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Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on April 20th, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

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Originally posted August 18, 2011

“I Want to Know What Love Is” is a 1984 power ballad recorded by the British-American rock band Foreigner. The song hit #1 in both the UK and the U.S. and is the band’s biggest hit. It remains one of the band’s best known songs and most enduring radio hits, charting in the top 25 in 2000, 2001 and 2002 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart.

Written by Mick Jones, and produced by Jones and Alex Sadkin, it was the first single released from the album Agent Provocateur (1984). The song features backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir (of the GMWA), Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday, and the Thompson Twins. The choir appears in the song’s music video.

“I Want to Know What Love Is” reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 15 January 1985 and stayed there for three weeks. It reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 on 2 February 1985 where it stayed for two weeks. It was Foreigner’s first and only pop chart topper in either country, although the band had four #1 Mainstream Rock and one #1 Adult Contemporary radio hits in the US. This was the band’s third of four #1 singles on the mainstream rock chart. The song spent five weeks at #1 in Australia and also hit the top of the charts in Canada, Norway, and Sweden, peaking at #2 in Switzerland and South Africa.

The song was also issued as a 12″ single with a slightly longer time length of 6:21. This version contains a slightly longer intro and an extended vocal chorus/fadeout ending.

The single’s B-Side “Street Thunder (Marathon Theme)” is an instrumental track originally appearing on The Official Music of the XXIII Olympiad – Los Angeles 1984 and later on the band’s 2-CD compilation Jukebox Heroes: The Foreigner Anthology in 2000.

Soon after Foreigner’s single topped the charts, the New Jersey Mass Choir released its own similar-sounding version of the song on an album also titled I Want to Know What Love Is. Their single peaked at #37 on the Hot Black Singles chart and #12 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The Foreigner song was ranked by Billboard as the number four Hot 100 single of the year 1985. It was the band’s fourth Gold single in the U.S. and their first and only Gold single in the UK.

In 2004 “I Want to Know What Love Is” was voted #476 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 2006 this song was included on VH1’s program “Top 100 Songs of the 80’s” at #65.

SIDE A:
I Want To Know What Love Is (Extended Version)
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Mick Jones (2)

SIDE B:
Street Thunder
Producer – Alex Sadkin, Mick Jones (2)

Urgent
Producer – Mick Jones (2), Robert John “Mutt Lange”*

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 I Want To Know What love Is U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1984 I Want To Know What love Is U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles #85
1984 I Want To Know What love Is U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary #3
1984 I Want To Know What love Is U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Atlantic – A 9596 (T)
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: UK & Europe
Released: Dec 1984
Genre: Pop, Rock
Style: Soft Rock, Classic Rock

CREDITS:
Written-By – M. Jones*

NOTES:
“I Want To Know What Love Is” from the forthcoming album “Agent Provocateur”.

“Urgent” from the album “4”

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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33 Responses to “Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is (UK 12″)”

  1. Dirk Says:

    Gee, this one I certainly repressed. But for the fans, I think it’s a great track to be listed, as it is big, wide sounding and the difference with 80’s home-systems will be amazing 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Dirk!

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Paul, when you re-post things, I get quite the charge out of it. To me, they’re your “Greatest Hits” because these are records that mean so much to you and the way you immortalize them for us is just so beautiful!! HUGE KUDOS for you bringing back all these fantastic twelves for those of us (read: ME!!) that missed them the first time around. You are so tremendous Paul and you make me smile so big, I can touch my ears with my wide grin!!

    Hey, how was Record Store Day? I hope you had a good time and obtained some cool items. All the best Paul!!

