Definitive Collection

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Atlantic/Rhino's 2006 double-disc The Definitive Collection is a truncated version of Rhino's 2000 double-disc Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology, missing nine songs and featuring an edited, abbreviated set of liner notes adapted from the 2000 comp. There are no big hits absent -- all the expected songs are here; what's not are a pair of tunes from Mick Jones' first band, Spooky Tooth, a pair of latter-day cuts from Foreigner, plus a few album tracks along the way -- but for the kind of fan that wants to invest in a comprehensive two-disc anthology, such items are missed, perhaps even necessary, since they add crucial elements to the full portrait of the band. Because of this, the very existence of The Definitive Collection is a little puzzling: Foreigner already had an excellent two-disc collection in their catalog and for those fans who only wanted the hits, 2002's Complete Greatest Hits served that need (plus, there was a single-disc 2002 collection called The Definitive out in Europe). Which doesn't mean The Definitive Collection is bad, of course. Anybody looking for all the hits, including Lou Gramm's peerless "Midnight Blue" and a little more, will be well-served by this. But if given the choice -- which most consumers are, since both The Definitive Collection and Jukebox Heroes are on the market simultaneously -- there's no reason to select this over its more comprehensive cousin.

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