Arch Allies: Live at Riverport

Arch Allies is a live album recorded by REO Speedwagon and Styx at Riverport Amphitheatre (now Hollywood Casino Amphitheater) in Maryland Heights, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. It was released on September 26, 2000 by Sanctuary Records, and a single DVD was also released on November 7, 2000.[1]

Arch Allies: Live at Riverport
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Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 26, 2000 (US)
RecordedJune 9, 2000, Riverport Amphitheatre, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
GenreRock
Length124:35
LabelSanctuary Records (US)
ProducerJames Young
Gary Loizzo
Joe Vannelli
Kevin Cronin
Styx compilations chronology
Extended Versions
(2000)
Arch Allies: Live at Riverport
(2000)
Styx World: Live 2001
(2001)
REO Speedwagon chronology
The Ballads
(2000)
Arch Allies: Live at Riverport
(2000)
Live:Plus
(2001)

Each band also released single live albums containing only their own tracks from this album. This includes songs cut from the combined release. The Styx songs were released alone as At the River's Edge: Live in St. Louis (also including the songs Everything Is Cool and Lorelei) and the REO Speedwagon songs (including Keep Pushin', Tough Guys and That Ain't Love) were released as Live Plus and Extended Versions.

BackgroundEdit

According to REO Speedwagon vocalist/rhythm guitarist Kevin Cronin, the tour sampled on the album was the first time REO Speedwagon and Styx had ever played together, and "We hit it off so well, we ended up putting on a double live CD together. It’s just been a tremendous synergy between the bands on a personal level and on a musical level as well. Tommy Shaw and I have become really good friends."[2]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [4]

Allmusic gave the video release a rave review, opining that both bands gave strong performances and gel together "surprisingly well" in the collaborative jam which ends the album. The review especially praised the performances of new Styx members Glen Burtnik, Todd Sucherman, and Lawrence Gowan, comparing the Styx lineup favorably to that of the band's commercial heyday.[3]

Track listingEdit

StyxEdit

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)"Tommy ShawPieces of Eight (1978)5:00
2."The Grand Illusion"Dennis DeYoungThe Grand Illusion (1977)5:39
3."Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"Tommy ShawThe Grand Illusion6:18
4."Lady"Dennis DeYoungStyx II (1973)4:47
5."Brave New World"Tommy Shaw, James "J.Y." YoungBrave New World (1999)5:43
6."Edge of the Century"Glen Burtnik, Bob BurgerEdge of the Century (1990)5:10
7."Heavy Water"James Young, Tommy ShawBrave New World5:50
8."Too Much Time on My Hands"Tommy ShawParadise Theater (1981)5:23
9."Renegade"Tommy ShawPieces of Eight7:24
Jam versions with REO Speedwagon
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
10."Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)"Tommy ShawPieces of Eight5:20
11."Roll with the Changes"Kevin CroninYou Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish (1978)5:58
Total length:62:31

REO SpeedwagonEdit

Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
1."Don't Let Him Go"Kevin CroninHi Infidelity (1980)4:30
2."Music Man"Kevin CroninR.E.O./T.W.O. (1972)3:20
3."Take It on the Run"Gary RichrathHi Infidelity4:18
4."Can't Fight This Feeling"Kevin CroninWheels Are Turnin' (1984)5:26
5."Time for Me to Fly"Kevin CroninYou Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish3:33
6."Back on the Road Again"Bruce HallNine Lives (1979)7:09
7."Keep on Loving You"Kevin CroninHi Infidelity3:26
8."Roll with the Changes"Kevin CroninYou Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish6:18
9."Ridin' the Storm Out"Gary RichrathRidin' the Storm Out (1973)5:11
10."157 Riverside Avenue"Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer, Terry Luttrell, Gregg Philbin, Neal DoughtyR.E.O. Speedwagon (1971)7:39
Jam versions with Styx
No.TitleWriter(s)AlbumLength
11."Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)"Tommy ShawPieces of Eight5:20
12."Roll with the Changes"Kevin CroninYou Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish5:58
Total length:62:04

PersonnelEdit

Styx[5]

REO Speedwagon[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arch Allies: Live at Riverport (DVD)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2015-02-01.
  2. ^ Everson, Zach (February 24, 2010). "REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin on Louisville, power ballads and if my wife's a slut". Louisville. Retrieved February 24, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Ticheler, Alan. "Arch Allies: Live at Riverport [Video/DVD]". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 789. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone styx album guide.
  5. ^ a b Styx and REO Speedwagon, Arch Allies. Sanctuary Records Inc. 2000. pp. 10–11.

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