Smoke from a Distant Fire/Nail Me to the Wall

Smoke from a Distant Fire/Nail Me to the Wall

by Sanford & TownsendSanford & Townsend


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064000730
catalogNumber: 400073
Rank: 4569

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
Peter Whorf   Art Direction
Sanford-Townsend Band   Arranger
Jeanne Townsend   Composer,Lyricist
Steven Stewart   Composer
John Cabalks   Art Direction
Greg Hamm   Engineer

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