Inside Information

Inside Information

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by Foreigner
     
 

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Foreigner was arguably the finest band of AOR's late-'70s and early-'80s heyday. Unfortunately, after a decade of monstrous success and raking in truckloads of cash for themselves and Atlantic Records, 1987's Inside Information showed that the songwriting gas tank of guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones and vocalist Lou Gramm was running low. Impeccable studioSee more details below

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Foreigner was arguably the finest band of AOR's late-'70s and early-'80s heyday. Unfortunately, after a decade of monstrous success and raking in truckloads of cash for themselves and Atlantic Records, 1987's Inside Information showed that the songwriting gas tank of guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones and vocalist Lou Gramm was running low. Impeccable studio craftsmanship can't compensate for the lack of quality songs. There are a few solid tracks, but the album only sold a million copies -- paltry when compared to previous releases -- and it currently ranks as Foreigner's last major commercial success. The proceedings start promisingly enough with "Heart Turns to Stone," an energetic rock number that became a minor hit. "Say You Will" was Foreigner's last great Top Ten single. It's loaded with killer vocal and keyboard hooks. The bloodless, pleasantly tepid ballad "I Don't Want to Live Without You" actually made the Top Five; it has neither the passion of "Waiting for a Girl Like You" nor the soul of "I Want to Know What Love Is." "Inside Information" experiments a little with odd rhythms. "The Beat of My Heart" is notable only for the Spanish guitar intro by guest Hugh McCracken. The gritty "Face to Face" is an excellent album track. "Out of the Blue" is the only song written by the entire band -- Jones, Gramm, bassist Rick Wills, and drummer Dennis Elliott -- and that does give it a slightly more organic feel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Jdc Records
UPC:
0075678180811
catalogNumber:
81808110
Rank:
53953

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foreigner   Primary Artist
Lou Gramm   Vocals
Mick Jones   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ian Lloyd   Background Vocals
Tom Bailey   Keyboards
Dennis Elliott   Drums
Kevin Jones   Synthesizer,Synclavier
Hugh McCracken   spanish guitar
Sammy Merendino   electronic percussion
Mark Rivera   Background Vocals
Peter-John Vettese   Keyboards
Rick Wills   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Producer
Frank Filipetti   Producer,Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Billy Miranda   Engineer
Warren Austerer   Pre-production Assistant

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