The Seger File
An unofficial web site about the music of Bob Seger This section of the Seger File last updated November 13, 2003 For the latest updates, see News & Updates page. Written and edited by Scott Sparling sparling@segerfile.com


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FACE THE PROMISE
 
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2005 Updates
2004 Updates
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1998-2000 Updates
 
 
Nine Years Online
The Seger File's Birthday Party
 
Unreleased Tracks
Vault V
10 more unreleased tracks
 
Vault 4
16 more unreleased tracks
 
Forward Into the Vault --
26 more unreleased tracks
 
Return to the Vault -- 18 More Unreleased Tracks
 
The Vault --31 Unreleased Tracks
 
Recorded but Unreleased --Unreleased Seger from A-Z
 
Photos
Photos 1Photos 2
 
Photos 3Photos 4
 
Hall of Fame Photos
 
Settle Annex
A collection of great Seger photos
 
Misc.
Dylan's "Denver"
 
The Albums
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Noah
Mongrel
Brand New Morning
Smokin' O.P.'s
Back in '72
Seven
Beautiful Loser
Live Bullet
Night Moves
Stranger in Town
Against the Wind
Nine Tonight
The Distance
Like A Rock
The Fire Inside
Bob Seger's Greatest Hits
It's A Mystery
Greatest Hits 2
Face the Promise
 
Other Albums
The Promised Live Album
The Promised Studio Album
Seger on the Edge
The Bob Seger Collection --(Australian Greatest Hits)
Seger Classics
A Very Special Christmas,1987
Other Album Appearances
The Seger Tribute Album
Sing Your Own Seger
Perfect Albums?
 
Selected Singles
Check the Label
Who Picks the Singles?
Early Singles
The Lonely One
TGIF/First Girl
Ballad of the Yellow Beret
East Side Story
Persecution Smith
Sock It To Me, Santa
Vagrant Winter/Very Few
Heavy Music
2+2=?/Death Row
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Looking Back
If I Were A Carpenter
Bombs Away
Understanding
Chances Are
My Take on Chances Are
Reaching Number One
 
Other Seger Tracks
Released on Singles, But Not on Albums
Covered by Others
Written By Seger, Recorded by Others
 
Videos
Night Moves (SNL)
Making Thunderbirds
Old Time Rock and Roll
American Storm
Like a Rock
Shakedown
Real Love
Fire Inside
Night Moves (New)
Turn the Page
It's A Mystery
Chances Are
Ten for Two
The Cobo Hall Tapes
The Palace Tapes
 
Influences/Other Bands
Soundtracks
 
TV Appearances
 
Like a Truck
Who Does the Song Belong To?
Ancient History Dept.
How Seger Sees Rock/Truck
Singer or Salesman?
Gatsby, Seger and Victory
The Mystery Man
How the Song Became An Ad
Good Song, Great Ad?
Bad Press, Bad Precedent
Through the Lean Years
Bob's View
Insults and Dead Horses
Fix Or Repair Daily
 
The Early Years
Early Days
Motor City's Burning
Places He Played
Jackson
More Dues-Paying Years
 
Career, Misc.
Lead Singer Vs. Guitar Player
The Slow Road to Success
The Requisites of Greatness
Theories: Why It Took So Long
"You Are Now Leaving Seger Territory"
Punch
Breaking Out
What Is Success?
 
Bands
Early Bands
The Decibels
The Town Criers
The Omens
Democracy Rocks
Later Bands
Bob Seger and the Last Heard
The Bob Seger System
STK
Julia/My Band/Borneo Band
Muscle Shoals band
The Silver Bullet Band
Back-up Systems
Shaun Murphy
Karen Newman
Related Bands
Detroit All-Stars
Alto Reed
 
Blue Highway (Drew Abbott)
 
Bio, Part 1
Detroit? Ann Arbor?
We Even Sang the Parts the Instruments Were Playing
A Father Leaves
Fire and the Memory of Love
All the Wild, Wild Good Times
Personality
Interests and Hobbies
Predicting the Future, Then and Now
 
Bio, Part 2
On Growing Older
Politics
The Seger Work Ethic
You Can't Miss That Driving Rain
Friends and Family
Let's Dig Up Something Really Nasty
Katmandu
I'm Gonna Tell My Tale, C'mon
Of Caves and Barbed Wire
Misc.
 
