4 (Foreigner album)

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4
Studio album by Foreigner
ReleasedJuly 2, 1981
Recorded1981 at Electric Lady Studios, New York City
GenreRock, hard rock
Length42:10
LabelAtlantic
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange, Mick Jones
Foreigner chronology
Head Games
(1979)
4
(1981)
Records
(1982)
 
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4
Studio album by Foreigner
ReleasedJuly 2, 1981
Recorded1981 at Electric Lady Studios, New York City
GenreRock, hard rock
Length42:10
LabelAtlantic
ProducerRobert John "Mutt" Lange, Mick Jones
Foreigner chronology
Head Games
(1979)
4
(1981)
Records
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

4, also known as Foreigner 4, is the fourth studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released in 1981 on Atlantic Records. Several singles from the album were hugely successful, including "Urgent", "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "Juke Box Hero".

The album was an immediate smash worldwide, holding the #1 position on the Billboard album chart for a total of 10 weeks. It eventually sold over seven million copies in the United States alone.

Background and writing[edit]

The album was originally titled Silent Partners and later was changed to 4. In 1981, renowned art studio Hipgnosis was asked to design a cover based on the original title, and they developed a black & white image of a young man in bed with a pair of binoculars looming overhead. The resulting design was rejected by the band as they felt it was "too homosexual."[2] The replacement cover for 4 was designed by Bob Defrin and modeled after an old fashioned film leader. Hipgnosis is still credited with designing the record labels.

The album marked the completion of the band's shift to hard rock, begun in Head Games. Both Ian McDonald and Al Greenwood had left before the recording of 4. As a result, all of the songs on the album are compositions by Mick Jones and/or Lou Gramm. McDonald and Greenwood had played saxophone and keyboards, respectively, and so several session musicians were needed to replace their contributions, among them Junior Walker, who played the saxophone solo in the bridge of "Urgent", and a young Thomas Dolby, who would later have a successful solo career.

Track listing[edit]

All Songs Copyright Somerset Songs & Evansongs, Ltd. ASCAP.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Night Life"  Mick Jones, Lou Gramm3:48
2."Juke Box Hero"  Gramm, Jones4:18
3."Break It Up"  Jones4:11
4."Waiting for a Girl Like You"  Jones, Gramm4:49
5."Luanne" (On some vinyl editions, "Luanne" is listed as 3:11[3])Gramm, Jones3:25
6."Urgent"  Jones4:29
7."I'm Gonna Win"  Jones4:51
8."Woman in Black"  Jones4:42
9."Girl on the Moon"  Jones, Gramm3:49
10."Don't Let Go"  Jones, Gramm3:48
Bonus tracks on 2002 reissue, recorded in 1999
No.TitleLength
11."Juke Box Hero" (Nearly unplugged version)3:06
12."Waiting for a Girl Like You" (Nearly unplugged version)2:50

Personnel[edit]

Foreigner[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Surround releases[edit]

4 has been released in 2001 in multichannel DVD-Audio,[4] and on September 14, 2011, on hybrid stereo-multichannel Super Audio CD by Warner Japan in their Warner Premium Sound series.[5]

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia70,000[6]
Canada (Music Canada)[7]4× Platinum400,000^
France (SNEP)[8]Gold100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[9]Platinum500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10]Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA)[11]6× Platinum6,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1981Pop Albums1

Singles – Billboard (North America)

YearSingleChartPosition
1981"Juke Box Hero"Mainstream Rock3
"Night Life"Mainstream Rock14
"Urgent"Club Play Singles32
Mainstream Rock1
Pop Singles4
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"Adult Contemporary5
Mainstream Rock1
Pop Singles2
1982"Break It Up"Pop Singles26
"Juke Box Hero"Pop Singles26
"Luanne"Pop Singles75

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r7629/review
  2. ^ "Anecdotes, "Curio Corner" - Foreigner - Silent Partners". Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Foreigner - 4". Discogs.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  4. ^ Audio Revolution review of Foreigner’s 4 DVD-Audio.
  5. ^ Warner Premium Sound 14 September releases (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ "Billboard Vol. 94, No. 23– Majors Flight Economics with Quirky Rock Originals". Billboard. 1982-12-06. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Foreigner". Music Canada. 
  8. ^ "French album certifications – Foreigner" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select FOREIGNER and click OK
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Foreigner)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Foreigner – 4". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter 4 in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – 4". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
"Precious Time" by Pat Benatar
"Tattoo You" by The Rolling Stones
"For Those About to Rock We Salute You" by AC/DC
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 22 – September 4, 1981
November 21 – December 25, 1981
January 16 – February 5, 1982
Succeeded by
"Bella Donna" by Stevie Nicks
"For Those About to Rock We Salute You" by AC/DC
"Freeze Frame" by The J. Geils Band