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Bob Seger

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Originally a hard-driving rocker in the vein of fellow Michigan garage rockers the Rationals and Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger developed into one of the most popular heartland rockers over the course of the '70s. Combining the driving charge of Ryder's Detroit Wheels with Stonesy garage rock and devotion to hard-edged soul and R&B, he crafted a distinctively American sound. While he never attained the critical respect of his contemporary Bruce Springsteen, Seger did develop a dedicated following through constant touring with his Silver Bullet Band. Following several years of missed chances and lost opportunities, Seger finally achieved a national audience in 1976 with the back-to-back release of Live Bullet and Night Moves. After the platinum success of those albums, Seger retained his popularity for the next two decades, releasing seven Top Ten, platinum-selling albums in a row.

Seger began playing music in 1961 as the leader of the Detroit-based trio the Decibels; his future manager, Eddie "Punch" Andrews was also a member of the band. Moving to Ann Arbor, he played with the Town Criers before he became the keyboardist and vocalist for Doug Brown & the Omens. Billing themselves as the Beach Bums, the band released "The Ballad of the Yellow Beret," a parody of the Sgt. Barry Sadler song "The Ballad of the Green Beret." The single was withdrawn shortly after its release after Sadler threatened a lawsuit. In 1966, Seger released his first solo single, "East Side Story," which became a regional hit. Several other local hit singles followed on Cameo Records, including "Persecution Smith" and "Heavy Music," before his label folded. In 1968, he formed the Bob Seger System and signed with Capitol Records, releasing his debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, in the spring of that year. The title track became a national hit, climbing to number 17, but the group's follow-up, Noah, stiffed and Seger decided to quit the music business at the end of 1969 to attend college.

By the end of the summer, Seger had returned to rock & roll with a new backing band, releasing Mongrel at the end of the year. For 1971's Brand New Morning, he disbanded his group and recorded a singer/songwriter effort. Following its release, he began performing with the duo Dave Teegarden and Skip "Van Winkle" Knape, and the duo provided support on 1972's Smokin' O.P.'s, which was the first release on Palladium Records, a label he formed with Andrews. The album failed to sell, as did Back in '72 (1973) and Seven (1974), and he moved back to Capitol Records for 1975's Beautiful Loser. For the recording of Beautiful Loser, Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band, which consisted of guitarist Drew Abbott, bassist Chris Campbell, keyboardist Robyn Robbins, saxophonist Alto Reed, and drummer Charlie Allen Martin. Seger supported Beautiful Loser with an extensive tour with the Silver Bullet Band, and while it didn't make the album a hit, it provided a widespread grassroots following across the country. The touring paid off in 1976, when Live Bullet, a double album recorded in Detroit, became a hit, spending over three years on the U.S. charts and going gold; the album would eventually go quadruple platinum.

The groundswell behind Live Bullet sent Seger's next studio album, Night Moves (1976), into the Top Ten early in 1977. Night Moves became a blockbuster, generating the hit singles "Night Moves," "Mainstreet," and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets." Stranger in Town, released in the summer 1978, was just as successful, featuring the hits "Still the Same," "Hollywood Nights," "We've Got Tonite," and "Old Time Rock & Roll." Stranger in Town confirming his status as one America's most popular rockers. Seger's next album, 1980's Against the Wind, became his first number one album and all of its big hits -- "Fire Lake," "Against the Wind," "You'll Accomp'ny Me" -- were ballads. The live album Nine Tonight continued his multi-platinum success in 1981, selling three million copies and peaking at number three.

Seger returned with The Distance in 1982. The Distance was the first album since Seven to be recorded with the addition of session musicians, which caused guitarist Abbott to quit the band in frustration. Over the course of the next decade, the membership of the Silver Bullet Band shifted constantly. While The Distance featured "Shame on the Moon," his biggest hit single to date, its sales plateaued at a million copies, suggesting that his popularity was beginning to level off. Seger also began to drastically reduce his recording and touring schedules -- he only released one other album, 1986's Like a Rock, during the '80s. Like a Rock and its supporting tour were both successes, paving the way for "Shakedown," a song taken from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II, to become Seger's lone number one hit in 1987. Four years after its release, he returned with The Fire Inside. Although the album went platinum and reached the Top Ten, it only appealed to Seger's devoted following, as did 1995's It's a Mystery, which became his first album since Live Bullet to fail to go platinum, leveling off at gold status. In 2006, after an 11-year hiatus, Seger released Face the Promise

-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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1968Ramblin� Gamblin� Man
1971Brand New Morning
1972Smokin� O. P.�s
1973Back In �72
1975Beautiful Loser
1976Live Bullet
1976Night Moves
1978Stranger In Town
1980Against The Wind
1981Nine Tonight
1982The Distance
1986Like A Rock
1991The Fire Inside
1995It�s A Mystery
2006Face The Promise


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1968 Ramblin� Gamblin� Man

01. Ramblin� Gamblin� Man
02. Tales Of Lucy Blue
03. Ivory
04. Gone
05. Down Home
06. Train Man
07. White Wall
08. Black Eyed Girl
09. 2 + 2 = ?
10. Doctor Fine
11. The Last Song(love needs to be loved)

