Mr. Moonlight (album)

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Mr. Moonlight
Foreigner - Mr. Moonlight.jpg
Studio album by Foreigner
Released 23 October 1994
Recorded 1993–1994
Studio
  • Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida)
  • Emerald Studios (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Bearsville Studios (Bearsville, New York)
  • Utopia Studios (Lake Hill, New York)
  • Soundtrack Studios (New York, New York)
  • Track Record Studios (North Hollywood, California)
  • Studio 4 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre
Length 54:25
Label Arista
Producer
Foreigner chronology
Classic Hits Live/Best of Live
(1993)
Mr. Moonlight
(1994)
Complete Greatest Hits
(2002)
Singles from Mr. Moonlight
  1. "White Lie"
    Released: October 1994
  2. "Under the Gun"
    Released: February 1995
  3. "Until the End of Time"
    Released: February 1995
  4. "All I Need to Know"
    Released: 1995
  5. "Rain"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Mr. Moonlight is the eighth studio album by the British-American rock band Foreigner, released by Arista Records in Europe on 23 October and by BMG Entertainment in Japan on 23 November 1994. In the United States and Canada, it appeared in early 1995 on the Rhythm Safari label. Recorded at seven different studios across the States, the album was produced by Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, and Mike Stone, with an additional production by Phil and Joe Nicolo. It was Foreigner's last studio release until Can't Slow Down (2009).

The album was the first since Inside Information (1987) and appeared to be the final to date full-length release with original lead singer Lou Gramm, who had left the group in 1990 but returned two years later. Prior to starting work on Mr. Moonlight, he was the lead vocalist on three newly recorded tracks from Foreigner's compilation The Very Best ... and Beyond (1992). Mr. Moonlight was also the first album in fifteen years without bass guitarist Rick Wills, who joined the band in 1979, and drummer Dennis Elliott, who was a founding member.

Supposed to be a comeback release, Mr. Moonlight was a commercial disappointment, only peaking at number 136 in the Billboard 200 chart,[3] and ranked as Foreigner's least selling studio album. The ballad "Until the End of Time" was a minor hit, reaching number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100[4] and number 8 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "White Lie"   4:16
2. "Rain" Gramm, Jones, Bruce Turgon 4:35
3. "Until the End of Time" Gramm, Jones, Turgon 4:52
4. "All I Need to Know"   4:45
5. "Running the Risk" Gramm, Jones, Jeff Jacobs 5:09
6. "Real World"   6:22
7. "Big Dog" Gramm, Jones, Jacobs, Turgon 4:47
8. "Hole in My Soul"   5:08
9. "I Keep Hoping" Gramm, Jones, Jacobs 5:10
10. "Under the Gun"   4:16
11. "Hand on My Heart" Gramm, Jones, Turgon 4:57
Total length: 54:25

Personnel[edit]

Foreigner[edit]

  • Mick Jones – guitar, piano, back vocals; producer
  • Lou Gramm – lead vocals, back vocals, percussion; producer
  • Bruce Turgon – bass guitar, back vocals
  • Jeff Jacobs – piano, organ, keyboards, back vocals
  • Mark Schulman – drums, back vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Duane Eddy – lead guitar (on "Until the End of Time")
  • Ian Lloyd – back vocals
  • Scott Gilman – saxophone, back vocals
  • Luis Enriques – percussion (on "Real World" and "Running the Risk")
  • Billy Bremner – additional guitar (on "All I Need to Know")
  • Tawatha Agee – back vocals (on "I Keep Hoping")
  • Paulette McWilliams – back vocals (on "I Keep Hoping")
  • Robin Clark – back vocals (on "I Keep Hoping")
  • Randy Cantor – additional guitar and keyboards (on "White Lie" and "Rain")

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Mike Stone – producer, mixing (at Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, New York, and Soundtrack Studios in New York, New York), engineer
  • Phil and Joe Nicolo – additional production, mixing ("White Lie" and "Rain", at Studio 4 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • David Bianco – mixing ("Real World")
  • Mark Stebbeds – mixing ("Big Dog", at Track Record Studios in North Hollywood, California)
  • Ted Jensen – mastering (at Sterling Studios in New York, New York)
  • Danny Clinch – photography
  • John Pitter – illustrations
  • Red Herring Design – design

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parisien, Roch. Foreigner: "Mr. Moonlight" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Foreigner – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Foreigner. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Foreigner – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Foreigner. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Foreigner – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Foreigner. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 9077." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Foreigner – Mr. Moonlight" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Foreigner – Mr. Moonlight" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Foreigner – Mr. Moonlight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Foreigner – White Lie". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 1994-10-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7748." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Foreigner – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Foreigner. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9137." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9254." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1995-03-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2742." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Foreigner – Rain". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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