The Info List - Hi Infidelity

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Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by the band REO Speedwagon, it was released on November 21, 1980 (see 1980 in music). The album became a big hit in the United States peaking at number one on the Billboard 200. It went on to become one of the biggest selling rock albums of 1981, eventually being certified ten times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. From the singles released, the band got their first of two number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "Keep On Loving You".


1 Background 2 Singles 3 Reissues 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Production 7 Charts

7.1 Chart positions 7.2 Singles

8 Certifications 9 Release history 10 Notes

Background[edit] The album title is a play on the term Hi-Fi (high fidelity), and the album art is an illustration of this pun where an act of sexual infidelity is occurring while the man is putting a record LP to play on the hi-fi stereo. Singles[edit] From the album six songs charted Billboard charts, including "Keep On Loving You" which was the band's first Number 1 hit, and "Take It on the Run", which reached No. 5 on the charts. The song "Tough Guys" uses an audio clip from the 1937 Our Gang episode "Hearts Are Thumps".[6] "Tough Guys" was one of two songs from the album that charted on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart despite not being released as singles. Music critic Robert Christgau called "Tough Guys" his favorite song from the album but suggested that the line "They think they're full of fire/She thinks they're full of shit" would prevent the song from reaching the pop Top 40.[5] Reissues[edit] In October 2004, the band recorded the songs of this album live from beginning to end for an XM Radio "Then Again Live" special. On July 19, 2011, Sony Music rereleased Hi Infidelity with bonus demo tracks for the album's 30th anniversary.[7] Track listing[edit]

Side 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Don't Let Him Go" Kevin Cronin 3:47

2. "Keep On Loving You" Cronin 3:22

3. "Follow My Heart" Tom Kelly, Gary Richrath 3:50

4. "In Your Letter" Richrath 3:18

5. "Take It on the Run" Richrath 3:59

Side 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length

6. "Tough Guys" Cronin 3:51

7. "Out of Season" Cronin, Kelly 3:07

8. "Shakin' It Loose" Richrath 2:27

9. "Someone Tonight" Bruce Hall 2:42

10. "I Wish You Were There" Cronin 4:27

Disc 2 - The Crystal Demos (2011 CD 30th Anniversary edition) bonus tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Someone Tonight" Hall 2:49

2. "Tough Guys" Cronin 3:35

3. "In Your Letter" Richrath 4:08

4. "Follow My Heart" Kelly, Richrath 3:57

5. "Take It on the Run" Richrath 4:01

6. "Don't Let Him Go" Cronin 4:20

7. "Keep On Loving You" Cronin 3:30

8. "Shakin' It Loose" (Instrumental) Richrath 2:32

9. "I Wish You Were There" Cronin 4:58

Total length: 33:54


Kevin Cronin – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano Gary Richrath – lead guitar Neal Doughty – keyboards Bruce Hall – bass, backing vocals (lead on track 9) Alan Gratzer – drums, backing vocals

Additional personnel

Steve Forman - percussion He-Man Broken Hearts Club Choir - backing vocals Tom Kelly - backing vocals Richard Page - backing vocals


Producers: Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath Engineer: Kevin Beamish Assistant engineer: Tom Cummings Mastering: Kent Duncan, Greg Fulginiti, Jo Hansch Remastering: Joseph M. Palmaccio Reissue producer: Al Quaglieri Remastering supervisor: Laura Grover Arranger: Kevin Cronin Programming: Kevin Cronin Lyric assistant: Kevin Cronin Art direction: Kosh Design: Bobby Gordon, Kosh Photography: Aaron Rapoport Lighting design: Bobby Gordon


