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Foreigner's most lucrative years came during their first four albums, with their guitar-driven arena rock flair settling in nicely with the rest of the late-'70s music scene. Twelve of Foreigner's 16 Top 40 singles are from a six year span, between 1977 and 1982, which is why Records makes for such an entertaining collection of the band's early work. With cuts stemming from Foreigner, Double Vision, Head Games, and 4, Records lines up ten of their first 11 hit singles, somehow leaving out 1979's "Blue Morning, Blue Day." But even with this minor deletion, the album is agreeably brief, and it's the most opportune route in exploring Foreigner's best material. Both "Cold As Ice" and "Double Vision" are stellar examples of Lou Gramm's vocal gusto and Mick Jones' bang-on guitar playing, while favorites like "Urgent" (with Junior Walker on sax ), "Head Games," and "Feels Like the First Time," with its shiny keyboard segments, are unblemished radio-rock standards. The live cut of "Hot Blooded" is a nice addition as well, as is the band's second-best ballad in "Waiting for a Girl Like You," outdone only by 1984's "I Want to Know What Love Is." While Records fits the bill as a compact summation of all of Foreigner's pre-Agent Provocateur hits, it also makes for one great driving album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678280023
catalogNumber: 82800
Rank: 9468


  1. Cold as Ice
  2. Double Vision
  3. Head Games
  4. Waiting for a Girl Like You
  5. Feels Like the First Time
  6. Urgent
  7. Dirty White Boy
  8. Juke Box Hero
  9. Long, Long Way from Home
  10. Hot Blooded

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foreigner   Primary Artist
Thomas Dolby   Synthesizer
Lou Gramm   Percussion,Vocals
Mick Jones   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Junior Walker   Soprano Saxophone
Ian Lloyd   Background Vocals
Dennis Elliott   Drums
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Michael Fonfara   Keyboards
Ed Gagliardi   Bass,Background Vocals
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Background Vocals
Bob Mayo   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ian McDonald   Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mark Rivera   Saxophone,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Rick Wills   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Greenwood   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Producer
Roy Thomas Baker   Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Larry Fast   Contributor
Michael Fonfara   Contributor
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Producer
Gary Lyons   Producer
Ian McDonald   Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Geoff Workman   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Lynn Dreese Breslin   Art Direction
John Sinclair   Producer

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