Smoke from a Distant Fire/Nail Me to the Wall

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Real Gone's 2012 two-fer pairs Sanford & Townsend's breakthrough 1977 debut Smoke from a Distant Fire with Nail Me to the Wall, their 1979 swansong. Their sophomore set, Duo-Glide, is skipped over, possibly because that 1977 LP saw a CD reissue in 2005, and Nail Me to the Wall had never seen the light of day prior to this. If you didn't look at the details, either in the liner notes or some other discography, it'd be easy to think these records followed each other; they're cut from the same shimmering polyester cloth, exemplary totems of breezy SoCal soft rock. Smoke from a Distant Fire is the hit thanks to the groovy, swinging title track, about as perfect ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Real Gone's 2012 two-fer pairs Sanford & Townsend's breakthrough 1977 debut Smoke from a Distant Fire with Nail Me to the Wall, their 1979 swansong. Their sophomore set, Duo-Glide, is skipped over, possibly because that 1977 LP saw a CD reissue in 2005, and Nail Me to the Wall had never seen the light of day prior to this. If you didn't look at the details, either in the liner notes or some other discography, it'd be easy to think these records followed each other; they're cut from the same shimmering polyester cloth, exemplary totems of breezy SoCal soft rock. Smoke from a Distant Fire is the hit thanks to the groovy, swinging title track, about as perfect an illustration of the aural appeal of Yacht Rock that can be imagined, but even that doesn't quite illustrate the goofiness at the core of Sanford & Townsend. After all, the second song on Smoke from a Distant Fire is called "Moolah Moo Mazuma (Sin City Wahoo)" and the first on Nail Me to the Wall is "Gopher Broke," and that only hints at how comfortable with silliness this duo is. This is especially true on the debut, which swings in its slickness and has exultations about ants in the pants, but Nail Me has a similar leisure-suited giddiness tempered by just a touch more studio slickness, enough to make the duo sound like a Doobie Brothers that consciously avoid soul and blues. Nothing here sticks in the mind like "Smoke from a Distant Fire" -- nothing has the hook or the groove -- but the satin and polyester surfaces gleam alluringly, and both albums are sterling examples of the breezy SoCal pop of the late '70s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000730
  • Catalog Number: 400073
  • Sales rank: 44,530

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sanford & Townsend Primary Artist
Kenny Loggins Vocals
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Jon Clarke Woodwind
Otis Hale Guitar, Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
George Hawkins Background Vocals
Roger Johnson Guitar, Soloist
Jerry Rightmer Bass, Guitar
Tom Roady Percussion
Ed Sanford Keyboards, Vocals
Billy Townsend Background Vocals
John Townsend Keyboards, Vocals
Jim Varley Drums
Tex Wex Basso Profundo
Chris Meyers Drums
Technical Credits
Kenny Loggins Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Barry Beckett Arranger
Jon Clarke Arranger
Otis Hale Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Masters Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Ed Sanford Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Bobby Thomas Engineer
John Townsend Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Jerry Wexler Arranger
Gene Sculatti Liner Notes
Chris Bellman Mastering
Peter Whorf Art Direction
Jose Rodriquez Mastering
The Sanford-Townsend Band Arranger
Jeanne Townsend Composer, Lyricist
Steven Stewart Composer
John Cabalks Art Direction
Greg Hamm Engineer
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