81808-2 Inside Information
Produced by Mick Jones and Frank Filipetti
Released on December 8, 1987
US CHART POSITION #15 . . . PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #64
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" Apparently,” said the troll, plucking a barktooth cigar from his yellow teeth and inviting a momentary halo, “I’ve been misinformed.” Of course, the troll often feigns a more urbane posture when the satyr stays with us, and the satyr always ambles in when Foreigner’s pheromone-laden music hits the wind. I feed my crusty friend’s now-amiable nature with a nod of assent and an “Uh-hum.” Inside Information usually merits a dual dialogue from both sides of the mouth, cool praise with more buts than a dog track ashtray. And so it’s a mystery why Agent Provocateur is assigned a higher position in the foreigner office, since this is easily its equal. Peter-John Vettese, last seen in the company of an incognito Ian Anderson (Under Wraps), brings the same bag of tricks along, though the heavy lifting is done by the core four. Sorry, I’ve gone too far afield and the satyr is clearing his throat. He’s right; I’ve forgotten to mention that Inside Information rocks. “Counting Every Minute,” “Heart Turns To Stone,” “The Beat of My Heart,” “A Night To Remember,” songs only a satyr could love. There is a softer side as well, from the authentic emotion of “Say You Will” to the by-now obligatory ballad “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.” (I know, they’re right next to each other, so it’s hardly a flea’s leap to effect a from/to prepositional phrase.) In an unfortunate twist, it appears some of the singles were remixed (foolish, fidgety fingers given too-free reign). I wouldn’t read too much into that, since the album versions sound just fine to us. (Now that the satyr’s stepped out of the room momentarily, I’ll mention that the lyrics aren’t up to Gramm’s usual crackerjack standards.) Outside of the cranky ranks of critics, Inside Information is powerful stuff, so if you’ve made it this far in your travels, don’t stop now. (“Yes,” I answer, “I’ll let you borrow my copy if you wipe your hooves next time.”)

81808-2 booklet inner gatefold
81808-2 booklet inner gatefold

TRACK LISTING

  1. HEART TURNS TO STONE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  2. CAN'T WAIT    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  3. SAY YOU WILL    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  4. I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU    (Mick Jones)
  5. COUNTING EVERY MINUTE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  6. INSIDE INFORMATION    (Mick Jones)
  7. THE BEAT OF MY HEART    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  8. FACE TO FACE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  9. OUT OF THE BLUE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm/Rick Wills/Dennis Elliott)
  10. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)

CREDITS

DENNIS ELLIOTT -- drums
MICK JONES -- lead guitars, keyboards, background vocals
LOU GRAMM -- lead vocals
RICK WILLS -- bass, background vocals
Kevin Jones -- Synclavier and moral and technical support
Ian Lloyd -- background vocals and a whole lot more
Sammy Merendino -- electronic percussion
Mark Rivera -- background vocals and comic relief
Peter-John Vettese -- "keyboards extraordinaire" (always 4 milliseconds too late or too early)
Rev. Tom Bailey -- additional keyboards (4)
Hugh McCracken -- Spanish guitar (7)
Frank Filipeti -- engineer, mixing
Bob Defrin -- art direction
Roger Corbeau -- front and back cover photography
E.J. Camp -- group photograph

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/AUSL/CAN December 8, 1987 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 81802-1/2/4 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
UK December 1987 Atlantic LP/CD/CS WX 143 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
GER 1987 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 78 18081 gatefold cover, lyric sleeve
JPN 1987 Warner LP P-13617 lyric insert
MEX   WEA LP LDWA 6688  
BRA 1988 Atlantic LP 6704 092  
POL 1988 Muza LP SX 2692  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSAT 11174  
JPN 1997 Warner CD 32XD-916  
JPN 2007 Warner CD WPCR-12566 digital remaster

 

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