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak position

Canadian Albums Chart[8] 1

Dutch Albums Chart[9] 7

German Albums Chart 18

New Zealand Albums Chart 34

Norwegian Albums Chart 17

Swedish Albums Chart 25

Swiss Albums Chart 13

UK Albums Chart 6

US Billboard 200 1


Year Single Chart Position

1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Mainstream Rock 11

1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Billboard Hot 100 24

1981 "In Your Letter" Billboard Hot 100 20

1981 "Keep on Loving You" Mainstream Rock 9

1981 "Keep on Loving You" Billboard Hot 100 1

1981 "Out of Season" Mainstream Rock 59

1981 "Take It on the Run" Mainstream Rock 6

1981 "Take It on the Run" Billboard Hot 100 5

1981 "Tough Guys" Mainstream Rock 25


Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Canada (Music Canada)[10] 5× Platinum 500,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 60,000^

United States (RIAA)[12] Diamond 10,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog #

USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Stereo Vinyl FE 36844

USA November 21, 1980 Epic Records Tape FET 36844

USA 1980 Epic Records 8 TRK E36844

USA 1985 Epic Records CD EK 36884

USA 2000 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (Remaster) EK 61614

USA 2011 Epic Records/Legacy Recordings CD (30th Anniversary 2 Disks) 88697695792

Japan 2011 Sony Music CD (DSD-Remaster) EICP 1223


^ http://www.45cat.com/record/1901054 ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/1902127 ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/1402457us ^ AllMusic review ^ a b Robert Christgau Consumer Guide ^ Henke, James (March 19, 1981). "REO Speedwagon's Big Breakout". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-09-24.  ^ "REO Speedwagon's 30-Year Anniversary of Multi-Platinum #1 Breakthrough Hit Hi Infidelity". Sony Corporation of America. Tom Cording. Retrieved 2015-01-25.  ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-07.  ^ Steffen Hung. "Discografie REO Speedwagon". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-07.  ^ "Canadian album certifications – REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity". Music Canada.  ^ "British album certifications – REO Speedwagon – Hi Infedility". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Hi Infedility in the search field and then press Enter. ^ "American album certifications – REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Chart successions

Preceded by Double Fantasy by John Lennon and Yoko Ono Paradise Theater by Styx Paradise Theater by Styx Billboard 200 number-one album February 21 - April 3, 1981 (6 weeks) April 18 - May 8, 1981 (3 weeks) May 16 - June 26, 1981 (6 weeks) Succeeded by Paradise Theater by Styx Paradise Theater by Styx Mistaken Identity by Kim Carnes

Preceded by Paradise Theater by Styx Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood Canadian RPM number-one album April 11, 1981 (1 week) May 2, 1981 (1 week) Succeeded by Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood Face Dances by The Who

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Billboard Year-End number one albums


1956: Calypso – Harry Belafonte 1957: Music from My Fair Lady – Original Cast 1958: Music from My Fair Lady – Original Cast 1959: The Music from Peter Gunn – Henry Mancini 1960: Music from The Sound of Music – Original Cast 1961: Camelot – Original Cast 1962: West Side Story – Soundtrack 1963: West Side Story – Soundtrack 1964: Music from Hello, Dolly! – Original Cast 1965: Music from Mary Poppins – Soundtrack 1966: Whipped Cream & Other Delights – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 1967: More of the Monkees – The Monkees 1968: Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1969: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly 1970: Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel 1971: Jesus Christ Superstar – Soundtrack 1972: Harvest – Neil Young 1973: The World Is a Ghetto – War 1974: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John 1975: Greatest Hits – Elton John


1976: Frampton Comes Alive! – Peter Frampton 1977: Rumours – Fleetwood Mac 1978: Saturday Night Fever – Soundtrack 1979: 52nd Street – Billy Joel 1980: The Wall – Pink Floyd 1981: Hi Infidelity – REO Speedwagon 1982: Asia – Asia 1983: Thriller – Michael Jackson 1984: Thriller – Michael Jackson 1985: Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen 1986: Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston 1987: Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi 1988: Faith – George Michael 1989: Don't Be Cruel – Bobby Brown 1990: Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 – Janet Jackson 1991: Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey 1992: Ropin' the Wind – Garth Brooks 1993: The Bodyguard – Soundtrack 1994: The Sign – Ace of Base 1995: Cracked Rear View – Hootie & the Blowfish 1996: Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette 1997: Spice – Spice Girls 1998: Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture – James Horner 1999: Millennium – Backstreet Boys 2000: No Strings Attached – NSYNC


