REO SPEEDWAGON To Release 'Early Years' Box Set

8-CD set scheduled for early October release

August 7, 2018

Venerable midwest rockers R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON have been playing and bringing their unique brand of Rock & Roll to their fans for 5 decades, and a new box set that traces the band's early years/albums is set for release in October! The 8-disc set, titled 'REO Speedwagon: The Early Years 1971-1977,' collects their albums starting with their 1971 debut through their double-live 1977 disc, 'Live' (You Get What You Play For). Named after the American-made flatbed truck R.E.O. Speedwagon, the band had it's beginnings as far back as 1967, although their first album wasn't recorded and released until 1971. By that time, singer Terry Lutrell joined the band, taking over the vocal duties from original member/drummer, Alan Gratzer. R.E.O.'s KEVIN CRONIN, who is the longest tenured singer for the band, joined them for 'R.E.O.TWO,' in 1972 but left briefly after that record, and again rejoined (for good!) in 1976. In addition to the original song line-up from the 7 albums, there are extra tracks included, mostly 'mono' versions of some of the band's released singles. Additionally, 2 songs that were left off of the original 'Live' album release have been re-added, ('Gary's Guitar Solo' & 'Little Queenie') restoring the recording to it's original 2-album configuration. Rock On, R.E.O. Speedwagon!