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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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 The single was withdrawn shortly after its release after Sadler threatened a lawsuit.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, Rovi
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Track List: Downtown Train (Radio Single)

Comments

papoose63
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
c.lenhart7
Understandin g - love the lyrics
byrdman007
Bob Seger last of the great story tellers.
Love all �� seger tunes
Who needs tomorrow!?!?
stamm_mike
Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then is one of the greatest lyric lines ever written. The guy's a genius.
One of. my very favorite. Cds, Great LIVE. music!
This dude is too much good
God bless good classic rock and roll
On the road again. I don't know what I can I save. Bob Segar he's one hell of a singer
maeflower024
ph724 don't know u but don't say ur an a**hole!!!!
Turn the Page : This is a song about a Rock Stars REAL life. If you ever want to know what your favorite music artist has to go through. Check the lyrics. This is the real life of a musician.
Turn the Page : I LOVE THIS SONG. EAST OF OMAHA BABIES. I LOVE BOB SEGER.
luckyheartz7 7
Amazing. Better live. <3<3<3
One of the most enjoyable live CDs ever!
Saw Bob Segar the first time before he was famous at a park in Bellville Michigan!
My favorite song....Ty Bob
ph724
Seeger banged my ex wife. He is a great guy. He told her the song Beautiful Loser is about a**holes like me .
Love Bob seger
Who wants to go to "Fire Lake"???? ;-)
angie011974
"Both of us lonely" let's make it last" Memories! Will always love this song.
Location of Incident is a Rock band launching a kickstarter to support them as they “take their music to the people.” Both twin brothers, Tony and Paul have worked in the music industry for over thirty years; taking a twenty year break from the music industry, they went into Law Enforcement. Check out their website http://www.l o c a t i o n o f i n c i d e n t . c o m / m u s i c / to hear the songs included in their featured album as well as their kickstarter: http://kck.s t / 1 k y m n I 7 .
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man is the Bob Seger System not the Silver Bullet Band.
I had the privilege of seeing this great man in concert. He was AMAZING. I love all of his music and sincerely believe that he is far superior to Bruce Springsteen.
whitewolf822 8 1
hey delaney, crawl in the corner with your thumb and turn on your Mickey Mouse tunes. Leave the good tunes to the adults.
luckyheartz7 7
Amazing and not forgotten <3<3<3<3
Delaney, who then is a better artist? I'm sure your dad hates the sound of your voice.
danni_burcha r d i
Hey Delamey u swallow and you don't even know what good music is and learn how to spell Voicd
Someday, you'll know better, kid. Listen to your dad.
He sucks and I'm only listening to this song because I made a deal with my dad. I hate the sound of his voicd.
cynthiablind
Had the pleasure of meeting Bob at a real estate office in Naples Florida in the 90's!! A true thrill !!!
Actually saw Seger in concert on the album - FANTASTIC
tadamoli
One of my all time favorite artists
mcurcuru
Bob Seger is Detroit's Bruce Springsteen. Solid Rock and great songwriting.
Awesome
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed by the love of your life on the
nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
However if you don't post this you will die in 2
days. Now you've started reading so don't stop.
This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's
name will come on the screen in big letters.
This is so scary because it actually works
old time rock and roll
The last stanza always gets me...it's like poetry.
Love bob seger
Great song.
steinberg43
This song is absolutely timeless...j u s t as good as the first time I heard it.
pepelui727
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band is all about rock and roll, country and good times. I love my country! Can I get a woop woop my brothers and sisters???? Great Hump Day everyone! :)
STILL ONE THE BEST
xfarmboy
I made love to my future wife in the back seat of my car listening to the Silver Bullet Band
Love this song.One of my favorite artist. :^)
martin.buini c k i
sucks
Night moves!!
sassyone1951
GREAT SONG WITH ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE GUITAR OPENINGS EVER.!!!
1422
Why are quotation symbols removed from my comments? Shitasses.
1422
Although the album went platinum and reached the Top Ten, it only appealed to Seger's devoted following. No bias in that statement, eh?
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