REO Speedwagon

Keep on Rollin'

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By this point, it's expected for a few key tracks to be missing from every budget-priced collection of a classic rock band. After all, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that it's an easy way for record labels to entice customers to go back and hopefully buy other titles from the same group. But the ten-track REO Speedwagon taster Keep on Rollin' is one of the few affordable collections to include nearly all of the favorites you'd expect from these veteran arena rockers. Additionally, Keep on Rollin' doesn't pull another sneaky move that often happens with budget-priced collections -- no modern-day live recordings are included here, only the best-known original versions (save for a live take of "Ridin' the Storm Out," which is plucked from 1977's Live: You Get What You Play For). REO's '70s and '80s era can be split into three separate categories, all of which are touched upon here: blue-collar rockers ("Roll with the Changes," "Take It on the Run"), arena rockers ("Keep the Fire Burnin'," "Keep on Loving You"), and MTV-approved rockers ("Can't Fight This Feeling"). Admittedly, Keep on Rollin' is not a thorough, career-encompassing REO Speedwagon collection, but for those searching for a worthy sampler, it can't be beat.

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