Bob Seger - Early Seger, Vol.1 (2009)
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Hideout Records, 800201 | ~ 259 or 104 Mb | Scans Included
Longtime Bob Seger fans are united by one desire: to have his earliest recordings reissued. Usually, this means his earliest singles for Cameo and Hideout, but the sentiment also pertains to his first seven records that have remained out of print for years, with some -- like the superb Back in '72 -- never seeing a CD reissue. All this means that the 2009 appearance of Early Seger, Vol. 1 caused great excitement, especially since Seger chose Hideout as the imprint for this self-released compilation of highlights and outtakes...
This isn't necessarily a deal breaker because the songs are largely quite strong, particularly those cherry-picked from the out of print albums: it's hard to complain with anything that gets his brilliant Chuck Berry homage "Get Out of Denver," clever interpretation of "Midnight Rider," and wickedly funny "U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)" back in circulation. Seger bolsters "Long Song Comin'" with some new overdubs, and the unreleased cuts are also subjected to some new studio tinkering, which doesn't hurt these strong unheard items, particularly the ballad "Days When the Rain Would Come" and the "Roll Me Away" cousin "Wildfire."
01. Midnight Rider (2:23)
02. If I Were A Carpenter (3:49)
03. Get Out Of Denver (2:45)
04. Someday (2:33)
05. U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class) (3:17)
06. Long Song Comin' (3:50)
07. Star Tonight (3:40)
08. Gets Ya Pumpin' (4:09)
09. Wildfire (4:36)
10. Days When The Rain Would Come (4:15)