Rock superstars REO Speedwagon have re-released their Christmas album Not So Silent Night…Christmas With REO Speedwagon through Sony Music/ Legacy, produced by Joe Vannelli, along with associate producer and lead singer Kevin Cronin, in stores now. The album features 13 original tracks and three bonus tracks for the new release - Christmas classics with a unique REO Speedwagon musical twist.
“Christmas is a very special time of year for all of us in REO Speedwagon as we have always enjoyed spending the time with our families,” said Cronin. “Making a Christmas album was an exciting endeavor for us and the three new tracks add to the holiday spirit we’ve already brought to the fans with classics that everyone loves.”
After being inspired to create an album unlike anything they have before, original members, Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Bruce Hall (bass, vocals), and Neal Doughty (keyboards), and twenty-year REO veterans, Dave Amato (lead guitar, vocals) and Bryan Hitt (drums), were excited to put together the band’s first Christmas album. They gave these classics the full REO production treatment, providing a unique spin for the yuletide season.
REO Speedwagon’s first Christmas album, Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon, features a total of 16 Christmas classics, Speedwagon style, three of which are previously unreleased bonus tracks: “Sleigh Ride,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and “I Believe In Santa Claus,” Kevin Cronin’s new acoustic Christmas song.
Fans who purchase the album through the band’s website, www.reospeedwagon.com, or merch booths at their live shows, receive exclusive autographed copies and an additional exclusive downloadable track, “We Three Kings.”
Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon is a unique new entry into the classic rock Christmas category. The album is available on both CD and DVD, the latter as part of Legacy’s The Yule Log Edition series, which pairs classic Christmas albums with Yule Log and other holiday imagery.
Full Not So Silent Night Track Listing:
The First Noel
Deck the Halls
Little Drummer Boy
The White Snows of Winter
Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria)
Children Go Where I Send Thee
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Joy to the World
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
I Believe in Santa Claus
Exclusive Download Track
Kevin Cronin, lead singer and principle songwriter; bass player Bruce Hall; Neal Doughty, keyboard player and founding member; lead guitarist Dave Amato, and drummer Bryan Hitt, are REO Speedwagon. Since the release of their first record in 1971, the band has produced 17 critically acclaimed albums including the monumental 10 million seller, Hi Infidelity, has scored 13 Top 40 singles, including the Number One hits “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Keep On Loving You,” timeless classics including "Roll With The Changes", "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Take It On The Run", "Time For Me To Fly" and "Keep Pushin." Their previous album, Find Your Own Way Home, featured the radio favorites “I Needed To Fall” and “Smilin’ In The End.” REO Speedwagon has sold more than 40 million albums to date.
For more information about REO Speedwagon, their newest album, and the current tour, please visit www.reospeedwagon.com.