Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology
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.