Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Firefall
     
 

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Sharing a light, lush airiness with bands like Poco, America, and Air Supply, Firefall sang fluffy love songs that were weak in lyrical nutrients but abundant with softened chords and harmonies. When radio was saturated with light rock in the mid- to late-'70s, they

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Sharing a light, lush airiness with bands like Poco, America, and Air Supply, Firefall sang fluffy love songs that were weak in lyrical nutrients but abundant with softened chords and harmonies. When radio was saturated with light rock in the mid- to late-'70s, they were right in the heart of it, reaching number nine on Billboard's Top 40 with the gentle "You Are the Woman," which remained on the charts for a startling 15 weeks. Firefall's greatest hits collects all of their mellow rock favorites in one place, presenting some thin but not unlistenable soft rock tunes. Lead singer Rick Roberts pours his heart out but still manages to stir up a decent tempo with "Just Remember I Love You," their second biggest single. The blue of the Colorado skyline, the band's home state, is visioned on the soothing flow of "Break of Dawn," and a slight attractiveness is felt throughout "Strange Way," another chart single in 1978. Roberts, who replaced Gram Parsons in the Flying Burrito Brothers, and drummer Michael Clarke, a onetime Byrds member, did give Firefall a talented history within its lineup, but the music being produced contained ample amounts of schlock that soon faded as radio became tired of this shallow drivel. Sometimes harboring a country feel a la Michael Martin Murphy best heard in songs like "Someday Soon" and "It Doesn't Matter," it was evident that the band had only one direction, which was that of a folk-rock sound. Since their material never strayed from this subtle easiness, Firefall's greatest hits is their most worthwhile offering.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1992
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227105525
catalogNumber:
71055
Rank:
2196

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Performance Credits

Firefall   Primary Artist
Steve Stills   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Rick Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Mark Andes   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Jock Bartley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Larry Burnett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Clarke   Drums,Group Member
Paul Crosta   Bass
Dennis Dreith   Conductor
Alan Estes   Percussion
Kenneth Faulk   Trumpet
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Forman   Percussion
Joe Galdo   Drums
Richie Goldman   Bass
Paul Harris   Electric Piano
George Hawkins   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Tris Imboden   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Kip Kuepper   Electric Bass
Joe Lala   Percussion
Mike Lewis   Conductor
David Muse   Flute,Harmonica,Keyboards,Saxophone,Group Member
Mark Oblinger   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Overton   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Arnold Paseiro   Bass
Bill Payne   Organ
Alain Salvatik   Keyboards
John Sambataro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Timothy B. Schmit   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kim Stone   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Evans Clawson   Flute,Harmonica,Keyboards,Saxophone
Sandy Ficca   Drums,Group Member
Bob Gaffney   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Hadjoupolos   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Group Member
Bill Hopkins   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Lisa Nemzo   Vocals
Paul "Blind Man" Harris   Electric Piano
Billy Payne   Organ
Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Rick Roberts   Composer
Howard Albert   Producer
Ron Albert   Producer,Engineer
Jock Bartley   Producer
David Bianco   Engineer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Dennis Dreith   String Arrangements
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Engineer
Joe Galdo   Contributor,drum programming
Don Gehman   Engineer
Alex Kazanegras   Engineer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,Engineer
Mike Lewis   String Arrangements
Jim Mason   Producer
Eric Prestidge   Engineer
Karl Richardson   Engineer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Duane Scott   Engineer
Michael Stone   Engineer
Stephen K. Peeples   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Ed Kaufman   Engineer
Allen Jacobi   Executive Producer

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Greatest Hits 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good collection of Firefall's best songs from the mid 1970's. The first half of this greatest hits CD contains most of their best from the first two albums/CD's, when this group had its best vibrant energy and enthusiasm. The sincere singing of Rick Roberts and the competent back-up musicians in the band were a truley creative force. The result was several soft rock/country/jazz influenced songs that were very enjoyable to listen to. Considering the first half and the last song on this greastest hits work, it is definitely a good choice to purchase this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this Greatest Hits collection. Firefall was a talented band. Rick Roberts had been a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Michael Clarke had been in The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Jock Bartley played guitar for Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels during their 1973 tour. Like I said, Firefall was a talented band. This collection features some of their best material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago