REO Speedwagon – their first Album as limited Edition in Coloured Vinyl
The classic debut album from one of America’s most successful acts of the seventies and eighties. Recorded in 1971, REO Speedwagon was the only album recorded with singer Terry Luttrell until Kevin Cronin joined the band for REO Speedwagon T.W.O.
This album had more of a progressive rock sound than later stadium rock/adult contemporary works that made them famous. The album produced the fan favorites 157 Riverside Avenue, Sophisticated Lady and Lay Me Down .
REO Speedwagon first formed in 1968…
…via a pair of University of Illinois students, keyboardist Neal Doughty and drummer Alan Gratzer. After graduation, the group signed on with manager Irving Azoff (who would later guide the careers of the Eagles and Steely Dan). By the early 70s, Doughty and Gratzer had welcomed aboard guitarist Gary Richrath, who would soon prove to be the group’s spark plug (and one of rock’s more underrated players), in addition to bassist Gregg Philbin and singer Terry Luttrell. This is the lineup featured on the quintet’s 1971 self-titled debut recording for Epic Records. This is a band that’s quite different from the arena-conquering rockers of a decade later.
Label: Yellow Label (SPV)