Hi Infidelity

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Hi Infidelity
Studio album by REO Speedwagon
Released November 21, 1980
Recorded March–October 1980
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 34:33
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin, Alan Gratzer, Gary Richrath
REO Speedwagon chronology
Nine Lives
(1979)
Hi Infidelity
(1980)
Good Trouble
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars1
Robert Christgau B−2

Hi Infidelity is the ninth studio album by REO Speedwagon, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It went on to become the biggest selling rock LP of 1981, eventually selling over ten million copies. Six songs from this album hit 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 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.

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 21, 2011, Sony Music rereleased Hi Infidelity with Bonus Demo tracks for the album's 30th anniversary.

Track listing

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"   Gary Richrath, Tom Kelly 3:50
4. "In Your Letter"   Richrath 3:17
5. "Take It on the Run"   Richrath 3:59
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Tough Guys"   Cronin 3:50
2. "Out of Season"   Cronin, Kelly 3:07
3. "Shakin' It Loose"   Richrath 2:25
4. "Someone Tonight"   Bruce Hall 2:40
5. "I Wish You Were There"   Cronin 4:28

Personnel

REO Speedwagon

Additional personnel

  • He-Man Broken Hearts Club Choir - chorus
  • Richard Page - vocals, background vocals, chorus
  • N. Yolletta - vocals, background vocals, chorus (the name is a pun for the song "In Your Letter")
  • Steve Forman - percussion
  • Tom Kelly - vocals, background vocals, chorus

Production

  • 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

Album catalog numbers

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard 200 1 (15 weeks)

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Mainstream Rock 11
1981 "Don't Let Him Go" Pop Singles 24
1981 "In Your Letter" Pop Singles 20
1981 "Keep on Loving You" Mainstream Rock 9
1981 "Keep on Loving You" Pop Singles 1
1981 "Out of Season" Mainstream Rock 59
1981 "Take It on the Run" Mainstream Rock 6
1981 "Take It on the Run" Pop Singles 5
1981 "Tough Guys" Mainstream Rock 25

Notes

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
April 18 - May 8, 1981
May 16 - June 26, 1981
Succeeded by
Paradise Theater by Styx
Paradise Theater by Styx
Mistaken Identity by Kim Carnes







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