Foghat is a great 70’s blues/rock boogie band. They were a huge stadium draw at one time, although I think this album was made before they had their days of fame.This is one of the earlier Foghat albums (their third, I believe). It has a very hot sound, without getting really heavy. It’s very energetic, and has some interesting things going on. They experimented with using female backing singers here, and they mixed in some horns also. I love “Home in My Hand” and, my all time favorite, “That’ll Be the Day” (unfortuately, the CD version of this song has a different ending than the album, and I like the album ending better). This is a really jammin’ album. Foghat’s lead guitarist, Rod Price, is known for his skill in slide guitar. This is probably the only blues-based rock boogie band that plays slide guitar. This is one of my favorite Foghat albums.
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.
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This album is one of Foghat’s finest ever. This mix of hot originals and driving covers has no ballads and never slows down. The best track on the album has got to be “Step Outside”, which is a strong encouragement to do all of that which life has to offer, but the rest is great, too. This album will remain in rock’s consciousness long after more recent groups like Poison are long forgotten.
Remember skipping class,riding around and smoking Js? 1974.The year all the monumental rock lps came out. back then we only had a handful of artists and bands, so when the albums came out,for a few days rock fans were mesmorized by the new grooves.Today there are so many musicians,groupsand bands ,I, am overwhelmed. But back to the CD this is clasic Foghat when they were in their best creativity and rythmem The three members Lonesome Dave,Tony Stevens and Rodger Earl came from Savoy Brown and Rod Price Had joined them ,they came to the states and enjoyed much success .This is great work by them in their finest form.NP
I am a Foghat fan from way back. This album propelled them into the national spotlight.Home in my hand , and Wild cherry are about as good as rock gets. It displays an unsurpassed energy that hadn’t been heard at that time. By the way , the guitarist was not Kim Simmonds, it was Rod Price. Kim Simmonds was Savoy Browns guitarist.
Yes, ‘Fool For The City’ had the hits, but it was a little more ‘pop’ than this album. Taken as a whole, “Energized” rocks as hard, yet manages to be more varied in its approach (check out the funky landscape of ‘Step Outside’) without going to extremes, making repeat listens a lot more desirable. Their no-nonsense, non-gimmicky style seems to appeal to just about anyone who apprecites 70s-style rock. I bought the album in ‘74 and now have the CD….it is still one of my all-time favorites.