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Foreigner – Juke Box Hero

Tuesday, Foreigner released their The Best of Foreigner 4 & More…

On Dec. 16, the group releases a new live set, The Best of Foreigner 4 & More — focusing, as the title suggests, on its six-times platinum 1981 release and only No. 1 entry on the Billboard 200. But the album also includes a smattering of other Foreigner favorites, including the epic “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the chart-topping, platinum smash that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. {…}

“I Want to Know What Love Is” remains a staple in Foreigner sets, usually with a local choir hired to assist the band. But on The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded during October in Atlantic City, Jones and the latest lineup of Foreigner dig deep into the 4 album for not only the hits — “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You” — but also less-celebrated tracks such as “Break It Up,” “Night Life,” “Woman in Black” (recoded on Dec. 8, 1980, the night John Lennon was killed) and “Girl on the Moon,” the latter two of which Jones says Foreigner never performed live before.

“Obviously it was sort of our big album, as it were,” Jones notes, “and we thought it might be a good idea to revisit some of the songs because what happens with most albums is that you get three or four songs picked out, and with this one we had never actually done much of that album on stage. We had done probably about five or six of the songs but not the remaining bunch, so we thought we’d revisit a couple of those just really to demonstrate how well they could work with this new group of…ruffians. It just turned out really well. The preparation was not that long, actually; I think everybody else remembered things better than I did!”

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