Double Eclipse

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Double Eclipse
Hardlineback.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 28, 1992
Recorded1991-1992
StudioA&M Studios and NRG Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
GenreHard rock, glam metal
Length56:53
LabelMCA
ProducerNeal Schon
Hardline chronology
Double Eclipse
(1992)
II
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rock Hard8.5/10[2]

Double Eclipse is the debut album released by the American hard rock band Hardline in 1992.

The first single released from the album was "Takin' Me Down", written by Johnny and Joey Gioeli with Neal Schon. At that time, however, Grunge and Hip hop music were keeping formerly commercial AOR, hard rock, and heavy metal bands in the lower reaches of the album charts and preventing most from hitting the Billboard Hot 100 at all. Despite the odds stacked against it, "Takin' Me Down" entered Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, peaking at No. 37 in June.[3] The album's second single fared better. A cover of a top 40 hit by Danny Spanos from 1983, and written by members of the band Streetheart, Hardline's version of "Hot Cherie" rose to No. 25 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[3] and remained on that chart throughout the fall of 1992, ultimately logging fourteen weeks.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon joined the Gioeli brothers and toured for this album, which rocks a bit harder than most of his Journey and Bad English tracks had and features little synthesizer (even though it features two tracks co-written with the aforementioned bands' keyboardist, Jonathan Cain), but Schon departed for other projects after the band lost its record deal. Schon was replaced by former The Storm guitarist Josh Ramos.

The song "Can't Find My Way" (in its demo form) is featured during the montage love scene in the 1992 Brandon Lee action movie Rapid Fire. The song "I'll Be There" is played during the film's closing credits. The tracks were included as a result of Lee's personally favoring Hardline's music.

Hardline's 2002 album II and 2012 album Danger Zone each depict an eclipse as part of its cover artwork, an homage to Double Eclipse's ten-year and twenty-year anniversaries.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neal Schon, Johnny Gioeli and Joey Gioeli except where noted.

  1. "Life's a Bitch" – 4:22
  2. "Dr. Love" (Mark Baker, Brian Connors, Mike Slamer) – 5:31
  3. "Love Leads the Way"- 4:04 (bonus track for Japanese release of the album only)
  4. "Rhythm from a Red Car" – 3:40
  5. "Change of Heart" – 4:42
  6. "Everything" (Schon, Gioeli, Gioeli, Eddie Money, Jonathan Cain, Tony Marty, Mark Tanner) – 3:55
  7. "Takin' Me Down" – 3:34
  8. "Hot Cherie" (Randy Bishop, Daryl Gutheil, Jeffrey Neill, Kenneth Shields, Kenneth Sinnaeve) – 4:47
  9. "Bad Taste" – 4:23
  10. "Can't Find My Way" – 5:28
  11. "I'll Be There" (Schon, Gioeli, Gioeli, Cain) – 4:36
  12. "31-91" (Schon) – 1:33
  13. "In the Hands of Time" – 6:18

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Johnny Gioeli - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion
  • Neal Schon - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, classical guitar, guitar synthesizer, backing vocals, producer
  • Joey Gioeli - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Todd Jensen - bass, backing vocals
  • Deen Castronovo - drums, backing vocals
Production
  • Tony Phillips - engineer, mixing
  • John Aguto, Lee Manning, Mike Stock, Randy Wine - assistant engineers
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering at Masterdisk, New York

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stone, Doug. "Hardline Double Eclipse review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
  2. ^ Klemm, Oliver (1992). "Review Dynamit: Hardline - Double Eclipse". Rock Hard (in German). No. 61. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  3. ^ a b "Double Eclipse Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-08-19.

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