Title - 'Early Seger Vol. 1' (Hideout Records)
Artist - Bob Seger
As with a lot of acts these days, Bob Seger is another in a long line that has put his just-released 'Early Seger, Vol. 1' CD on sale exclusively at Meijer stores last month. Of course, it follows that he will also have it for sale at www.BobSeger.com this month, but to not put it on general sale re: regular stores which means more exposure up there on Amazon.com come Christmas time is, well, perhaps a little risky.
Featuring songs from a couple of different periods of his career, indeed four of the tracks are also previously unreleased, which is a nice addition to this ensemble of work. You'd think after all this time we'd actually heard all he had to offer - from back then and today - but nope, it seems like he's had some stored away for the past 30 plus years!
Several others have been significantly re-recorded maing them quite different from their original musical states. Basically, there are many tracks brought together here from three of Seger’s (now) out-of-print albums — 'Smokin' O.P.'s' (1972), 'Back in '72' (1973), and 'Seven' (1974).
For me personally, and for a much younger fan here in the office, the three main musical highlights of this collection are actually some of the unreleased tracks - such as "Star Tonight," "Wildfire" and "Days When the Rain Would Come." And although "Days When the Rain Would Come" was actually recorded in 1984, Seger enhanced the original tapes of the other three tracks with fresh vocals, horns and other such new instrumentation - and it all sounds sooooo good!
Also, Seger's music will be featured exclusively in the December 13th episode of 'Cold Case' on CBS.