Fool for the City

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After building a solid core audience through relentless touring and a string of hard-rocking albums, Foghat finally hit the big time in 1975 with Fool for the City. It still stands out as the best album in the group's catalog because it matched their road-tested abilities as hard rockers to a consistent set of tunes that were both well-crafted and ambitious. The tone for the album is set by its title track: This hard-rocking gem not only pairs riff-driven verses with an effective shout-along chorus, but also throws in a few surprising moments where the guitars are taken out of the mix completely and Nick Jameson's bass is allowed to take the lead in a funky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After building a solid core audience through relentless touring and a string of hard-rocking albums, Foghat finally hit the big time in 1975 with Fool for the City. It still stands out as the best album in the group's catalog because it matched their road-tested abilities as hard rockers to a consistent set of tunes that were both well-crafted and ambitious. The tone for the album is set by its title track: This hard-rocking gem not only pairs riff-driven verses with an effective shout-along chorus, but also throws in a few surprising moments where the guitars are taken out of the mix completely and Nick Jameson's bass is allowed to take the lead in a funky breakdown. Fool for the City also produced an enduring rock radio favorite in "Slow Ride," a stomping rock tune that transcends the inherent clich├ęs of its "love is like a car ride" lyrics with a furious performance from the band and a clever arrangement that works in well-timed automotive sound effects during the verses and plays up the band's ability to work an R&B-styled groove into their hard-rocking sound again, note the thumping bassline from Jameson. Further radio play was earned with "Take It or Leave It," an acoustic-based ballad that worked synthesizers into its subtle yet carefully layered arrangement to become one of the group's finest slow numbers. The album's other songs don't stand like the aforementioned selections, but they all flow together nicely thanks to a consistently inspired performance from the band and clever little arrangement frills that keep the group's boogie-oriented rock fresh example: the witty spoken word bit at the end of "Drive Me Home". All in all, Fool for the City is both Foghat's finest achievement in the studio and one of the high points of 1970s hard rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2008
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • UPC: 821797203760
  • Catalog Number: 2037
  • Sales rank: 74,408

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Foghat Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Nick Jameson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Roger Earl Percussion, Drums
Lonesome Dave Peverett Guitar, Vocals, Breathing
Rod Price Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Nick Jameson Producer, Engineer
Don Brown Repackaging
Ken Perry Remastering
Roger Earl Contributor
Bill Inglot Remastering
Maria Berry Repackaging
Shawn R. Britton Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Guitar Rock At It's 70's Best!!!

    What can I say...I have partial hearing loss from listening to this 8 track originally back in the 70's. From the exhilarating rhythms of ''Fool For The City'' to the charged up climax of ''Slow Ride''... There's never a dull moment in this collection.

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