Foghat Holding Benefit Raffle For Animal Rescue Agency

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Foghat is holding a special charity raffle for an animal rescue agency and one of its former volunteers.

The band is putting up for raffle, a “Belly Up” Fender guitar and a vinyl pressing of its soon to be re-issued album Stone Blue.  The raffle, which will be held at the band’s May 12 show at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, is in memory of the band’s longtime friend Craig MacGregor.  MacGregor worked with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County until his death on Feb. 9, 2018.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and can be ordered online here.  They will also be available at the merchandise table at the band’s live shows and via the band’s online store.  All money raised through the raffle will be matched by Foghat and donated to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

The band’s upcoming vinyl re-issue of Stone Blue will be available everywhere May 25.  The May 12 raffle for the early copy of the album’s vinyl re-issue will come on the 40th anniversary of the album’s original release.

More information on Foghat’s benefit raffle is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.foghat.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foghat

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

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Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

Courtesy: Dagger Records/Experience Hendrix, LLC

Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Foghat Offering Fans Special Deals During Thanksgiving Weekend

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Foghat is offering its fans some special deals this Thanksgiving weekend.

The veteran rock band is offering fans 30 percent off all of its Foghat Cellars wines and all of its apparel. The deals run from today (Black Friday) through Monday, Nov. 27 (Cyber Monday). The deals on the band’s signature wines includes collector bottles signed personally by Roger Earl.

In order to get the deals on the wines and apparel, fans need just use the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to get the deals.

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More information on Foghat’s holiday weekend deals is available online along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.foghat.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Foghat

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Foghat

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Foghat To Release ‘Live At The Belly Up’ On CD Next Month

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This past February, veteran rock outfit Foghat released its new live recording Live at the Belly Up digitally, and this summer, the band will finally release the recording on CD.

Live at the Belly Up will be released on CD Friday, June 30 via the band’s own Foghat Records.  In anticipation of the recording’s release, the band has launched a PledgeMusic campaign giving fans the chance to pre-order the record with exclusive associated merchandise.

Different merchandise is available at different pledge levels. A $15 pledge gets fans a copy of the record along with Access Pass.  A $30 pledge can get fans a Live at the Belly Up t-shirt or drink holder.

Pledge levels go all the way up to $500 and quantities of each item is limited.  Audiences that want to check out the show before they decide whether or not to make that pledge can see a clip of the band performing its hit song ‘Slow Ride’ from the show here.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

‘Live at the Belly Up’ Track Listing:
Fool for City / Eight Days On The Road
Under the Influence
Stone Blue
Drivin’ Wheel
Knock It Off
Terraplane Blues
Hot Mama
California Blues
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Slow Ride

The band is touring live in support of Live at the Belly Up.  It will be live at The Rose in Pasadena on May 25 and at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills on May 26.

It will also join Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy on the pair’s Jeff & Larry Backyard Barbecue this summer beginning August 13 in Saratoga, NY.  The tour’s schedule, which includes a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 15, is noted below.

08/13 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
08/19 – ENGLEWOOD, CO
08/20 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM
08/25 – CLARKSTON, MI
08/26 – NOBLESVILLE, IN
09/15 – CHARLOTTE, NC

As if those live dates are not enough, the band also has scheduled a “Rock of the 70s” Shows with Atlanta Rhythm Section Pure Prairie League, Pat Travers Band and Poco.  It is also scheduled to perform as part of the Rock Getaway on the Riviera Maya from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5. The festival also features performances from Santana, Don Henley, Roger Daltry, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Foreigner, Cheap Trick, George Thorogood, REO and more.

More information on Foghat’s upcoming live dates, its new live recording and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://foghat.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FOGHAT

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

 

 

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Styx Announces New Album Coming Soon; Debuts Album’s Lead Single, Video

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Styx has a new “mission” in 2017.

The veteran rock act announced this week that it will release its new album The Mission June 16 on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.  The album, which will be released via Alpha Dog 2T/UMe, will be the band’s first new album in 14 years and its 16th overall studio recording.  Audiences can pre-order The Mission online via various online outlets here now.

The album’s lead single ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ was released Friday at radio and online retail outlets.  The song’s video is streaming online now and can be viewed here.  The song’s high-energy, guitar-driven arrangement will appeal to fans of Foghat and other similar acts with its blues-rock-based sound.

Courtesy: Billboard Magazine/Alpha Dog 2T/UMe

The Mission comes forty years after the release of Grand Illusion and is also a concept record.  Recorded over the course of two years, the 43-minute record tells a fictionalized story of the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033.

According to the story’s premise, the six-person crew of the nuclear-powered interplanetary spacecraft Khedive, being launched by the Global Space Exploration Program (GSEP) is making its maiden voyage and headed to Mars.

