SD 16999 4
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Mick Jones
Released on July 2, 1981
US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 6x PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #4
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K ronomyth 4.0: FOUREIGNER. Numerologists rejoice! The magic four is once more invoked, this time in a whittled piggy pun as Foreigner was reduced to a fourtet for their fourth album. The operative number at work here, really, is six million: the number of 4s sold in the US alone. Credit producer Mutt Lange (Highway to Hell, Back in Black) with finding a perfect balance between the rock guitars, synthesizers and Lou Gramm’s estimable pipes. Say what you will about the man, those two AC/DC albums, 4 and Pyramania speak for themselves as some of the best rock ever recorded. Lange’s production has the effect of turbocharging great rock songs (“Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent”) and elevating what might have otherwise been filler (“Break It Up,” “I’m Gonna Win,” “Girl On The Moon”). However, the real turning point for Foreigner occurs on the ballad, “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Given a lush production a la 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love,” Waiting introduced a sensitive side to a group that, only one album earlier, seemed hell-bent for lifetime membership in the He-Man Woman Haters Club. Like it or not, Foreigner was now an arena rock band, and you don’t pack arenas with teenage boys alone. Of course a world tour followed, but then something strange happened: silence. Foureigner the Four-Headed Hydra was soon to become an animal of legend, not to be seen again for nearly four years, when they emerged with the mild (and merely triple platinum, pshaw) Agent Provocateur. Thus classic Foreigner stops at 4, but not a minute earlier.

SD 16999 back cover SD 16999 lyric sleeve
SD 16999 back cover SD 16999 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. NIGHT LIFE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    3:48
  2. JUKE BOX HERO    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    4:18
  3. BREAK IT UP    (Mick Jones)    4:11
  4. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    4:49
  5. LUANNE    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    3:11
  6. URGENT    (Mick Jones)    4:29
  7. I'M GONNA WIN    (Mick Jones)    4:51
  8. WOMAN IN BLACK    (Mick Jones)    4:42
  9. GIRL ON THE MOON    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    3:49
  10. DON'T LET GO    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    3:48

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. JUKE BOX HERO (NEARLY UNPLUGGED)
  12. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU (NEARLY UNPLUGGED)

CREDITS

DENNIS ELLIOTT -- drums, background vocals
LOU GRAMM -- lead vocals, percussion
MICK JONES -- lead guitar, keyboards, background vocals
RICK WILLS -- bass guitar, background vocals
Tom Dolby -- main synthesizers
Larry Fast -- sequential synthesizer
Michael Fonfara -- keyboard textures (6,9)
"Mutt" Lange -- background vocals
Ian Lloyd -- background vocals
Bob Mayo -- additional keyboard textures (3,4)
Hugh McCracken -- slide guitar (9)
Mark Rivera -- saxophone, backing vocals
Jr. Walker -- saxophone solo (6)
Tony Platt -- basic track engineer
Dave Wittman -- chief engineer
Bob Defrin -- art direction

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 2, 1981 Atlantic LP/CS SD/CS 16999 lyric sleeve
UK July 1981 Atlantic LP K 50796 lyric sleeve
BRA 1981 WEA LP 42006  
CAN 1981 Atlantic LP/CS XSD/XCS 16999 lyric sleeve
GER 1981 Atlantic LP 50 796 lyric sleeve
JPN 1981 Atlantic LP P-10981 lyric insert
SAF 1981 Atlantic LP ATC-9780  
US   Atlantic CD 16999  
GER   Atlantic CD 81486  
US October 1995 Atlantic CD 82795  
US/UK/GER April 2, 2002 Rhino/Atlantic CDX 78275-2 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
UK 2002 Warner DVDX 43669 DVD Audio w. bonus tracks
JPN 2007 Warner CDX WPCR-12564 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2008 Warner CD WPCR-13263 SHMCD remaster

 

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