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Foghat: Live II

There have been some seminal live albums in the history of rock music, from artists such as Peter Frampton, The Allman Brothers Band, KISS, Thin Lizzy, Humble Pie, Uriah Heep, Yes, Rush,The Rolling Stones, The Who, Deep Purple, UFO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and of course Foghat. Their 1977 album Foghat Live is still considered a landmark of hard rockin' guitar boogie to this day, so what better way to celebrate the album's 30 year anniversary than to release part two of this classic. Many will say "How can you call it Live II when both Dave Peverett and Rod Price are no longer with us?", and that comment is somewhat justified. However, drummer Roger Earl and bassist Craig MacGregor decided to continue on with Foghat after the passing of their mates, and enter in Charlie Huhn (ex-Victory/Ted Nugent/Humble Pie) on vocals & guitar, and lead guitarist Bryan Bassett (ex-Molly Hatchet), who have once again made Foghat a solidified hard rockin' machine. The results of the last few years of songwriting and heavy touring is Live II, a high-energy 2CD set that will surprise even the harshest critics.

First and foremost, don't expect a ton of old Foghat songs here-sure, you get the most famous of them, like "Stone Blue" (complete with a stunning slide solo from Bassett), the hard rocking "Drivin' Wheel", "Fool For the City", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", a killer version of "Slow Ride", and a heavy, hard rocking rendition of "Night Shift", but the key here are the blues covers and newer songs written by the band, all of which are very solid. In addition, some rare Foghat pieces like their version of "Take Me To the River" (a classic song that really became their own),"Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie" and "Terraplane Blues", are dusted off out of the closet and given new life here. Newer songs like "Mumbo Jumbo", and "Self-Medicated", both from the recent Family Joules studio album, are just real solid heavy rock & blues tunes, showing a band that still has plenty of fire left in them and are having a blast playing for the fans. Bassett and Huhn make for a formidable guitar team, and Bassett especially lays down plenty of smokin' guitar leads that will not disappoint any fan of the late great Rod Price. Huhn has a powerful voice, more than able to fill in for the dearly departed Lonesome Dave Peverett, and the solid rhythm team of Earl and MacGregor show what true veterans they are.

While Live II is not going to make fans forget about the classic live album from 1977, it's a positive reminder that Foghat is still a force to be reckoned with, despite the passing of two of their members who were both an important part of their sound. This is fun, hard-rockin' stuff that seems tailor-made to crank up at your next BBQ or road trip.


Track Listing
Disc: 1
1. Night Shift
2. Take Me to the River
3. Stone Blue
4. Slippin' & Slidin'
5. Drivin' Wheel
6. Mumbo Jumbo
7. Terraplane Blues
8. Bang, Bang
9. Fool for the City
Disc: 2
1. California Blues
2. I Just Want to Make Love to You
3. Chateau Lafitte '59 Boogie
4. Slow Ride
5. Trouble, Trouble
6. Chevrolet
7. I'm a Rock N' Roller
8. I Feel Fine
9. My Babe
10. Self-Medicated
11. Road Fever

Added: May 14th 2007
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Foghat Website
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Language: english

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