Tuesday, June 20, 1978

Foreigner released Double Vision

First posted 9/20/2020; updated 10/17/2020.

Double Vision

Foreigner


Released: June 20, 1978


Peak: 3 US, 32 UK, 3 CN, 13 AU


Sales (in millions): 7.0 US, -- UK, 10.0 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Hot Blooded (7/1/78, 3 US, 2 CL, 42 UK, 3 CN, 24 AU)
  2. Blue Morning, Blue Day (12/23/78, 15 US, 6 CL, 45 UK, 21 CN)
  3. You’re All I Am
  4. Back Where You Belong
  5. Love Has Taken Its Toll (26 CL)
  6. Double Vision (9/22/78, 2 US, 2 CL, 7 CN, 97 AU)
  7. Tramontane (instrumental)
  8. I Have Waited So Long
  9. Lonely Children
  10. Spellbinder


Total Running Time: 37:55


The Players:

  • Lou Gramm (vocals, percussion)
  • Mick Jones (guitar, keyboards, vocals)
  • Ian McDonald (guitar, saxophone, keyboards)
  • Al Greenwood (keyboards)
  • Ed Gagliardi (bass)
  • Dennis Elliott (drums)

Rating:

3.449 out of 5.00 (average of 8 ratings)


Quotable: “Hard rock at its best” – Ace Adams, New York Daily News


Awards:

About the Album:

With their debut album, Foreigner immediately became players on the rock scene, sending two songs from the album into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 while the album was a top-five smash which sold five million copies. As high as they’d set the bar on their first outing, Foreigner managed to reach even greater heights on their sophomore outing.

Double Vision reached #3 on the album charts and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The lead single, Hot Blooded, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the title cut went an even notch higher and peaked at #2. A third single, Blue Morning, Blue Day, reached the top 20.

The group had its detractors. Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the album as “slickly produced, commercially powerful, but artistically vapid.” WK Rick Atkinson of The Record attacked the album for using the same formula as the debut. WK

Van West of Murfreesboro Press agreed that the album had similarities to Foreigner, but noted that Double Vision had “more individualistic interpretations” and “heavy metal tonal structure” instead of some of the debut’s “careful harmonies.” WK Ace Adams of the New York Daily News went as far as to call the album “hard rock at its best.” WK


Notes: The 2002 reissue added live versions of “Hot Blooded” and “Love Maker.”

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