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Long overdue anthology of one of rock and roll's hardest working performers.
on 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!