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Agent Provocateur Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J5Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tooth And Nail
2. That Was Yesterday
3. I Want To Know What Love Is
4. Growing Up The Hardway
5. Reaction To Action
6. Stranger In MY Own House
7. A Love In Vain
8. Down On Love
9. Two Different Worlds
10. She's Too Tough

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on May 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
Agent Provocateur (1984.) Foreigner's fifth album.
Following the release of their 1981 album, 4, Foreigner took a break from recording for a while. The band had recorded four incredible classic rock albums, so they deserved a rest. By now, the spotlight had shifted elsewhere in the music industry, and the band wasn't nearly as popular as they once were. But this wasn't going to stop the band from rocking. In 1984, the band released its fifth studio album, Agent Provocateur. Read on for my review.
To put it in the simplest terms possible, this album is not up to the standards of the "classic four" Foreigner albums, but it's solid nonetheless. With this album (as well as the follow-up effort, Inside Information), the band shifted its sound toward something that fused classic rock with power rock. For the most part, the fusion of the two styles works. Although this album was never nearly as popular as the band's seventies albums or their early eighties effort 4, it DOES contain the band's biggest hit in terms of chart position - I Want To Know What Love Is. Sure, this song isn't the band's most popular song, but it's their only song to ever hit number one on the pop charts! Sadly though, it proved to be the only really popular song on the album. That's a shame, because it was far from being the only good one present. The opening rocker, Tooth And Nail, brings back memories of the band's earlier days. That Was Yesterday and Growing Up The Hard Way are interesting tracks in that they combine synthesizers with the band's usual rock stylings - and they greatly help the sound. The straight-up rock stylings of Reaction To Action make it another excellent song that is well worth listening to. From start to finish, Agent Provocateur is an excellent album.
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After the massive success of 1981's "4" and it's subsequent tour, Foreigner took a couple of years off before returning in 1984 with "Agent Provocateur." Although it didn't do the business that "4" did (and how could it have?), "Agent Provocateur" was still a big hit album for the band, and it finally gave them their long sought-after #1 single in the form of "I Want To Know What Love Is." With the exception of that beautiful ballad plus a few others, "Provocateur" has an even more rocking feel to it than it's legendary predecessor, with Mick Jones' scorching guitar and Lou Gramm's full-throttle lead vocals at the forefront. Ah, but Foreigner wouldn't be Foreigner without their trademark keyboards or the band's fine sense of melody, which "Provocateur" has both of in great abundance, too. Once again, Foreigner rock the house in great style on songs like "Tooth And Nail," "Growing Up The Hard Way," "Reaction To Action," "Stranger In My Own House," and "She's Too Tough." And the softer, keyboard-led stuff is wonderful too---"I Want To Know What Love Is" is an instant Foreigner classic, and "That Was Yesterday" (a Top 20 hit), "A Love In Vain," "Down On Love," and "Two Different Worlds" are also great songs. Powerful rockers and ballads throughout, excellent production work, and electrifying performances from the band, not only Jones & Gramm but also bassist Rick Wills and drummer Dennis Elliott. From end to end, "Agent Provocateur" is a solid Foreigner album.
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Foreigner's fifth album is my least favorite Foreigner album of the 1970's-80's period but it's a little bit better than the stuff they've done in the 1990's.
The album begins with Tooth and Nail, one of the three angry songs on this album, then the mid tempo pop ballad That Was Yesterday is a pretty good song, it just doesn't get timeless airplay like their earlier hits despite the fact that it went Top 15, I Want to Know What Love Is is Foreigner's biggest hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, Growing Up the Hard Way is a one of the good ones off this album, Reaction to Action is another angry track on this album and now for the worst song is Stranger in My Own House, it has the most cheesiest lyrics yet, avoid this song while you can, it seems like that Lou Gramm is really falling apart, Love in Vain is another alright midtempo ballad but it's a major improvement over the last two songs, Down on Love is my favorite Foreigner ballad on this album and it could've been in the same league as I Want to Know What Love Is or Waiting For a Girl Like You off of their previous album 4, Two Different Worlds is rather forgettable, perhaps Foreigner's worst ballad of them all, She's Too Tough is the best song off of Side 2.
If you're into classic Foreigner, don't get this album unless you're a diehard fan, instead get the first 4 albums or if you're new to Foreigner, start off with Complete Greatest Hits or 4.
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This CD is solid 80s. To some extent it is reminiscent of numerous other 80s hard rock groups. And yet, it also contains unique compositions that are among Foreigner's better contributions to rock music.
The most memorable and perhaps longest lasting songs on this CD are the ballads and quasi-ballads. Songs like "That Was Yesterday" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" continue to get airplay on 80s stations and now some classic rock stations. "I Want to Know What Love Is" is not only a ballad, but a POWER ballad.
However, in addition to these ballads are less memorable efforts that are okay, but distract from the better songs. "A Love in Vain" and "Two Different Worlds" are also ballads, but while not bad songs, are clearly filler songs stuck in to fill out a CD.
While the ballads are what will keep Foreigner in the minds of many people, Foreigner really was a hard rock group. "Tooth and Nail", "Growing Up the Hard Way", "Reaction to Action", "Stranger in My Own House" and "She's Too Tough" are the kind of hard rock songs that defined Foreigner. Most have a flavor of the 80s, though for some songs the flavor may be a taste, for many the songs are easily detectable as 80s. However, just because the songs are 80s, they remain decent songs, and even decent hard rock songs.
Because this album was a follow up to the monster album "Foreigner 4", and because of some of the weaker songs on the album, the album has been maligned by a number of reviewers and critics. Fortunately we live in the CD age, and you can program this CD to match your musical tastes. If you like Foreigner the hard rock group, just program the five or six rocking songs, and skip the ballads. If you like most of the music except for the weaker ballads, program them out.
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