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REO Speedwagon built their audience through constant touring. Often, their live shows were more exciting than their records, which is what makes You Get What You Play For, a live run-through of their greatest hits, one of their better records of the era.

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One of my top three live albums of the 70's!

This album is what gave "Air Guitar" its genisis! The recording quality and performance make this the front row experience live albums were supposed to be. Even now in 2006, songs like Golden Country make this a timeless album. The Boogie Woogie piano on 157 Riverside Avenue make me rue the day I passed on piano lessons. Kevin Cronin's singing is at it's gritty prime and the rhythm section Regis Philbin and Alan Gratzer bring it all together with the tightest performance a live band can achieve, but I have to give Gary Richrath the credit he deserves for giving everyone the need to play air guitar! His solo on Flying Turkey Trot is unbelievable. but you will only find that on the LP release. The CD cut the solo as did Itunes, which I find very dissappointing as it is really one of the most proficient solo's of 70's! (Yeah, yeah... Freebird rules) I hope the band can get the executives and Itunes to release it in its entirety with the proper digital remastering it truly deserves. You will not go away dissappointed with this purchase. Midwest Arena Rock at its best!

artistic high-water mark

this album (yes, album) represents, in my opinion, the artistic high-water mark for this phenomenal midwest 1970s band. of course, the band experienced commercial success with subsequent albums. but if you want to understand how the driving guitar licks of gary richrath sustained and catapulted this band to stardom, this is the essential buy. you cannot walk away from "golden country" without concluding that gary richrath might just be one of the most under-rated guitarists of the 70s. from the opening track, "like you do" until the end, this disc just keeps impressing. buy this disc. you will not regret it.

Fantastic, but...

Epic needs to release the entire album, the way it was released on LP back in 1977. Add the two missing tracks, or expand this great, great album to include even more. Can't get enough REO.


Formed: 1967 in Champaign, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Three bands were the undisputed arena rock kings of the early '80s -- Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon -- yet all weren't overnight success stories (in fact, each group began pursuing different musical styles originally -- prog rock, fusion, and straight-ahead hard rock, respectively, before transforming slowly into chart-topping mainstream rockers). REO Speedwagon first formed in 1968, via a pair of University of Illinois students, keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer. After graduation,...
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