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.
Live album by rock band REO Speedwagon, which was released as a double-LP in 1977. It was recorded at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, the Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiel Auditorium in Saint Louis, Missouri, and Alex Cooley Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
Label: Epic – EPC 88265, Epic – EPC 82185
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: UK England
“”Like You Do”” (Richrath) -6:54
“”Lay Me Down”” (Richrath, Philbin) -3:39
“”Any Kind of Love”” (Richrath) -3:34
“”Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes)”” (Cronin) -6:35
“”Keep Pushin'”” (Cronin) -4:06
“”(Only A) Summer Love”” (Richrath) -6:05
“”Son of a Poor Man”” (Richrath) -5:30
“”(I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come”” (Cronin) -4:49
“”Flying Turkey Trot”” (Richrath) -2:35
“”Gary Guitar Solo””(*) (Richrath) – 6:10 =====> (only on this LP not on the CD!! omitted from the CD edition.)
“”157 Riverside Avenue”” (Richrath, Philbin, Doughty, Gratzer, Luttrell) -7:38
“”Ridin’ the Storm Out”” (Richrath) – 5:47
“”Music Man”” (Cronin) -2:58
“”Little Queenie””(*) (Chuck Berry)- 4:45
“”Golden Country”” (Richrath, Luttrell) -8:26 =====>(only on this LP not on the CD!! omitted from the CD edition.)
UK print. England
one of those classic albums that can be played when everything else isn’t hitting the spot. I do generally prefer music less produced and rawer which is maybe why these songs sound so much better than the studio versions, they just come alive much more as they are being played in front of an audience. REO became a factory of power ballads, for good or bad, but like ZZ Top their pre platinum album work is more authentic. They are a very positive band and great to see live.
Guitar and keyboard/organ based, melodic and heart-felt songs; all the songs here are great, including a powerful anti-racist song. There must be more than a hint of folk in all this.
For me this album is a rock treasure that will sadly probably never be recognised as the classic it is imho – but that doesn’t mean you don’t.
1977 LIVE: YOU GET WHAT YOU PLAY FOR does a splendid job of capturing a young and hungry REO Speedwagon in full-on concert mode. Before REO conquered the charts after re-inventing themselves as a pop-heavy outfit in the early ’80s, the band was a non-stop touring machine, specialising in good time rocking’ tunes and the odd ballad here and there–which is exactly what you get with LIVE.
Highlights include the rockers “”Like You Do”” and “”Keep Pushin’,””
NOTE THAT: the CD version of LIVE: YOU GET WHAT YOU PLAY FOR cuts out several songs originally included on the double record version (such as a cover of Chuck Berry “”Little Queenie”” and “”Gary Guitar Solo”” an extended solo by guitarist Gary Richrath).