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Smokin Op's [Original recording remastered]

Bob SegerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0009IW98O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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

Product Description

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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dee-troit Sound 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 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Time Rock And Roll March 21, 2003
By Brad
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OLD BOB JUST LETS GO!!! July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Start June 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
About 10 years ago, Bob Seger did have most of his early Capitol albums on CD (with the exception of Noah, Brand New Morning and the holy grail of Seger albums Back In 72 with the original version of Turn The Page), and for some reason Ramblin Gamblin Man, Mongrel and Seven as well as Smokin OPs were deleted, leaving fans who wanted the CDs try to outbid one another on EBAY.

Perhaps Bob finally got the message from his fans and did managed to re release the very popular Smokin OPs, a stunning collection of cover versions that Bob liked. It doesn't get any heavier with lead track Bo Diddley to which even on the CD version, the bass rumbles through the speakers. Hey Bob, who do you love?

Other faves include Love The One You're With, a version that is just as good if not better than Stephen Stills, and a version of If I Were A Carpenter which has to be heard to be believed. On the other side of the record, you have Let It Rock and Turn On Your Love Light which pays homage to Chuck Berry and Bobby Blue Bland. The ballads Someday and Leon Russell's Hummingbird does sound kinda out of place granted with the rock and roll on this album, and it all concludes with Heavy Music, which sounds like it was mastered off a 45. Love the bass on that.

Certainly Bob is proud of Night Moves and beyond, however the early Capitol Seger years shows that alongside Detroit superstars Iggy and the Stooges, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, MC5 and a few others, that Bob was a rocking force to be reckon with as well. This is true rock and roll, and it's great to see Smoking OPs back in print. Now Bob how about releasing the rest again? (Seven, Back In 72, etc etc)

Fun fact. Smoking OPs was recorded at a studio with a bowling alley upstairs (Pampa Lanes).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good old album of early Seger sound.
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
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Published 3 months ago by R. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Seger " Smokin O.P'.S"
This is classic Seger. A must for your collection.
The story telling will undoubtedly hit home to many
and bring back memories
Published 5 months ago by mitzie webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Seger Greatest!
This is a collection of Bob Seger doing other people's songs and he does such a great job, highly recommend
Published 8 months ago by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back fond memories
I have to admit after seeing Bob Seger in small venues, and as back up to top name bands in the late 60's early 70's, as well as our high school dance one year, I never really got... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Biggs
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy music
I'm talkin' bout...................heavy music,. ...........,...............heavy music.................., heavy music, heavy music,heavy music...music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Longhway
5.0 out of 5 stars Seger at his best
Oh could this man rock!! Worth it for his version of Bo Diddley alone, but not a single sleeper here. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Truthinblues
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Rock N Roll
Bob Seger is an awesome singer and this album was one of his best old school songlist. If you like old school rock, this is a must buy for your collection.
Published 12 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER RECEIVED THIS CD
Never got word that it was back ordered...not very professional.
This is without question, the Best cover of these songs ever done. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rett Scudder
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw, but a lot of fun
There are several interesting tracks on this album. There is not as much original material, but must of the material is good. The band is small and tight. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Seger at his best
Bob Seger made this rare album early on and it just keeps on rockin ya. I recommend if you like some true grit.
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