Unusual Heat

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Unusual Heat
Foreigner - Unusual Heat.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1991
Recorded1990
Studio
Genre
Length51:30
LabelAtlantic
Producer
Foreigner chronology
Inside Information
(1987)
Unusual Heat
(1991)
The Very Best ... and Beyond
(1992)
Singles from Unusual Heat
  1. "Lowdown and Dirty"
    Released: 1991
  2. "I'll Fight for You"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD[2]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[3]

Unusual Heat is the seventh studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released on June 14, 1991 by Atlantic Records.[4] Recorded at several different studios across the state of New York and England, and produced by Terry Thomas and Mick Jones, it was the only album with lead singer Johnny Edwards. He replaced original lead singer Lou Gramm after the latter had parted company in 1990. Unusual Heat was the last album to feature bass guitarist Rick Wills, who joined the band in 1979, and drummer Dennis Elliott, who was a founding member.

Unusual Heat was a huge commercial failure, only peaking at number 117 on the Billboard 200 chart[5] – a sharp decline in sales comparing with all previous albums, all of which reached the Top 20 and became at least Platinum. Neither of the two singles released from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100, however, "Lowdown and Dirty" was a number 4 Mainstream Rock chart hit.[6]

The original version of the song "Ready for the Rain", demoed by the Sacramento, CA based band Northrup in the late 1980s with Johnny Edwards on lead vocals, was finally released in 2001 by Metal Mayhem Music as part of a collection of demos under the name JK Northrup.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Mick Jones, Johnny Edwards, and Terry Thomas, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Only Heaven Knows" 4:47
2."Lowdown and Dirty" 4:21
3."I'll Fight for You" 6:02
4."Moment of Truth" 4:25
5."Mountain of Love" 4:37
6."Ready for the Rain"Edwards, Jeff Northrup, Jones, Thomas5:02
7."When the Night Comes Down" 4:43
8."Safe in My Heart"Jones4:32
9."No Hiding Place" 3:55
10."Flesh Wound" 4:17
11."Unusual Heat" 4:32
Total length:51:30

Personnel[edit]

Foreigner[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Richard Cottle – keyboards
  • Tommy Mandel – keyboards
  • Terry Thomas – keyboards, backing vocals, additional guitar
  • Tony Beard – electronic percussion
  • Felix Krish – additional bass
  • Ian Lloyd – backing vocals
  • Mark Rivera – backing vocals
  • Rachele Cappelli – backing vocals
  • Angela Cappelli – backing vocals
  • Lani Groves – backing vocals
  • Vaneese Thomas – backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Mick Jones and Terry Thomas
  • Recording Engineers – Rafe McKenna (Tracks 1, 3, 5-8 & 10); Andrew Scarth (Tracks 2, 4 & 9).
  • Assistant Engineers – Bruce Calder, Ellen Fitton, Michael Gilbert, Lolly Grodner, John Herman, Jon Mallison and Bernhard Speyer.
  • Mixing – Mick Jones and Terry Thomas (All tracks); Rafe McKenna (Tracks 1, 3, 5-8 & 10); Andrew Scarth (Tracks 2, 4 & 9).
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction – Reiner Design Consultants
  • Photography – Timothy White
  • Art Direction for band photography – Bob Defrin
  • Management – Bud Prager for E.S.P. Management, Inc.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viglione, Joe. Foreigner: "Unusual Heat" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ Browne, David (1991-07-12). "Unusual Heat". Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  3. ^ Evans, Paul (2004). "Foreigner". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Completely Revised and Updated 4th ed.). New York: Fireside. p. 307. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Giles, Jeff; Wardlaw, Matt (14 June 2016). "25 Years Ago: Foreigner Start Over with 'Unusual Heat'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Foreigner Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Foreigner Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1611". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1594." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

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