Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Foghat- Live

I had never heard of Foghat before until I saw them advertised as the headliner at the Philadelphia Spectrum one evening in June 1978. I didn’t go to the concert as I was heading across the street to Veterans Stadium to watch the Phillies play the Dodgers. Obviously, I missed what probably was a memorable concert, but the band’s name stuck in my mind. Fast forward a few months later when my cousin took out this live album and played it to me. After hearing this great live album, I can say that things changed for the better for me in a musical sense.

As I said before and will probably say many times more, there are many good album and show opening tunes out there, but there are smaller number of those which are truly great. These songs are the ones that grab you by the throat and say, “You’re going to listen to us and like it!” Two posts ago, I included “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith and on this album, the opening track, “Fool for the City,” is also one of those songs. Whenever I hear it, I can’t stop to quicken my step and headbang away. “Fool for the City” sets the tone for the rest of the album. There are other great tracks which carry on the good vibe of Foghat “Live” from where “Fool for the City” leaves off. Two tracks that definitely stand out are “Slow Ride” and their version of “I Just Want to Make Love to You.” Both are great party songs and I’m speaking from first hand experience here. The rest of the album supports these and it is what makes this album one of the best live albums of all time.

Track listing:

1. Fool for the City

 2. Home in My Mind

3. I Just Want To Make Love To You

4. Road Fever

 5. Honey Hush

6. Slow Ride


Dave Peverett – rhythm guitar, vocals

 Rod Price – lead guitar, slide guitar

 Craig MacGregor – bass

Roger Earl – drums

I realise that I am in great danger of calling every live album I visit, one of the greatest live albums of all time. However, for Foghat- “Live,” I can say that the shoe definitely fits on this one.

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2 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Foghat- Live”

  1. Absolutely essential album. The version of “Honey Hush” is so energetic.


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