Double Vision (Foreigner album)

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Double Vision
Foreigner - Double Vision.jpg
Original cover art by Norman Seeff
Studio album by Foreigner
Released 15 June 1978
Recorded December 1977 – March 1978
Genre
Length 37:55
Label Atlantic
Producer
Foreigner chronology
Foreigner
(1977)
Double Vision
(1978)
Head Games
(1979)
Alternative cover art
U.S. 2nd vinyl pressing
U.S. 2nd vinyl pressing
Singles from Double Vision
  1. "Hot Blooded"
    Released: June 1978
  2. "Double Vision"
    Released: September 1978
  3. "Blue Morning, Blue Day"
    Released: December 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C−[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Double Vision is the second studio album by British-American rock band Foreigner, released on 15 June 1978 by Atlantic Records. Recorded between December 1977 and March 1978, it was Foreigner's only album co-produced by Keith Olsen and the last recording with bass guitarist Ed Gagliardi who would be later replaced by Rick Wills.

Double Vision was the first in the line of many other recordings in which A&R executive John Kalodner would simply have his name listed twice in liner notes, as a play on the title of this album. The phrase "John Kalodner: John Kalodner" originated when the producer Olsen was wondering just how to credit Kalodner's involvement in the band and the album. In keeping with the double vision theme, guitarist Mick Jones came up with an idea of doubling the name.[4]

"Tramontane" is the only instrumental track Foreigner have released to date on a studio album.

Release[edit]

The album was hugely successful, peaking at number 3 in the Billboard 200 chart[5] and becoming Platinum just a week after its release. By now, it has been certified 7× Platinum for sales in excess of 7 million units[6] and along with compilation Records (1982) is counted as Foreigner's best selling album. In Europe, however, Double Vision was largely overlooked and managed to reach the Top 40 only in the United Kingdom.[7]

The lead single, released in June 1978, was "Hot Blooded" which reached number 3 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and would become the band's signature song. In September, it was followed by another smash hit, "Double Vision", which charted at number 2. This was the highest position Foreigner had attained to that time. The third and final single, "Blue Morning, Blue Day" was released in December and climbed to number 15 in the chart.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Hot Blooded" Lou Gramm Mick Jones 4:26
2. "Blue Morning, Blue Day" Gramm, Jones Jones 3:12
3. "You're All I Am" Jones Jones 3:24
4. "Back Where You Belong" Jones Jones 3:14
5. "Love Has Taken Its Toll" Gramm Ian McDonald 3:29
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
6. "Double Vision" Gramm, Jones Jones 3:44
7. "Tramontane" (instrumental)   Al Greenwood, McDonald, Jones 3:56
8. "I Have Waited So Long" Jones Jones 4:07
9. "Lonely Children" Jones Jones 3:37
10. "Spellbinder" Gramm Jones 4:45
Total length: 37:55

Personnel[edit]

Foreigner[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Keith Olsen – producer, engineer
  • David De Vore – engineer
  • Jimmy Douglass – mixing
  • David Paich – string arrangements
  • John Kalodner: John Kalodner
  • George Marino – mastering (at Sterling Sound, New York)
  • Ted Jensen – 1995 digital remastering (at Sterling Sound, New York)
  • Dan Hersch – 2002 digital remastering
  • Shawn R. Britton – 2011 MFSL mastering (at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, California)
  • Norman Seeff – photography, design

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[9] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 32
US Billboard 200[5] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinds, Andy. Foreigner: "Double Vision" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Review: Foreigner". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Evans, Paul (2004). "Foreigner". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (Completely Revised and Updated 4th ed.). New York: Fireside. p. 307. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Fishman, Laurie. "Biography : John Kalodner". John Kalodner.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Foreigner – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Foreigner. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b "American album certifications – Foreigner – Double Vision". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 18 January 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Foreigner – Chart history". Billboard Hot 100 for Foreigner. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4650a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Foreigner – Double Vision". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Foreigner – Double Vision". Music Canada. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 

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