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September 10, 2016

Foreigner – Head Games (1979) – Lp

by Record Facts

Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

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Artist:  Foreigner
Title:  Head Games
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Atlantic Records
Catalog#  ATL 50651

With their third album, 1979’s “Head Games,” and with new bassist Rick Wills onboard, Foreigner responded to their critics who claimed that the band’s first pair of albums sounded too “polished” by getting tougher. “Head Games” is easily the most hard-edged, guitar-heavy album in the band’s catalog, but, thankfully, the band didn’t completely abandon their keyboards, or their knack for melody either. “Head Games” is a leaner, meaner-sounding Foreigner, but it’s still Foreigner all the same, with ace guitarist Mick Jones & the powerful vocal chops of Lou Gramm leading the way. The rockin’ hit title song is an all-time Foreigner classic, and the band also fire on all cylinders on tracks like “Dirty White Boy” (the other hit from the album), “Love On The Telephone,” “Women,” “Seventeen,” and the killer finale, “Rev On The Red Line.” Mick Jones’ “The Modern Day” is excellent guitar-fueled pop-rock. I happen to like Foreigner’s so-called “polished” sound, as that’s always been part of their appeal. But it was definitely the lack of studio shine that contributed to the disappointing sales—by Foreigner standards—of “Head Games” (not to mention the controversial album cover). “Head Games” may be a departure of sorts, but it’s still a very strong Foreigner album

 

Side one
1.  Dirty White Boy  (3:37)
2.  Love on the Telephone  (3:18)
3.  Women  (3:25)
4.  I’ll Get Even with You  (3:40)
5.  Seventeen  (4:43)

Side two
1.  Head Games  (3:37)
2.  The Modern Day  (3:26)
3.  Blinded by Science  (4:54)
4.  Do What You Like  (3:58)
5.  Rev on the Red Line  (3:35)

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