Inside Information (album)

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Inside Information
Studio album by Foreigner
Released December 8, 1987
Recorded Summer-Mid Autumn, 1987
Genre Rock
Length 44:12
Label Atlantic
Producer Frank Filipetti,
Mick Jones
Foreigner chronology
Agent Provocateur
(1984)
Inside Information
(1987)
Unusual Heat
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Inside Information is the sixth studio album by American rock band Foreigner, released in 1987. The album hit #15 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart and was certified Platinum in the U.S. for sales exceeding one million copies. Although a huge standard by any country's charting method, the band's sales were certainly plummeting since the release of 4 in 1981.

"Say You Will" was released as the album's first single. Allmusic later noted that the single was a "good example" of the band's "balancing act" as "the guitar-heavy style of their early work gave way to slick arrangements that pushed electronics to the fore...temper(ing) its rock guitar edge...and Lou Gramm's quasi-operatic vocals...by thick layers of chiming synthesizers and an array of electronic textures."[2] The single reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became their fourth #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, holding the top spot for four weeks. The song also became the band's third-highest charting hit in Germany, where it reached #22, faring even better in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and particularly Norway, where it reached #4. A rare CD single featured an extended remix version of the track.

The second single, "I Don't Want to Live Without You", reached #5 on the Hot 100. Markedly softer than any of their work to date, the record was their first and only #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, after the more rousing ballads "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want To Know What Love Is" had reached #5 and #3 on that chart respectively. Allmusic would later observe that while "the end result lacked the distinctive rock touches of past Foreigner ballads," Lou Gramm "contributes a lead vocal that avoids histrionics in favor of an emotional but very smooth delivery" over "washes of synthesizer...fleshed out by some meditative electric piano riffs".[3] Nevertheless, the song charted at mainstream rock radio, where it peaked at #18. The #5 Hot 100 peak was their best showing in six singles, yet despite being followed up by more impassioned, up-tempo material it would be their last major pop hit to date.

Further singles from the album included "Heart Turns to Stone", which had peaked at #7 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in an earlier non-commercial release only to rock radio but only managed #56 on the Hot 100 several months later, and the harder "Can't Wait", which matched the #18 Mainstream Rock Tracks charting of "I Don't Want To Live Without You" but failed to crack the Hot 100.[4] It was the last album to feature the classic '80s core lineup of Gramm, Jones, Wills and Elliott. The following year saw a successful solo album and singles from Lou Gramm and found Mick Jones releasing an album and producing for artists including Billy Joel.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heart Turns to Stone" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 4:29
  2. "Can't Wait" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 4:27
  3. "Say You Will" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 4:12
  4. "I Don't Want to Live Without You" (Mick Jones) – 4:52
  5. "Counting Every Minute" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 4:11
  6. "Inside Information" (Mick Jones) – 4:09
  7. "The Beat of My Heart" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 5:10
  8. "Face to Face" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 3:53
  9. "Out of the Blue" – 4:42 (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Rick Wills, Dennis Elliott)
  10. "A Night to Remember" (Mick Jones, Lou Gramm) – 4:07

Personnel[edit]

Foreigner[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Frank Filipetti, Mick Jones
  • Engineers: Frank Filipetti, Billy Miranda
  • Assistant engineer: Billy Miranda
  • Mixing: Frank Filipetti
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Pre-production assistant: Warren Austerer
  • Art direction: Bob Defrin
  • Photography: E.J. Camp, Roger Corbeau

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[5] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (U.S.)

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 15

Singles - Billboard (U.S.)

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Heart Turns to Stone" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
"Say You Will" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 6
1988 "Can't Wait" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
"Heart Turns to Stone" The Billboard Hot 100 56
"I Don't Want to Live Without You" Adult Contemporary 1
Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
The Billboard Hot 100 5

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inside Information (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/t284520
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/t284521
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r7624
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Foreigner; 'Inside Information')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  6. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Foreigner; 'Inside Information')". Hung Medien. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Foreigner – Inside Information". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Inside Information in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – Inside Information". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH