folk arrangement, while "Open Up" includes a chorus and uses an up-tempo rock arrangement. Cronin's original version of "Son of a Poor Man" is featured on the compilation albums A Decade of Rock and Roll: 1970-1980, The Essential REO Speedwagon.
"Son of a Poor Man" and "Ridin' the Storm Out" were featured on the live album Live: You Get What You Play For. The studio version of "Ridin' the Storm Out" with Cronin on vocals was released on the compilation Box Set Series in 2014, as a downloadable track in the music video game Rock Band. All songs written except where noted. Side one"Ridin' the Storm Out" – 4:12 "Whiskey Night" – 4:42 "Oh Woman" – 2:46 "Find My Fortune" – 2:53 "Open Up" – 3:31Side two"Movin'" – 3:20 "Son of a Poor Man" – 3:44 "Start a New Life" – 3:50 "It's Everywhere" – 3:26 "Without Expression" – 3:51 REO Speedwagon Mike Murphy - lead vocals Gary Richrath – guitar, lead vocal on "Find My Fortune" Neal Doughty – keyboards Gregg Philbin – bass Alan Gratzer – drumsAdditional personnelGene Estes - percussion Guille Garcia - percussion Joe Walsh - slide guitar on "Whiskey Night", "Open Up" and "Start A New Life" Gloria Jones - backing vocals Carolyn Willis - backing vocals Oma Drake - backing vocals
Good Trouble is the tenth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1982 as a follow-up to Hi Infidelity. It was the second-best selling album in the band's history, subsequently tied with Wheels Are Turnin', peaking at #7 on the Billboard charts; the single "Keep the Fire Burnin'" gave the band a #7 hit on Billboard's Pop Singles Chart and a #2 hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their highest-charting hit on this chart. None of the songs from this album have been performed by the band in concert since 1983 except "Keep the Fire Burnin'", played as an acoustic version in their two shows at Valencia, Venezuela during the "Live As We Know It Tour'87," and has been played in more recent years. "The Key" was part of a five-song medley the band performed during their 2001 tour. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos. Kevin Cronin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano Gary Richrath – lead guitar Neal Doughty – keyboards Bruce Hall – bass, backing vocals Alan Gratzer – drums, backing vocalsAdditional personnel Steve Forman – percussion Tom Kelly – backing vocals Richard Page – backing vocalsProduction Produced By Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer & Kevin Beamish Engineers: Kevin Beamish Assistant Engineers: Bruce Barris, Tom Cummings Mastering: Jeff Sanders
Lost in a Dream (REO Speedwagon album)
Lost in a Dream is the fourth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1974. It peaked at number 98 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1975, It was the second album to feature Mike Murphy on vocals; the title track was written by Murphy and future bassist Bruce Hall, who would join the band in 1978. The title track was featured on the compilation A Decade of Rock and Roll: 1970-1980; the album was in print on CD format in 1992 for two months before being deleted. REO Speedwagon Mike Murphy - lead vocals Gary Richrath – guitar, lead vocals on "Wild as the Western Wind" Neal Doughty – keyboards Gregg Philbin – bass, backing vocals Alan Gratzer – drums, backing vocals Album - Billboard
Nine Lives (REO Speedwagon album)
Nine Lives is the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. It peaked at number #33 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1979; the album went gold on December 5, 1979. The title Nine Lives was chosen because the album was the band's ninth, including their live album, it featured nine songs, it was the last REO album to prominently feature a more hard rock sound. The group would turn to more pop-oriented material with 1980's Hi Infidelity. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos; the track "Only The Strong Survive" later appeared on Gary Richrath's 1992 album Only the Strong Survive. REO Speedwagon Kevin Cronin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Gary Richrath – lead guitar Neal Doughty – keyboards Bruce Hall – bass, backing vocals Alan Gratzer – drums, backing vocalsAdditional personnelBill Champlin – backing vocals Steve Forman – percussion Tom Kelly – backing vocalsProductionProducers: Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Kevin Beamish Engineers: Kevin Beamish, Gary Lubow Arranger: Kevin Cronin Associate Producer: Alan Gratzer Production Assistance: Gary Lubow Assistant engineers: Steve Williams, D. C. Snyder Direction: John Baruck, Alex Kochan, Tom Consolo, JoAnn D'Agostino, Lynne Kirkwood Art direction: Tom Drennon Design: Tom Drennon, Ginger Canzoneri Cover photographer: John Bilecky Center spread and portrait photography: Neal Preston Back cover cat illustrations: Ginger Canzoneri Models: Candy Moore, Lindy Thorp, Shyanne Rippee, Karen Bilecky
The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that has six strings. It is played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger/fingernails of one hand, while fretting with the fingers of the other hand; the sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker. The guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning; the modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar, the steel-string acoustic guitar, the archtop guitar, sometimes called a "jazz guitar"; the tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the strings' vibration, amplified by the hollow body of the guitar, which acts as a resonating chamber.
