Double Vision (Foreigner album)
Original cover art by Norman Seeff
|Studio album by Foreigner|
|Released||15 June 1978|
|Recorded||December 1977 – March 1978|
|Alternative cover art|
U.S. 2nd vinyl pressing
|Singles from Double Vision|
Double Vision is the second studio album by the 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.
"Tramontane" is the only instrumental track Foreigner have released to date on a studio album.
The album was hugely successful, peaking at number 3 in the Billboard 200 chart 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 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|2002 Rhino Records remastered edition bonus tracks|
|11.||"Hot Blooded" (live)||6:58|
|12.||"Love Maker" (live)||Betty Wright, Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke||6:49|
- Lou Gramm – lead vocals
- Mick Jones – lead guitar, piano, vocals; producer, mixing
- Ian McDonald – guitars, keyboards, reeds, vocals; producer, mixing
- Al Greenwood – keyboards, synthesizer
- Ed Gagliardi – bass, vocals
- Dennis Elliott – drums
- Ian Lloyd – back vocals
- 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
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||3|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||32|
|UK Albums (OCC)||32|
|US Billboard 200||3|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||7× Platinum||7,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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