Hardline - Double Eclipse (1992) (Japan SHM-CD Remastered Edition 2010)
Year : 1992 (Japan SHM-CD Remastered Edition 2010)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Videos
Size : 171 mb
Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English for the tensions arosen with John Waite. They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big. The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song “Hot Cherie”.While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline’s fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and melodic rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material. While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”. But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, with an all new line-up featuring famed drummer Bob Rock (Nelson, Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion), lead guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Two Fires), bassist Chris Maloney and keyboard player Michael T. Ross (Accomplice) and all new material. Of course the awesome result is Hardline “II” which was produced by veteran studio man Bob Burch.The album shows a new maturity and edge for Hardline combining powerful and immediately recognizable hooks coming from the classic hard rock tradition of Whitesnake, Van Halen and – of course – Hardline with all new elements and sounds. This album marks the long awaited return of an hard rock master and creates a landmark for the years to come for the development of this music style ! The album also includes the song “This Gift” written and performed with Neal Schon as special guest on guitar.Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned on stage headlining the GODS Festival in Bradford in June 2002, before Johnny and Josh started to work on new songs which eventually saw the light of day on the “Leaving the End Open” album released on Frontiers in may 2009.Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.
Japanese SHM-CD remastered super group HARDLINE and their debut CD "Double Eclipse".With Journey on hiatus and after two albums with Bad English, at the beginning of the '90s mastermind Neal Schon joined a new project with talented drummer Deen Castronovo founded by the then relatively unknown vocalist Johnny Gioeli (ex Brunette).The result was "Double Eclipse", one of the greatest Melodic Hard Rock albums of all time."Double Eclipse" was recorded from September 1991 to February 1992, then mixing and mastering finished in April of 1992.All songs included on the record are simply amazing, and the album as whole, from songwriting and performances to production has proved over time to be a melodic hard rock masterpiece.Let's start with this: Johnny Gioeli, alone, is worth buying the album. Gioeli's voice echoes through with insane bursts of maturity and a low pitch that tweaks on through the audio tracks, and is absolutely breathtaking. He sounds great in every track: and keeps up this superb vocal range throughout the entire LP.The guitar playing is excellent, Schon keeps the melodies and tempos gliding along through the songs. Johnny's bro Joey Gioeli is mindlessly good on a rhythm guitar and keeps the echoing audio moving.The style of songs on "Double Eclipse" is quite varied and starts off with an arena rock one such as 'Life’s a Bitch' with its gang shouted verses and the fist pumping chorus.The pure melodic and emotional side comes from songs like the excellent 'Everything' and the hit 'Hot Cherie' (a revamped version of Streetheart‘s song) a catchy as Hell tune.'Everything' is a smooth number, with a great guitar tone. The intro lick is subtle yet forceful at the same time, packed with feeling. Speaking of feeling, Johnny’s voice is tremendous here, it has such emotion to it that the song is almost overwhelming. The chorus is also pure melodic hard rock bliss and the “singability” factor is high, one of the catchiest songs in the genre, ever.There's a thunderous rocker in 'Dr. Love', a terrific instrumental from the extraordinary Neal Schon in '31-91', while we find a surprisingly eerie lyrical flow over a great drum beat in 'Takin' Me Down', creating an almost gritty atmosphere for it over the guitar lines.'In The Hands of Time' is just another highlight, starting with a heartwarming acoustic intro, following with a calming drum beat and a serenading, freely calm pitch from Gioeli's amazing voice, then kicks off with an explosive solo from Schon. Absolutely breathtaking.The emotional delivery of ‘Can’t Find My Way’ will most definitely worm its way into your brain and have you singing along, thumping along on the steering wheel and keeping this disc on repeat over and over again.From start to finish, "Double Eclipse" is stellar. Amazing musicians, outstanding songwriting and some awesome vocals make the record a perfect Melodic Hard Rock album.If you haven't heard this record yet then you came from Saturn, and if you got a copy it's time to revisit and replace it with this superb SHM-CD version.The already outstanding production with that unique 1990-90 period glossy treatment is augmented here with top notch definition. It's out of print but tracking down an expensive used copy worth every cent.
Johnny Gioeli - vocals, guitars, percussion
Neal Schon - guitars, guitar synthesizer, backing vocals
Joey Gioeli - guitars, backing vocals
Todd Jensen - bass, backing vocals
Deen Castronovo - drums, backing vocals
01. Life's A Bitch
02. Dr. Love
03. Love Leads The Way (Japan Bonus Track)
04. Rhythm From A Red Car
05. Change Of Heart
07. Takin' Me Down
08. Hot Cherie
09. Bad Taste
10. Can't Find My Way
11. I'll Be There
13. In The Hands Of Time
+ Video "Hot Cherie" (Official Video)
+ Video "Takin' Me Down" (Official Video)
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