For the casual listener this compilation will deliver all of the Foreigner songs that you will ever need in your collection. “Cold As Ice”, “Double Vision”, “Head Games”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Waiting For A Girl…”, “Jukebox Hero” and “Urgent” are all here as well as a live version of “Hot Blooded” that isn’t as good as the original studio version. Foreigner knows how to make some really catchy songs and all of there best can be found on this collection.
Japanese Limited Edition Issue of the Album Classic in a Deluxe, Miniaturized LP Sleeve Replica of the Original Vinyl Album Artwork.As concise a collection as one could ask for, distilling the essence of late ’70s/early ’80s hard rock into 10 strong doses, Records explains Foreigner better than any of their regular studio albums ever could. Essentially the work of ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm, Foreigner understood what it took to deliver loud, guitar-driven rock to FM radio. Their hooks were evident from the get-go with ”Cold As Ice” and ”Feels Like the First Time” and only grew stronger over time with ”Jukebox Hero” and ”Hot Blooded.” By the time of ”Waiting for a Girl Like You,” Foreigner were beginning to lean harder on adult-contemporary pop, which sent them in another direction. –Rob O’Connor
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For what it is, Records is a great album. It was Foreigner’s first greatest hits album. It has a lot of their hits from “Double Vision” to “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” However, it’s far from being Foreigner’s best compilation collection. It’s not a complete compilation like Very Best….And Beyond is. If you only like a few of Foreigner’s songs and they’re on this album, you might want to just get this one. But if you like some Foreigner songs that aren’t on Records such as “I Want To Know What Love Is” or “Say You Will,” I recommend getting Very Best.. And Beyond.
It’s a shame this collection only contains 10 songs…this collection feels like those …cds you find in the bargain bins released by obscure/generic record companies that have somehow bought the rights to sell such compilations ! That said and out of the way, Records does represent Foreigner’s strongest hits during the late 70’s early 80’s period. The sound is undeniably late 70’s pop rock. Still, the music was and is very energetic with a few memorable tunes (Cold As Ice, Double Vision, Waiting For A Girl Like You, and Urgent). So popular the music of Foreigner that Burger King used Double Vision for one of their campaign commercials a few years back. Urgent was remade a few years later (after it’s initial release) by R&B/dance singer Shannon in the mid 80’s…the awesome thing about Foreigner is that their music and lyrics were catchy and easily accessible; they were not heavy metal or hard rock, but by no means were they pop fluff either ! They maintained a very sophisticated edge without letting their artistry become compromised by refusing to create tunes just to follow a music fad or just sell records !
You would think that this record would get 5 stars given the songs that are on it, the very cream of the first four Foreigner albums. However, multiple reviewers have given this rather excellent compilation of songs as little as one star. The reason isn’t that the music is bad, the reason is that this collection is very incomplete, and for a few dollars more you can have “The Complete Greatest Hits” which has double the number of songs. The other problem with this collection is that the songs are the radio version, not the album version.You know these songs; they are great songs. The radio versions, true, but still great. The ever awesome “Feels Like the First Time”, the mellow “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, and rocking standards like “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded”; ten selections that are truly greatest hits.Now, unless you like only early Foreigner, or must have every Foreigner CD because you are a super fan, go buy one of the newer greatest hits collections that have all these songs plus many more, for only a little more money. I still rate this CD 4 stars because the music is so good, but for value it rates 2 stars, because much better exists.
A short consise retrospective of the hits from the first four albums. I must note that many of the songs are the 45 versions which are generally shorter and the mixes of some of the songs are markedly different from the actual albums they’re culled from. Most notably are Cold as Ice, Waiting for a Girl Like You, and Long Long Way From Home. Also disappointing to many and maybe interesting to others is the omission of the studio version of Hot Blooded. A live recording from the “4″ tour is presented instead. Sadly, Blue Morning Blue Day isn’t featured on the record. Leaving at least one hit off a best of has always seemed to be the thing for record companies to do. My guess is that it’s a marketing ploy so you will go out and maybe buy that missing hit off an artist’s greatest hits album.