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Eclipse (Canada) - 1978 Night And Day



ARTIST: Eclipse (Canada)
ALBUM: Night And Day
LABEL: Casablanca
SERIAL: NB 7039
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Pierre Gauthier - guitar, keyboards, background vocals * Jesse Otten - lead vocals, guitar * Claude Laferriere - bass, bass synthesizer, moog, guitar * Mike DiNardo - drums, percussion, moog

TRACK LISTING: 01 Space Love * 02 Born To Be Wild * 03 Sunshine Superman * 04 You Really Got Me * 05 Surprise * 06 Bring It Home * 07 Lady * 08 You Better Believe * 09 We're Losing Our Love * 10 See The Light


Background
Years ago I picked up a used copy of the first self-titled Eclipse album for just a few dollars at a local shop. Musically I found it to be a sweet and satisfying combination of female fronted progressive rock and folk mixed with pop in typically French Canadian style. A nice find although I filed it away never to be played again, until recently coming across this album and putting two and two together. 'Night And Day' indeed as this version of Eclipse features just one original member - Pierre Gauthier with a totally different and not entirely successful sound, but I'll get to that in a minute... Originally released in Canada a year earlier with a black and white cover and alternate track listing, Casablanca picked it up, changed the art work to a horrendous disco-glam-alien image and one of the cheapest looking sleeves I have ever seen.


The Songs
Where to begin? Gone is anything resembling the former Eclipse and no progressive rock to be found anywhere on the opening track 'Space Love', but heavy on electronics and a dreaded Disco beat. Let's be clear, I am a fan of Disco with pop sensibilities and a good tune, but Eclipse try as they might fail to create much excitement. Throwing three cover tunes on the 'Night' side (Side 1) is questionable. Steppenwolf's 'Born to Be Wild', Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' are truly awful and slide nicely in the 'what were they thinking?' school of thought. The cover of The Kinks 'You Really Got Me' supposedly was a hit in Montreal clubs and landed the deal with Casablanca, but to these ears sounds like nothing more than stale Kraftwerk. Flipping over to the 'Day' side (Side 2, clever eh?) is a somewhat of an improvement. 'Surprise' is a nice little pop tune, nothing special but a welcome relief from what came before it. 'Bring It Home' is a no frills rock tune reminding me of early KISS, while 'Lady' is a tasty and enticing ballad with a pomp feel ala Supertramp. The last tune worth a mention is 'We're Losing Our Love' which sounds like The Moody Blues and shows Pierre Gauthier hadn't completely lost his mind after being hit on the head with a mirror ball.


In Summary
It was a toss up reviewing the debut or 'Night And Day' since both are worthy of Glory Daze attention, but this record is a little easier to find and with a logo and glaring cover photo that might shout potential AOR/hard rock classic to a potential connoisseur, I thought I would set the record straight- none of the above.


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#1 | super80boy on March 03 2013 16:40:45
I actually like electronic/electro, so this was an entertaining listen, although cheesy at times. Don't have anything quite like it as they mix AOR, Electro and Disco in one helping.
 
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