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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0009IW98O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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1. Bo Diddley
2. Love The One You're With
3. If I Were A Carpenter
4. Hummin' Bird
5. Let It Rock
6. Turn On Your Light
7. Jesse James
8. Someday
9. Heavy Music

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Capitol Records is responding to requests from the Detroit rocker's online fan community for reissues of Seger's more obscure works by releasing a newly remastered version of his 1972 release, Smokin' O.P.'s. 2005.

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A much requested official CD reissue for an album that was difficult to locate even when it was out on vinyl in 1972, Smokin' O.P.'s finds Bob Seger covering "other people's" favorites, including a few of his own. Accompanied by a tough three piece band with Skip Van Winkle's churning organ often more prominent than guitar, Seger sizzles through a short but intense 35 minute set of nine tunes. Even when reinterpreting warhorses such as "Bo Diddley," "Turn on Your Lovelight" and "Let it Rock," the band charges through with such a crisp, no-nonsense attack. These versions sound fresh, if not quite new, upon this album's remastered reissue in 2005, 33 years after it was recorded. The feeling is that these tunes were already crowd favorites, so the recording has a live electricity to it, only enhanced by subsequent years of slicker music from Seger. The slow burn rearrangement of the once folksy "If I Were a Carpenter" captures the singer at his most vibrant, mixing sensitivity with leathery, roiling rock that explodes into a throbbing crescendo, all in about 3 ½ minutes. The mood only eases up for Leon Russell's "Hummin' Bird" and Seger's one new composition "Someday," a "Turn the Page" styled piano ballad with strings. It is "Heavy Music" in the best sense. The album remains a potent example of Bob Seger at his most raw, when he was young and hungry and sounded it. --Hal Horowitz

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It is every bit as good.
Crabby Apple Mick Lee
A great album that I just never get tired of- I always wish it was just a little longer every time I get done listening to it.
Jeremiah McManus
My favorite Bob Seger recording.
Carl Otto Hallbauer

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on June 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Detroit music in the 1960's and early 1970's was more than just Motown. The area also produced cult favorites and proto-heavy rockers like The Stooges and the MC5. Unless you're from Detroit, however, you may be unaware that Detroiter Bob Seger released a series of albums before he arrived on the national stage in the mid-1970's with break-out hits such as 'Night Moves" and 'Beautiful Loser'. In fact, for quite a few years, both Seger and his fans bemoaned the lack of national attention his work received. Looking back on some of his work reveals why his local fans were perplexed at his delayed ascent, and also why a national audience eluded Seger.

'Smokin' O.P.'s' (meaning smoking other people's... in this case other people's hits rather than cigarettes, although the front insert is a wonderfully simplistic play on a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes) is a great collection of cover songs. In his early incarnations Seger sounded much more like the sharp-edged J. Geils Band (who first gained acclaim with their 'Full House' LP, recorded at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit) than the more middle-of-the-road rocker he became in the mid-'70's. 'Smokin' O.P.'s' was Bob's fifth album, released in 1972, and for the most part was a collection of excellent cover songs. Most are standard hard-rock offerings (the sound that went down best in local Detroit venues) including an impressive opening trio of Ellis McDaniel's 'Bo Diddley/Who Do You Love', Stephen Stills' 'Love the One You're With', and Tim Hardin's 'If I Were a Carpenter'.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brad on March 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I used to see Bob Seger at several venues back in Michigan around 1969 and later. I truely enjoyed him then as well as now.
The version of Bo-Diddley on here is the best I have heard. Bob Seger never sang a song without pure unadulterated passion and this CD is no exception. This CD is full of old hits, I bought my copy at a used CD store in Oak Ridge Tn and drove home with the windows down and thinking I was young again.
Bo Diddley, If I was a Carpenter, Heavy Music and Turn on your love light will turn on some old memories for sure.
Bob Seger. The raw edge of old time rock and roll.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Love on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album as all the reviewers have already said. There is not much I can add to what they have said, except that no one seems to remember that this CD and 3 others have been released before. They are Mongrel, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, Seven, and Smokin' O.P's. They were out in '92 or '93. They went out of print pretty fast. I have these and the new version of S.O.P.'s. It definetly sounds better with the new remastering. "Back in '72" was listed in Ice Magazine for release on 8-16-05 but it didn't happen. Must have been pushed back. That album has never been released on CD, so it will be a welcome addition to my collection. Hopefully, the powers-that-be will see fit to re-release the others with the new remastered sound which is superior to the first go rounds. Also, I vaguely remember seeing "Noah" on vinyl years ago, but I don't recall much about it. I was really looking forward to the "Back in '72" CD. I found a good copy of it on vinyl a few months ago and transferred it to my computer which sounds o.k. My favorite is "Rosalie" which Thin Lizzy covered much to the original way Bob did it. ....Heavy Music, Indeed!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Crabby Apple Mick Lee on July 27, 2005
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A few years before Bob's truly "breakout" albums (BEAUTIFUL LOSER, LIVE BULLET, AND NIGHT MOVES), he toured heavily and turned out several obscure records. In spite of being ignored by the masses, these "lost" albums formed the solid rock on which Seger's concert shows were built on. SMOKIN' O.P.S is a great album that shows everyone these days what all the excitement was all about.

Here Seger took mostly hits for others and put them to the Silver Bullet. The hot whiskey buzz swings right off the bat with "Bo Diddley". "Bo Diddley" had been a minor entry in the Rock Catalogue; but Seger's treatment breathes high octane life into the old standard. Segar sings his butt off with energy and gusto and the solo guitarist pours fire from his steel strings. "Love the One You've With" intertwines the spirit of James Brown into Stills' Latin flavored/California hymn to "free love" (which legend has it Stills practiced with impunity.).

"If I Were a Carpenter" is Tim Hardin's claim to immortality and has been covered by everyone from Bobby Darin to Johnny Cash. It is such a great song that nearly all performances and recordings are a least "good" to "very good" (Cash's version has a special place in my heart). The temptation for someone like Seger is to turn down the energy and get all soft and sensitive. Instead, Seger flat out rocks this old chestnut and breathes dynamic power into each verse. Excellent. Deserves far more exposure than it has received.

Unfortunately, Seger did not pour his locomotive force in Leon Russel's "Hummin' Bird". In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit I have always been under whelmed by the song.
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