'Foreigner - Live at the Rainbow '78'
(Foreigner / DVD / NR / 2019 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: On April 27th, 1978, after their self-titled debut album had spent a year in the US Top 20, rock's conquering heroes played a sold-out show at London's legendary music venue, the Rainbow Theatre.
Opening with 'Long, Long Way From Home', the band's legion of fans were treated to a magnificent display of musicianship and performance, including local hit singles, 'Feels Like The First Time' and 'Cold As Ice', as well as an exclusive preview of two tracks from the upcoming Double Vision album.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Foreigner is an English-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex-Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
Indeed, Jones came up with the band's name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American.
One of the world's best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US, their biggest hit single, 'I Want to Know What Love Is', topped the United Kingdom and United States charts among others.
Coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and digital video on March 15th, 2019 is the long-unreleased concert film, Foreigner – Live At The Rainbow ’78.
Caught live on April 27th, 1978 at London’s Rainbow Theatre, the new collections spotlights Foreigner’s classic early line-up featuring Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald, Al Greenwood, Ed Gagliardi, and Dennis Elliott.
Over 40 years after the Foreigner’s historic Rainbow gig, the show has been restored from the original film reels, remixed and remastered for this 2019 release from the well-renowned Eagle Vision.
DVD Edition Track Listing:
1. 'Long, Long Way From Home'
2. 'I Need You'
3. 'Woman Oh Woman'
4. 'Hot Blooded'
5. 'The Damage Is Done'
6. 'Cold As Ice'
8. 'Double Vision'
9. 'Feels Like The First Time'
10. 'Fool For You Anyway'
11. 'At War With The World'
Kicking things off with the energetic opener 'Long, Long Way From Home' after a couple of album tracks (for this was the tour that followed the release of their self-titled debut in 1977) they launch into the almost fire-breathing brilliance of future-album-hit 'Hot Blooded' and back that up with the underrated rock gem 'The Damage Is Done.'
Having been a band I have loved growing up since around this very same time, both Mick (obviously younger, but with floppy hair to-boot) and Lou (ageless, as always) control the reins of this live show to perfection.
A sterling 'Cold As Ice' (which Gramm intro's as one of the bands favorites) is up next and is backed by an epic, trailblazing twelve minute long 'Starrider.' Along with the aforementioned 'Hot Blooded', the band then bring us one of the stand out highlights of the show, another cut from their soon-to-be-smash album, the title track itself, 'Double Vision.'
Showcasing the powerful underlying vocals of Jones to their best, unlike the physical recording of the track, his vocals are nearly running neck and neck alongside those of Gramm.
A feisty, fist-pumpin' 'Feels Like The First Time' is next and then come a trio of debut album tracks to round the live show out.
Wearing a Warehouse, New Orleans baseball-styled tshirt together with white pant, Gramm is the ultimate showman here. Twisting, turning, waving, strutting even, his lead singer role is taken very seriously.
Jones is also on his best fashion mark playing guitar and keyboards whilst wearing a dark shirt and pants ensemble with a white scarf around his neck!
And the rest of the band play their parts also, of course, especially on the incredible harmonies they come together with on 'Double Vision'. This is a Full Screen Presentation (Video 4:3 / NTSC) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and has a running time of 75 minutes.