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Firefall - Greatest Hits


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  • Firefall: John Sambataro (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Larry Burnett, Rick Roberts, Jock Bartley, Mark Olinger (vocals, guitar); Mark Andes, Bill Hopkins, Chuck Kirkpatrick, Greg Overton, George Hawkins (vocals, bass); Scott Kirkpatrick (vocals, drums, percussion); David Muse, Daniel Clawson (flute, saxophone, harmonica, keyboards); Tris Imboden (drums, percussion);
  • Mike Clarke, Sandy Ficca (drums).
  • Additional personnel: Stephen Stills (vocals, guitar;, David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Ken Faulk (trumpet); Paul Harris (electric piano); Alain Salvati, Bill Payne (keyboards); Pal Crosta, Richie Goldman, Arnold Paseiro (bass); Jim Keltner (drums); Joe Galdo (drums, percussion); Nelson Miguel, Padron, Steve Forman, Alan Estes, Joe Lala (percussion); Lisa Nemzo, Timothy B. Schmidt (background vocals).
  • Producers include: Jim Mason, Tom Dowd, Ron Albert, Howard Albert, Kyle Lehning.
  • Engineers include: Karl Richardson, Alex Kasanagras, Eric Prestridge.
  • Includes liner notes by Stephen K. Peeples.
  • Personnel: Jock Bartley (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar); Mark Oblinger (vocals, guitar, background vocals); John Sambataro (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards); Rick Roberts , Larry Burnett (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Chuck Kirkpatrick (vocals, electric guitar); Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick (vocals, drums, percussion, background vocals); Timothy B. Schmit (vocals, background vocals); Bob Gaffney, Lisa Nemzo, Bill Hopkins , George Hawkins, Greg Overton, Kim Stone, Mark Andes, Stephen Stills (vocals); Daniel Evans Clawson, David Muse (flute, harmonica, saxophone, keyboards); Steve Hadjoupolos (flute, saxophone, keyboards); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Kenneth Faulk (trumpet); Paul "Blind Man" Harris, Paul Harris (electric piano); Bill Payne, Billy Payne (organ); Alain Salvatik (keyboards); Kip Kuepper (electric bass); Tris Imboden (drums, percussion); Joe Galdo (drums, drum programming); Sandy Ficca, Jim Keltner, Michael Clarke (drums); Alan Estes, Joe Lala, Steve Forman (percussion).
  • Audio Remasterers: Ken Perry; Bill Inglot.
  • Liner Note Author: Stephen K. Peeples.
  • Recording information: Cherokee REcording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Coupe Studios, Boulder, CO; Criteria Studio A, Miami, FL; Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Davlen Sound Studios, L.A; Groundstar Studios, Nashville, TN; Haji Sound, L.A; Lee Hazen's Studio By The Pond, Hendersonville, TN; Northstar Studios, Boulder, CO; The Pasha Music House, Hollywood, CA; The Record Plant, L.A.
  • Photographers: David Gahr; Andy Katz.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Joe Galdo.
  • 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. ~ Mike DeGagne
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