Songwriting
 
Early Tours and Shows
The Oakland Mall
Jackson
The Primo, R&R Farm, Suds Factory and Chances Are
The Agora
On the Road
Jackson County Fair
Pontiac, the Michigan Jam and Other Victories
Seger in the Arena
The 1983 Tour
 
The 1986-87 Tour
The Last Tour?
They'll Never Be in The Arena, But They Get to Write the Reviews
Savannah
Charlotte
Philadelphia
Oakland
Miami
San Francisco
Seattle
Houston
New York
Los Angeles
Vancouver (Canada)
Greensboro
 
The 1996 Tour
The Set List Discussed
The Set List Presented
The Set List Analyzed
Bringing the Family
Tour Notes
Thirsty for Seger
A Review of the Reviews
Charleston
Nashville
Palace of Auburn Hills
Washington
L.A.
 
The 2006-07 Tour Pages
 
Readin' O.P.'s
A compilation of e-mail messages. Some favorite are:
-- Hope to see you tonight
-- Motor City Rock
-- The FargoDome
-- The 7-Eleven and the Winter Olympics
-- He gave me a strange look
-- Now that we're older
 
 
Brand New Email
More great letters.
-- Seger, Sinatra, Cobain
-- My Dad, Bob and Charlie Martin
-- I work for General Motors
-- Seger and Mohammad Ali
-- The last thing I hear from Bob Seger
-- Road trip to Ann Arbor
-- I never spoke to Bob, but he always spoke to me
 
 
Brand New Email Pt. II
-- Bob at the Roseland Inn
-- Seger interview
-- Backstage with a bad pass
-- Put the car in park
-- Starry August nights
-- Cool me down
-- The bridge from Motown
-- The Seger-starved masses plead for tour news
-- The Kiss File?
 
Seger Stories and Misc. Email
--The best thing you could say
--Blue and Julia  
--Rockin' with Fidel  
--Early days of baseball and Bob
--Follow your heart  
--Waving with the lighter
 
Email '05
--About Drew Abbott
--On 2+2
--On "The Lonely One"
--About Tom Neme
--About Charlie Martin
--Shows
--The Toledo Jam
--About Pep Perrine
--About Jim Bruzzese
--Early days
--Fans
--Early songs
 
Falsehoods
Seger Inks SimTour Deal, Gets Ready to Rock
Capitol Releases "Dee-Pah!
The Seger Cam is back online
The Michigan Jam 2
The Seger versus. SpringsteenComplexo-Meter
The Medicated Top 20
 
Misc.
Reese: Money for Music
Get Back to Work
A guide to surfing The Seger File at work.
The Primo Photo
The Rolling Stone Letter
The Imaginary Interview

Why the Seger File Is Here -- Getting Over Bob Seger

The Reviews Are In -- Letters from Seger Listeners

 

Yee hah!…I'm sure glad GH2 doesn't end with the backward glance of Rock and Roll Never Forgets. It's so much more powerful to follow that up with the double bill of Satisfied and Tomorrow. It's not just for the symbolism, the new material, and the lyrical journey, but to close with three great rocking songs after the slow set.

Michael Good


I was blown away! Some of the songs that we forget about like Shakedown, it is a natural High, the vocals that comes out of that man are so unbelievable…this is one truly great C.D. and now we need to start in on getting him to put out a GH3 or even a Box set. HEY, I can dream!!!

Charlie Keegan


It's like seeing an old friend after many years apart… "Satisfied" reminds me of "I Can't Save You Angeline" -- a song I really liked in the It's a Mystery lineup. "Tomorrow" is a rocker and doesn't really remind me of anything Seger has done. I like it...like it A LOT. The guitar seems familiar but I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of...perhaps BTO?

The track list is JUST INCREDIBLE. The studio versions of Beautiful Loser and Katmandu alone make it worth the price. If only other artists wouldn't be afraid to release early gems on their greatest hits collections.

Chip Stewart


First of all, the art work, with the exception of the cheesy way they handled Bob's girls on the bullet, the artwork is incredible. The first pic (aside from the cover) being the back shot of BNM. The middle spread a great shot of Bob rockin' with the fans. The back page is from Beautiful Loser, and another great shot of Seger rockin' on the back cover. I love it.

