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on March 27, 2004
How can words convey the electricity swirling around southeast Michigan in 1975 when this lp was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit? At 12 I was still listening to AM and "bubblegum" music, but a friend let me borrow a copy of Seger's "Beautiful Loser" and I thought he was " a fox" (the lingo in those days). When the "Live Bullet" lp came out months later, both generations of my family.... parents, aunts, uncles, cousins....everybody had to hear it over and over. It helped that my cousin Debbie had tried to convince us 10 years earlier that Bobby would be a star someday and we hadn't believed her and now we were all eating humble pie (she should have made bets, she'd be rich now!) To get a sense of what playing a concert at Cobo Hall meant in those days: "Kiss Alive" was made at Cobo Hall. When Elvis came, he came to Cobo Hall (at least, before the Pontiac Stadium was built). So the idea that this kid's band that Debbie used to go see when he played at bars or at college concerts recorded an lp at Cobo must have really meant he was famous, according to my family ( I guess the fact he played with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Free John Sinclair Rally years earlier didn't faze them).
"Live Bullet" was much better than "Beautiful Loser" because Seger sings much better live. He gets a lot from a great audience. It is a give and take thing for him.
One of the unique things about this CD is that it contains some of his older stuff, which is hard to get. It also features a great drummer & back-up singer, Charlie Martin, who was in a tragic accident shortly after this show and was never able to play again. "Heavy Music", which Bob & Charlie duet in, is superb. "Lookin' Back" is another oldie-but-goodie. "Rambling Gamabling Man" was his only national hit before he made it the following year with "Night Moves" (and that was in 1968, I believe).
"Live Bullet" seemed to be the erruption of the Detroit volcano that finally ignited Bob Seger's national success, as he made a national album hit with Night Moves just months later. It was a lot of fun to witness that little bit of time while he was still just "ours" and growing to be a national star. Or maybe international....when I left for college in 1980, I bought a used record by Canadian rockers Kate & Anna McGarrigle that contained a French version they'd translated of Seger's "Someday Lady You'll Accompany Me", called <<Un bon jour tu va m'accompagner>>. Go figure!