|The Definitive Collection|
|Previously released material|
|Released on March 28, 2006|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|R2 73385 cover
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K ronomyth 12.5: LOVE HAS TAKEN ITS TROLL. The Troll and the Satyr have locked horns over whether the world really needs another Foreigner compilation. “Foreigner row,” mutters the Troll disgustedly while the Satyr shouts “Foreigner forever!” in mock triumph. I’m with the Troll on this one. I mean, Foreigner is a great band, a double disc is definitely warranted, digital remastering is a nice touch, so are the single edits and a few solo entries plus “Soul Doctor” at the end, but didn’t we just do all this a few years ago with Jukebox Heroes? Honestly, if there was anyone who didn’t already own a Foreigner greatest hits collection, the packaging design on this one wasn’t going to tip the scales; I’ve seen generic medication packaged with more passion. The advantage of a double-disc collection over, say, a single-disc set like The Very Best And Beyond is that you get to go beyond Beyond and sample solid album tracks (“At War With The World,” “Headknocker”), dip into the solo stuff (“Midnight Blue,” “Just Wanna Hold”) and go deeper into their discography (the Grammless Unusual Heat). That said, it’s still not “definitive” by my dictionary; there’s nothing from the recent Mr. Moonlight (I know, different label, but can’t we all just get along for Foreigner’s sake?), no live tracks and absent is arguably their greatest song not to grace a 7-inch, “Love Has Taken Its Toll.” The next double-disc Foreigner anthology (No End In Sight) corrected the live track oversight and cracked the door wide enough to admit Mr. Moonlight but also deleted the solo material. All Toll’d, the next, next double-disc Foreigner anthology (Juke Box Heroes: The Very blah blah blah) upped End’s ante slightly, so it appears we’re only waiting for someone to release a double-disc anthology that captures Can’t Slow Down PLUS the solo hits and then we can put this exercise to bed. Which goes a long way toward explaining why no one buys CDs anymore, since a healthy chunk of them are just useless product at this point.
Meat and Potatoes, Inc. -- art direction & design
Michael Ochs Archives -- photos
Charlyn Zlotnick -- photo
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US/UK||March 28, 2006||Atlantic/Rhino||2CD||R2 73385|
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