Foreigner, like most bands, has multiple “Best Of” CD’s. Records, Jukebox Heroes, Complete Greatest, various “budget” compilations and their most recent Definitive…I think this one is the best! As previous reviewers have mentioned, there are no edits here. I am not sure why Rob O’Connor of Amazon says that “I Want To Know What Love Is” is the only additional song on this CD that is not on Records. There are several as Foreigner had many hits after that album came out in ‘82. “That Was Yesterday,” “Say You Will” and “I Don’t Want To Live Without You” are all here. You get most of the AOR “staples,” plus 3 new songs. I am generally not a fan of bands that put new material on Best Of CD’s as it is usually at the expense of songs that should have been included. I will say, however, that “Prisoner of Love” and “With Heaven On Our Side” are pretty good. My only complaint, and a minor one at that, is that “Feels Like The First Time” appears at the end of this CD. I sometimes forget it is here as it should “kick” things off! I have owned all of the forementioned “Best Of’s” and this one is the only one I have kept. Need I say more????
Featuring three new tracks and liner notes, The Very Best attempts to bring Foreigner into the ’90s as a viable, working band. Problem is, the most convincing songs here are those recorded during the band’s first four albums when they were young and, if not hungry, at least not played out. ”Jukebox Hero,” ”Hot Blooded,” ”Head Games,” and ”Cold As Ice” all sound as ripe and ready for radio as the day they were released. Singer Lou Gramm gave Foreigner its face and with the counterpunch of ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Mick Jones proved a formidable team. The inclusion of their gospel-influenced hit ”I Want to Know What Love Is” is the only addition from the 10-cut greatest hits album Records. –Rob O’Connor
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This compilation is close to being perfect with two major problems though. The first problem is the addition of 3 new songs, all of which are stinkers. Luckily those songs are the first songs on the CD so one could simply start on track 4. I know one could go on and on about such and such tracks should be included but releasing a Foreigner compilation without Long, Long Way from Home as this compilation does can’t be justified. This was one of their biggest hits on Rock stations, basically a staple on such stations and also a top 20 hit. Omitting that song is similar to deleting Let the Good Times Roll on a Cars compilation, not a huge hit but a staple at Rock stations. It also omitted Blue Morning, Blue Day but that is not the same travesty.
Sound quality is decent; recent re-mastered compilations provide a slight improvement but the difference is nothing to write home about.
If you only want a single Foreigner CD compilation with full length versions, this is a decent buy, provided you could live without the above mentioned tracks. If you can live with edited versions for radio airplay, get the single Foreigner – Complete Greatest Hitswhich is a definite greatest hits compilation but falls short on being complete due to shortened versions of some of the songs. My choice is The Definitive Collection, a 2cd with all the songs plus the main album tracks in full length versions. Oddly, Rhino has discontinued that album and released (yet) another compilation, decent but not as good as the Definite Collection.
I found myself disappointed after grabbing and taking a listen to Foreigner’s first greatest-hits compilation, `Records’. Many of the songs were slightly-shorter radio edits. Another slight letdown was the lack of `I Want To Know What Love Is’, one of the group’s subseqent top hits. So not only is `Records’ a collection of the cut-down Foreigner hits, it’s incomplete as well (though not intentionally so)!Fortunately, I discovered `The Very Best… And Beyond!’, and found myself in for a pleasant surprise: all of the great tunes from their late 70s-to-mid-80s heyday, and they’re all the full, uncut renditions! There were even a couple of new tracks, although I didn’t think too much of `em-they sounded to much like their old cuts. But as far as low points go, those tunes are no biggie.So if you’re in a quandary over which Foreigner `greatest hits’ album to get, you should definitely grab this one. It’s no no-brainer!`Late
This is a great cd for many reasons. It has just about any kind of rock ‘n roll that you’re looking for. Whether you want good ballads, (“Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “I Want To Know What Love Is”), upbeat tempos, (“Say You Will” and “Double Vision”), or just some great classic rock, (“Hot Blooded” and “Urgent”), plus some rockin’ unreleased songs like “Soul Doctor,” it’s all here for you in one album. I collect all the good music that I heard while I was growing up in the 80’s, and Foreigner was one of my favorite groups and still are. Foreigner was one of the most underrated bands by the critics, but if you like classic rock then you should like this album.
Foreigner is one of my favorite arena rock bands of the late 70’s and 80’s. Not unlike many others, such as Eddie Money, Loverboy, Night Ranger and Bruce Springsteen, they followed a general patten of moving from a classic rock sound in the 70’s to a more hard pop/rock sound in the 80’s–succeeding greatly in both areas!
They’ve since had three greatest hits albums (RECORDS in 1982, which only has a small collection of their early songs), this one, and 2002’s COMPLETE GREATEST HITS.
1977’s SELF-TITLED DEBUT:
-Cold As Ice
-Feels Like the First Time
I can’t argue with these choices. I’m not very familiar with the band’s first three albums outside of the hits, so I truly don’t know what may or may not be missing, but I think “Long Long Way to Go” was a radio hit.
1978’s DOUBLE VISION:
These are easily my two favorite early Foreigner rock songs, the title track in particular – with its catchy medium tempo – pointing towards what would become their 80’s sound. I actually do know the piano-based classic rocker “Blue Morning Blue Day” was another hit not included.
1979’s HEAD GAMES:
-Rev On the Red Line
-Dirty White Boy
This was easily their most hard-rocking album (and the least emphasis on pop), so, consequently, I listen to it the least, but I like the tltle track. Again, I’m not sure of any other hits to emerge from the album.
-Waiting For A Girl Like You
Ah, the first album I know so well! Obviously, these three smashes had to be on here, but I wish the underrated semi ballad-type arena rocker “Break it Up” and the 60’s styled hard rocker “Luanne” – both hits – were included too.
1984’s AGENT PROVOCATEUR:
-That Was Yesterday
-I Want to Know What Love is
This is where the band really started to not get credit for alot of their material. These two hits from this somewhat uneven album, were both great, but the low-key power ballad “Down on Love” and the harder title track should’ve made the cut too.
1987’s INSIDE INFORMATION:
-Say You Will
-I Don’t Want to Live Without You
Again, I’m seein’ a pattern. These were the two best songs, but nowhere near the only worthy ones that should’ve seen the light of day here. The abscence of “Heart Turns to Stone” (a rocker slightly harder than “Say You Will”) is hard to excuse.;)
1992 NEW songs:
-Prisoner of Love
-With Heaven on Our Side
I had my doubts as to whether these songs would be any good or not, but I proved myself wrong — (1), an energized, guitar-based rocker, probably one of their heaviest songs, not unlike the upbeat material on INSIDE INFORMATION…
(2) A mid-tempo rocker akin to a slowed-down version of Journey’s “Only the Young” (especially the synth opening), sounding closest to their early/mid 80’s power ballads, and…
(3) a slightly uptempo ballad with a deeper vocal from Lou. I’d call this a much stronger version of the style of ballads on his 1989 solo album LONG HARD LOOK.
Overall, the somewhat new COMPLETE GREATEST HITS is pretty similar overall to VBO, but I still slightly prefer this one for a few reasons. Out of the 3 new songs here, only one (“Soul Doctor”) made it there. Secondly, CGH put edits on a few songs, whereas this has the full-length versions of every song. The good points of CGH is that it has a few 80’s songs not present here (“Girl on the Moon” and “Heart Turns to Stone”) and new liner notes.
This is stil the best starting point for new fans of the band (and for diehards to pick up the three “new” songs).