Top 10 Foghat Albums

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Our Top 10 Foghat Albums looks at one of the most loved rock and roll bands from the 1970s classic rock period. Roger Earl & Lonesome Dave Peverett were members of the British blues band Savoy BrownAt the dawn of the 1970s, Roger and Dave left Savoy Brown to form their own band known as Foghat. Joining Roger and Dave were Rod Price on guitar and Tony Stevens on bass. The band was signed to Bearsville Records and released their first album in 1972, Foghat. Dave Edmunds produced the album Foghat.

The success of the band Foghat could be attributed to a few key factors. The sound of lead singer Dave Peverett’s voice was distinctively unique. Dave sang like he was playing a guitar. The vibrato in his voice sounded like the whammy bar sound of a Fender Stratocaster. His voice was pitch perfect yet bled the sound of an old-school blues singer confessing his sins over a bottle of Jack. Dave’s live performances were always high energy yet highly emotional. The man understood the blues.

Foghat’s original guitarist, Rod Price, is probably one of the most underrated blues rock guitarists of the classic rock era. When I first heard the band, I thought two lead guitarists were doubling the lines. Rod’s sound was so intense that he sounded like two guitarists. Price produced the most distinctive slide-playing sound I had ever heard. There was a party tonality to his sound intertwined with a blues siren that hit hard.

Underneath the lead voices of Rod Price and Dave Peverett laid the outstanding rhythm section of Roger Earl and Tony Stevens. Roger Earl’s power groove drumming and Tony Stevens’ thunderous blues-infused bass lines created a sound that mimicked the power of an unstoppable locomotive tearing up concert halls from coast to coast.

I saw the band Foghat for the first time on May 13th, 1977, at the Suffolk Forum, which was more commonly referred to as the Commack Arena. The hall was nestled in the town of Commack, located in the suburban heartlands of Long Island, New York. (Parts of the legendary Frampton Comes Alive album were recorded at the Commack Arena.) If, at the time, you had seen any of the powerful performances that the band Foghat delivered night after night, you would forever be a fan.

The list below looks at some of the best recordings the band Foghat released. These are all essential top 10 Foghat albums every fan should own. The majority of the recordings are from the nineteen seventies. During the nineteen eighties, the band released a few albums that presented a somewhat altered sound that seemed inspired by the new genres of new wave and dance. Those albums were not received as well as Foghat’s nineteen seventies work.

Over the years, the band underwent various lineup changes, with Craig Macgregor and Nick Jameson replacing Tony Stevens on bass at multiple intervals. Eric Cartwright replaced Rod Price on guitar until Bryan Basset eventually replaced him. The one constant has always been Roger Earl on drums. Sadly, Dave Peverett passed away in 2000. Rod Price passed away in 2005. The band has continued to perform with ex-Ted Nugent lead singer Charlie Huhn on vocals, Bryan Basset on guitar, Craig Macgregor on bass, and Roger Earl on drums.

# 10 – Return of the Boogie Men

Foghat’s 1994 CD, Return of the Boogie Men, meant just that. For the first time in twenty years, all four original band members, Tony Stevens, Rod Price, Roger Earl, and Dave Peverett, reunited for an album of boogie blues music that sounded like early nineteen-seventies Foghat. This great-sounding record emphasizes killer drum sounds, bright, tight guitar, deep-sounding bass, and in-your-face vocals. Return of the Boogie Men was a great comeback album that was a pleasant surprise for long-time Foghat fans who had missed the sound of the core four.

 # 9 – In the Mood for Something Rude

After a few experimental albums in which Foghat dabbled in altering their sound, the band returned for an album of covers done vintage Foghat style. One of the album’s highlights was a relatively new song written by Rodney Crowell called “Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This.”  The band also did an excellent job on the James Brown track “And I Do Just What I Want.” The lineup for the “In the Mood” LP featured Lonesome Dave Peverett on lead vocals, Erick Cartwright on guitar, Nick Jameson on bass, and Roger Earl on drums. It’s a very cool album and well deserving of the No. 9 spot in the Top 10 Foghat albums you must own. It also featured the best Foghat album cover of the band’s career, or at least the most interesting.

# 8 – Foghat – Rock ‘n’ Roll

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The second album released by the band was self-titled. Many fans have referred to this album as the Rock and Roll album because of the rock and bread roll pictured on the cover. The album’s highlight was the Price / Peverett song “Road Fever.”  The album also contained the great opening track “Ride, Ride, Ride” also written by Rod Price and Dave Peverett. Although the sound of the album was a bit compressed, the songwriting and performance were top-notch and served as a preview for great things to come from the band Foghat.

 # 7 – Rock and Roll Outlaws

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Foghat’s fourth album, released in 1974, contained a few songs that would become concert staples over the years. The album’s closing track, “Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie,”  was pure killer boogie blues that became a fan favorite. The time change in the middle of the piece echoed the “Slow Ride” type groove that had yet to appear on the record. The album’s opening cut, “Eight Days on the Road,”  was performed nightly throughout the band’s career. Interestingly, the album’s third track, “Dreamer,” sounded similar to the musical styles the band would explore in their early 1980s albums. Foghat’s “Rock and Roll Outlaws” was released just before their breakthrough album, “Fool For the City.” For that reason alone, the album is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s one of their best.

