My eyes widened and my jaw actually dropped a little when I saw the headline: Bob Seger Raids Vaults For ‘Early Seger’ Set. Finally, I thought, the Seger System stuff is going to be released on CD. Maybe even the Last Heard singles?
It’s a ten song set with five songs remastered from the original tapes of his 1972-73 albums Smokin’ O.P.’s, Back in ’72, and Seven. This is good stuff, for sure (listen), but it’s not really “early Seger” by anybody’s definition. At least not anybody from Michigan. To make matters worse, the rest of the stuff was written during the ’80s and then “enhanced…with fresh vocals, horns and/or other new instrumentation recorded during September at Kid Rock’s studio in suburban Detroit.”
Something calling itself “Early Seger” should contain at least some stuff from the sixties, and absolutely nothing from the 80s. And you can’t call it “Early Seger” if Kid Rock worked on it! Come on now. Well, at least we’ve got YouTube…
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Just like Rod Stewart, it may be difficult for people to grasp the fact that Bob Seger was once really cool. And good. See for yourself…
Video: Bob Seger and the Last Heard – “East Side Story” (1966)
Audio: Bob Seger and The Last Heard – “Heavy Music” (1967)
Video: The Bob Seger System – “2+2=?” (single mix) (1967)
Video: Bob Seger System – “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” (1968)
Video: Bob Seger System – “Noah” (1969)
Video: Bob Seger System – “Lucifer” (1970)
For more information about this awesome period in Detroit rock history, be sure to read the Free Press‘s definitive oral history of Seger’s early years.