Re: Album Oriented Rock (AOR)--A dying radio format.
What did he do with John Cougar? I don't remember, and I'm searching but can't find it.
Personally, I liked what he did with AC/DC and The Cars, although "Heartbeat City" wasn't my favorite Cars album it was good (better than the two that came before it--probably my 3rd favorite after their debut and Candy-O,) but most of his stuff seemed too homogenized for me.
But taste in music often comes down to context. My favorite AC/DC album is "Back in Black" because I listened to it repeatedly at a particularly memorable time in my life.
My disappointment with Foreigner 4 is also largely contextual. I graduated from high school in 1980, and to me that album represented the beginning of the decline of rock n roll, the sanding down of rock's rough edges. It paved the way for the ascendance of hair bands and, eventually, the marginalization of edgy, original music.
Edge trilogy, by me.
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. --Ray Bradbury
Remember, Courage always ends in rage.