The Distance (Bob Seger album)

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The Distance
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released December, 1982
Recorded Summer and Fall 1982
Genre Rock
Length 41:05
Label Capitol
Producer Jimmy Iovine
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Nine Tonight
The Distance
Like a Rock
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Distance is the 12th album by US-American rock singer Bob Seger. It was released in the final week of 1982 (see 1982 in music). It peaked at #5 on Billboard's album chart and sold close to two million copies in the United States.

The album's lead single, "Shame on the Moon", was Seger's biggest hit, holding at #2 for four weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 behind Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". It also hit #1 Adult Contemporary and crossed over to #15 Country.

Capitol Records had discontinued 8 track releases by this point, but Seger asked them to include that format with this release, knowing that many of his fans still used 8 track players. The Distance is the final release by a major American recording artist to be put out on 8 track cassette.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Seger, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Even Now"     4:31
2. "Makin' Thunderbirds"     2:58
3. "Boomtown Blues"     3:38
4. "Shame on the Moon"   Rodney Crowell 4:55
5. "Love's the Last to Know"     4:26
6. "Roll Me Away"     4:39
7. "House Behind a House"     4:00
8. "Comin' Home"     6:06
9. "Little Victories"     5:52


The Silver Bullet Band (on all tracks but "Comin' Home")
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (on "Comin' Home")
Additional Musicians
Additional vocals
  • Ginger Blake - background vocals on "Comin' Home"
  • Laura Creamer - background vocals on "Shame on the Moon" and "Comin' Home"
  • Linda Dillard - background vocals on "Comin' Home"
  • Shaun Murphy - background vocals on "Shame on the Moon" abd "House Behind a House"
  • Bonnie Raitt - harmony vocals on "Makin' Thunderbirds"
  • Joan Sliwin - background vocals on "Shame on the Moon"


  • Producer: Jimmy Iovine
  • Engineer: Shelly Yakus


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 5

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "House Behind A House" Mainstream Rock 29
1983 "Boomtown Blues" Mainstream Rock 11
1983 "Even Now" Mainstream Rock 2
1983 "Even Now" Pop Singles 12
1983 "Roll Me Away" Mainstream Rock 13
1983 "Roll Me Away" Pop Singles 27
1983 "Shame on the Moon" Adult Contemporary 1
1983 "Shame On The Moon" Country Singles 15
1983 "Shame On The Moon" Pop Singles 2


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: The Distance > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.