Smokin' O.P.'s Original recording remastered
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'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'.Read more ›
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.
Seger and company pump up "Bo Diddley" with funky guitar tones and licks, stirring tambourine, and pulsing Hammond organ tones. More funk-style guitar dominates "Love the One Your With". This is one of the most soulful and emotionally charged versions I've heard of this song. The tuneful female vocals blend well with Seger's deep, throaty delivery. The bluesy solo work is simply stunning.
"Humming Bird" is all about the vocals during the first few moment of the song. The emotion builds with the addition of faint guitar and piano. The track takes a spiritual turn when the choir kicks in. "Let It Rock" is all about blues-rock with its blues chord progression and 50's style licks. They forgo the standard guitar solo for an impressive organ solo. Bob's touching and earnest vocals compliment the harmonica, strings, and piano on "Someday".
Light one up, sit back, and enjoy. Smokin' O.P.'s is a lost classic.
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.Read more ›
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Oooooh no. An album of cover songs! I wasn't expecting this. Truth be told I've always had mixed feelings with artists making albums that are nothing but covers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan
One of Seger's best and certainly his hardest rocking. My favorite Seger record. 💛Published 7 months ago by Tracy Turner
Best Bob Seger album ever. I have the album but needed it on CD,Published 7 months ago by zentrainer