4 (Remastered) Foreigner
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- 1Night Life03:50
- 2Juke Box Hero04:20
- 3Break It Up04:13
- 4Waiting For A Girl Like You04:52
- 7I'm Gonna Win04:53
- 8Woman In Black04:46
- 9Girl On The Moon03:53
- 10Don't Let Go03:50
Info for 4 (Remastered)
Prior to the band's fourth release, the aptly titled 4, Foreigner again sustained lineup changes. With the departures of second guitarist Ian McDonald and keyboardist Al Greenwood, Foreigner became a quartet for the first time. The streamlining of the lineup helped bring about even greater commercial success for the band, as 4 became Foreigner's best-selling album ever, eventually selling well over six million copies in the U.S. alone. Its success can also be attributed to the presence of soon-to-be-superproducer John 'Mutt' Lange. The presence of the gigantic hit ballad 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' and the well-known rockers 'Urgent' and 'Juke Box Hero' certainly didn't hurt either. Looking back, 4 proved to be Foreigner's apex.
Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, discover this Platinum-selling album in high-resolution audio!
Over the course of their first three late-'70s albums, Foreigner had firmly established themselves (along with Journey and Styx) as one of the top AOR bands of the era. But the band was still looking for that grand slam of a record that would push them to the very top of the heap. Released in 1981, 4 would be that album. In producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange -- fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black - guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve this and his perfect musical soulmate. Lange's legendary obsessive attention to detail and Jones' highly disciplined guitar heroics (which he never allowed to get in the way of a great song) resulted in a collaboration of unprecedented, sparkling efficiency where not a single note is wasted. 'Nightlife' is only the first in a series ('Woman in Black,' 'Don't Let Go,' the '50s-tinged 'Luanne') of energetic, nearly flawless melodic rockers, and with 'Juke Box Hero,' the band somehow managed to create both a mainstream hit single and a highly unique-sounding track, alternating heavy metal guitar riffing, chorused vocals, and one of the ultimate 'wanna be a rock star' lyrics. As for the mandatory power ballad, the band also reached unparalleled heights with 'Waiting for a Girl Like You.' One of the decade's most successful cross-genre tearjerkers, it has since become a staple of soft rock radio and completely eclipsed the album's other very lovely ballad, 'Girl on the Moon,' in the process. And last but not least, the surprisingly funky 'Urgent' proved to be one of the band's most memorable and uncharacteristic smash hits, thanks to Junior Walker's signature saxophone solo. Through it all, vocalist Lou Gramm does his part, delivering a dazzling performance that confirmed his status as one of the finest voices of his generation. Three years later, Foreigner would achieve even greater success on a pop level with the uneven Agent Provocateur, but by then Jones and Gramm were locked in an escalating war of egos that would soon lead to the band's demise. All things considered, 4 remains Foreigner's career peak. (All Music)
Lou Gramm, vocals, percussion
Mick Jones, guitar, keyboards, background vocals
Rick Willis, bass guitar, background vocals
Dennis Elliott, drums
Hugh McCracken, slide guitar (track 9)
Mark Rivera, saxophone (tracks 3,6)
Joe Walker, Jr., alto saxophone
Michael Fonfara, keyboards (tracks 6,9)
Bob Mayo, keyboards (tracks 3,4)
Larry Fast, synthesizer (tracks 2,3,10)
Thomas Dolby, synthesizer
Ian Lloyd, background vocals
Producer: Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Mick Jones
Remastered: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, N.Y.C (1999) and Mick's Home Studio (1999)
Foreigner 4 spent more weeks on the Billboard chart at #1 than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and any artist in Atlantic Records’ 60 year history.
Their hit single, ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ was #2 on the singles chart for a total of 14 weeks. This is a record in the history of Billboard magazine. It helped drive Foreigner to #49 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All Time Top Artists Chart.
“Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Urgent,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Hot Blooded,” 7 Top 5 hits, 9 Top 10s and 14 Top 20s help to define a career that has seen the sale of more than 70 million albums. Add to that countless other classics, “Say You Will,” “Jukebox Hero” and “Double Vision,” and you have a super group that has left an indelible mark on rock and roll history.
Formed in 1976, Foreigner is no stranger to meteoric global success. Since the release of their self-titled debut album, Foreigner has celebrated the success of 7 multi-platinum albums including the 6x platinum Double Vision and Foreigner 4 and the 3x platinum Agent Provocateur and Head Games; a spectacular three decade run that has assured the group a passport to superstardom.
Foreigner's brand of a thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans. And the band is more powerful and explosive than ever.
“Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide,” attests Mick Jones, the band’s founder and legendary songwriter/guitarist. “Unwittingly, we've weaved into the fabric of people's lives and this new lineup is working extremely hard to live up to the high bar that was set years ago. This, is the most dynamic lineup that we’ve had since the early days,” adds Jones.
Garnering accolades from press and fans alike, Foreigner is led by founder/chief songwriter/guitarist/producer Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bassist Jeff Pilson, rhythm guitarist Tom Gimbel, and keyboardist Michael Bluestein.
2008 was another banner year for the band, as they released No End In Sight, featuring a brand new track called “Too Late.” One of the band’s highlights came late last year on December 10th at London’s O2 Arena, where Foreigner took part in an incredible event performing with Atlantic Records label mates Led Zeppelin at a tribute concert honoring the late Ahmet Ertegun.
“I had no idea at the beginning what Foreigner would become,” said Jones. Back when we started the band, I was at a crossroads in my life, whether I was going to carry on in music or get a real job. So thirty years later, I think I made the right decision by following my true passion which is making music.”
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