Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Foreigner

Every male group of friends have their “cruising song.” It is one they all agree they like and one that they thing punctuates them the most. The song can change and another song takes over, but no matter how many times it does or how long it lasts, one song will be designated the cruising song. For a six month period, from October 1977 to April 1978, “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner from the debut album was the cruising song for me and some of my friends.

“Cold as Ice” propelled Foreigner onto the rock scene and got the attention of many listeners, especially rockers like me who were looking for shelter from the disco storm that was all around back then. The hard rock sound breathed a bit of fresh air to the many who embraced it and even for those who weren’t into the even harder rock of Ted Nugent, which I was, it was still a very palletable album.

Track Listing:

1. Feels Like the First Time

2. Cold as Ice

3. Starrider

4. Head Knocker

5. The Damage is Done

6. Long Long Way From Home

7. Woman, Oh Woman

8. At War With the World

9. Fool For You Anyway

10. I Need You

The follow up from “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time” was also a very big hit for Foreigner. Although it never became one of my cruising songs, it helped make the debut album establish them as a force in the rock world.


Dennis Elliot- drums, vocals

Ed Gagliarti- bass, vocals

Lou Gramm- vocals, percussion

Al Greenwood- keyboards, synthesiser

Mick J0nes- guitars, keyboards, vocals

Ian MacDonald- guitar, keyboards

In late 1977, the rivers of rock were flowing fast and was getting close to overflowing. This debut album from Foreigner was one of those which helped speed the rushing waters.

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8 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Foreigner”

  1. Metal Odyssey Says:

    I just bought this CD for my father… $5 at Walmart. 😉

    This Foreigner debut never gets old does it? I tremendously dig “Starrider”… a Foreigner song that really didn’t sound like Foreigner or is it just me? Regardless, “Starrider” I pick as the hidden gem of a song on their legendary debut!

    Fantastic post \m/


    • I’ll have to listen to that song with more concentration from now on. Hope your father likes his gift.


      • Metal Odyssey Says:

        Yeah, my father digs Foreigner and his favorite bands are Journey and KISS. He is in his early seventies and likes it when I surprise him with a new CD in the mail. I just mailed him Van Halen II and a “Best Of” Scorpions.

        Which Foreigner album is your personal favorite? Mine is “Double Vision”.


      • Your father sounds cool, mine likes country western. Then to think of it, so does my father in law and he’s English. My favourite Foreigner album is also Double Vision and I like Head Games as well. Foreigner 4 is ok, but they had the misfortune of having a ballad get into the top ten which kind of spoiled it for me.


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