This is the 3rd go-around of Foreigner’s best, following 1982’s “Records” and 1992’s “The Very Best… and Beyond”. So what does “Complete Greatest Hits” (20 tracks, 77 min.) have to add to this?There is little difference in the songs found on “The Very Best” and “Ultimate Greatest Hits”. The major difference is that “Ultimate” sequences the songs chronologically, and it really does make it a much better listen overall. A nice touch is that “Ultimate” includes “Soul Docter”, one of the new songs on “The Very Best”. In the end, “Ultimate” is your best choice. As always, the great folks at Rhino did a great job packaging the CD, with great liner notes and pictures.It is worth recalling that Foreigner really did have a major splash on the singles and album charts for a ten year period (1977-87). That is a LONG time. I happen to have seen them twice in the last year (actually, one of those was “The Lou Gramm Band”, haha). Couldn’t help but wonder what was going through Lou’s head when he was singing the lines “That Was Yesterday/ When I Had the World in My Hand/ But It’s Not the End of the World/ Just a Slight Change in Plans”.
The complete greatest hits packs a single CD with 20 monster hit singles and airplay classics from 8 Foreigner albums released by Atlantic between 1977-1992. Includes radio staples ’Feels Like The First Time’, ’Urgent’, ’Waiting For A Girl Like You’, ’Cold As Ice’ and more! Remastered. 2002.On the cover of Foreigner’s newest collection, the letters that spell out Complete Greatest Hits are cut out from world currency. For example, there’s an A from Antarctica, a T from Trinidad, an M from Mongolia, and so on. At least the drive behind this third greatest-hits compilation (fourth, if you count The Best of Foreigner Live) is clearly admitted. Still, if anyone deserves your money, an argument can be made for guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm. They’ve been through it all, and along the way, they’ve written a slew of songs you know well enough to perform at karaoke (but never as well, admittedly–Lou has a hell of a voice). Whether you liked them when they rocked (”Cold as Ice,” ”Hot Blooded,” ”Juke Box Hero”) or preferred the power ballads they were credited with inventing (”Waiting for a Girl Like You,” ”I Want to Know What Love Is”), this album makes it feel like the very first time again. –Laura Etling
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What can I say?? If your a fan of Foreigner then this compilation needs to be added to your collection. 20 of they’re biggest hits from 1977’s top 5 hit “Feels Like The First Time” up through 1992’s “Soul Doctor”. Nine top 10 hits, seven top 5’s and they’re only Number 1 “I Want To Know What Love Is”. All the hits are there, from early rockers such as “Cold As Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Head Games” and “Urgent” to the power ballads like “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “I Want To Know What Love Is” through the 80’s rock hits like “That Was Yesterday”, “Say You Will” and “I Don’t Want To Live Without You”. The sound quality is fantastic, it’s crystal clear just as if it was recorded today. So buy this CD crank up the volume and enjoy one of the greatest rock groups in music history. I’d also like to say Foreigner belongs in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame!
This is a very good Foreigner compilation and certainly the best single-disc compilation of theirs that you will find. It’s got all of the hits, very little in the way of filler (if any) and it has great sound. If you want more than this, get the Definitive Collection, but this should certainly suit the casual Foreigner fan. In my opinion, the Defenitive Collection is a little much and really only for serious fans. This one could suit anyone, really.
Foreigner emerged on the rock scene in 1977 and released the stunning self titled “Foreigner” album which was followed by “Double Vision”, “Head Games”, “Foreigner 4″ and a string of other great albums. Foreigner was one of the great arena rock bands to come out of the seventies when concerts were affordable and packed with fans who appreciated good old rock n’ roll. This Foreigner cd entitled “Complete Greatest Hits” should have been called “Almost Complete Greatest Hits” because there are a number of songs missing that should have been on this collection. Sure the big hits are here such as “Feels Like The First Time”, “Cold As Ice”, “Hot Blooded”, “Double Vision”, “Head Games”, “Urgent”, “Juke Box Hero”, etc. but as one reviewer mentioned “Girl On The Moon” could have been deleted and better choices could have been “Until The End Of Time” or “Under The Gun”. For die hard Foreigner fans there is also the two cd set entitled “Foreigner Anthology: Jukebox Heros” which is a more complete collection and has songs from both Lou Gramm and Mick Jone’s solo careers plus much more. But for less money this “Complete Greatest Hits” must make do. The sound quality is superb and the 19 page booklet includes a nice history of the band and some great pictures. If you enjoy seventies rock then this is a must have.
I’m going to admit up front that I’m a casual fan of Foreigner. Until I bought Complete Greatest Hits, the only Foreigner album in my 6,000-plus collection was a cassette copy of 1982’s Records: The Best of Foreigner. So you won’t hear any carping from me about why didn’t Rhino include “(plug in your favorite Foreigner song here)” instead of using “(a song you don’t like as well).” When Foreigner first charted in the late-Seventies, disco was threatening to take over the music industry. It was refreshing to hear rock ‘n’ roll on the radio again. This is simply, track for track, the best single disc overview available. It includes every Top 40 hit (with the glaring exception of 1982’s “Breaking Up,” No. 26) along with a handful of lesser hits (“Women,” No. 41; “Heart Turns to Stone,” No. 56), uncharted singles (“Soul Doctor” and “Girl on the Moon”), and album tracks (“Headknocker”). Again, for the casual fan, this is THE Foreigner album to own. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED