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Foreigner - 1977 Foreigner

ARTIST: Foreigner
ALBUM: Foreigner
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: SD 19109
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 1995, Atlantic, 82798-2, remastered


LINEUP: Lou Gramm - vocals * Mick Jones - guitars * Ian McDonald - guitars, keyboards * Al Greenwood - keyboards * Ed Gagliardi - bass * Dennis Elliott - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Feels Like The First Time * 02 Cold As Ice * 03 Starrider * 04 Headknocker * 05 The Damage Is Done * 06 Long Long Way From Home * 07 Woman Oh Woman * 08 At War With The World * 09 Fool For You Anyway * 10 I Need You


This album was the beginning of a dynasty. That being the assured success of the supergroup Foreigner. The band are a combination of American and English personnel, located in the New York area. Lou Gramm (real name Grammatico) originally came from the upstate New York area, and had previously been with seventies rockers Black Sheep. Mick Jones was ex Spooky Tooth, McDonald and Elliott were previously with King Crimson, while local NY residents Greenwood and Gagliardi completed the lineup. Formed in 1976, the band spent some time rehearsing their material, most of which was written by Jones, before the debut album came out a year later.

The Songs
'Feels Like The First Time' was the initial breakthrough single, immediately recognisable with strong choruses, and great keyboard/guitar interplay. But the icing on the cake was Lou Gramm's vocals. 'Cold As Ice' followed soon after. During 1977 the band were hot property because of it. Other tracks of note include the very Alan Parsons sounding 'Starrider', the mid-paced balladry of 'The Damage Is Done', the hard driving 'Long Long Way From Home' and the anthem bound 'I Need You' at the tail of the album.

In Summary
The lineup shown above lasted for three albums only. Greenwood and Gagliardi later surfaced with New York AOR gods Spys, while the remainder of the band have continued on to mega success, in fact still going strong to this very day.

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#1 | sabace on March 30 2006 14:25:18
brillant lp the aor blueprint!
#2 | rostoned on June 28 2008 12:12:50
'Starrider' is a favourite of mine.yummy
#3 | Eric on December 26 2008 21:38:11
As Mick Jones tell it- Foreigner couldn't get gigs during the summer of '77 due to other bands not wanting to be blown off the stage but that's not exactly true..

A tour with Uriah Heep (several shows), and dates with UFO, Doobie Brothers, Heart and a gig at Denver's Mile High Stadium with The Eagles followed. Oh yeah- a support slot opening for Starcastle too.
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