Foghat’s Last Train Home was originally released in 2010 and caused a bit of a stir with their fans. It was a great disc and was greeted enthusiastically. It was so well received in fact, that they have just issued a special, limited-edition vinyl version of it. This is not a new phenomenon; vinyl is making something of a comeback, especially with classic-rock acts. Although LPs account for a miniscule amount of music sales overall, some of us never completely abandoned it. With Last Train Home, Foghat have produced an outstanding package. Not only is the double-album limited to just 1,000 copies, but it comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve, and the vinyl itself is a stunning shade of blue.
Blue is a natural choice for the set, as this is a collection of blues songs, which has always been a part of Foghat‘s music. Their first hit was a cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want To Make Love To You” off of their 1972 debut Foghat. What they did with those older songs was to put a seventies rock spin on them, which FM radio ate up. Their heyday (at least for some of us) was their 1975 Fool For The City album, which contained the classic “Slow Ride.”
There were more hits to come, but things changed over the years. Like so many groups of the era, Foghat’s audience slowly fell off. It’s a sad story, but the group continued to record and play live regardless. By 2010, two members of the “classic” Foghat lineup had passed on - “Lonesome” Dave Peverett in 2000, and Rod Price in 2005. The 2010 CD release of Last Train Home was dedicated to the memories of them.
The group that recorded Last Train Home consisted of Roger Earl (drums), Charlie Huhn (vocals, lead guitar), Bryan Bassett (lead and slide guitar), Jeff Howell (bass), Colin Earl (keyboards), Lefty Lefkowitz (harmonica), and special guest Eddie “Bluesman” Kirkland - who played guitar and sang on “Good Good Day,” and “In My Dreams,” (both of which he wrote as well). Sadly, between the time of the CD release, and this LP - Eddie was killed in an auto accident, and he too receives a special memorial dedication on the back cover.