The team consists of the pilot, first officer, engineer and three science experts.  The pilot is described as a “fully-hands-on, seat-of-the-pants born leader,” while the first officer is described as a big brother figure.  The engineer is described as being skeptical of the mission but still does his best.

The band’s lineup on The Mission features Tommy Shaw (vocals/guitar), co-founder James “JY” Young (guitar/vocals), Lawrence Gowan (keyboards/vocals), Chuck Panozzo (bass), Todd Sucherman (drums/percussion) and Ricky Phillips (bass).

The Mission’s track listing is noted below.

Here’s the track listing for THE MISSION:

CD/Digital:

  1. Overture
  2. Gone Gone Gone
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home
  4. Trouble at the Big Show
  5. Locomotive
  6. Radio Silence
  7. The Greater Good
  8. Time May Bend
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong
  10. Red Storm
  11. All Systems Stable
  12. Khedive
  13. The Outpost
  14. Mission to Mars

Vinyl:

  1. Overture (Side A)
  2. Gone Gone Gone (Side A)
  3. Hundred Million Miles from Home (Side A)
  4. Trouble at the Big Show (Side A)
  5. Locomotive (Side A)
  6. Radio Silence (Side A)
  7. The Greater Good (Side B)
  8. Time May Bend (Side B)
  9. Ten Thousand Ways to Be Wrong (Side B)
  10. Red Storm (Side B)
  11. All Systems Stable (Side B)
  12. Khedive (Side B)
  13. The Outpost (Side B)
  14. Mission to Mars (Side B)

More information on The Mission is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.styxworld.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/styxtheband

 

 

 

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Foghat’s New Live Recording Does Anything But Go Belly Up

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Courtesy: Foghat Records

This spring, veteran rock band Foghat will release its latest live recording to the masses.  Recorded on Aug. 11, 2016, Live at the Belly Up will be released exclusively on CD in May.  The 11-song recording’s exact in-store release date has not yet been announced. However, it is available now online via the Belly Up website.  It will also be available via iTunes and Amazon soon.  This latest live offering from one of rock’s greatest names offers audiences plenty to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance throughout its seventy-four-minute set is just as important to note as the show’s set in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  It will be discussed later.  The set’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the recording’s elements.  It brings everything full circle.  When all three elements are considered together, they present this recording as an easy early pick for one of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s latest live recording Live at the Belly Up is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CD recordings.  That is as opposed to the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, since it appears there are no plans to release the concert on either platform, but rather only digitally and on CD.  It is enjoyable enough that it would be nice to see it released on DVD and /or Blu-ray, though.  That aside, the concert’s CD presentation still boasts enough positives that it proves it won’t go *ahem* belly up itself.  One of its most important elements is its set list.  The 11-song, 74-minute set is not necessarily career-defining.  That is because not every one of its 16 studio albums is represented here.  That aside, the set list still is a solid representation of the band’s body of work to date.  It takes audiences back to the band’s 1972 self-titled debut record and right up to the band’s latest full-length studio recording, 2016’s Under The Influence.  Also getting nods in this concert’s set are the band’s 1974 album Rock and Roll Outlaws, its 1975 record Fool For The City, Night Shift (1976) and Stone Blue (1978).  The show launches with an extensive 11-minute plus medley that features ‘Fool For The City’ and ‘Eight Days on the Road.’  From there, the band transitions to the title track from Under The Influence, keeping the energy flowing.  That transition (and others) will be discussed later.  From start to finish, it is clear that the band aimed to reach as many of its audiences as possible.  To that end, the band is to be applauded.  It is just one of the reasons the band is to be commended in this recording. It is to be commended just as much for its performance of its set list as for the set list alone.

The set list at the center of Foghat’s new live recording is in itself a key piece of the recording’s presentation.  While not career-defining, it does show that the band clearly wanted to reach as many audiences as possible.  While the set list is clearly a key piece of the recording’s presentation, it is just one of the recording’s key elements.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to note as the set list itself in examining the recording’s overall presentation.  While the concert is presented in an audio-only format, it is clear in listening to the concert that the band’s members gave it their all in each song, letting their performances do the talking for them instead of wasting time between songs rambling on aimlessly.  It can be assumed through this that the band likely didn’t waste any energy with on-stage antics, either.  Hopefully a full video recording of the concert will eventually be released to prove that, too. Being that it sounds like the band put all of its collective energies into its performance, rather than wasting those energies, it makes the band’s performance in whole entirely enjoyable from beginning to end. This proves clearly why the band’s performance is so important to the recording’s presentation.  As important as it is to the recording’s presentation, it still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The set’s sequencing is important in its own right, too.