# 6 – Foghat

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Released in 1972, Foghat, was the band’s debut album after founding members Roger Earl and Lonesome Dave Peverett had left Savoy Brown. The debut album featured a mix of original songs and fabulous covers of great rock and blues classics. The band tore it up on their cover of Chuck Berry’s “Maybelline.” The album’s opening track was a scorching blues boogie version of the Willie Dixon classic, “I Just Want To Make Love To You.”

The cover version would become Foghat’s first hit and also one of the biggest of their career. The album was produced by rock legend Dave Edmunds, credited with additional guitar work on the record. Foghat’s debut was an astonishing mix of blues and hard boogie jams based around solid song structures that would become the basis of their sound and legacy.

 # 5 – Energized

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Foghat’s third album, entitled Energized, produced an array of amazing cover versions of old-school blues songs that would be, quite frankly, energized by the Foghat sound. The opening track covered the Lou Turner classic “Honey Hush.” The band’s arrangement of the song intermixed the rhythmic nature of another legendary blues classic, “Train Kept a Rollin’.  The song became a huge concert favorite. The band also slam-dunked Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day.” The album also featured great original compositions such as “Home in My Hand” and “Wild Cherry.”

# 4 – Stone Blue

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When Foghat released their follow-up to their Foghat Live album, their biggest seller to date, one can only imagine the pressure that records company executives put on the band to release a more commercial record to take advantage of their previous success. Hiring legendary producer Eddie Kramer served as a nod to produce a more commercial-friendly album. After the album’s release, many critics panned the album for its high production values and leaner pop sound. However, they had no idea what they were talking about because Stone Blue was full of immensely well-written songs and authentic blues-inspired rock fusion playing.

Stone Blue was one of the band’s best studio albums ever released. Listen to the intensity of the title track, Stone Blue, and the killer blues-rock version of “Chevrolet.” These were terrific recordings performed by musicians at the height of their careers. Stone Blue was one of Foghat’s most outstanding musical accomplishments. Kramer may have given the band a more polished sound via production values, but it did not affect the heart and soul of one of the best blues bands of the late twentieth century.

# 3 – Night Shift

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Foghat released Night Shift as their follow-up to their most successful album, Fool for the City. The record company brought in Edgar Winter sideman Dan Hartman for the Night Shift sessions to produce the album. Dan Hartman would eventually have a monster disco hit on his own a few years later called “Instant Replay.” The album featured one of the best recordings and performances of the band’s career in the song “Driving Wheel.”  Like many classic rock songs of the nineteen seventies, new generations of fans would eventually discover the tune on the soundtracks of many video games throughout the twenty-first century.

The album featured a blistering but dark rendition of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River.” Other album highlights included the title track that became an FM radio staple in 1977. Peverett wrote two killer tracks on the album “Burning the Midnight Oil” and “Hot Shot Love.” The Night Shift album was sandwiched between two of Foghat’s most successful albums of their career. It was at a time when the band was enjoying great popularity and success. I saw the band numerous times during that period, and they never disappointed.

# 2 – Fool For the City

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Foghat’s Fool for the City album was heard worldwide because of the band’s monster hit, “Slow Ride.” The song can easily define the meaning of Classic Rock. Foghat’s “Slow Ride” has appeared in countless television shows, movies, video games, and commercials. All the younger fans raised as members of the Millennial Generation or Generation X who may not know the band Foghat have all heard “Slow Ride.” However, the album Fool for the City contained many great songs besides their mega-hit, “Slow Ride.” The title track, “Fool For the City,” is also one of the band’s signature songs.

Like all the great Foghat albums, the record was filled with classic blues covers and Foghat originals. The band recorded a fantastic version of Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues.”  The record’s other cover was a tremendous vocal rendition by Dave Peverett of the Hatfield/Medley composition “My Babe.”

The Fool for the City record was the band’s first platinum album. The single “Slow Ride” hit No.20 on the Billboard charts, while the single “Fool for the City” hit No.45. The cover of the album depicted drummer Roger Earl fishing down a manhole on 11th street in New York City. Many fans and critics have listed the Fool for the City album as the band’s best work. However, one more album was released two albums after the Fool for the City record that took the band to new artistic heights that this writer believed captured the band at the peak of their career.

Read More: Roger Earl: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview

 # 1 – Foghat Live

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The band’s first live album, released in 1977, also became the biggest-selling record of their career. The album was certified double platinum in the United States. The album only featured six cuts, but Oh! What killer versions they were. The album opened with a souped-up version of “Fool for the City” that torched the original version. It was followed by “Home in My Hand” and an extended version of their first hit, “I Just Want To Make Love To You.” Both versions were performed faster and more intensely than the studio versions. The second side of the album featured “Road Fever,” from the 1973 Foghat album, a killer version of “Honey Hush” from Energized, and, of course, the closing number, “Slow Ride,” from Fool For the City. 

Foghat Live showcased the band’s musical talents better than any of their studio albums. The live setting frees blues musicians of studio restraints due to recording time budgets and deadlines. On stage, a band like Foghat can just let loose and explore the possibilities of their inner soulfulness, talent, and inspiration. The audience fuels and inspires the musicians to another level of play, which is impossible when they sit behind the glass with headphones on and the red light staring into their faces. Foghat Live defined the band’s legacy, was their best album, and was one of the most exciting live rock and roll albums in classic rock history.

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Updated April 26, 2024

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