Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology

Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology

by Foreigner
Like Big Macs and muscle cars, the music of Foreigner is marked by an undying mass appeal and an ability to make snobs flee in terror -- a two-pronged legacy that's captured perfectly on this two-disc retrospective. Jukebox Heroes collects every note of the enduring band's many classic rock smashes, from their 1977 breakthrough "Feels Like the First Time"


Like Big Macs and muscle cars, the music of Foreigner is marked by an undying mass appeal and an ability to make snobs flee in terror -- a two-pronged legacy that's captured perfectly on this two-disc retrospective. Jukebox Heroes collects every note of the enduring band's many classic rock smashes, from their 1977 breakthrough "Feels Like the First Time" through to later chart-toppers such as "Urgent" and "Juke Box Hero." As befits a band that single-handedly caused stocks in Bic lighters to soar whenever they went on tour, the two discs contain plenty of classic power ballads, including "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and the chart-topping "I Want to Know What Love Is." For those who think they can hear any Foreigner hit they want by turning on classic rock radio -- in itself a testament to the band's enduring legacy -- Jukebox Heroes offers up several rarities you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, including the choogling "Street Thunder" and "Lowdown and Dirty." The nicely packaged set is also studded with solo hits by both Lou Gramm ("Just Between You and Me") and guitarist Mick Jones, who is represented by a pair of tunes from his pre-Foreigner days with Spooky Tooth. Sure, these songs might not qualify as brain food, but it can be awfully hard to listen to just one.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to say that Rhino's Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology is the definitive Foreigner retrospective, simply because there's so much music here: 39 tracks over the course of two discs, including all the hits, the bulk of notable album tracks, solo cuts from Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, plus two tracks from Jones-era Spooky Tooth. Clearly, that does amount to a clearly comprehensive collection, but the question is, is this a clear-cut choice for most fans? Well, it all depends on a listener's needs. This will be too much Foreigner if you're just looking for nothing but hits, especially since the classic era (roughly defined as pre-Agent Provocateur) stops at the end of the first disc. But, anyone that truly enjoys Foreigner's big, glossy arena rock will find that this doesn't test their patience, even if it runs out of steam toward the end of the collection. Anthology keeps interest because of canny selection and sequencing. The addition of Gramm and Jones songs on the second disc works wonders, since it not only strengthens its value for consumers -- it's terrific to be able to have all Foreigner and Foreigner-related songs in one place, especially since Gramm's peerless "Midnight Blue" is not just the best thing here, it's the last great single of the album-rock era -- it accelerates the pace and keeps things interesting just as the band's output gets a little patchy. So, Anthology winds up more consistently entertaining than skeptics could have imagined. It still may not convert those skeptics, but it will prove to the listener with the curiosity to delve deeper than the hits that it's worth doing so.

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Disc 1

  1. Feels Like the First Time
  2. Long, Long Way from Home
  3. Cold as Ice
  4. Headknocker
  5. Starrider
  6. At War With the World
  7. Double Vision
  8. Blue Morning, Blue Day
  9. Hot Blooded
  10. I Have Waited So Long
  11. Dirty White Boy
  12. Head Games
  13. Women
  14. Rev on the Red Line
  15. Break It Up
  16. Juke Box Hero
  17. Luanne
  18. Urgent
  19. Waiting for a Girl Like You
  20. All Sewn up
  21. The Hoofer

Disc 2

  1. I Want to Know What Love Is
  2. Down on Love
  3. Street Thunder
  4. Reaction to Action
  5. That Was Yesterday
  6. Ready or Not
  7. Midnight Blue
  8. Heart Turns to Stone
  9. I Don't Want to Live Without You
  10. Say You Will
  11. Can't Wait
  12. Just Wanna Hold
  13. Everything That Comes Around
  14. Just Between You and Me
  15. Lowdown and Dirty
  16. Soul Doctor
  17. Until the End of Time
  18. Under the Gun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foreigner   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Drums
Thomas Dolby   Synthesizer
Lou Gramm   Drums,Vocals
Jennifer Holliday   Vocals
Ian Hunter   Piano,Vocals
Billy Joel   Keyboards
Nils Lofgren   Guitar
Spooky Tooth   Track Performer
Junior Walker   Saxophone
Gary Wright   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Ian Lloyd   Vocals
Marilyn Martin   Vocals
Vaneese Thomas   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Robin Zander   Vocals
Phillip Ashley   Keyboards
Tom Bailey   Keyboards,Vocals
Tony Beard   electronic percussion
Val Burke   Bass,Vocals
Angela Cappelli   Vocals
Richard Cottle   Keyboards
Schuyler Deale   Bass,Percussion
Brian Eddolls   Drums
Michael Fonfara   Keyboards
Ed Gagliardi   Bass,Vocals
Bryson Graham   Percussion,Drums
Benny Gramm   Drums
Lani Groves   Vocals
Jeff Jacobs   Keyboards,Vocals
Felix Krish   Bass
Dave Lebolt   Drums
Sherryl Marshall   Vocals
Eddie Martinez   Guitar
Bob Mayo   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Ian McDonald   Guitar,Reeds,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Patto   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Mark Rivera   Saxophone,Vocals
Mark Schulman   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Stanley Sheldon   Bass
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Vocals
Terry Thomas   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bruce Turgon   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jack Waldman   Drums
Cookie Watkins   Vocals
Johnny Edwards   Vocals
Scott Gilman   Recorder,Saxophone,Vocals
Beth Hooker   Vocals
Mike Kellie   Percussion,Drums
Greenwood   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Donnie Harper   Vocals
Chris Stewart   Bass

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Composer
Gary Wright   Producer
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Phillip Ashley   Programming
Roy Thomas Baker   Producer
Duane Baron   Producer,Engineer
Mike Bosely   Engineer
George Carnell   Engineer
Jason Corsaro   Engineer
David DeVore   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Frank Filipetti   Producer,Engineer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Gary Hellman   Engineer
Brian Humphries   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Producer,Engineer
Tim Leitner   Engineer
Howie Lindeman   Engineer
Gary Lyons   Producer,Engineer
Ian McDonald   Collaboration
Mark McKenna   Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Gordon Payne   Composer
Tony Platt   Engineer
John Purdell   Producer,Engineer
Keith Rose   Engineer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Andrew Scarth   Engineer
Mark Stebbeds   Engineer
Terry Thomas   Producer
Bruce Turgon   Producer,Engineer
Dave Wittman   Engineer
Geoff Workman   Engineer
Ed Korengo   Engineer
Bud Prager   Producer
Jerry McCulley   Liner Notes
Dirk Grobelny   Engineer
Rafe McKenna   Engineer
Todd Vos   Engineer
Pete Millius   Engineer
Pat Moran   Producer
Johnny Edwards   Composer
Don White   Composer

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