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Authority control MusicBrainz release group. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. I bought this album on cassette when it first came out and loved it right from the start. My affection for the album has gone undiminished in the decades since its release. I didn't know what to think about the 'Crystal Demos' as I'd never heard anything about them; I didn't even know they existed.
There are demos, recorded 'live in the studio', of nine of the ten album tracks. The vocals aren't as polished as on the album, as you'd expect from 'live in the studio' recordings, but this isn't a drawback. The best thing about these demos is the guitar sound; it hasn't been produced to the point of disappearance as on the album.
It's the sound of a real guitar, live in the studio, well-recorded and slightly 'forward' in the mix. The album is as good as it ever was, but you might just find yourself playing these demos more often than the album! I love the album, but ran into digital flaws on disk 1 tracks 9 and 10 -- both of tracks have dropouts in them which wreck a wonderful listening experience.
I don't know if anyone else has run into this. I downloaded the audio files from the disk to check them and it's not my hearing -- the two tracks do have spots on the waveforms where the audio signal vanishes. At first I thought it was just that particular disk, but Amazon was kind enough to replace it, and the flaws are in the same spots on the new disk.
I also have the CD pressing, and there are no dropouts on those original tracks. So if others have found this same thing, time to let Epic - Legacy know so they can fix it. The band's too good to lose sales to this. This is a great album by REO and is full of hit songs. The dynamics and detail of the LP are just exceptional.
Don't hesitate if you want this album on vinyl - you can't do better than this. Highly recommended! This is the third time "High Infidelity" has been remastered. The new 30th Anniversary remaster is cleaner, brighter with even more detail than the second "Essential Rock Classics" version that was released about 10 years ago and a huge improvement over the original "Now Made In the USA" CD from the mid 80's which sounded flat and thin.
That CD was probably mastered from a second or third generation copy instead of the original studio tape. I hate to use a cliche, but even if you've heard this album a zillion times, you'll be noticing little details in the mix that you've never heard before with this new edition.
Gary Richrath's melodic guitar work really shines in this remaster. And its great to finally hear the "lost" Crystal Demos after all these years of Kevin talking about them. It was REO's good luck and fortune that they had written a great batch of songs for this album.
It's fascinating hearing the early versions. Neil's keyboards are missing and Gary's still trying to figure out his solos, but I agree with Kevin they pretty much had the album "in the can" before they later tried to re-record it in a better studio. I really like the "dry" and basic production of the Crystal Demos. The demos sound closer to the classic REO albums of the 70's instead of the "big 80's" production and cavernous arena reverb of the finished album.
The sound quality of these demos is very good, but there are some slight channel dropouts here and there. I do wish the compilers would have put the demos in the running order of the original LP and added live versions King Biscuit or radio interviews from the same era if they still exist in the vaults. It just seems too stretched out for two discs.
Despite that, if you love this album and want to discover how it was made, go get it. And I agree with another reviewer that it would be awesome if this great album was released on record again. It might even make REO cool with young hipsters who collect those "vinyls" lol. It should sound great, but the demos on this CD won't be included in that reissue. Had this album when it came out on vinyl and lost to an ex-girlfiend Brings me back to the 80s the last era music was good.
Great CD set. Great product, superquick ship, thank you! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I cant give this 5 stars cos it aint a 5 star album,its a great album but sorry not 5 stars. Back in the day i would have give this 3 maybe 3. However Disc 2 is what gets it too the 4 stars, the 'Crystal demos,the entire album except 'Out of Season' recorded before the producer got his fairy dust out,tougher heavier and in some cases much better. Throw in a superb sound and excellent booklet then this is the go to version.
Reo Speedwagon; first grabbed my attention on the release of the single: Keep on loving you in early Reaching no' seven on the UK singles chart; I immediately loved everything about it; the sentiment in the lyrics,that wonderful infectious keyboard sound,lead singer Kevin Cronnin's passionate vocals.. The album it came from Hi-infidelity - is a pretty fine effort too,and second single: Take it on the run - continues the fine form.
Opening track: Don't let him go - is a strong,powerful start; that keyboard again ,guitars etc - brilliant! Despite the stigma of this type of - US led - rock music,i have always loved the genre. Although Hi-infidelity doesn't quite achieve classic album status; it's still a very fine album release by Reo speedwagon.
Drive all music snobs and pretentious music journalist,on one such vehicle - into the ether With this 30th anniversary of Hi-infidelity: Now including; a second disc of; demos,out-takes etc. Report abuse. This masterpiece by REO Speedwagon has been out since and been reviewed many times so I'm not going to give a track by track review here.
However what I will do is give my opinion about this particular version the Sony 'Mastersound' edition. Sadly long out of print, Sony inherited the Mastersound concept from CBS records which it swallowed up many moons ago. Originally Mastersound releases were on Vinyl rather than on CD and were of a superior quality to regular releases.
They were a premium quality, often reverting to the original master tapes and utilising virgin vinyl rather than the recycled dross common at the time. Naturally sound quality was considerably improved but at a price premium. Mastersound CD releases are designed to sound superior to the then standard releases as they utilised the following features: 1 The Original Master Tapes of the release were sourced ensuring the best possible starting point, rather than relying on some multiple copied tape.
After all if the source is no good no post production will improve that. This has the advantages of better reflectivity and greater resistance to tarnish. All of these factors are meant to add up to superior quality over the standard release. And they do. Sound quality is dramatically improved over the then standard release.
Treble is clearer, mid range is more active and bass is more punchy. All of this can be experienced on reasonable equipment. This particular edition is becoming collectible as it was deleted many years ago so a good second hand version is probably the only chance of getting one. Since this release 'Hi Infidelity' has been released again as a 30th Anniversary edition with bonus tracks and more modern remastering. The difference is now much more blurred though I think this just about squeezes it for sound quality.
As a result it is worth hunting out. You'll be very lucky to get a sealed new version. So if you appreciate this awesome work then hunt out this edition. It pops up occasionally on Amazon and be prepared for a sonic treat. High quality sound and delivered with great speed with one other album.
Unfortunately the content is slightly overrate. It was to replace old one. Just love these cds. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You. Listen Now with Amazon Music. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.
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Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by American rock band REO Speedwagon, released on November 21, by Epic Records. The album became a big hit in the United States, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by American rock band REO Speedwagon, released on November 21, by Epic Records. The album became a big hit in. This item: Hi Infidelity. by REO Speedwagon Audio CD. $ Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Ships from and sold by Media Medley. · You Can Tune A Piano, But.