Best-selling Foghat album reissued on vinyl for first time
Reissue label Real Gone Music calls Foghat Live “one of the greatest rock ‘n roll live albums of all time, and one of the greatest rock ‘n roll albums of the 70s, period.” The news release goes on to state the album “vaulted one of the best boogie bands ever to superstardom.” The band’s original classic lineup of Lonesome Dave Peverett (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rod Price (lead guitar, vocals), Craig MacGregor (bass, backing vocals), and Roger Earl (drums) “were as tight as any rock band before or since,” reads the press announcement about the group’s 1977 live album.
Foghat has recorded 17 albums and placed nine singles on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1973 and 1980. Foghat Live was released as the British rock outfit’s seventh album. It remains Foghat’s best-selling work with more than two million copies sold, earning double-platinum certification in the U.S. alone. In 2007, the LP’s 30th anniversary was marked by the release of a double album titled, Live II, but Real Gone Music’s reissue of Foghat Live is the project’s first recommitment to vinyl since the original album release.
The limited-edition package “pulls no punches” by reappearing in 180-gram vinyl. It features “painstaking replications” of the original die-cut jacket and four-color cardboard inner Euro-sleeve that “peeks out” through the die-cut. The Foghat Live reissue’s professional remastering and lacquer cutting bring out every note in the six-song live set that includes the popular cuts ‘Slow Ride’ (No. 20), the cover of bluesman Willie Dixon’s ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’ (No. 33), and ‘Fool for the City’ (No. 45).
Foghat Live also contains a sped-up up version of blues artist Big Joe Turner’s ‘Honey Hush,’ the a cappella harmonies of ‘Home in My Hand,’ and an early cut titled ‘Road Fever.’ Peverett wrote all of the songs on the album except for the covers, and he co-wrote ‘Road Fever’ with Price. Other Foghat songs that charted on the Hot 100 include the Top 40 singles ‘Drivin' Wheel,’ ‘Stone Blue,’ and ‘Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool).’ The singles ‘What a Shame,’ ‘I'll Be Standing By,’ and ‘Stranger in My Home Town’ also charted.Since the passing of Peverett and Price in 2000 and 2005, respectively, the group’s current touring lineup includes original drummer Roger Earl along with longtime bassist Craig MacGregor. Charlie Huhn (rhythm guitar, vocals) and Bryan Bassett (lead guitar) joined in 2000. Foghat's most recent studio album is 2010’s Last Train Home, a project featuring 12 new songs that AllMusic.com declares are delivered with a “considerable amount of energy and a precision that only a veteran touring band could have.” After finding more success in the U.S. than in their native United Kingdom, Foghat went on to amass eight gold records, one platinum, and one double-platinum album. Other current projects include the summer 2013 single ‘The Word of Rock n' Roll,’ and an instrumental version of ‘Winter Wonderland.’ The latter was released in December 2013 along with the DVD Live in St. Pete. In addition, AXS.com reports the band’s 2015 touring schedule takes in 19 U.S. cities and two concerts in Canada.
Watch Foghat in a live performance of classic hit ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You.’
As A Matter of Fact…
* Foghat formed in 1971 in Manchester, England, when singer/guitarist Dave Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens, and drummer Roger Earl left Savoy Brown. Guitarist Rod Price joined later in the year to showcase the band’s blues-rock/boogie-rock style.
* Foghat’s 1972 self-titled album was produced by Dave Edmunds (‘I Hear You Knocking’) and features a cover of Willie Dixon's ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You.’ The song got wide radio play with the 1977 live version reaching the Top 40 (No. 33) of the Billboard Hot 100.
* The band's second album is also a self-titled release more commonly referred to as Rock and Roll because of the rock and bread roll pictured on the album cover. The album went gold and was quickly followed up by Energized (1974), Rock and Roll Outlaws (1974), and Fool for the City (1975).
* A nonstop recording and touring schedule became too much for Stevens, who was temporarily replaced by producer Nick Jameson to record Fool for the City, featuring the Top 20 title track hit single.
* Craig MacGregor became Foghat’s permanent bass player in 1976, appearing on the album Night Shift. The band’s platinum-selling Foghat Live appeared in 1977, followed the next year by Stone Blue. The latter album’s title track was a Top 40 hit, and features a cover of Robert Johnson's ‘Sweet Home Chicago.’
* In 1993, superstar producer Rick Rubin urged the original Foghat lineup to reunite for a comeback project called Return of the Boogie Men. The album was a return to the band’s blues-rock/boogie-rock roots, covering tunes by immortal bluesman Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Big Bill Broonzy, and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup.