Foghat

Slow Ride

Composed by Lonesome Dave Peverett

Song Review by

Foghat was never known for subtlety. They never were known for their finesse. They were known for pummeling hard rock. And that's what "Slow Ride" is, but compared to the rest of their catalog, it's pretty much a model of grace. The riff is very simple -- three chords that sound like two -- and the vocals are ragged, nearly shouted. There's not much of a hook or substance to the song, which is one of the reasons it doesn't sound all that great in the hands of bar bands. But -- and this is a big but -- the band somehow made it all work in the studio, making an average song into a great record. The guitars sound monstrous, the vocals are intoxicatingly incomprehensible, and the whole grooves better than it should. It works against heavy odds -- namely, a fairly undistinguished song -- to become a great hard rock record.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rock and Roll Outlaws 1974 Essential Records
Fool for the City 1975 Rhino 8:14
Night Shift 1976 Essential Records
Live 1977 Rhino 8:20
Wrestling Rocks: Anthems from the Ring 1985
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:59
The Best of Foghat [1989] 1989 Rhino 3:56
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:59
The Best of Foghat [1992] 1992 Rhino
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:57
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 8:13
Dazed and Confused 1994
Original Soundtrack
Giant 3:58
Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin' Seventies 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:56
Platinum Rock, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:56
18 Screamers from the 70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:57
Frat Rock: More of the '70s 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 8:15
Beverly Hills 90210: Songs from the Peach Pit 1996
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 3:59
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
Slow Ride & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:59
70's Hot Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 3:56
Hard Rock Cafe: Classic Rock 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
Rock for the Ages 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Rockin' Down the Highway 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:57
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 3 [1997] 1997
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 3:57
70s Heavy Hitters: Arena Rockers 1975-1979 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:56
Rock Anthems [K-Tel] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Road Cases 1998 Unidisc
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
The Power of Rock 1998
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 9:07
Guitar Rock: Heavy Favorites 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:57
King Biscuit Flower Hour 1999 King Biscuit Entertainment 10:37
John Boy & Billy's Rockin' Race Tracks 1999
John Boy & Billy's Rockin' Race Tracks
Arista 3:53
Live [Collectables] 2000 Collectables 10:35
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:56
Hot Rod Series: Pedal to the Metal 2000
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 8:13
Anthology 2000 Essential Records 8:25
Hits You Remember: Live 2001 Madacy 10:35
No Image 2001 BMG Special Products 9:33
Instant Party: More 70's Rock 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
High Times Presents Rip This Joint 2001
Various Artists
Win Media Corp/King Biscuit 9:19
Goin' South, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:55
Hot Guitar Licks: Guitar Rock 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
The Essentials 2002 Rhino Atlantic 3:58
Best of Southern Rock: Extended Versions 2002
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:58
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire
Mullets Rock! 2003
Various Artists
Epic 3:56
Decades Live 2003 Sanctuary 9:35
From the Front Row Live 2003 Silverline Records
Guitar Rock: Classic 70s 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:57
Classic Rock for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 3:55
Legends: Get It On 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
Eight Days on the Road 2004 Disky
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
Classic Rock Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:56
Then: Totally Oldies - Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 8:17
Foghat Official Bootleg DVD #1 2002-2004 [DVD] 2005 Rockview
Highway South: Overdrive 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
Classic Foghat 2006 Music Mill 3:59
The Definitive Rock Collection 2006 Rhino 3:59
The Greatest Rockin' 70's Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
The Seventies: Heavy Guitar Boogie 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:57
Prime 17: Ultimate Classic Rock 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:59
Legends Informercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
Live II 2007 CD Baby / Noisy Sod 9:43
Noisemakers of 70's Rock 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:57
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:57
Classic Rock BBQ 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:57
Live at the Blues Warehouse 2009 Foghat Records 9:14
Guitar Monster 2009
Various Artists
Madacy 3:58
Classic Rock [Rhino Custum] 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino 8:22
Hits of the 70s [Sonoma] 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma 9:07
'70s Favorites 2011
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 9:08
Flashback with Foghat 2011 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:52
Fool for the City/Night Shift 2012 Edsel 8:15
Live/Stone Blue 2012 Edsel 8:27
Slow Ride 2012
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 5:36
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 4:02
Drivin' Wheels: Best of 1972-1982 2014 Raven 8:12
The Complete Bearsville Album Collection 2016 Rhino 8:14
Under the Influence 2016 Foghat Records
No Image
Various Artists
Sonoma 9:07
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:58
70s Rock [Sonoma]
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 9:08
Awesome Rock
Various Artists
Rhino 8:15
Best of Guitar Heroes
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 9:07
Classic Movies [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 8:15
Classic Rock [Mood]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 3:56
Classic Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Guitar Heros
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 9:08
Night Shift/Live Essential Records
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock & Roll/Fool For Essential Records
Rock 'N Roll All Nite
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:58
Slow Ride Rhino 3:52
Streaming Hot
Various Artists
Angel Air Records 9:13
The  Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:58
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 4:04
Ultimate '70s Rock Legends
Various Artists
Rhino
blue highlight denotes editor's pick