The Innocent Age

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The Innocent Age
Studio album by Dan Fogelberg
Released August 1981
Genre Soft rock
Length 39:26 (LP 1)/40:35 (LP 2)
Label Full Moon/Epic
Producer Dan Fogelberg, Marty Lewis
Dan Fogelberg chronology
Phoenix
(1980)
The Innocent Age
(1981)
Greatest Hits
(1982)
Singles from The Innocent Age
  1. "Same Old Lang Syne"
    Released: 1980 (1980)
  2. "Hard to Say"
    Released: 1981 (1981)
  3. "Leader of the Band"
    Released: 1981 (1981)
  4. "Run for the Roses"
    Released: 1982 (1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Innocent Age is the seventh album by American singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). It was also one of his most successful albums; three of his four Top 10 singles on the Billboard pop chart ("Hard to Say" (#7), "Same Old Lang Syne" (#9), and "Leader of the Band" (#9)) were from this album, as well as another Top 20 single in "Run for the Roses" (#18). All four also reached the Top 10 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, with "Leader of the Band" reaching Number 1 on that chart. "The Innocent Age" drew its inspiration from Thomas Wolfe's major novel "Of Time and the River." Fogelberg captured on this album Wolfe's protagonist's search for meaning, for self, and the inexorable passage of time.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Dan Fogelberg, except where noted.

Disc One:

  1. "Nexus" – 6:04
  2. "The Innocent Age" – 4:15
  3. "The Sand and the Foam" – 4:19
  4. "In the Passage" – 6:28
  5. "Lost in the Sun" – 3:53
  6. "Run for the Roses" – 4:18
  7. "Leader of the Band" (concludes with an excerpt from "The Washington Post" march arranged by Lawrence Peter Fogelberg, performed by the UCLA Band) – 4:48
  8. "Same Old Lang Syne" – 5:21

Disc Two:

  1. "Stolen Moments" – 3:12
  2. "The Lion's Share" – 5:10
  3. "Only the Heart May Know" – 4:09
  4. "The Reach" – 6:30
  5. "Aireshire Lament" – 0:52
  6. "Times Like These" – 3:02
  7. "Hard to Say" – 4:00
  8. "Empty Cages" (Fogelberg, Russ Kunkel, Norbert Putnam, Mike Utley) – 6:24
  9. "Ghosts" – 7:16

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Dan Fogelberg, Marty Lewis
  • Engineer: Marty Lewis

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 6
Singles - Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Same Old Lang Syne" Adult Contemporary 8
1980 "Same Old Lang Syne" Pop Singles 9
1981 "Hard to Say" Adult Contemporary 2
1981 "Hard to Say" Pop Singles 7
1981 "Lost In The Sun" Mainstream Rock 45
1982 "Leader of the Band" Adult Contemporary 1
1982 "Leader of the Band" Pop Singles 9
1982 "Run for the Roses" Adult Contemporary 3
1982 "Run for the Roses" Pop Singles 18

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