The classical guitar is played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive finger-picking technique where each string is plucked individually by the player's fingers, as opposed to being strummed. The term "finger-picking" can refer to a specific tradition of folk, blues and country guitar playing in the United States; the acoustic bass guitar is a low-pitched instrument, one octave below a regular guitar. Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, use an amplifier and a loudspeaker that both makes the sound of the instrument loud enough for the performers and audience to hear, given that it produces an electric signal when played, that can electronically manipulate and shape the tone using an equalizer and a huge variety of electronic effects units, the most used ones being distortion and reverb. Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but solid wood guitars began to dominate during the 1960s and 1970s, as they are less prone to unwanted acoustic feedback "howls"; as with acoustic guitars, there are a number of types of electric guitars, including hollowbody guitars, archtop guitars and solid-body guitars, which are used in rock music.
The loud, amplified sound and sonic power of the electric guitar played through a guitar amp has played a key role in the development of blues and rock music, both as an accompaniment instrument and performing guitar solos, in many rock subgenres, notably heavy metal music and punk rock. The electric guitar has had a major influence on popular culture; the guitar is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, country, folk, jota, metal, reggae, rock and many forms of pop. Before the development of the electric guitar and the use of synthetic materials, a guitar was defined as being an instrument having "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, a flat back, most with incurved sides." The term is used to refer to a number of chordophones that were developed and used across Europe, beginning in the 12th century and in the Americas. A 3,300-year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard playing a stringed instrument is the oldest iconographic representation of a chordophone and clay plaques from Babylonia show people playing an instrument that has a strong resemblance to the guitar, indicating a possible Babylonian origin for the guitar.
The modern word guitar, its antecedents, has been applied to a wide variety of chordophones since classical times and as such causes confusion. The English word guitar, the German Gitarre, the French guitare were all adopted from the Spanish guitarra, which comes from the Andalusian Arabic قيثارة and the Latin cithara, which in turn came from the Ancient Greek κιθάρα. Which comes from the Persian word "sihtar"; this pattern of naming is visible in setar and sitar. The word "tar" at the end of all of these words is a Persian word that means "string". Many influences are cited as antecedents to the modern guitar. Although the development of the earliest "guitars" is lost in the history of medieval Spain, two instruments are cited as their most influential predecessors, the European lute and its cousin, the four-string oud. At least two instruments called "guitars" were in use in Spain by 1200: the guitarra latina and the so-called guitarra morisca; the guitarra morisca had a rounded back, wide fingerboard, several sound holes.
The guitarra Latina had a narrower neck. By the 14th century the qualifiers "moresca" or "morisca" and "latina" had been dropped, these two cordophones were referred to as guitars; the Spanish vihuela, called in Italian the "viola da mano", a guitar-like instrument of the 15th and 16th centuries, is considered to have been the single most important influence in the development of the baroque guitar. It had six courses, lute-like tuning in fourths and a guitar-like body, although early representations reveal an instrument with a cut waist, it was larger than the contemporary four-course guitars. By the 16th century, the vihuela's construction had more in common with the modern guitar, with its curved one-piece ribs, than with the viols, more like a larger version of the contemporary four-course guita
You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish
You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish is the seventh studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1978. It was their first album to be co-produced by lead singer Kevin Cronin and lead guitarist Gary Richrath; the album was REO's first to make the Top 40, peaking at No. 29. The album sold over 2 million copies in the US; this is the first album to feature Bruce Hall on bass. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos; the hit "Time for Me to Fly" has since become one of the band's best-known songs, was covered in a bluegrass arrangement by Dolly Parton on her 1989 album White Limozeen. In 2005, the album cover was featured on Pitchfork Media's list of "The Worst Record Covers of All Time", in 2014 its title was featured in NME's list of "The 50 Worst Album Titles in History". REO Speedwagon Kevin Cronin – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano Gary Richrath – lead and rhythm guitars Neal Doughty – piano, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer Bruce Hall – bass Alan Gratzer – drumsAdditional personnel Lon Price – saxophone Angelle Trosclair, Denise McCall, Denny Henson, Tom Kelly – backing vocalsProduction Paul Grupp – producer, engineer John Boylan – executive producer
REO Speedwagon discography
This article lists the discography of American rock band, REO Speedwagon. The band formed in the autumn of 1967 by Neal Doughty. REO Speedwagon released their debut album, R. E. O. Speedwagon, in 1971, they have undergone many changes of personnel over the years, today Neal Doughty is the only member from the original line-up still with the band. The other members are Kevin Cronin, Bruce Hall, Dave Amato, Bryan Hitt. Note: REO Speedwagon has several songs that never charted as singles but obtain airplay on classic rock stations; those include "Keep Pushin'", "Back on the Road Again", "Golden Country", "Like You Do", "Only the Strong Survive". Although listed here because they charted on the Mainstream Rock charts, "Tough Guys", "Out of Season", "Stillness of the Night" and "Good Trouble" were not released as singles. REO Speedwagon on Facebook