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 Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  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