An ultra-rare original Japanese pressing of Foghat's self-titled second album.
Offered for sale is a surprisingly rare Japanese pressing of Foghat’s self-titled second album, released in 1973.
Some records are scarce and some are common. Others, like this one, would seemingly be easy to find…until you start looking for one. For whatever reason, Japanese pressings of Foghat’s second album are virtually nonexistent.
Foghat’s first two albums were both self-titled, so people often refer to the second one as “rock and roll” since the cover depicts a rock…and a roll.
AllMusic had this to say about the album: Foghat’s second album finds the group working its way towards the fusion of blues and hard rock that would make them an arena rock favorite. They were not yet the stadium kings they would soon become, but Rock and Roll benefits from a muscular production that gives the band a muscular sound worthy of their impressive live act.
While Foghat is well-regarded today, the album didn’t sell particularly well, and the only single “What a Shame”, only reached #82 on the U.S. charts.
The copy offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing, complete with obi. Most of the later Japanese Foghat albums (from Fool for the City on) are fairly common, and the earlier albums are somewhat harder to find. The second album, however, was pressed in minuscule quantities in Japan and is one of the most difficult albums to find from a major artist on a major label from the 1970s. While many Japanese albums have been issued multiple times, with a different obi and catalog number with each release, Foghat was only issued once, and the pressing was probably limited to a few hundred copies at most.
We’re longtime Foghat fans, and we’ve had two Japanese record dealers tell us over the years, “You will never find a copy of that album. Don’t bother looking.” We did manage to find one for our collection after 25 years of searching, and now we have found another one.
About this copy: The cover is VG+. No real wear to speak of, but the white-ish cover does have a fair amount of foxing in the form of brown spots. This is pretty common to find on older Japanese albums. The obi is VG++, though the “hojyuhyo”, or re-order tag, has been removed. The lyric insert is included. The disc is M- and may be unplayed.
A nice copy of a record that’s surprisingly difficult to find.
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