1982 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – The Distance

The Distance is the twelfth studio album by US-American rock singer Bob Seger. It was released in the final week of 1982. 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 fell apart when Seger decided that sticking to the theme too strictly would make the album “maudlin.” 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.”

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.

Tracks

Even Now(Bob Seger) 04:33
2  Makin’ Thunderbirds (Bob Seger) 02:57
3  Boomtown Blues (Bob Seger) 03:39
Shame On The Moon(Rodney Crowell) 04:55
5  Love’s The Last To Know (Bob Seger) 04:29
Roll Me Away(Bob Seger) 09:20
7  House Behind A House (Bob Seger) 04:02
8  Comin’ Home (Bob Seger) 06:07
9  Little Victories (Bob Seger) 05:54

Musicians

1 Even Now

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDon Felder
OrganCraig Frost
PianoRoy Bittan
SaxAlto Reed
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsBob Seger


2 Makin’ Thunderbirds

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDrew Abbott
PianoCraig Frost
SaxAlto Reed
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
VocalsBob Seger


3 Boomtown Blues

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDon Felder
OrganCraig Frost
SaxAlto Reed
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsBob Seger


4 Shame On The Moon

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDrew Abbott
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganCraig Frost
PianoBill Payne
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsLaura Creamer
Background VocalsShaun Murphy
Background VocalsGlenn Frey
VocalsBob Seger


5 Love’s The Last To Know

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDavey Johnstone
OrganCraig Frost
PianoBill Payne
VocalsBob Seger


6 Roll Me Away

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganCraig Frost
PianoRoy Bittan
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
PercussionBobbye Hall
VocalsBob Seger


7 House Behind A House

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
SaxAlto Reed
Background VocalsShaun Murphy


8 Comin’ Home

BassDavid Hood
DrumsRoger Hawkins
GuitarBob Seger
GuitarPete Carr
OrganBarry Beckett
PianoBarry Beckett
SynthesizerBill Payne
SaxAlto Reed
Background VocalsGinger Blake
Background VocalsLaura Creamer
Background VocalsLinda Dillard
VocalsBob Seger


9 Little Victories

BassChris Campbell
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Guitar (solo)Bob Seger
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganCraig Frost
VocalsBob Seger

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Iovine
Producer – Bob Seger, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Track 8)
Coordinator – Janet Weber
Engineer – Shelly Yakus
Engineer (Additional) – Thom Panunzio
Engineer (Assistant) – Bobby Gerber, Charles Brewer, David Dubow, Don Smith, Hill Brin Swimmer, Michael Brooks, Stuart Furusho
Mastered By – Punch Andrews, Wally Traugott
Mixed By – Greg Edward, Jimmy Iovine, Punch Andrews, Shelly Yakus

Artwork – Bill Burks, Roy Kohara
Photography By – Tom Bert, Michael Marks

Manufactured By Capitol Records-EMI Of Canada Limited
Distributed By Capitol Records-EMI Of Canada Limited
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At Crystal Sound
Recorded At Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Mixed At Rumbo Recorders
Mastered At Capitol Mastering
Pressed By Capitol Records-EMI Of Canada Limited