Foreigner guitar tones...

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  1. Russ73

    Russ73 Member

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    Im sure this has been discussed over the years but Damn...I think its the Ultimate Les Paul/Marshall tone, they just played a Foreigner block on the local station here and I had to comment, hits you right in the chest! great recordings considering they were done almost 40 years ago some of them...
     
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  2. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Big fan of Foreigner in the early days. Great guitars tones and vocals. Go back and look up any of their early live acoustic performances on TV/radio guest spots. Really, really cool. Man Lou Gramm could sing!
     
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    I'm not so sure that around 77-79 was about the zenith of rock recording, at least in an analog sense before all the digital and computer gear changed everything and brought in the cold gated world. Looking it up they also had Keith Olsen, Roy Thomas Baker and Mutt Lange in order on albums 2 through 4; those guys recorded ALOT of good sounding guitars.
     
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    Mick Jones- very underrated player, IMO.
     
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    Agree with the comments regarding Mick Jones and his tone.
    Its always high on my list of archetypical rock tones.

    Not surprising. The key ingredients are there;
    Late 50s humbuckered les paul into Marshall superlead...classic.

    Surprisingly, from what I have read, it was Mick who was pushing the band towards the keyboard pop sound Foreigner moved to in the 80s.
     
  6. Russ73

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    Some great sounding 70s bands went bad in the 80s, then some even came back to good tone in the 90s...
     
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    frickengruvin Silver Supporting Member

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    Foreigner was always a keyboard infused band. Their first hit, Cold As Ice is driven by keys, and their original incarnation had two keyboard players, Ian Macdonald and Al Greenwood.
    Have a listen to their first four releases (Foreigner, Double Vision, Head Games & Foreigner 4), and you'll hear keyboards/synthesizers throughout, accompanied by Jones' strong guitar tone and licks...
    Truly a great band!
     
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    3 Mile Stone Silver Supporting Member

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    I always heard a Vintage 30 style speaker in the mix. It does have some bight.
     
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    I think he used Fane speakers. Vintage 30 wasn't around then, but you did say Vintage 30 STYLE speaker. I wouldn't be surprised if they had similar response curves.
     
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    Dirty White Boy -- Now THAT's a proper LP guitar tone!
     

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