The Distance (Bob Seger album)

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"The Distance" is a 1983 album by Bob Seger & the Bullet Band. The hits are "Even Now, Roll Me Away and Shame on the Moon.

The Distance
Bob Seger - The Distance.jpg
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
ReleasedDecember, 1982
RecordedSummer and Fall 1982
GenreRock, country
ProducerJimmy Iovine
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Nine Tonight
The Distance
Like a Rock
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 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.

Seger, influenced by the Woody Allen film Annie Hall originally intended the album to be built around the theme of relationships but eventually that feel apart when Seger decided that sticking to the theme too strictly would make the album "maudlin."[2] Several songs based on the original theme made it on the album: the hit single "Even Now," "Love’s the Last to Know," "House Behind a House" and the album closer "Little Victories."[2]

The album's lead single, "Shame on the Moon", was one of Seger's biggest hits, holding at #2 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. 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 the 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.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

1."Even Now" 4:31
2."Makin' Thunderbirds" 2:58
3."Boomtown Blues" 3:38
4."Shame on the Moon"Rodney Crowell4:55
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" and "House Behind a House"
  • Bonnie Raitt - harmony vocals on "Makin' Thunderbirds"
  • Joan Sliwin - background vocals on "Shame on the Moon"



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.
  2. ^ a b Pond, Steve (February 3, 1983). "Bob Seger: Nice Guy in the Nasty Lane". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-10-11.