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Foghat - Fool For The City (1975)[PS3 SACD to ISO]

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Foghat - Fool For The City (1975)[PS3 SACD to ISO]

Foghat - Fool For The City (1975) [MFSL '2008]
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Undoubtedly Foghat's finest album, 1975's Fool For The City, could cruise along on the strength of the band's biggest and best single, "Slow Ride", alone. In addition to that choogling stoner classic, however, the record also finds the bluesy British rock group offering up the fist-pumping, arena-worthy title track and a oddly funky version of Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues", not to mention the uncharacteristically melancholy "Take It or Leave It". Throughout the eclectic song selection, frontman "Lonesome" Dave Peverett leads the ensemble with assurance, making sure that even the lesser-known tunes are engaging (see the rollicking "My Babe"). Although definitive Rock is the best Foghat collection, this disc is the group's true calling card.

After building a solid core audience through relentless touring and a string of hard-rocking albums, Foghat finally hit the big time in 1975 with Fool for the City. It still stands out as the best album in the group's catalog because it matched their road-tested abilities as hard rockers to a consistent set of tunes that were both well-crafted and ambitious. The tone for the album is set by its title track: This hard-rocking gem not only pairs riff-driven verses with an effective shout-along chorus, but also throws in a few surprising moments where the guitars are taken out of the mix completely and Nick Jameson's bass is allowed to take the lead in a funky breakdown. Fool for the City also produced an enduring rock radio favorite in "Slow Ride", a stomping rock tune that transcends the inherent clich?s of its "love is like a car ride" lyrics with a furious performance from the band and a clever arrangement that works in well-timed automotive sound effects during the verses and plays up the band's ability to work an R&B-styled groove into their hard-rocking sound (again, note the thumping bassline from Jameson). Further radio play was earned with "Take It or Leave It", an acoustic-based ballad that worked synthesizers into its subtle yet carefully layered arrangement to become one of the group's finest slow numbers. The album's other songs don't stand like the aforementioned selections, but they all flow together nicely thanks to a consistently inspired performance from the band and clever little arrangement frills that keep the group's boogie-oriented rock fresh (example: the witty spoken word bit at the end of "Drive Me Home"). All in all, Fool for the City is both Foghat's finest achievement in the studio and one of the high points of 1970s hard rock.

~ Donald A. Guarisco, all media guide


01. Fool For The City
02. My Babe
03. Slow Ride
04. Terraplane Blues
05. Save Your Loving (For Me)
06. Drive Me Home
07. Take It Or Leave It

all songs written or co-written by "Lonesome" Dave Peverett except "My Babe" by Bobby Hatfield/Bill Medley, and "Terraplane Blues" by Robert Johnson.
Original Album Produced and Engineered by Nick Jameson
Recorded and Mixed in 1974 at Suntreader Studios
Mastered at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA by Shawn R. Britton on the GAIN2 SYSTEM™

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