It turned to a secondbest after the 1976 release of Nightshi
David O. Gunderson | Mpls, MN USA | 12/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok ,so being a FogHat fan for over 32 years Fool for the City is second to FogHats 1976 release of NightShift album. Going back to Fool for the City its a must for the FogHat fan,and a staple in air play on radio stations. Must say the release of NightShift also plays as a greatest hits album as theres not a bad song on the album and was very well produced by Dan Hartman. This is a cruising in your vehicle CD with big sound starting with Book ends songs, Drivin"wheel and, Ill be standing by, with stellar songs in between. A true FogHat fan will tell you the samething (NightShift Rocks!! period! There 80s stuff is very hard to listen to cause they hit rock bottom"
Underrated band's breakthrough
Jake | 05/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm relatively new to Foghat (and was born in 1988) so my review may not be as comprehensive as others - and my understanding of Foghat's appreciation in the United States may be a little skewed as well - but here goes:
"Fool For the City" was Foghat's fifth album and the first one that garnered them a substantial amount of international recognition, owing to "Slow Ride". I had found (the short version of) "Slow Ride" on some "Classic Rock Staples of the 1970s!" CDs (which can be bought at any retailer - Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, etc. - for $5-$7) and decided to do a little investigating. I was glad I did! This is a great album from one of the lesser-known (at least, in the US) bands from the 1970s.
From the first song, "Fool For the City", to the last number, "Take It or Leave It", this album is full of old-fashioned feel-good rock - great guitar hooks, courtesy of Rod Price; a nice rhythm section, with Nick Jameson laying down the bass while Roger Earl provides the drum beats; and crisp, recognizable vocals, delivered by "Lonesome" Dave Peverett.
It's easy to find yourself playing the air-guitar, head-bobbing, or playing the air-drums to any number of these songs: "Slow Ride", "Fool For the City" and "Drive Me Home" are personal cases in point. There really isn't a bad song on this album, but standouts for me are the title track, "Slow Ride," "Drive Me Home" and "Save Your Loving (For Me)."
This album does not disappoint and is a staple for any comprehensive collection of classic rock. I'm glad I looked into it, now it's your turn!"