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Foreigner - 1987 Inside Information



ARTIST: Foreigner
ALBUM: Inside Information
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81808-1
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: Atlantic, 7567-81808-2

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LINEUP: Lou Gramm - vocals * Mick Jones - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Rick Wills - bass, vocals * Dennis Elliott - drums, vocals

Additional Musicians: Hugh McCracken - guitar * Kevin Jones - synclavier * Peter-John Vettese - keyboards * Sammy Merendino - percussion * Ian Lloyd, Mark Rivera, Tom Bailey - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart Turns To Stone * 02 Can't Wait * 03 Say You Will * 04 I Don't Want To Live Without You * 05 Counting Every Minute * 06 Inside Information * 07 The Beat Of My Heart * 08 Face To Face * 09 Out Of The Blue * 10 A Night To Remember

WEBLINKS: www.foreigneronline.com


Background
When reviewing the career and discography of the band Foreigner, their 1987 album 'Inside Information' is an album that appears to have been criminally ignored by all and sundry. Sure, their two prior albums during their 80's period contained some of the biggest hits of the decade, and it would've been hard to compete against. Given the band's three year hiatus, combined with Lou's first solo album 'Ready Or Not' also released in 1987, it would be easy to say that the band were not totally committed to this record. Whatever the case, the album is no throwaway - containing some of the smoothest songs the band have ever released. Foreigner released this at the tail end of 1987, and toured to select locations around the world during 1988, with the exception of the USA.


The Songs
AORsters should get a pleasant surprise with the fantastic urgent (excuse the pun) delivery of the opener 'Heart Turns To Stone'. Listening to this, one gets an idea where the future sound of Gramm's 90's band Shadowking would come from. Less inspired is the uneven 'Can't Wait', which fuses near ballad oriented verses with crashing choruses. Much better are the two highlights on the album: 'Say You Will' and 'I Don't Want to Live Without You'. Both songs reaching high into the Billboard charts, at #6 and #5 respectively. Both are super smooth tracks typical of Foreigner's 80's radio format. Changing tack is the excellent aggressive guitar rock of 'Counting Every Minute'. This one takes us back to the 'Double Vision/Head Games' era, with its focus on a grunty riff with very little in the way of keyboards to soak up the excess. The title track 'Inside Information' is an unusual attempt by the band to mix up hi-tech and 80's pop, a la Phil Collins. Its fast and funky overtones don't really suit Foreigner, but at least they attempted it! 'The Beat Of My Heart' starts off with a warm welcoming flamenco, before blazing into another Mick Jones fuelled guitar rocker. Like 'Can't Wait', this one didn't do a lot for me. Just when they lose me on one track, they drag me back in with another pearler. 'Face To Face' makes for compelling listening, Gramm's vocal is on-song here, while the keyboard rich arrangement is a winner! Keeping up the good work is 'Out Of The Blue' which is on an equal footing with the best tracks on this album. Mick Jones rocks out on the closer 'A Night To Remember', reminding us all that this band was able to crank it up with the best of them on their day.


In Summary
The album did reasonably well on the charts (reaching #15 on the Billboard 200), obviously not as successful as '4' or 'Agent Provocateur', but still healthy nonetheless, with two hit singles. Gramm would leave the band in 1990, to focus on his burgeoning solo career, plus his 90's stint with the aforementioned Shadowking. Mick Jones would release a solo album in 1989 which got roundly panned in the press (the Metal Forces review was particularly scathing). Foreigner didn't disappear off the map completely, returning in 1991 for the excellent 'Unusual Heat' album, while Gramm would return for 1994's 'Mr Moonlight' album. Read more about Foreigner in the reviews below.


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#1 | gdazegod on February 07 2009 23:51:11
I did intend to review this sometime ago. It slipped off the radar. Sorry about that.
#2 | Eric on February 07 2009 23:58:27
There was no tour behind this record or was there?hmm!
#3 | gdazegod on February 08 2009 03:18:09
Japan, Australia and Europe - early 1988. So I am led to believe.

"Touring for Inside Information was limited to Europe, Japan and Australia in 1988. For this tour Larry Oakes(guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Lou Cortlezzi (sax) augmented the quartet of Gramm, Jones, Elliott and Wills."
#4 | jeffrey343 on February 08 2009 21:33:07
This one is quite underrated, IMO. It doesn't have any songs that are true absolute masterpieces, but to me, it does have ten songs that are all very good. 'Heart Turns To Stone' and 'Say You Will' are my faves of this bunch. Of all the Foreigner albums, I play this one straight through more than any of the others except for '4'.
#5 | DIGITAL on February 26 2010 18:49:00
Solid album 2nd best foreigner record behind the mighty "4" .
#6 | super80boy on May 31 2014 01:15:56
Foreigner's last major commercial release opens with a fiery hook laden lesser known album single in 'Heart Turns To Stone'. 'Say You Will' of course was a huge radio hit with it's ear pleasing keyboard and vocal melodies, and it's still a great tune even after the heavy rotation. I like when they rock out with 'Counting Every Minute' and 'The Beat Of My Heart'. Another cool tune is the title track, it's a different angle/approach for Foreigner but they pull it off in spades, very catchy! Underrated, overlooked, bypassed, neglected…whatever you want to call it, this album didn't get the proper attention it truly deserved. Okay, yes, the Jones-Gramm engine oil was running very low by this juncture, but they still were able to crank out one more top notch album.
#7 | code4 on October 23 2015 15:45:52
I remember i found 'Out Of The Blue' to be 80's Chicago-like in the instrumentation and type of keyboard sound it used. Loved those synth 'bolts' in 'Face to Face' and thought the 'I Don't Want to Live Without You' ballad was great. 'Say You Will' annoyed at first but repeated listens were successful in infecting me. Next fav maybe the opener 'Heart Turns To Stone', though it doesn't compete with something like 'Night Life' (the opener from '4'). 4 stars album.
Enjoyed the 'No Jacket Required' era phil Collins comparisons drawn with 'Inside Information'. Quite true! Hadn't thought of that before.
 
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