FOREIGNER – 4 [Limited Edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL / SACD] FULL

FOREIGNER - 4 [Limited Edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL / SACD] FULL download

It finally happened: one of my favorite albums of all time, FOREIGNER “4”, received a Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) remaster treatment. This Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD is a sonic Heaven.
Mastered from the original tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s hybrid SACD presents “4” in a room-filling, stadium-big sound that simply crushes what’s heard on all prior digitally remastered versions.

Replete with energetic rockers such as “Urgent,” “Night Life,” and “Woman In Black,” the record benefits from a sonic facelift that opens up the previously compressed dynamics, expands the dimensions of the soundstage, dials in a clear path to the instrumental images, and erases the ceiling that pressed down on Lou Gramm’s superhuman vocals.

For the first time,  on this SACD Robert John “Mutt” Lange’s obsessive, detail-oriented production can be enjoyed in all its splendid glory.

FOREIGNER - 4 [Limited Edition MFSL - SACD] (2013) booklet

Lange uses his magic touch on “4”, pairing with guitarist Mick Jones who, armed with the best batch of riffs of his career, shared a the producer’s sentiment for discipline, efficiency, and cleanliness. And so, on crisp tunes like “Break It Up,” pianos and hard-hitting guitars share the same space without ever impinging on one another or overstepping boundaries.

The winning formula also propels Top 5 hits like the wildly “Urgent,” sent to new heights by Junior Walker’s dazzling saxophone solo & Thomas Dolby’s synthesizers, and the touching “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” a crossover smash hit that introduced Foreigner to soft-rock and AOR audiences.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2053)
FOREIGNER - 4 [Limited Edition MFSL - SACD] (2013) cd matrix

Simply stated, “4” has everything: rocking tunes, heartfelt torch songs and synth-drenched AOR numbers. The playing throughout positively smokes, as the one-two punch of Gramm and Jones lands with both emotional and musical impact every time. There’s not a single wasted note. And, reduced to a quartet, Foreigner seems bent on making more with less, just as Lange does with the polished production.

This is 42 minutes of Melodic Hard / AOR bliss with a crystalline remastering treatment courtesy of Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on The Gain 2 System.


01. Night Life (Jones, Gramm) – 3:48
02. Juke Box Hero (Gramm, Jones) – 4:18
03. Break It Up (Jones) – 4:11
04. Waiting For A Girl Like You (Jones, Gramm) – 4:49
05. Luanne (Gramm, Jones) – 3:25
06. Urgent (Jones) – 4:29
07. I’m Gonna Win (Jones) – 4:51
08. Woman In Black (Jones) – 4:42
09. Girl On The Moon (Jones, Gramm) – 3:49
10. Don’t Let Go (Jones, Gramm) – 3:48

Lou Gramm – lead vocals, percussion
Mick Jones – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Rick Wills – bass, backing vocals
Dennis Elliott – drums, backing vocals

Thomas Dolby – main synthesizers
Mark Rivera, Junior Walker – sax
Hugh McCracken – slide guitar on track 9
Larry Fast – sequential synthesizer on tracks 2, 3 and 10
Michael Fonfara – keyboard textures on tracks 6 and 9
Bob Mayo – keyboard textures on track 3 and 4
Ian Lloyd, Robert John “Mutt” Lange – backing vocals

Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange & Mick Jones
Remastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on The Gain 2 System


FOREIGNER - 4 [Limited Edition MFSL - SACD] (2013) box back cover



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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for this post!!! I can't believe the quality of sound!!! Some songs seem completely different, but not, are the same showing the original arrangements hidden by the past versions, even by the first Atlantic remaster.
    I feel like I'm discovering this release for the firs time. A new experience, magic to my ears.

  2. Anonymous says:

    we need more of the Foreigner catalog from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

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