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, country
Length 41:05
Label Capitol
Producer Jimmy Iovine
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Nine Tonight
(1981)
The Distance
(1982)
Like a Rock
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

The Distance is the twelfth studio 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 stopped manufacturing albums in the 8 track tape cartridge format by this time this album was released. However, Seger asked the label to include that format for this album, knowing that many of his fans still used 8 track players. The Distance was the final release by a major American recording artist to be put out on 8 track tape.

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

Personnel[edit]

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" and "House Behind a House"
  • Bonnie Raitt - harmony vocals on "Makin' Thunderbirds"
  • Joan Sliwin - background vocals on "Shame on the Moon"

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Jimmy Iovine
  • Engineer: Shelly Yakus

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

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