Saturday, June 2, 2012

FOREIGNER - Alive & Rockin' (2012)

FOREIGNER - Alive & Rockin' (2012)


FOREIGNER is releasing "Alive & Rockin’" on audio CD, previously only available as a DVD.
Recorded at the Bang Your Head Festival, in Balingen, Germany, the songs included on this album are mostly hits performed by the new incarnation of the band.

From “Double Vision” to “Hot Blooded” to “Urgent”, the sound is pretty direct with a guitar sound completely razor sharp.
In fact, the “Dirty White Boy” riff has a kind of 'Looks That Kill' guitar sound to it. It’s as if guitarist Mick Jones wanted to make a statement: remember, this is a kick ass Classic Hard Rock band.
Musicians like ex- Dokken Jeff Pilson on bass and Jason Bonham on drums only fortifies this message. Bonham seems like a tiger in a cage throughout, ready to be freed and kill on command (it is probably Bonham's presence that brought on the decision for unnecessarily hitching Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” up to “Juke Box Hero”, too).
And of course, Kelly Hansen is a quality vocalist, singing every Foreigner song with a strong sense of how it was intended.

"Alive & Rockin’" is a good recording, with a real live feel, no overdubs in sight here.
If you want to listen Foreigner's classic hits like you're there, in front of the concert sound system, "Alive & Rockin’" is an amusing experience.

01 - Double Vision
02 - Head Games
03 - Dirty White Boy
04 - Cold As Ice
05 - Starrider
06 - Feels Like The First Time
07 - Urgent
08 - Juke Box Hero / Whole Lotta Love
09 - Hot Blooded

Kelly Hansen: Lead Vocals
Mick Jones: Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Pilson: Bass, Vocals
Tom Gimbel: Guitar, Keyboards, Sax
Jeff Jacobs: Keyboards, Vocals
Jason Bonham: Drums, Percussion



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