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TOP 500 REVIEWERon November 21, 2011
He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. During the ten year period between 1977 and 1986 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band amassed an impressive total of 6 consecutive Top Ten albums while at the same time placing a string of 16 singles in the Billboard Top 40. All the while Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band were packing 'em in in arenas all over America. I always thought it extremely peculiar that his record label of more than three decades Capitol Records had never seen fit to issue a true anthology of his biggest hits and most popular recordings. At long last Capitol has corrected this oversight with the impressive two disc collection "Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock & Roll Never Forgets". It seems to me that it was definitely worth the wait.

To begin with you will find each and every of of Bob Seger's seven Top Ten tunes in this collection including "Night Moves" the song that made him a star back in 1976. Also included are memorable hits like "Still The Same", "Shame On The Moon", "Against The Wind" and 1987's "Shakedown" from the motion picture "Beverly Hills Cop II" starring Eddie Murphy. That song was both an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee for "Best Original Song" that year. Now oddly enough the most popular Bob Seger song of all-time was not one of his biggest-selling singles. "Old Time Rock & Roll" was initially released in April, 1979 and made its way to #28 on Billboard's Top Pop Singles chart. A few years later in 1983 Capitol re-released the single when it was featured in the Tom Cruise film "Risky Business". This time out it only made it to #48 on the charts. But "Old Time Rock & Roll" spoke to people across the generations and went on to become "the most played song ever by a male artist" and ranks #2 on the list of "Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time". Pretty impressive for the man from Dearborn, Michigan. And of course you will find that one in this collection as well. I was also extremely pleased to say that Bob Seger's raucous 1968 debut single for Capitol "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" was also included in this set. If you have never heard that one you are in for a real treat!

But make no mistake about it. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band were much more than just a singles band. They sold tens of millions of albums for Capitol and in the heyday of "live" concerts in major arenas were consistantly one of the biggest draws in the country. "Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock & Roll Never Forgets" Includes many of those fabulous album and concert favorites. Enjoy once again terrific tunes like "Her Strut", "Rock and Roll Never Forgets", "Turn The Page" and "Katmandu". There is also a "live" version of "Beautiful Loser" which just might be my favorite Seger song of all-time. Toss in some more of those great singles like "We've Got Tonight", "Hollywood Nights" and "Like A Rock" and what you wind up with is a pretty darn impressive 26 track collection that you are sure to enjoy for years to come.

Passionate Seger fans might quibble about one or two of the track selections. Personally, I would have liked to have seen the rockin' "C'est La Vie" from the original 1994 "Greatest Hits" album make the cut but it did not. Perhaps one or two of your favorites are missing as well. But on balance I thought the track selection for this anthology was outstanding. All of the songs on "Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock & Roll Never Forgets" have been lovingly remastered for your listening enjoyment. In addition, the folks at Capitol have included a handsome 24 page booklet featuring photos, press clips and all of the lyrics to boot. At long last Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger has a collection worthy of his considerable contributions to the American music scene. This is both well deserved and long overdue. "Bob Seger: Ultimate Hits -- Rock & Roll Never Forgets" would make a great gift for that baby boomer in your life. Very highly recommended!
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on November 21, 2011
For some odd reason, the catalog of Bob Seger (BS) was more or less limited to his greatest hits compilation from the early 90s, taking advantage of people buying anew music they had on record LPs in the more recent CD format. Like other incomplete compilations from that period, e.g. Journey's Greatest Hits, it sold many million copies simply because those were the only sensible releases for people to buy (unlike Bob Seger, Journey's catalog was available but most people simply went for the Greatest Hits package).

A few glaring omissions in the previous BS compilation included Fire Lake, Rock and Roll Never Forgets, Katmandu, Shame on the Moon and his biggest hit, Shakedown (he said he hated it at that time). BS selected those tracks himself, not always the perfect judge on what the rest of the world considered his best moments. These omitted tracks are all here. Almost half, 12 tracks split evenly between his 3 biggest albums (Night Moves, Stanger in Town & Against the Wind), cover the 26 tracks in total. The rest is mostly radio and fan favorites. What you have here is thus a rather complete BS collection.

