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Firefall: Greatest Hits

Firefall

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Album Review

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.

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God How I wish

God how i wish this type of music would come back and c-rap would go away!

Ouch!

The iTunes review is needlessly brutal. Comparing them to Air Supply! Not cool! Not every 70s band could be The Who or Aerosmith. Firefall occupied a solid place in the decade and this collection is nearly flawless...great production, talented musicians, memorable songs. Sure "Strange Way" is missing, but this is one of my favorite collections of a band's best stuff. Having said that, the last five songs on this recording are throwaways. First 13 are priceless!

Firefall......Greatest Hits

I had forgotten what a wonderful group of musicians and vocalists these guys were. Had they not been forced to stay on the road for so long( 5yrs.), they wouldn't have burned out and we still might be hearing some new material. Even though these songs were radio hits, they bring back many, many great memories. Yes, there were some very good songs that didn't make the CD, but it's the "number crunchers" that make the choices, not the musicians or fans. Overall, if you are a fan or just an innocent bystander, you'll enjoy this disc immensely.

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Boulder, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The mellow, easy country-rock sounds of Firefall, coupled with the group's penchant for pop melodies and high-pitched harmonies, produced a series of successful LPs in the late '70s and a series of chart singles, including the Top Ten hit "You Are the Woman." The group was formed by former Flying Burrito Brother Rick Roberts, who handled vocals, guitar, and most of the songwriting duties; he was joined by fellow ex-Burrito and Byrd Michael Clarke on drums, ex-Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne bassist Mark Andes,...
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