Wednesday, July 15, 2009

REO's Live: You Get What You Play For

Don't you love the circular wear marks on this album? CD's don't do that. The music holds up great from 30-plus years ago. Along with Seger's Live Bullet, REO's Live: You Get What You Play For is the other bookend live album and co-soundtrack of my highschool years at good old R-B. Released in the classic "double live" format in 1977, some of the songs were recorded at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta. On Skynyrd's classic double live album, before one of their encores, Ronnie Van Zant gives a shout out and thanks concert promoter "Mr. Alex Cooley," - aka the Mayor of Atlanta Music. REO lost some major luster (and harder rock edge) when Gary Richrath (from East Peoria, IL) left (or was asked to leave) the band. I looked up those circumastances on Wiki, and read Gary “was asked to leave REO Speedwagon in 1989.” Gary explains it at his own site:

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