Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s. Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.
The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14. It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat. Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.
The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002. Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You." The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.
Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits. The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."
Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat. Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003. Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.
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