Secondly, the songs. The fact that Understanding, Shakedown and Chances Are are all on here is impressive to me. Way back when the first Hits came out, I heard Bob in an interview with Jim Johnson (JJ) here on WCSX (94.7 Detroit). Bob told JJ that he wanted to put Understanding and Shakedown on the collection, but he went on to talk about keeping the cost down, etc. I remember just feeling frustrated. I know that he is the working man's singer, with the key word being "working". We could afford the extra 4 bucks. Anyway, at the time, Bob said that he would put it on the next one. -- True to his word, here they are! And they sound great.

The song that seems to have benefited the most from the remastering job to my ears, is "Beautiful Loser". I hear the organ on this song when I never did before.

The video is beautifully done. The whole retro thing is awesome. If it wasn't for other Seger fans, I would never have had the opportunity to see this, so kudos to Bob for putting this on here.

"Satisfied" - "...I heard the angels, they could not be denied..." I love this song. It has that great bluesy feel to it. Excellent selection for Bob and Punch to pick. This one isn't somewhere in between good and so-so, like I would say "In Your Time" was, for example. I never quite sunk my teeth into that one. This one has some substance to it.

"Tomorrow" - I don't know that I hear any AC/DC here, but I do hear one helluva good tune. I love the lyrics and how true they are, as far as the lines about traffic and such "...no more pretending that things are real tough..." I love that line. Great beat throughout the song. This one rocks. I am glad at 58 Seger is still kicking ass. Here's hoping this catches on, ...and to the little things ;)

Paul Dunn


I found myself with some free time and the car just kind of leaned [toward the CD store]. I had been promising myself that I would pick up Ben Harper's latest. As I walked up to the counter, CD in hand, sitting like a beacon in the corner by the cash register was a pile of Greatest Hits Two. They had obviously just unpacked the box and hadn't even stickered them yet. "New Seger?" I asked, the crack in my 40 year old voice giving away any hint of calm.

The human pin cushion behind the counter looked up at me like I'd just spoken Swahili. "Huh?"

"Is that a new Bob Seger album?" I asked, any notion of acting cool now as far gone as this kid's fashion sense.

He looked in the direction I was pointing, picked up the CD, read it carefully and after what seemed like an hour (it was probably only 10 or 15 minutes.....) he nodded his shaggy head.

Thank God by this time, an older sales clerk was on his way out of the back room. He took over and actually gave me the sale price as opposed to the $21.99 that Junior was insisting on charging me.

The great thing about CD's and new cars is listening to your brand new purchase on the way home. I called my wife while I was listening to Understanding to let her know what I'd discovered.

"Can you hear the music?" I asked her

"Yes"

"Do you know who it is?"

"Sounds like Robert"

I laughed at her obvious hesitance to forgive Bob for his refusal to sign an autograph as well as his unnecessary and somewhat cruel rebuke back in '96. But then I was overwhelmed by something I can only compare to the feelings you get when you see an old, dear friend. Here I was in my car, talking to the woman I've loved for more than 20 years and listening to a song that I haven't heard since I bought the Teacher's Soundtrack in the mid 80's.

It was the last step in sorting out the man from the music.

As I've said before, I gave up hoping for a new tour a couple of years ago… I had hoped to [take my son to] a Seger show but I firmly believe that ship has sailed. He has since moved on to Linkin Park, Nickelback and Creed and good for him, he needs to develop his own musical taste.

I guess the point I'm veering towards is that I don't feel like I've lost something by never seeing Seger on stage again. I feel like I've found his music again with all the strength and conviction of my youth.

Sincerely,

Gord Hunter


Oh my God. Like....wow.

I'm almost speechless about these two new tracks...almost, heh heh...

As I've told you before, I grew up in Cleveland, and have since moved to L.A. about 14 months ago. About a year before I did, I met the greatest woman I've ever known…Consequently, I burn a lot of CDs that remind her of how I feel about her.

Now, after hearing "Satisfied," I know I've gotta cough up a few more so I can make it the centerpiece of the best CD yet.

This track is pure Seger--is it a remnant off "The Fire Inside"? It sure sounds like it is. What makes me feel so instantly comfortable with this song is that it's simply vintage Seger--like a song I've heard before and forgotten about until now. This song would make the career of virtually anybody else who could have recorded it, yet it's just Seger doing what he always does. If that doesn't tell you you're in the presence of greatness, nothing will. What I love about it most right now are the keyboard solos. Craig Frost sounds like he's playing on an upright piano in the corner of an Old Western saloon. For all the masterful engineering that is Seger's trademark (and curse on occasion), the track still has a welcoming rough edge to it because of its raw honesty and simplicity.

