Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Import compilation featuring 20 hot-blooded hits from this English/American rock band led by guitarist Mick Jones and vocalist Lou Gramm. Apart from 19 tasty bestselling cuts, this CD includes a previously unreleased exclusive track, 'Urgent' (Live At The BBC). This fabulous disc gathers together their biggest singles released between 1977 and 1992, including 'Hot Blooded', 'I Want To Know What Love Is', 'Say You Will', 'Cold As Ice', 'Double Vision', 'That Was Yesterday', 'Urgent', 'Jukebox Hero' and more. WEA.
Personnel: Ian McDonald (vocals, guitar, reeds, horns, keyboards); Scott Gilman, Mark Rivera (vocals, saxophone); Bob Mayo (vocals, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Jeff Jacobs (vocals, keyboards); Mark Schulman (vocals, drums, percussion); Dennis Elliott (vocals, drums); Lou Gramm (vocals, percussion); Donnie Harper, Ed Gagliardi, Ian Lloyd, Jennifer Holliday, Rick Wills, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Tom Bailey, Bruce Turgon (vocals); Mick Jones (guitar, piano, keyboards); Junior Walker (saxophone); Al Greenwood (keyboards, synthesizer); Michael Fonfara, Peter-John Vettese (keyboards); Dave Lebolt, Brian Eddolls, Jack Waldman, Larry Fast, Thomas Dolby, Wally Badarou (synthesizer); Sammy Merendino (electronic percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Jerry McCulley.
There was a point in the early- to mid-'80s where it appeared as though Foreigner was going to continue cranking out arena rock anthems and power ballads forever. But as most fans know, the team of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones fractured soon after. However, their hits remain popular on classic rock radio, all of which are well-represented on the finely assembled 20-track collection, Definitive. Whereas some labels like to hold back a hit or two from a compilation in order to get the buyer to go purchase a follow-up hits collection further down the line, all of Foreigner's expected hits and key album cuts are included on Definitive. Both the group's hard side ("Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent," "Double Vision") and soft side ("Waiting for a Girl Like You," "I Want To Know What Love Is") are showcased, while few acts have been able to bottle arena rock bombast on vinyl like Foreigner did with "Juke Box Hero." As its title states, Definitive is the one and only single-disc Foreigner compilation you'll need to buy. It's all here folks. ~ Greg Prato
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