Wheels Are Turnin'

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Wheels Are Turnin'
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 1984 (1984-11-05)
RecordedJanuary–August 1984
ProducerKevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer
REO Speedwagon chronology
Good Trouble
Wheels Are Turnin'
Life as We Know It
Singles from Wheels Are Turnin'
  1. "I Do' Wanna Know"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Can't Fight This Feeling"
    Released: December 31, 1984 (UK); January 23, 1985 (US)
  3. "One Lonely Night"
    Released: 1985
  4. "Live Every Moment"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Wheels Are Turnin' is the eleventh studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in late 1984 (see 1984 in music). It is their second best-selling album, tied with Good Trouble, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The lead single was "I Do' Wanna Know," which stalled at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] But the second single, "Can't Fight This Feeling," was REO's second and longest-running number one single. Other singles released were "One Lonely Night" and "Live Every Moment"; these singles also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #19 and #34, respectively.[2] The singles from the album also had success on other Billboard charts: "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "I Do' Wanna Know" each reached #5 on the Mainstream Rock chart, with "One Lonely Night" reaching #17, and "Can't Fight This Feeling" and "One Lonely Night" reached #3 and #10, respectively on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3][4][5]

Billboard writer Kim Freeman suggested that the release of "I Do' Wanna Know" before "Can't Fight This Feeling" could be regarded as an "oversight."[6] However, lead singer Kevin Cronin, who wrote both songs, disagreed, stating "not all singles are released to be hits."[6] Paul Grein attributed the initial sluggish sales of Wheels Are Turnin' before the release of "Can't Fight This Feeling" to the fact that "I Do' Wanna Know" was not successful with pop radio stations and noted that sales began to take off only after the release of the second single.[7][8]

In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos; the LP version contained a cut-out stroboscope.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."I Do' Wanna Know"Kevin Cronin4:12
2."One Lonely Night"Neal Doughty3:20
3."Thru the Window"Bruce Hall, Jeffery B. Hall5:01
4."Rock 'N Roll Star"Cronin, Tom Kelly, Gary Richrath3:40
5."Live Every Moment"Cronin4:56
Side two
6."Can't Fight This Feeling"Cronin4:54
7."Gotta Feel More"Cronin, Kelly, Richrath4:26
8."Break His Spell"Richrath2:57
9."Wheels Are Turnin'"Cronin5:47


REO Speedwagon
Additional personnel
  • Bill Cuomo – orchestration on "Can't Fight This Feeling"
  • Steve Forman – percussion on "Thru the Window", "Live Every Moment", and "Wheels Are Turnin'"
  • Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals
  • Tom Kelly – backing vocals
  • Richard Page – backing vocals


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-25. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-26. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Adult Contemporary: REO Speedwagon". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2016-09-26. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Billboard Top Rock Tracks". Billboard Magazine. November 24, 1984. p. 18. Retrieved 2016-09-26. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b Freeman, Kim (March 16, 1985). "REO Comes Back, Crosses Over". Billboard Magazine. p. 42. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (January 26, 1985). "Chart Beat". Billboard Magazine. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  8. ^ Grein, Paul (March 9, 1985). "Chart Beat". Billboard Magazine. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-10-04.