Foghat was one of the great blues/boogie bands of the early 1970s. Not really a southern rock band from England as an earlier reviewer referred to them, they WERE wildly popular in my native Birmingham, Alabama (a fact to which the band paid tribute in it’s later song “Road Fever”).
Anyway, this debut album is well worth buying by anyone who enjoys energetic, blues-influenced rock. Not quite as polished as some of their later works, I still think it was their best, capturing well the guitar/bass-driven sound that came across so well both in concert and on the car stereo.
The three covers are all better than the originals:
“I Just Want to Make Love to You” is much punchier than the Muddy Waters version (The guitar intro is terrific), “Mabelline” is even better than the great Chuck Berry version, and “Leavin’ Again (Again)” tops the Savoy Brown original by a long shot.
Of the original material, the best is “Sara Lee”, an under-appreciated classic, “A Hole to Hide In”, and “Trouble, Trouble.” The only really weak song is “Fool’s Hall of Fame”.
All-in-all I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys listening to uptempo classic rock with a blues influence.