There are still a few, albeit minor hits missing, such as Even Now, The Real Love and American Storm. Also, his post 80s work is practically non-existent. Since there is plenty of space left on each CD, one could ask for a little more. I, however, don't mind that much (The Real Love the main exception, it is a great song), with the length of 2 sides of an LP just about the right length in one listening session of BS for me.

I recommend paying a few extra $ (actually when this is written, maybe just a dollar or two) for this set as opposed to the single CD version since this one is way more complete track wise. The old version also had terrible acoustics (maybe an indication of the sloppiness of that compilation)with a flat bright feel , something that has been smoothed on this version. This is, finally, the decent Seger compilation.
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on April 21, 2014
If you don't know who Bob Seger can't know what good old rock-n-roll is. This is one of my all time favorites.. I had it in 8 track, cassette and of course CD. Everyone between the ages of 15 and 70 will start to chair dance to at least one song on this CD.
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on July 23, 2014
Posting reviews for others (RE: Amazon) to make money off of sucks. They expect my pithy retorts to make others plop down their hard earned $$$$ and give me nothing in return for my time spent writing ---- well, almost nothing --- You give me your thumbs up saying "Yeah, Your opinion matters". I feel so warm and fuzzy inside now knowing that You've clicked your approval at me.

If you like the artist, just buy the album.... who ever bothers reading these dumb self-promoting, badly spelled, and grammatically incorrect reviews anyway? (Unless maybe it's to groan at how bad our English has become with the younger crowd.)

It's music. Either you like, love it, or hate it. My tastes aren't your tastes... and if you're really here trying to decide whether spending $5 to buy songs you already know by heart anyway... then you're simply wasting your time. Just buy it and enjoy what you've gained.

SImple as that.
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VINE VOICEon December 18, 2011
ULTIMATE HITS: ROCK & ROLL NEVER FORGETS is the encapsulation of where Bob Seger has been, where he is now, and where he may be going musically.The songs range in vintage from the original 1969 version of "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" to his 2011 version of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train." There are some hits, such as "Even Now", missing, but we couldn't expect EVERY hit from a man who's had so many, especially when there were so many great album tracks to choose as well. This set belongs in ANY serious music collection.
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on April 2, 2014
For anyone who is a Bob Seger fan, this is the definitive album for all of his best songs. For those not familiar with him but like old time rock n roll this is the one to have. I couldn't help but sing along and at times felt compelled to dance as well. This is a happy, upbeat album that takes the listener back to high school days regardless of how old or young to sock hops, dancing in the gym and just having fun (something that we have forgotten to take the time to do). There are no hidden messages, no political agendas or thought provoking lyrics. There is just good old fashioned rock music.
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on December 15, 2014
A GREAT collection of summer evening rock music! These are some of Seger's best classics, great listening anywhere or anytime...I roll them out often and just enjoy an hour of listening pleasure. Excellent support during pool shooting, playing golf, or cruising the interstate home from a day at the beach.
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on January 2, 2014
I never realized just how much of a Bob Seeger fan I was until I listened to this CD. I knew all of his music, but I guess I took it for granted until hearing it all in one compilation.
Many hits CD compilations seem to leave out some of the artists best known music or biggest hits but this, truely is worthy of the title Utimate Hits. It contains all of the Bob Seeger hits in one CD. Even if you are not a Seeger fan, chances are you know most of these songs and wil find your self singing along with them
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on November 29, 2013
Bob Seger takes us on back to the 1970's and on into our heartland.

I love creating playlists that are wonderful for diverse groups of people. "Ultimate Hits" is right on as far as getting what is advertised. This collection is long and a great mix from over the years with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

"Little Drummer Boy, Travelin' Man (Live) and an almost 6 minutes of Like a Rock."
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on September 24, 2015
I went to see Bob back in march and i realized there were a couple songs of his that i didn't have yet. So i found this set to fill that bill. I had the Greatest Hits put out in '96. This set has 2 discs and i couldn't be happier to now have "Shame on the Moon", "Fire Lake", "Shakedown", "Ramblin' Man" and a few others i didn't have yet. I'm in awe that Bob still sounds as good now as he did back then. He's one of my most favorite artists to see in concert and seems like he's still enjoying the music many decades later. Thanks to Amazon for carrying this amazing set.
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