As for "Tomorrow"...if this is what we've been waiting for for eight long years, then it was well worth it. Knowing the song now (and completely memorizing the lyrics and having the song in my head all day today), I can now say I would have gladly waited eight more for it (although I'm glad to finally hear the song I wrote my little scientific dissertation on neutrinos for a few months back).

Tim Mitchell is such a great fit for the newest incarnation of the Silver Bullet Band. (That is him on rhythm guitar, is it not?) I can totally see how you can play this song over and over, and even at a low volume it sounds LOUD. That crunching guitar baseline, the hard-stomping drums, the tough lyrics...I remember a quote from Seger on your website saying that he was going for some new songs with a harder edge and a big beat, and I'll be damned if he didn't accomplish it on this track. I could easily listen to this song if it were twice the length it was, and I'm kind of surprised he got out of it as quickly as he did--a verse and a half, a couple quick solos, and a coda--not the Seger formula by any means. I guess it leaves no room for the song to get old within itself, but it's not even close to doing that before it's over. My pipe dream is that there's a five-minute version coming out on the new album.

I think it was the right decision to add these tracks at the last minute. Without them, I think the album would have been significantly weaker.

(Incidentally, "Always In My Heart" is going to be played during the first dance at my wedding...I decided that about 5 girlfriends ago, and none of them ever tried to change my mind. They just left me.)

Overall, I'm just happy to have Seger back on the scene. I hope he's happy to be back, and I hope it gets his blood up to do more. There's lots of promises according to the press you quoted on the Segerfile--a veritable deluge of new or unreleased material--and I just hope Seger really wants to follow up on it. A boxed set is certainly overdue, and no number of discs could make it too big or too costly. Although, I wouldn't mind taking it all an ablum-a-year at a time, either.

Bill Wolski

 

PS: Most of the time we focus on that gritty, booming quality of his singing voice, but something that often gets overlooked is that he also sings with a diction and elocution that's uncommon for most rock artists...

It was nice to read what you had posted to the site concerning Alto Reed's thoughts on touring in support of this album. Chris Campbell might be Seger's right hand man where longevity is concerned, but Alto Reed is to Bob Seger as Clarence Clemons is to Bruce Springsteen...for lack of a better comparison.

However, if you look back over the third age of Seger's career-- from "The Distance" to present--Reed seems to figure much less prominently. The only songs from this era where he's really gotten a chance to stand out, in my opinion, are "Comin' Home," "Miami," "In Your Time," and "Yesterday Rules," which most people have never even had the opportunity to hear. It makes you wonder if Seger's songstyling still leaves room for Reed's saxophone to fit in. Moreover, does rock n' roll?

Has the music industry in general outgrown this once celebrated instrument? Has it fallen into the category of Novelty, having to sink to the depths of the triangle and castanets? I mean, the sitar gets played more these days.

Obviously, I don't expect to hear an answer on this matter, but it was something I thought about. Maybe it's something you've thought about too.

 


Love the new cd, but my favorite is SATISFIED. Best new song he has come out with since THE FIRE INSIDE, in my opinion.

Todd


Hello, my name is Nych, a Bob Seger fan. I enjoy looking through your Seger website-vault; it's good to know that Mr. Seger's recorded but unreleased bucketloads of music have not gone unnoticed. What torture it is not having them, as I fiend for every Seger song I have not heard. I hope he releases these hidden songs someday very soon, because I bet they are real gems. If there's one thing the world needs, it's the music of Bob Seger, both old and recent. He's the best.

Nych Hansen


I bought the new CD last night. I listened to Satisfied about 6 times in a row until my daughter made me shut off the sterio. That's the greatest new tune I've heard in 10 years!

Richard Rosner


"Satisfied" is a sweet little shuffle makes me think that Seger would LOVE to perform this one LIVE! I can easily imagine a huge crowd clapping right along and cheering wildly during the break just before he sings, "You are the reason that I was born."

On "Tomorrow," there's a missing Seger 'grunt' that ain't there and really should be. You know, three or four beats before the song ends, as the war drums are pounding, I definitely could hear Seger give off one of his classic and cheeky 'grunts' to punctuate the song's statement-but he didn't do it. But that's alright. Maybe he'll do it LIVE.

Marty Carlisle

 

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