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FOREIGNER - THE BEST OF FOREIGNER 4 AND MORE REVIEW

 

FOREIGNER - THE BEST OF FOREIGNER 4 AND MORE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

DECEMBER 5 2014

 

 

Love them or not it’s hard to deny the impact and success Foreigner had in the eighties. Concentrating largely on the US audience because of their massive sales we rarely saw the band overseas except when their singles raced up the charts. Ironic really in that they were formed by two Englishmen: Mick Jones and Ian McDonald along with US vocalist Lou Gramm.


These days only Jones remains of that original line-up and Gramm himself left along with his golden tonsils (first back in 1990 and finally again in 2002). So far Foreigner has managed only one album without Gramm – the rather good 2009 release ‘Can’t Slow Down’.


These days the band is fronted by the rather vocally gifted Kelly Hansen (of much underrated 80’s rock band Hurricane amongst others) and  to be honest Foreigner today is just as good as the Gramm fronted band  in my humble opinion, especially with the likes of Jeff Pilson on bass and Chris Frazier on drums (Edgar Winter, Eddie Money, Whitesnake).


Of course when talking Foreigner then “4” is the album and here we see it not as you might expect played in its entirety, or even in order, but rather cherry-picked and mixed in with a number of other hits. All up we get all of “4” except ‘Luanne’; ‘I’m Gonna Win’ and ‘Don’t Let Go’ the latter album closer is actually a nice song that should have made it.


The album’s tracks from ‘4” are cut in with 5 other hits, the youngest of which is ‘Say You Will’ from the Inside Information album, and a spritely 27 years old. Of course you can always argue that this is just another live release with little real difference to others except the lesser-played songs from “4”. “Feels Like the First Time”; “Cold As Ice”; “Hot Blooded” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” the other added tracks are sue to be the highlights for some.


What you can’t take away though is how damn good this incarnation of Foreigner sounds. And that surely is all that matters. I loved Gramm’s voice and love Hansen’s too and despite Mick being the only original member left this is a band that does its legacy proud.


WHAT THE PRESS RELEASE SAYS: On October 3rd & 4th 2014, Foreigner performed and record a unique event at the prestigious Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. For the first time ever, the band presented 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More' show. This is a theme that will continue through select live shows, with a repertoire consisting of some of the best and most loved songs of Foreigner “4” plus a selection of other Foreigner timeless hits. Foreigner ”4” remains the best-selling and fans’ favourite album in the entire Foreigner catalogue. This is a release that will resonate very deeply with the Foreigner audience and go on to become a major release in Foreigner’s catalogue. 


 
FOREIGNER:
Mick Jones – Lead Guitar
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Tom Gimbel – Flute, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone
Michael Bluestein - Keys
Chris Frazier – Drums
Bruce Watson - Lead Guitar

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

FOREIGNER - THE BEST OF FOREIGNER 4 AND MORE - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014