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Kevin Cronin (vocals, guitar)
Gary richrath (guitar)
Neal Doughty (keyboards)
Bruce Hall (bass)
Alan Gratzer (drums)
Produced by: Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath
Engineered by: Kevin Beamish, Gary Lubow
Mixed by : tbd
Digitally Remastered by: Jon Astley
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology. 16 page full colour booklet - 3,500 word essay, new interview with Kevin Cronin, enhanced artwork and rare photos. The title says it all. REO Speedwagon had been knocking out albums since the early seventies, forever the support band and virtually unknown outside their American mid-west stomping ground. Naming their album 'Nine Lives' was a tribute to the fact that they had managed to record nine albums for EPIC records, a truly amazing feat baring in mind that they had yet to secure a hit single or even secure a foothold in the trendy East and West Coast concert halls. The band's previous album had signalled a shift in style towards a slightly more refined sound and 'Nine Lives' continued with that transition. This time around the sound was more forthright, with Richrath and Cronin really hitting their stride, reminiscent of the classic vocal/guitar foyle of say Plant/Page or Tyler/Perry. Tracks such as 'Heavy On Your Love', 'Only The Strong Survive', 'Drop It' and 'Back On The Road Again' suggested a band on the cusp of something very big indeed. Although 'Nine Lives', originally issued in 1979 and produced by the band and Kevin Beamish, didn't achieve massive sales it did reposition the band as vital contenders, something that came to fruition on the following album 'Hi-Fidelity'. It was also a record that was in synch with the times; sharp shooting yet melodic hard rock sitting somewhere between Aerosmith and Cheap Trick with great songs and even greater attitude.
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