1979 Reo Speedwagon – Nine Lives

Nine Lives is the eighth studio album by REO Speedwagon. It peaked at number #33 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1979.[1] The album went gold on December 5, 1979. The title Nine Lives was chosen because the album was the band’s ninth, including their live album, and it also featured nine songs. It was the last REO album to prominently feature a more hard rock sound.[citation needed] The group would turn to more pop-oriented material with 1980’s Hi Infidelity. In 2013, the album was released on CD by UK-based company Rock Candy Records, with expanded liner notes and photos.

The track “Only The Strong Survive” also later appeared on Gary Richrath’s 1992 album Only the Strong Survive.

Tracks

1  Heavy on Your Love (Gary Richrath, Kevin Cronin) 3:35
2  Drop it (An Old Disguise) (Kevin Cronin) 3:14
3  Only the Strong Survive (Gary Richrath) 3:52
4  Easy Money (Gary Richrath) 4:01
5  Rock & Roll Music (Chuck Berry) 2:55
6  Take Me (Kevin Cronin) 3:29
7  I Need You Tonight (Kevin Cronin) 3:35
8  Meet Me on the Mountain (Gary Richrath) 4:04
9  Back on the Road Again (Bruce Hall) 5:39

Media

Musicians

1 Heavy on Your Love

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
OrganNeil Doughty
PercussionAlan Gratzer
VocalsKevin Cronin


2 Drop it (An Old Disguise)

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
GuitarKevin Cronin
PianoNeil Doughty
Background VocalsBruce Hall
Background VocalsAlan Gratzer
VocalsKevin Cronin


3 Only the Strong Survive

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
GuitarKevin Cronin
PianoNeil Doughty
VocalsKevin Cronin


4 Easy Money

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
OrganNeil Doughty
PercussionSteve Forman
VocalsKevin Cronin


5 Rock & Roll Music

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
GuitarKevin Cronin
PianoNeil Doughty
PercussionAlan Gratzer
VocalsKevin Cronin


6 Take Me

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
GuitarKevin Cronin
SynthesizerNeil Doughty
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsTom Kelly
VocalsKevin Cronin


7 I Need You Tonight

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
Acoustic GuitarKevin Cronin
PianoNeil Doughty
VocalsKevin Cronin


8 Meet Me on the Mountain

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
Hammond OrganNeil Doughty
MoogNeil Doughty
PercussionAlan Gratzer
VocalsKevin Cronin


9 Back on the Road Again

BassBruce Hall
DrumsAlan Gratzer
GuitarGary Richrath
GuitarKevin Cronin
Hammond OrganNeil Doughty
PercussionAlan Gratzer
Background VocalsKevin Cronin
VocalsBruce Hall

Liner Notes

Producer – Gary Richrath, Kevin Beamish, Kevin Cronin
Producer (Assistant) – Gary Lubow
Producer (Associate) – Alan Gratzer
Arranged By – Kevin Cronin
Engineer – Gary Lubow, Kevin Beamish
Engineer (Assistant) – D.C. Snyder, Steve Williams
Mastered By – John Golden

Art Direction – Tom Drennon
Artwork (Back Cover Cat Illustrations) – Ginger Canzoneri
Design – Ginger Canzoneri, Tom Drennon
Photography By (Center Spread & Portrait) – Neal Preston
Photography By (Cover) – John Bilecky

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – Sound City Studios
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Mixed At – Kendun Recorders