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Foreigner: Live at the Rainbow '78 (Blu-ray)

Our friends over at Eagle Vision/Universal have a real winner on their hands with this latest Blu-ray release, the 1978 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre from US hard rockers Foreigner. At the time, still somewhat of a fresh face though riding high on their best selling debut album, Foreigner were hot on the heels of the tour of that debut and unleashing songs from their soon to be released sophomore album Double Vision.

The set list here is a 'best of' that stellar debut album, plus you get two songs from the not yet released at the time second album. The band are in top notch form, leader Mick Jones firing off a non-stop assault of crunchy riffs & stinging solos on his Gibson Les Paul, vocalist Lou Gramm showing why he was one of the most beloved singers of his day, former King Crimson member Ian McDonald mightily contributing rhythm guitar, keyboards, sax, flute, and backing vocals, Al Greenwood's proggy keyboards & synthesizers, plus the standout rhythm team of bassist Ed Gagliardi and drummer Dennis Elliott. Both the audio and video quality here is outstanding, as the band tear into classic tracks such as "Hot Blooded", 'Cold as Ice", "Long, Long Way From Home", a wonderful "Starrider" (their prog-rock epic!), "Double Vision", "Feels Like the First Time", and a sledgehammer "At War With the War", among many others. Who said this band couldn't rock, and rock hard?

Live at the Rainbow '78 is a Blu-ray you will certainly want to seek out, as it's proof positive of just how lethal a band Foreigner were at this stage of their then young career. Essential!

Track Listing
1) Long, Long Way From Home
2) I Need You
3) Woman Oh Woman
4) Hot Blooded
5) The Damage is Done
6) Cold as Ice
7) Starrider
8) Double Vision
9) Feels Like the First Time
10) Fool for You Anyway
11) At War With the World
12) Headknocker

Added: March 20th 2019
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Eagle Rock
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Language: english

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Foreigner: Live at the Rainbow '78 (Blu-ray)
Posted by Darien Hassall on 2019-08-14 13:19:40
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Nice review Pete. Was thinking of picking this up sometime since I’ve already exhausted my Foreigner studio albums and am looking into live performances after I watched Queen Live At The Rainbow 74’. Love your reviews as always. From a teenage fan, Darien

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