R2 73385 The Definitive Collection
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Released on March 28, 2006
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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.


    Disc One
  2. LONG, LONG WAY FROM HOME    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm/Ian McDonald)
  3. COLD AS ICE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  4. HEADKNOCKER    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)
  5. STARRIDER    (Mick Jones/Al Greenwood)
  6. AT WAR WITH THE WORLD    (Mick Jones)
  7. DOUBLE VISION    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  8. BLUE MORNING, BLUE DAY    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  9. HOT BLOODED (SINGLE EDIT)    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)
  10. I HAVE WAITED SO LONG    (Mick Jones)
  11. DIRTY WHITE BOY (SINGLE EDIT)    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  12. HEAD GAMES    (Lou Gramm/Mick Jones)
  13. WOMEN    (Mick Jones)
  14. REV ON THE RED LINE    (Al Greenwood/Lou Gramm)
  15. BREAK IT UP (SINGLE EDIT)    (Mick Jones)
  16. JUKE BOX HERO    (Lou Gramm)

    Disc Two
  17. URGENT (SINGLE EDIT)    (Mick Jones)
  18. WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  19. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS    (Mick Jones)
  20. DOWN ON LOVE    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  21. REACTION TO ACTION (SINGLE EDIT)    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  22. THAT WAS YESTERDAY    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  23. MIDNIGHT BLUE    (Lou Gramm/Bruce Turgon)
  24. HEART TURNS TO STONE (SINGLE EDIT)    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  26. SAY YOU WILL    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)
  27. JUST WANNA HOLD    (Mick Jones/Ian Hunter/Mick Phillips)
  28. JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME    (Holly Knight/Lou Gramm)
  29. LOWDOWN AND DIRTY    (Mick Jones/Johnny Edwards/Terry Thomas)
  30. SOUL DOCTOR    (Mick Jones/Lou Gramm)


Meat and Potatoes, Inc. -- art direction & design
Michael Ochs Archives -- photos
Charlyn Zlotnick -- photo

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