Foreigner (Foreigner album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 8, 1977
RecordedNovember 1976 at The Hit Factory and Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York.
GenreRock, hard rock
ProducerJohn Sinclair and Gary Lyons in collaboration Mick Jones and Ian McDonald
Foreigner chronology
Double Vision
Singles from Foreigner
  1. "Feels Like the First Time"
    Released: March 26, 1977
  2. "Cold as Ice"
    Released: July 23, 1977
  3. "Long, Long Way from Home"
    Released: November 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC[2]

Foreigner is the self-titled debut studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released in 1977. It spun off three hit singles, "Feels Like the First Time", "Cold as Ice" and "Long, Long Way from Home". It also features album tracks such as "Headknocker" and "Starrider", the latter of which features a rare lead vocal from lead guitarist and co-founder Mick Jones. The first attempt at mixing the album was done at Sarm Studios, London, but as they were dissatisfied with the result, the album was re-mixed at Atlantic Recording Studios by Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and Jimmy Douglass.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Feels Like the First Time" (Mick Jones) – 3:49
  2. "Cold as Ice" (Jones, Lou Gramm) – 3:19
  3. "Starrider" (Al Greenwood, Jones) – 4:01
  4. "Headknocker" (Gramm, Jones) – 2:58
  5. "The Damage Is Done" (Jones, Gramm) – 4:15
  6. "Long, Long Way from Home" (Jones, Gramm, Ian McDonald) – 2:53
  7. "Woman Oh Woman" (Jones) – 3:49
  8. "At War with the World" (Jones) – 4:18
  9. "Fool for You Anyway" (Jones) – 4:15
  10. "I Need You" (Gramm, Jones) – 5:09
Bonus tracks on 2002 reissue
11."Feels Like the First Time (Demo)"3:40
12."Woman Oh Woman (Demo)"4:14
13."At War with the World (Demo)"5:00
14."Take Me to Your Leader (Demo)"3:40


Additional personnel[edit]

In July 2010, the audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released this album on the Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD) format. It is presented in a "Mini Vinyl" replica cardboard case but omits the bonus tracks.


  • Producers – Gary Lyons and John Sinclair, in collaboration with Mick Jones and Ian McDonald.
  • Engineer – Gary Lyons
  • Assistant Engineers – Jimmy Douglass, Michael Getlin, Kevin Herron and Randy Mason.
  • Mixing – Jimmy Douglass, Mick Jones and Ian McDonald.
  • Basic Tracks recorded at The Hit Factory and Atlantic Recording Studios.
  • Overdubs recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios.
  • Mixed at Atlantic Recording Studios.
  • Mastered by George Piros at Atlantic Recording Studios.
  • Art Direction – Bob Defrin
  • Cover Illustrations – Alex Gnidziejko


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Chart (1977) Peak position
The Billboard 200[5] 4
Australia Kent Music Report[6] 9
Single Chart (1977) Peak position
"Feels Like the First Time" The Billboard Hot 100[7] 4
"Cold as Ice" 6
Single Chart (1978) Peak
"Long, Long Way from Home" The Billboard Hot 100[7] 20


  1. ^ Hinds, Andy. Foreigner: Foreigner at AllMusic. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Foreigner – Foreigner". Music Canada.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Foreigner – Foreigner". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  5. ^ Foreigner at AllMusic
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 116. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ a b Foreigner singles at AllMusic Edit this at Wikidata