Unusual Heat

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Unusual Heat
Foreigner - Unusual Heat.jpg
Studio album by Foreigner
Released June 14, 1991
Studio
  • Beartracks Studio (Suffern, New York)
  • Right Track Recording (New York, New York)
  • The Farmyard (Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire)
  • Outside Studio (Hook End Manor, Oxfordshire)
Genre
Length 51:30
Label Atlantic
Producer
Foreigner chronology
Inside Information
(1987)Inside Information1987
Unusual Heat
(1991)
The Very Best ... and Beyond
(1992)The Very Best ... and Beyond1992
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]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[2]

Unusual Heat is the seventh studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released on June 14, 1991 by Atlantic Records.[3] 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[4] – 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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]

  • Mick Jones – lead guitars, guitars, keyboards, background vocals; producer, mixing (all tracks)
  • Johnny Edwards – lead vocals, background vocals, lead guitar (on "Mountain of Love")
  • Rick Wills – bass, background vocals
  • Dennis Elliott – drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Richard Cottle – keyboards
  • Tommy Mandel – keyboards
  • Terry Thomas – keyboards, background vocals, additional guitar; producer, mixing (all tracks)
  • Ian Lloyd – background vocals
  • Mark Rivera – background vocals
  • Rachele Cappelli – background vocals
  • Angela Cappelli – background vocals
  • Lani Groves – background vocals
  • Vaneese Thomas – background vocals
  • Tony Beard – electronic percussion
  • Felix Krish – additional bass

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Rafe McKenna – recording, mixing (all tracks, except "Lowdown and Dirty", "Moment of Truth", and "No Hiding Place")
  • Andrew Scarth – recording, mixing ("Lowdown and Dirty", "Moment of Truth", and "No Hiding Place")
  • Ted Jensen – mastering (at Sterling Studios in New York, New York)
  • Reiner Design Consultants – art direction
  • Timothy White – photography
  • Bob Defrin – art direction for band photography

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viglione, Joe. Foreigner: "Unusual Heat" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Giles, Jeff; Wardlaw, Matt (14 June 2016). "25 Years Ago: Foreigner Start Over with 'Unusual Heat'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Foreigner Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Foreigner Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 1611". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Foreigner – Unusual Heat" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Foreigner – Unusual Heat". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1594." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 January 2017.

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