Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Foghat - WPLR Studios Dallas (FM Broadcast 1974)

Foghat Billboard Advertise Jule 15, 1972


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Foghat are a British rock band that had their peak success in the 1970s, formed in London in 1971. Their style can be described as "blues-rock" or boogie-rock, dominated by electric and electric slide guitar. The band has achieved 8 gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record. The band had far more success in the United States than home in Britain.


The band initially featured Dave Peverett ("Lonesome Dave") on guitar and vocals, Tony Stevens on bass, and Roger Earl on drums when they left Savoy Brown in 1970. Rod Price on guitar/slide guitar joined after he left the Black Cat Bones in December 1970. The new line-up was named "Foghat" (a nonsense word from a childhood game played by Peverett and his brother) in January 1971. 

Their 1972 album, Foghat was produced by Dave Edmunds and had a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", which received much airplay, especially on FM stations. The band's second self-titled album was also known as Rock and Roll for its cover photo of a rock and a bread roll, and it went gold. Energized came out in 1974, followed by Rock and Roll Outlaws and Fool for the City in 1975, the year that Stevens left the band after objecting to their endless touring schedule. Stevens was replaced temporarily by producer Nick Jameson in 1975 when the band recorded Fool for the City. 


Foghat - Fool For the City  1975 Billboard Magazine Advertise
In the next year, he was replaced by Craig MacGregor and the group produced Night Shift in 1976, a live album in 1977, and Stone Blue in 1978, each reaching "gold" record sales. Fool for the City spawned the hit single "Slow Ride" (which reached number 20 on the US charts), but the greatest sales figures were for Foghat Live, which sold over 2,000,000 copies. More hits followed: "Drivin' Wheel"; "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (from the live album); "Stone Blue"; and "Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool)". 

But Rod Price, unhappy with the group's still constant touring and the shift away from their hard boogie sound towards a more New Wave influenced Pop direction, left the band in November 1980. After months of auditions he was replaced by Erik Cartwright by February 1981. [Wikipedia]


Pop-Spots - Foghat - Fool For The City 1975
(Outside of 232 East 11th Street between
second and Third Avenues,, New York.)
Foghat specialized in a simple, hard-rocking blues-rock, releasing a series of best-selling albums in the mid-'70s. While the group never deviated from their basic boogie, they retained a large audience until 1978, selling out concerts across America and earning several gold or platinum albums. Once punk and disco came along, the band's audience dipped dramatically.

Energized With its straight-ahead, three-chord romps, the band's sound was American in origin, yet the members were all natives of England. Guitarist/vocalist "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, bassist Tony Stevens, and drummer Roger Earl were members of the British blues band Savoy Brown, who all left the group in the early '70s. Upon their departure, they formed Foghat with guitarist Rod Price. Foghat moved to the United States, signing a record contract with Bearsville Records, a new label run by Albert Grossman. Their first album, Foghat, was released in the summer of 1972 and it became an album rock hit; a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You" even made it to the lower regions of the singles charts. For their next album, the group didn't change their formula at all -- in fact, they didn't even change the title of the album. 


Like the first record, the second was called Foghat; it was distinguished by a picture of a rock and a roll on the front cover. Foghat's second album was their first gold record, and it established them as a popular arena rock act. Their next six albums -- Energized (1974), Rock and Roll Outlaws (1974), Fool for the City (1975), Night Shift (1976), Foghat Live (1977), Stone Blue (1978) -- all were best-sellers and all went at least gold. "Slow Ride," taken from Fool for the City, was their biggest single, peaking at number 20. Foghat Live was their biggest album, selling over two million copies. After 1975, the band went through a series of bass players; Price left the band in 1981 and was replaced by Erik Cartwright.


In the early '80s, Foghat's commercial fortunes declined rapidly, with their last album, 1983's Zig-Zag Walk, barely making the album charts. The group broke up shortly afterward with Peverett retiring from the road. The remaining members of the band (Roger Earl, Erik Cartwright and Craig MacGregor) continued playing together as the Kneetremblers and after some line-up changes decided to revert to the Foghat name. 

The band toured throughout the decade and into the early 1990's. Perhaps growing tired of early retirement, Lonesome Dave formed his own version of Foghat in 1990 and hit the road. After healing their rift, the original Foghat (Peverett,Price, Stevens and Earl) reformed in 1993 and toured for years, releasing Return of the Boogie Men in 1994 and Road Cases in 1998. The original band broke apart for good with Peverett's passing due to cancer on February 7, 2000. 

After some time spent mourning, the band soldiered on with a new line-up (adding Charlie Huhn on vocals) and after two years of touring released Family Joules in 2002. Foghat toured for the next few years and regularly issued documents of their live act: The Official Bootleg DVD, Volume 1 in 2004 and Foghat Live II in 2007. In 2010, now on their own label, Foghat got back to their Blues roots with Last Train Home: a handful of original tunes amongst covers of many of their favorite blues songs and a couple tracks recorded with their friend Eddie Kirkland. As of 2013, they're still performing and recording. [AMG]

Discography: (The most important albums)
Foghat - S/T (US 1971) is the debut album by the band Foghat. The first of their two self-titled albums, it was released in 1972 on Bearsville Records.
 Foghat - Rock and Roll (US 1973) is the second album, as well as the second self-titled album by the band Foghat. It was released in March 1973, and is generally known by fans as Rock and Roll, because of its cover picture depicting a rock and bread roll.
 Foghat - Energized (US 1974) is the third album by the group Foghat. It was released in January 1974 and certified as an RIAA Gold Record in the US.
 Foghat - Rock and Roll Outlaws (US 1974) is the fourth album by Foghat, released in October 1974.
 Foghat - Fool for the City (US 1975) was the fifth album released by English rock band Foghat, released in 1975. This was their first platinum album and features, along with the title track, their most famous song "Slow Ride".
 Foghat - Night Shift (US 1976) was the sixth album by Foghat, released in 1976.
 Foghat - Live (US 1977) (A MUST HAVE!!) is a live album by Foghat. The release is Foghat's best selling album with over two million copies sold, and certified double platinum in the US. In 2007, to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the album, Foghat released the Live II double album.


Foghat - WPLR Studios 
Dallas TX, January 1974 
FM Broadcast

01. Wild Cherry (04:53)
02. Home In My Hand (05:08)
03. Dreamer (08:19)
04. Hate To See You Go (05:33)
05. Rock'n'Roll Outlaws (05:27)
06. I Just Wanna Make Love To You (09:08)
07. Chateau Lafitte 59 Boogie (08:06)
08. Maybelline (03:41)

Bonus Tracks:
KBFH, New Haven CT, 1974 (FM)
09. Honey Hush (05:40)

Extra Bonus:
San Diego CA, November 12, 1972 (FM)
10. I Just Wanna Make Love To You (07:20)
11. Louisiana Blues (02:46)

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2 comments:

monk1950 said...

chris, i believe this is (was) wplr in new haven connecticut, and that it was recorded/performed at trod nossel studios in wallingford connecticut.
you can review wikipedia for info on trod nossel.

been reading you for years thru all the website changes and absolutely love your blog.

best regards

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Chris!! Been a Foghat fan for years!!

D.Moose