Early this summer, veteran rock outfit Foghat released its latest album Under The Influence. The album, the band’s seventeenth full-length studio recording, was a breath of fresh air for purist fans of rock and roll. Its musical arrangements and lyrical themes showed it to be what this critic already called everything that is right with rock and roll today. This critic stands by that analysis to this day, too. It lived up to that reputation, too, selling quite impressively since then. It did so well that the band celebrated its success roughly four months later with a re-issue of the album on a double disc vinyl LP pressing. That vinyl re-issue of Under The Influence serves to solidify this critic’s statement of the record even more. That is due in part to the record’s packaging. This will be discussed shortly. The record’s sound in its new re-issue is just as important to note of its presentation as its packaging. It will be discussed later. The record’s sequencing in regards to how the songs were split up on each LP rounds out the most important of the record’s elements. Each element is important in its own right. Altogether, they make this re-issue of Under The Influence more proof that the album in general is everything that is right with rock and roll. It reminds audiences why it is not only one of the year’s top new rock records but also one of the year’s top new albums overall.
Veteran rock act Foghat’s latest full-length studio recording Under The Influence is everything that is right with rock and roll today. That is a point that this critic already made clear in reviewing the album’s original release. The album’s recently released double LP vinyl re-issue serves to support this critic’s previous statement even more. That is exhibited first through its packaging. The record’s packaging is classic gatefold packaging complete with all of the album’s original liner notes. However, getting to open the packaging and read them, spread across the packaging is something special in its own right. For those who grew up in the original age of vinyl, it brings about a certain sense of nostalgia. The artwork on the back of the album adds even more of a special touch to its packaging. Audiences see a boot (curious what size that boot must be) kicking through the “rock” barrel. That artwork wasn’t included in the album’s original CD pressing. The original artwork on the album’s CD pressing featured a shot of a covered stone walkway with a light at the end. The shot it presented from the bottom of the walkway, aiming up toward the light. It doesn’t match too well with the artwork on the album’s front cover. The artwork presented on the back cover of the album’s vinyl re-issue is a much better match to the artwork used on the album’s front cover. It seems like a minor touch on the surface. But in the bigger picture of the album’s presentation, it adds so much to its aesthetic. The presentation of the album’s liner notes inside the packaging does that even more so. Keeping that in mind, the album’s packaging in its recent vinyl re-issue is just as important to its presentation as anything else. That is the case even though some might think it something minor. It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the presentation of the album’s recent vinyl re-issue. The record’s sound is just as important to note here as its packaging.
The general packaging used in UTI’s vinyl re-issue is in its own right a hugely important piece of the record’s overall presentation. To some it may seem minor. But a deeper examination reveals the packaging holds much more importance than some might otherwise think. It is just one of the key elements to note in examining the album’s vinyl re-issue. The record’s sound is just as important to note as its packaging. The record’s sound on its two 180-gram discs is outstanding, plain and simple. The subtle sound of the static underneath each song is another element that true audiophiles will appreciate just as much as the band’s long time fans. Just as with the record’s packaging, the subtle touch of static creates its own sense of nostalgia for said audiences. That nostalgia grows even more when that static is coupled with the record’s classic packaging. When both elements are taken into account, they make this vinyl re-issue something of a musical time capsule. They combine to take audiences back to another era of music; a greater era of music. That is especially the case considering that while the static is evident, it doesn’t overpower the music. It’s just too bad those behind the boards didn’t try to record the album on vinyl first and then transfer those recordings to CD. That would have pushed the album’s CD pressing over the top. That’s because it would provide that special nostalgic experience for audiences who might not own a record player. That is a matter for another time. Considering that, the sound mixing presented in UTI’s new vinyl re-issue proves to be just as important to the record’s presentation as its packaging. It creates just as much nostalgia as the album’s packaging. When both elements are taken into consideration, they make this re-issue even more like a wonderful musical time capsule that every audiophile and Foghat fan will appreciate. As important as the two elements are to the record’s vinyl presentation, they are just two of its key elements. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements.
The packaging and sound mixing presented in UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue are both key elements to its presentation. They are so important to its presentation because of the sense of nostalgia that they create both in themselves and together. While both elements are clearly important pieces of the record’s whole, they are only two of its most important elements. The record’s sequencing across its two discs is just as important to note as its packaging and sound mixing. It might not seem overly important on the surface (as with the previously noted elements), but it plays its own important part in the bigger picture of the record’s presentation. Audiences will note that all twelve of the songs featured in the record’s original CD pressing are also presented here. They are presented in exactly the same order as they were in the album’s original pressing, too. Even better, all twelve tracks are equally distributed across the album’s two LPs. They are equally distributed across the album’s four sides, with each side seeing three songs. Again, it is mostly an aesthetic touch. But even such a minor touch goes a long way toward the listening experience. The band could have easily spread the album’s tracks in a random fashion, but instead opted to intentionally spread them out equally across both LPs. That says a lot about the thought that was put into even this element. It creates a certain sense of completion for lack of better wording. When that sense of completion is joined with the nostalgia created through the album’s complete packaging and expert sound mixing, the end product is a record that proves even more than ever to be everything that is right with rock and roll today. It also proves even more than ever to be an album that every critic should have on his or her list of the year’s top new rock records and top albums overall.
Foghat’s most recent record Under The Influence proved in its original release earlier this summer to be one of the year’s top new rock records. It proved to be everything that is right with rock and roll today. That is saying a lot, too. With the album’s recent re-issue on double LP vinyl pressing, it has proven even more than ever to be fully deserving of that statement. The record’s packaging and expert sound mixing creates a sense of nostalgia that true audiophiles and long time Foghat fans alike will appreciate. The even division of the record’s twelve total songs across the album’s two discs enhances the album’s presentation and listening experience even more. Each element is important in its own right. All things considered, they make UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue just as enjoyable as its original CD pressing if not more so. What’s more, they join together with the positives of the album’s original CD pressing to prove even more than ever that this record is, again, everything that is right with rock and roll. They combine, too, to prove why this album is not just one of the year’s top new rock records, but one of the year’s top new albums overall.. More information on UTI’s recent vinyl re-issue is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:
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