A1-80999 Records
previously released material
Released on December 1982
US CHART POSITION #10 . . . 7x PLATINUM RECORD . . . UK CHART POSITION #58
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T hirty minutes of bliss. And seven minutes of “Hot Blooded” that I’m kinda cool on. Records is the best of Foreigner: all of the big singles from the first four albums. It’s rare for a label to pull the trigger after only four records when the horse is still running (The Doors, The Eagles), but the best of what followed from Foreigner were ballads (“I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Say You Will”) and this album’s already got one (“Waiting For A Girl Like You”). Don’t even think of slipping another ballad on here before you add “Blue Morning Blue Day” or “Love Has Taken Its Toll.” I didn’t have a lot of use for Records at first because the idea of buying only one Foreigner album was foreign to me. But I have to admit, it does get you off the hook from buying their third and fourth albums. No such shortcut for the first two; you have to buy them, now. But here’s where Records throws you a bone: these are actually the single versions, which are slightly different than the elpee versions. In most cases, they’re just shorter, but the single version of “Cold As Ice” that opens this album is noticeably different for the addition of strings. (I actually thought about putting an exclamation point at the end of that sentence, and then I realized that most people have a life.) Atlantic revisited the greatest hits theme in the early 90s with an ostensibly better 16-track collection; it actually drops “Long, Long Way From Home” in favor of “Women.” Records reminds us (for too brief a time) that Foreigner made some of the best music on the planet, and packaged it in some of the worst cover art. I mean, my God, they double-dipped the Doobies.

A1-80999 inner gatefold A1-80999 back cover
A1-80999 inner gatefold A1-80999 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. COLD AS ICE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    3:19
  2. DOUBLE VISION    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    3:29
  3. HEAD GAMES    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    3:37
  4. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)    4:35
  5. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME    (Mick Jones)    3:28
  6. URGENT    (Mick Jones)    3:57
  7. DIRTY WHITE BOY    (Mick Jones/Lou Gram)    3:13
  8. JUKE BOX HERO    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    4:03
  9. LONG, LONG WAY FROM HOME    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm/Ian McDonald)    2:47
  10. HOT BLOODED (LIVE)    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)    6:55

CREDITS

DENNIS ELLIOTT -- drums
LOU GRAMM -- lead vocals, percussion
MICK JONES -- lead guitar, keyboards, background vocals
RICK WILLS -- bass guitar, background vocals
Bob Mayo -- guitar and background vocals (10)
Mark Rivera -- clavinet and background vocals (10)
Allen Levine - cover photo
Frank Moscati -- interior photo
Bob Defrin, Lynn Dreese Breslin -- art direction and design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US December 1982 Atlantic LP/CD/CS 80999 diecut gatefold cover, picture sleeve
UK/CAN/GER December 1982 Atlantic LP/CS 78 09991/4 diecut gatefold cover, picture sleeve
JPN   Atlantic CD AMCY-4064  
US September 18, 1995 Atlantic CD/CS 82800 digital remaster

 

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