On this day in music history: December 7, 1984…

On this day in music history: December 7, 1984 – “Agent Provocateur”, the fifth album by Foreigner is released. Produced by Mick Jones and Alex Sadkin, it is recorded at The Hit Factory and Right Track Studios in New York City from Summer – Fall 1984. Following the huge success of their fourth release “Foreigner 4”, the band take a nearly two year long hiatus before returning to the studio to begin work on their next album. Bandleader Mick Jones helms the project with producer Alex Sadkin, best known for his work with The Thompson Twins, Robert Palmer, and Grace Jones. The Anglo/American rock bands’ fifth studio release is a concept album in which the songs follow a narrative about a man and his life as a spy. It will spin off three singles including the chart topping “I Want To Know What Love Is” (#1 Pop) which features the New Jersey Mass Choir and singer Jennifer Holliday on the the songs’ final choruses. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1996, with another CD reissue by WEA Japan in 2007, packaged in a mini LP sleeve. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, is remastered and reissued as a 180 LP by Music On Vinyl in October of 2016. “Agent Provocateur” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.