Back in 1975 I saw Foghat on what was their monstertour. Biggest lp; Fool for the city. Biggest song; Slow Ride. Out of that came the livealbum and only six cuts, what a let down. Now the new live disc gives us a few more songs and twonew studio cuts. the live songs are your basicboogie foghat tunes ,old classics and a couple of new tunes. The new studio cuts are fine a slow blues rift and a perkier tune. All in all this is 100% Foghat. Their thirtyeth anniversary is coming up in a few years and hopefully they will put out a box set that will cover maybe a few other live versions that haven’t been put out
The joke’s starting to look a little worn around the edges. It’s facile to observe that the people who toss the phrase ”family values” around don’t have Limp Bizkit, Korn, Filter, or Primus in mind when they talk about wholesome entertainment. Well, duh. That said, this a solid collection for those who like the aforementioned bands and their allies, though just about all of this stuff is available in other versions. One highlight is Staind’s heavy-duty ”Mudshovel,” though the best performances overall are from Limp Bizkit, which explains why they provide 4 of the 16 tracks on the album and no other act serves up more than 2. Tracks from Method Man and the Crystal Method weirdly break up the metal that dominates, and there’s the obligatory acoustic bonus track, featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind and Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit. –Genevieve Williams
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ROAD CASES is another great Foghat concert preserved for posterity. Most of the songs are great, but there is a bit of filler, and I could do without the two studio cuts. Overall, you should own this one, but only if you already have FOOL FOR THE CITY, LIVE, NIGHT SHIFT, ENERGIZED, ROCK AND ROLL OUTLAWS, and FOGHAT (ROCK AND ROLL).
From the Opening rifts of Waters tribute to the fairer Sex to the Rocker of the City Bound. THIS LIVE ALBUM RULES. Lonesome Dave sounds great and the slide guitar work is excellent. This album is fresh. If you wondered what happened to these guys just give a listen. Thanks guys “My Babe” thinks it’s great.
My first ever Foghat CD and it sounds really good. The band is great live and after 25 some years, they still sound fresh and lively as they did back in their heyday. I Just Want To Make Love To You, Slow Ride and Foll For The City are here, as expected, and sound great. Drivin’ Wheel, Bad Bad Lovin’, and Sweet Home Chicago are good blues boogie rockers. The CD ends on a studio note, new songs Angel Of Mercy and Tear You Down are excellent proving these boys still can come up with good songs. A definite keeper.
It sure is good to see the old fellas rocking again, and nowhere is this more evident than with FOGHAT and “Road Cases.” This is a great live recording, with Foghat smoking just like they usually always do. This jam starts out with a rousing rendition of “I just want to make love to you”, followed immediately by what I believe to be the best song on the set, “Driving Wheel.” Their version of DW lasts up to almost eight minutes long and just flat out rocks! The fifth track “Sweet Home Chicago” is indicative of just why Foghat always stayed true to their blues roots. They were always appreciative of the blues, and SHC is pure in its content. This concert was recorded live at the Roseland Theater in Portland Oregon, on the 25th and 26th of Oct. 1996. The crowd is very enthusiastic, and Foghat does not disappoint their audience. Peverett and Price trade licks throughout this entire set, and the duo guitar attack will blow back your ears! Price does get a little carried away with the slide guitar on occasion, but this recording will show anybody what a true blues rock band is capable of. The line up at the time of this recording consisted of “Lonesome” Dave Peverett-Lead vocals and guitar- Rod Price-Lead slide guitar and vocals-Tony Stevens-Bass and vocals-with the ever dependable Roger Earl on drums. A powerful line up, that packed a terrific punch. Foghat did not care if they played too loud, that was their trademark, and they stuck with it, critics be [fooled]. Tracks #9 “Fool for the City” (another one that flat out ROCKS!) and #10, the Foghat anthem “Slowride” are performed with magnetic enthusiasm on this CD. There are also two additional studio tracks provided with this album “Angel Of Mercy” and “Tear you Down” ( a somewhat softer side of Foghat, but still very good). What one gets here is unapologetic, fast driving hard rock, with a couple guys that can also sing. Lonesome Dave is no longer with us. He succumbed to kidney cancer about eighteen months ago, after a long struggle with that disease. However,”Road Cases” is a wonderful testament to a band that made no apologies about what they believed in (blues) combined with a hard edge. If you do not get up and boogie with a little air guitar during “Driving Wheel” or “Fool for the City” you should be declared legally dead. I’ll even sign your death certificate.