Classic album – DISTANCE ‘Under The One Sky’

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DISTANCE ‘Under The One Sky’ Reprise Records (1989)

The Distance were a natural successor to the Powerstation who featured legendary producer Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson and replacing Robert Palmer was Robert Hart. Musically this has some great funk rock numbers such as ‘Give It Up’, neat AOR rock like ‘Speech Of Angels’ but it is the ballads that really make this album special. ‘As You Turn Away’ with Robert Hart’s impassioned vocal and Eddie Martinez’s stunning guitar solo – superb stuff! The title track again highlights Hart’s emotive vocals with a sexy funk vibe rumbling under the music. Damn shame another album never materialized and you can get this CD quite cheaply on Amazon and Play.

Where are they now?

Vocalist Robert Hart joined Bad Company for a couple of albums in the mid/late 90’s, along with releasing a very good solo album. More recently he has joined the Jones Gang featuring ex-Faces drummer Kenny Jones and is back in Bad Company again! Sadly Tony Thomson (who drummed for Led Zeppelin at Live Aid) and Bernard Edwards are no longer with us. Eddie Martinez has released some jazz influenced solo albums and more session work and Jeff Bova has appeared on albums by Tina Arena, Billy Joel, Dave Lee Roth and Celine Dion!

Track list:

01 No way out

02 Leave it up to you

03 Speech of angels

04 As you turn away

05 Give it up

06 Under the one sky

07 Rescue me

08 Looking over your shoulder

09 Everytime I stand up

10 Softly speak

11 Stand up

Band:

Bernard Edwards (CHIC/THE POWERSTATION) bass

Tony Thompson (CHIC/THE POWERSTATION) drums

Robert Hart lead vocals

Eddie Martinez (MEATLOAF) guitar

Jeff Bova (MEATLOAF) keyboards

2 Responses to “Classic album – DISTANCE ‘Under The One Sky’”

  1. Hi

    Just googled this album, and saw your page. Great – love it. Please don’t mind me mentioning though, (I’m sure it is probably a typo) it should read Jones Gang (not James Gang – although there once was a James Gang). Robbie is also no longer a member of this band, he will actually appear as Robert Hart’s X-Bad Company this Saturday in Sutton In Ashfield, Diamond Club and the following Saturday in Blakney, Norfolk. (Bucket on guitar, Harry James from Thunder/Magnum etc on drums, and now with Pat Davey – ex Tom Robinson on bass). Robbie, as always first class. Tried to get him to do some Distance stuff as I love it, but there we go…. rock n roll history

  2. Thanks for the correction 🙂

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