1969 Noah

01. Noah
02. Innervenus Eyes
03. Lonely Man
04. Loneliness Is A Feeling
05. Cat
06. Jimpin� Humpin� Hip Hipocrite
07. Follow The Children
08. Lennie Johnson
09. Paint Them A Picture Jane
10. Death Row

1970 Mongrel

01. Song To Rufus
02. Evil Edna
03. Highway Child
04. Big River
05. Mongrel
06. Lucifer
07. Teachin� Blues
08. Leanin� On My Dream
09. Mongrel Too
10. River Deep, Mountain High


1971 Brand New Morning

01. Brand New Morning
02. Maybe Today
03. Sometimes
04. You Know Who You Are
05. Railroad Days
06. Louise
07. Song For Him
08. Something Like

1972 Smokin� O. P.�s

01. Bo Diddley
02. Love The One You�re With
03. If I Were A Carpenter
04. Hummin� Bird
05. Let It Rock
06. Turn On Your Love Light
07. Jesse James
08. Someday
09. Heavy Music

1973 Back In '72

01. Midnight Rider
02. So I Wrote You A Song
03. Stealer
04. Rosalie
05. Turn The Page
06. Back In �72
07. Neon Sky
08. I�ve Been Working
09. I�ve Got Time

1974 Seven

01. Get Out Of Denver
02. Long Song Comin�
03. Need Ya
04. School Teacher
05. Cross Of Gold
06. U. M. C. (upper middle class)
07. Seen A Lot of Floors
08. 20 Years From Now
09. All Your Love


1975 Beautiful Loser

01. Beautiful Loser
02. Black Night
03. Katmandu
04. Jody Girl
05. Travelin� Man
06. Momma
07. Nutbush City Limits
08. Sailing Nights
09. Fine Memory

1976 Live Bullet

01. Nutbush City Limits
02. Travelin� Man
03. Beautiful Loser
04. Jody Girl
05. I�ve Been Working
06. Turn The Page
07. U. M. C. (upper middle class)
08. Bo Diddley
09. Ramblin� Gamblin� Man
10. Heavy Music
11. Katmandu
12. Lookin� Back
13. Get Out Of Denver
14. Let It Rock

1976 Night Moves

01. Rock And Roll Never Forgets
02. Night Moves
03. The Fire Down Below
04. Sunburst
05. Sunspot Baby
06. Main Street
07. Come To Poppa
08. Ship Of Fools
09. Mary Lou

1978 Stranger In Town

01. Hollywood Nights
02. Still The Same 03. Old Time Rock & Roll
04. Till It Shines
05. Feel Like A Number
06. Ain�t Got No Money
07. We�ve Got Tonight
08. Brave Strangers
09. The Famous Final Scene


1980 Against The Wind

01. The Horizontal Bop
02. You�ll Accomp�ny Me
03. Her Strut
04. No Man�s Land
05. Long Twin Silver Line
06. Against The Wind
07. Good For Me
08. Betty Lou�s Getting Out Tonight
09. Fire Lake
10. Shining Brightly

1981 Nine Tonight

01. Nine Tonight
02. Trying To Live My Life Without You
03. You�ll Accomp�ny Me
04. Hollywood Nights
05. Old Time Rock & Roll
06. Main Street
07. Against The Wind
08. The Fire Down Below
09. Her Strut
10. Feel Like A Number
11. Fire Lake
12. Betty Lou�s Getting Out Tonight
13. We�ve Got Tonight
14. Night Moves
15. Rock & Roll Never Forgets
16. Let It Rock

1982 The Distance

01. Even Now
02. Makin� Thunderbirds
03. Boomtown Blues
04. Shame On The Moon
05. Love�s The Last To Know
06. Roll Me Away
07. House Behind A House
08. Comin� Home
09. Little Victories

1986 Like A Rock

01. American Storm
02. Like A Rock
03. Miami
04. The Ring
05. Tightrope
06. The Aftermath
07. Sometimes
08. It�s You
09. Somewhere Tonight
10. Fortunate Son


1991 The Fire Inside

01. Take A Chance
02. The Real Love
03. Sightseeing
04. Real At The Time
05. Always In My Heart
06. The Fire Inside
07. New Coat Of Paint
08. Which Way
09. The Mountain
10. The Long Way Home
11. Blind Love
12. She Can�t Do Anything Wrong

1995 It�s A Mystery

01. Rite Of Passage
02. Lock And Load
03. By The River
04. Manhattan
05. I Wonder
06. It�s A Mystery
07. Revisionism Street
08. Golden Boy
09. I Can�t Save You Angelene
10. 16 Shells From A 30-6
11. West Of The Moon
12. Hands In The Air

2006 Face The Promise

01. Wreck This Heart
02. Wait For Me
03. Face The Promise
04. No Matter Who You Are
05. Are You
06. Simplicity
07. No More
08. Real Mean Bottle
09. Won�t Stop
10. Between
11. The Answer�s In The Question
12. The Long Goodbye

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