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Foreigner by Foreigner

Foreigner

by Foreigner

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Barcode: 0603497837021
Format: Vinyl
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The eponymous debut studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner was released on 8th March 1977. The album produced three hit singles: “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Long, Long Way from Home.” Notably, “Starrider” features a rare lead vocal from lead guitarist Mick Jones, who is also a co-founder of the band.

Before the formation of Foreigner, Mick Jones had already written several songs that eventually appeared on the album. Lead singer Lou Gramm sang three of these songs, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Woman, Oh Woman,” and “At War with the World,” during his audition. After the band’s formation, Gramm and Jones collaborated on additional songs like “Long, Long Way from Home,” “Cold as Ice,” and “I Need You.” Ian McDonald, although credited only for “Long, Long Way from Home,” claimed a significant role in writing several other album songs.

The original choice for the album’s producer was Roy Thomas Baker, but due to unavailability, Gary Lyons and John Sinclair of Sarm Studios, along with Jones and McDonald, took on the producer roles. There is some dispute about the extent of Jones and McDonald’s involvement in production, with Lyons asserting their minimal role, while Jones contends a joint effort. The initial mixing at Sarm Studios was deemed unsatisfactory, leading to a remix at Atlantic Recording Studios by Jones, McDonald, and Jimmy Douglass.

Contemporary reviews varied. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times noted the crisp production, serviceable melodies, and eager vocals but found the album lacking a distinct point of view. Henry McNulty from the Hartford Courant expressed optimism about the band’s potential. Mike Stamler of Annison Star criticized the album for its perceived lack of variety and “immature lyrics.”

Andy Hinds of Allmusic praised the “immaculate rock sound” as a perfect soundtrack for 1970s suburban teenagers, lauding Foreigner’s “pure rock craftsmanship.” Evan Sawdey of PopMatters highlighted non-single tracks, especially praising “Starrider,” “The Damage is Done,” and “I Need You.” Gary Graff of Billboard rated four songs, including “Headknocker,” among the band’s greatest, describing the latter as a “gritty, stomping rocker.”

Brian Kachejian (Classic Rock History) and Malcolm Dome (Classic Rock) listed top songs, with Kachejian praising “Fool for You Anyway” as a “great grooving ballad” and Dome noting “Starrider” as a “beautifully developed, introspective tale of aspiration.” Eduardo Rivadavia (Ultimate Classic Rock) listed “Fool for You Anyway” and “Long, Long Way from Home” among the band’s most underrated.

Mick Jones identified four songs (“Long, Long Way from Home,” “Cold as Ice,” “The Damage Is Done,” and “Fool for You Anyway”) as among his 11 favourite Foreigner songs.

Tracklist
A1 Feels Like The First Time
A2 Cold As Ice
A3 Starrider
A4 Headknocker
A5 The Damage Is Done
B1 Long, Long Way From Home
B2 Woman Oh Woman
B3 At War With The World
B4 Fool For You Anyway
B5 I Need You
Catalogue No.: 603497837021
Barcode: 0603497837021
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Label: Atlantic
Released: 2023
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Stereo, Crystal Clear

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