Bob Seger review, 1991

So now sweet 16’s turned 75; it’s long past the point I’m just glad he’s still alive. And there’s still no official comprehensive Punk Rock Years collection, though Abkco Records did put out the 10-song Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Reccordings 1966-1967 in 2018. Even better, in 2010 one Myonga Von Bonte compiled Never Mind the Bullets…Here’s Early Bob Seger! — an unauthorized CD-R so necessary that I gave it the maximum 30 points in that year’s Pazz & Jop poll, and wasn’t the only critic to do so. (Also below: note the first appearance of the title my third book, two decades before it came out.)

Request, November 1991

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  1. via facebook:

    Jaz Jacobi
    From Chuck Eddy’s blog [the ONLY website bookmarked on my computer!], this vintage assessment of the complicated aesthetic of Mr. Seger reminds of why I feel compelled to fight back so hard when people act like admitting to enjoying the man’s tunes is some sort of poisonous detriment to my “cool” rep. This is my favorite thing I’ve read in the last month, and the fact that this piece itself now is three decades old probably goes at least partway toward making its own joke at the expense of just what kind of backwards-looking middle-aged-dude type is presumed to find Seger appealing in the first place… But listening to Seger somehow makes all those charges less threatening, weirdly: his back is always gonna ache more, and he’s always gonna wonder aloud “where-has-all-the-time-gone,” than I ever may manage!

    Jaz Jacobi
    This may convince me actually to LISTEN to that copy of THE FIRE INSIDE I picked up for 50 cents and I bet I’ve still never played!

    Chuck Eddy
    Honestly, I’m pretty sure I haven’t listened to it since I wrote this review!

    Jaz Jacobi
    That Bruce Hornsby quotient may continue to steer me clear away! But then, I put up with Glenn Frey in the background of “Fire Lake,” so who knows

    Regis Philbert
    Is Seger still policing the streaming and reissue of his catalog?

    Jaz Jacobi
    A tiny bit more lax–he allowed a compilation of stray tracks from his early ’70s LPs, but with newly-recorded instrumentation replacing bits of it

    Jaz Jacobi
    And supposedly there is an official comp of [some of] his legendary ’60s singles

    Jaz Jacobi
    He might not control that material anyway–some of those ’60s songs showed up on a Cameo-Parkway compilation or two

    Regis Philbert
    The last thing I bought was the Seger System Ramblin Gamblin Man reissue from a few years back but thinking about taking a deep dive…

    Regis Philbert
    (but I’m wary of anything post-1980 🙂 )
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    Regis Philbert
    Oh I just realized I have this but haven’t listened to it…
    Bob Seger And The Last Heard – Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 (2018, Vinyl)

    Jaz Jacobi
    I have the RAMBLIN’ GAMBLIN’ CD as well, lucked into finding it for a couple of bucks many years ago

    Regis Philbert
    Jaz Jacobi ha mine’s the blue vinyl version which I suspect you would resent the very existence of when it exists on perfectly sensible clean and cheap cd format!

    Jaz Jacobi
    You know me too well! If I wanted Seger VINYL, all these out-of-print albums have been sitting around in that format for decades. [Maybe I SHOULD consider it!]

    Jaz Jacobi
    Nothing in life has dealt a harsher blow to my “cool” rep than publicly stating that I enjoy Seger’s music. People get PISSED about how much they hate him, for some reason!

    Chuck Eddy
    Squares. Their “cool” rep is clearly a delusion!

    Jaz Jacobi
    The Fresh Prince’s mom might insist I’m still not old enough to “have a rep yet”!

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