The set list featured in Foghat’s new live recording and the band’s performance thereof are both key elements of its overall presentation.  While they are both important to the recording’s presentation, they are not the recording’s only key items.  The set list’s sequencing is important to examine, too.  It has already been pointed out that the set list shows a clear attempt by the band to reach as many audiences as possible over the course of its 11 songs.  On another level, the set’s ordering shows just as much thought.  The set list begins with a couple of classic compositions before moving into a much more recent piece in its second (technically third) song.  From there, the band goes back in time again with two more classics in ‘Stone Blue’ and ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  What’s interesting to note of those songs is that ‘Stone Blue,’ while a classic, is still more recent than ‘Drivin’ Wheel.’  To that end, the band still followed the “newer/older” formula that spans the course of the show’s set list.  That constant back and forth ensures the band never sticks to one part of its career or another at any one point.  It keeps the set list mixed up all while covering as much of its back catalogue as possible.  That being the case, it shows that just as much thought went into the set list’s sequencing as the set list’s featured songs.  That in turn adds even more depth and enjoyment to the concert.  When it is joined with the set’s featured songs and the band’s performance of those songs, the end result is a concert that Foghat fans of all ages will enjoy equally.  It combines to exhibit in whole why this recording is an easy early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Foghat’s new live recording Belly Up is a live show that is sure to do anything but go belly up.  This 11-song, 74-minute recording is an easy, early pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  That is due in part to a set list that spans a respectable portion of the band’s catalogue.  The band’s performance of that extensive set list is just as important to the recording’s presentation as its set list.  That is because of the energy put into the performance by each of the band’s members.  The set list’s sequencing rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element shows, as noted already, to be important in its own way to the recording’s presentation.  All things considered, this recording proves to be one that will do anything but go belly up.  Rather, it will be an easy pick for any critic’s list of the year’s top new live CDs.  The recording is available now online via The Belly Up’s website.  It will be available later this spring on CD in stores.  More information on Live at the Belly Up is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.foghat.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foghat

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

 

 

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Foghat Releases New Live Recording, ‘Live At The Belly Up’

Courtesy: Foghat Records

Courtesy: Foghat Records

Foghat has released a new live recording for the masses.

The veteran rock and roll band released Live at The Belly Up this week.  The concert was recorded Aug. 11, 2016 during the band’s tour in support of its latest album Under The Influence.  The recording, currently available exclusively via the Belly Up store, features three songs from that record—‘Under The Influence,’ ‘Hot Mama,’ and ‘Knock It Off’—as well as a number of other hits.

Those hits include ‘Terraplane Blues,’ ‘Drivin’ Wheel,’ ‘Slow Ride’ and a number of other songs.  The record’s full track listing is noted below.

 

LIVE AT THE BELLY UP TRACK LISTING

 

  1. Fool For The City/Eight Days on the Road
  2. Under The Influence
  3. Stone Blue
  4. Drivin’ Wheel
  5. Knock It Off
  6. Terraplane Blues
  7. Hot Mama
  8. California Blues
  9. I Just Wanna Make Love To You
  10. Slow Ride

 

Fans can order Live at the Belly Up online now at the Belly Up Live website.  It will be available online at iTunes, Amazon and most digital retailers on Friday, Feb. 17 and on CD in May.  More information on Live at the Belly Up is available online now along with all of Foghat’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.foghat.net

 

 

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foghat

Twitter: http://twitter.com/foghat

 

 

 

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Franti’s Latest LP “Rocks” Phil’s PIcks 2016 Albums Of The Year List

Michael Franti and Spearhead Soulrocker Cover Art

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

The time has come.  Today is New Year’s Eve eve.  That means 2016 is nearly in the books.  With that year right at it’s end, it’s time for the last two of this year’s Phil’s Picks best of lists.

Rounding out this year’s lists are the year’s top new albums overall and the year’s top new overall movies.  The year’s top new albums list is up first.  It was not an easy list to assemble either as there were so many stand out records released from across the musical universe’s many genres.

This year’s top albums list is represented by music from the jazz community, the world of children’s music, rock, blues, and even reggae in the form of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new album Soulrocker.

As with every previous Phil’s Picks list, this list features Phil’s Picks’ top 10 new titles plus five honorable mention titles, bringing the total count to 15.  Having noted that here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 new albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

 

  1. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoulrocker

 

  1. Santana IV

 

  1. Joe BonamassaBlues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Okee Dokee BrothersSaddle Up

 

  1. Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings by the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra 1916 – 1925

 

  1. Marian HillAct I

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Rich RobinsonFlux

 

  1. Charles Lloyd and the MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan Richardson Shift

 

  1. Tedeschi Trucks BandLet Me Get By

 

  1. Mountain HeartBlue Sky

 

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Foghat’s Latest LP Re-Issue Will Impress Audiophiles, Long Time Fans Alike

foghat-under-the-influence-vinyl-reissue-art

Courtesy: Foghat Records

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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