2001: 1 – The Beatles 2002: The Eminem Show – Eminem 2003: Get Rich or Die Tryin' – 50 Cent 2004: Confessions – Usher 2005: The Massacre – 50 Cent 2006: Some Hearts – Carrie Underwood 2007: Daughtry – Daughtry 2008: As I Am – Alicia Keys 2009: Fearless – Taylor Swift 2010: I Dreamed a Dream – Susan Boyle 2011: 21 – Adele 2012: 21 – Adele 2013: The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake 2014: Frozen – Soundtrack 2015: 1989 – Taylor Swift 2016: 25 – Adele 2017: Damn – Kendrick Lamar

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REO Speedwagon

Neal Doughty Kevin Cronin Bruce Hall Dave Amato Bryan Hitt

Alan Gratzer Mike Blair Joe Matt Gregg Philbin Terry Luttrell Bob Crownover Joe McCabe Marty Shepard Bill Fiorio Steve Scorfina Gary Richrath Mike Murphy Graham Lear Miles Joseph Carla Day Melanie Jackson Jesse Harms

Studio albums

R.E.O. Speedwagon R.E.O./T.W.O. Ridin' the Storm Out Lost in a Dream This Time We Mean It R.E.O. You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish Nine Lives Hi Infidelity Good Trouble Wheels Are Turnin' Life as We Know It The Earth, a Small Man, His Dog and a Chicken Building the Bridge Find Your Own Way Home Not So Silent Night ... Christmas with REO Speedwagon

Live albums

Live: You Get What You Play For Arch Allies: Live at Riverport Live-Plus Extended Versions Hi Infidelity Then Again...Live Setlist: The Very Best of REO Speedwagon Live Live in Germany 1982 Live Chicago 1979 Live At Moondance Jam Metro Center Rockford Illinois, 15th July 1983

Compilation albums

A Decade of Rock and Roll 1970 to 1980 Best Foot Forward The Hits The Second Decade of Rock and Roll 1981 to 1991 Keep On Loving You – Best Starbox Believe in Rock and Roll Only The Strong Survive Premium Best The Ballads Take It On The Run Simply The Best Keep On Rollin' The Essential REO Speedwagon Rock Breakout Years: 1981 Collections Greatest Hits, Steel Box Collection Playlist: The Very Best of REO Speedwagon The Box Set Series


"157 Riverside Avenue" "Sophisticated Lady" "Ridin' the Storm Out" "Reelin'" "Keep Pushin'" "Ridin' the Storm Out" (live) "Roll with the Changes" "Time for Me to Fly" "Only the Strong Survive" "Keep On Loving You" "Take It on the Run" "Don't Let Him Go" "In Your Letter" "Tough Guys" "Out of Season" "Keep the Fire Burnin'" "Sweet Time" "The Key" "Stillness of the Night" "Good Trouble" "I Do' Wanna Know" "Can't Fight This Feeling" "One Lonely Night" "Live Every Moment" "Wherever You're Goin' (It's Alright)" "That Ain't Love" "Variety Tonight" "In My Dreams" "Here with Me" "Live It Up" "Love Is a Rock" "I Needed to Fall" "Find Your Own Way Home" "Can't Stop Rockin" (W Styx)

Video albums

FM Live Infidelity Wheels are Turnin' A Video Anthology 1978–1990 Arch Allies: Live at Riverport Live-Plus Real Artist Working Live Aid (1985) XM Artists Confidential PBS "SoundStage" Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon, The Yule Log DVD Out of Nowhere: Champaign Music Scene Documentary Live in Germany 1982 Live at Moondance Jam

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