Saturday, July 11, 2015

FOREIGNER: "Greatest Hits Live"

Rating: Live
Label: earMUSIC/Edel 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

It's all about the live gig, musicianship, hooks and sing-a-long memories of the past. Melodic hard rock in an old-fashion way and style. Recorded live in 2005, Foreigner are about to unleash all the fury of songs such as Head Games, Cold As Ice, Waiting For a Girl Like You, That Was Yesterday, Urgent, Jukebox Hero, I Want To Know What Love Is, Hot Blooded, etc. You know, the same old hits as always and what's worse, this very concert has already been released as part of the 2CD version of Can't Slow Down (see review in our archives).

The scene is set perfectly by Kelly Hansen's (Hurricane) rich voice cutting through the hits like a knife through butter. Hansen sound great on vocals and the other six musicians are going through the tracks with ease and finesse. However, the ambassadors of AOR are not doing themselves any favors by re-releasing this live effort. The album smacks of a dubiously motivated attempt to lure the fan into buying this. But since there's already a copy in the household of every die-hard fan, I'm not sure it's going to end up well. Got to admit, the songs are classics, the live performance decent enough, but do you really need this?

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