#18 – Foghat Live by Foghat.
The only thing I knew about Foghat before this was “Fool For the City” and “Slow Ride” (of course). Those are both on here, two of only six songs – first and last respectively. I’m not sure why they kept it to only six songs, though. I have to say the sonic quality of the album is really fantastic. It’s well recorded and you can hear everything clearly. With that comes the residual that you can hear how versatile the musicians were. I must say, too, that “Lonesome” Dave Peverett had a great voice. Rod Price’s lightning-styled slide guitar is pretty good and I’m not a fan of slide guitar. Craig MacGregor plays some serious bass licks, his runs were tasteful and not overwhelming. He’s a very clean bassist. And, on this album Roger Earl sounds like a premiere arena rockin’ drummer. Powerful, but calculated, fills and a very solid beat.
At about 1:25 of “Slow Ride,” though, it seems like the tempo of the song slows down. I’m usually not one to notice slight fluctuations of that kind of thing but I heard it each of the times I listened through. That’s the only glitch I could find on the album. Now, I have to say that I really didn’t care for “Home in my Hand” or “Road Fever,” the last one a boogie-ish galloping number. I just don’t care for that style. I do like that two “hits” I mentioned earlier and, surprisingly enough, I actually dig the Willie Dixon tune, “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” I like “Honey Hush,” too; probably more for the the instrumental bridge in the middle of the tune. That’s a Big Joe Turner tune.
Earl is the only member that’s still with the band and he was a founding member. “Lonesome” Dave (cancer) and Rod Price (fall after a heart attack) have both since passed away and MacGregor, while still technically an official member of the band, has stopped touring due to complications from chemotherapy to treat his lung cancer.
All in all, the record sounds great. But, nothing really moved me about it. I think it’s a fine piece of work, but I just don’t care one way or another about it. Nothing really stands out as memorable. Again, that’s not a knock as I think it’s fine but I just won’t care to listen to it more. Can’t wait to read Jon’s take (as I think this is his wheelhouse) and, of course, Eugene’s. If you like classic hard rock, then I’ll say this could be your thing.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Going to the city. Got you on my mind. Country sure is pretty. I’ll leave it all behind. This is my decision. I’m coming home to stay this time, ’cause I’m a fool for the city.” – “Fool For the City” (Peverett)