    Thanks as ALWAYS for the best music!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff. I did score some fun stuff on Record Store Day. I obtained the following:

    a-ha – Take on Me 30th Anniversary 7″ picture disc
    Bee Gees – Extended 12″
    Erasure – The Violet Flame Remixes Red vinyl 12″
    Rocky Horror Picture Show – Time ward 10″ Red vinyl

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    Stephen Reply:

    Was it a new mix or remaster of Take On Me?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Stephen I have not played it because I want to keep it sealed but here is the track listing:

    A) TAKE ON ME (Single version)
    B) TAKE ON ME (Recorded for Dermot O’Leary’s Saturday Sessions on BBC Radio 2 First broadcast on 25th July, 2009)

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    Stephen Reply:

    Just looked it up and found the description on the a-ha website – looks very special but not a new mix or remaster. I’d keep it sealed too – only 6,500 worldwide! Awesome to be able to snap that one up Paul 🙂

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  3. Dave Says:

    Thanks Paul that you also give the rips from many years ago their attention they deserve.
    This was one of the many maxi singles i couldn’t download because the link was expired.
    Now i can finally enjoy this beauty. A request, is it possible to do a re-rip of a UB40 12″ entitled “Don’t Break My Heart” which you posted back in 2010. It features a extended mix which i am wanting to hear for so many years. It would me very happy as you did with giving Foreigner a second chance.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dave. The UB40 singles are on my list I just have not gotten to them yet 🙂

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  4. Gringodj Says:

    Thanks Paul
    Nice version 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Gringodj 🙂

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  5. CL Says:

    Great song. Thanks again Paul.
    🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome CL 🙂

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  6. Jermajesty Says:

    A classic! In my mind I always pair this with The Korgis’ Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, I dunno why – similar mood, atmosphere and tone maybe, albeit on a fraction of the scale of I Want To Know What Love Is! 😀

    Your RSD haul looks good Paul! I was out of town and actually forgot about it. 😀 It’s the first year I’ve missed, but my friends that did go couldn’t find the one thing we had all wanted (Johnny Marr’s Depeche cover), so I’m not sad at queing all morning for zero result! 😀 Was there anything you were after from this side, I can swing by tomorrow for a look at what’s still available if so?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jermajesty as a matter of fact I was after the OMD Julia’s Song 10″ and Simple Minds Waterfront Pic disc those two were not available in the US. I would be very happy if you could locate those. You can send me an email if you like 🙂

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    Jermajesty Reply:

    Ok, will get on it in the morning. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you 🙂

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  7. NKelly Says:

    Awesome only had this in 320 back from the days when i didn’t know too much about FLAC’s!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad you made the upgrade Neil 🙂

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  8. Stefano Says:

    Wow! The Foreigner 12 inches were (apart from the Pat Benatar series) also on my list to ask you for a re-rip treatment. I really hope you’ll re-rip ‘That WasYesterday’ and ‘Reaction To Action’ too. ‘That Was Yesterday’ is my ALL time favourite 12 inch of the 80’s. Still very fond of that one. I am longing for an OM30 re-rip, especially for the instrumental and orchestral B-side of the US promo! Hope you’ll take these 2 into account.
    For now: thanks for this one!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re so welcome Stefano. I am planning to do the Foreigner series 🙂

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    Stefano Reply:

    Great news Paul! Just great.
    I cannot thank you enough.

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  9. ex15 Says:

    Now this rip, took me by surprise! A beautiful track and be nice to hear it on vinyl after along absence (only have it on CD) and what makes this 12″ special is “Urgent” a 7″ single I bought back in 1981 (on vinyl). Never heard the long version before.

    Thanks as always for the rip, Paul! 🙂

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    ex15 Reply:

    The long version , I’m referring to is the main track 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ex15 🙂

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  10. iBernard Says:

    Well, I just got off the phone from Boston.
    A guy I met in a bar in 1985 and I are best friends (no sex, no dating: just great friends).
    He said to me one time that if there was a song he wanted to be there when it was recorded,
    it was “I Want to Know What Love Is.

    So I just got off the phone (damn caller ID) and shared this with him.
    I know he’ll be happy, although he’s cranky in real life.

    Thanks for this.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Bernard 🙂

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  11. Stephen Says:

    A guilty pleasure from my youth – but I never knew there was an extended version. How can you extend a song that already feels like it goes on forever? 😉

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Enjoy Stephen!

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  12. woz Says:

    I love the extended rock mixes! Thank you, my friend! :heart:

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  13. Davos Via 45 Says:

    Another timeless classic especially made for those cold winter evenings by the fireplace with your soul-mate! 😀

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  14. Jason Says:

    Thank you very much Paul

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  15. Nikolai Says:

    Hello, I downloaded the rar file but I can’t see the password for it anywhere… Help, please?

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