We saw the documentary Muscle Shoals yesterday afternoon. All I can say is if you love music and want to know why it sounds so good, go see this movie. The film captures the beauty of Alabama along the Tennessee River and the engineered audio excellence of so many time proven recorded classics.
The Muscle Shoals Soundtrack captures the film’s music essence. I would have loved to have seen “Wild Horses” by the Rolling Stones and “Main Street” by Bob Seger on the soundtrack but oh well that’s show business ;)
It’s a mind blower to know that “Sitting in Limbo” was NOT recorded in Jamaica! How I love that song. The versatility of The Swampers is amazing.
1. Arthur Alexander “You Better Move On”
2. Jimmy Hughes “Steal Away”
3. Percy Sledge “When A Man Loves A Woman”
4. Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)”
5. Etta James “Tell Mama”
6. Clarence Carter “Patches”
7. Wilson Pickett “Hey Jude”
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird” (Original Muscle Shoals Version)
9. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There”
10. Jimmy Cliff “Sitting In Limbo”
11. Traffic “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired”
12. Paul Simon “Kodachrome”
13. Alicia Keys “Pressing On”
The Music of Our Heart is having one of its best music and concert weeks. Saturday night, May 4th we saw Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Live. That concert is echoing warmly within :). Tonight I’ll be in the 4th row dead center rocking out to ZZ Top at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Ct. More on that show tomorrow.
I just watched the YouTube video for the forthcoming John Fogerty album, Wrote A Song For Everyone. Sitting in the studio together are two legends Bob Seger and John Fogerty recording, “Who’ll Stop The Rain“. It gave me chills to watch them sing and play together on this classic CCR song. I love seeing Bob Seger working with John Fogerty as they produce a magnetic interpretation.
I just have to share this wonderful human interest story with my readers. It is sure to bring a tear to your eye. It did mine :) Maybe you read or heard about this beautiful miracle of life, rock and roll and being a devout fan. We happen to be major Bob Seger fans ourselves and believe in miracles too.
Bob Seger wrote the song, “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”. I found out today that Evie Branan never forgot Bob Seger and he never will forget Evie Branan.
Evie Branan was is a coma for five years. Her first words when she woke up from that coma were, “I want to go to a Bob Seger concert.” Talk about your dream come true.
Well I am happy to share that Evie Branan got to go to that concert. They picked her up in a limousine and drove her there in style. She sat in the special fan luxury box with friends and helpers. She had a beer, got up and danced to some good old rock and roll.
Then she was taken backstage to meet Bob Seger, Alto Reed and Bob’s family (among others) how cool is that!!!!
God Bless her, Evie’s assistants and the Bob Seger Bullet Band Organization for taking great care of their new #1 Fan, Evie Branan.
Follow these links for more great pictures and video of a very special evening for Evie, Bob Seger and fans everywhere!
Picture Slideshow: http://photos.mlive.com/4466/gallery/evie_branan_attends_bob_seger_concert/index.html
Evie Branan, 79, smiles as Bob Seger wraps his arm around her for a photograph Thursday, April 11, 2013 backstage before his concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
My son surprised me with a Bob Seger video on my Facebook wall that I have never seen or heard before today. The song is called, “East Side Story” and it was released in January 1966 on Hideout Records. Seger made his television début performing this song on the show Swingin’ Time, hosted by Robin Seymour.
Seger recalls: “They liked what I wrote, which was ‘East Side Story.’ But they didn’t like the way the Underdogs did it. So we recorded it ourselves, and then Doug and I went our own ways. I started my own band.”
The Last Heard (1966 – Late 1967?) was:
*Bob Seger (V, K, G)
*Carl Lagassa (G)
*Dan Honaker (B) – (Bob Seger System)
*Pep Perrine (D) – (Bob Seger System)
I’m convinced that Bob Seger (and bandmate) were influenced fashion wise (and more) by Donovan.
The Last Heard was one step before I discovered The Bob Seger System in 1969 on Capitol Records with my favorite hit by Bob Seger, “Ramblin Gamblin Man”.
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Looking back to the year 1969 there was a lot of great music happening. Grand Funk Railroad began their career on vinyl that year with the recording, On Time released the same month as Woodstock. It didn’t get a lot of first attention on the radio, I know I never heard it. The first single they released was, “Time Machine” in July of 1969. It barely broke through the Billboard Top 50 singles chart. But a bigger future was brewing for Grand Funk Railroad.
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Grand Funk Railroad started to percolate with their second album, Grand Funk, released at the end of 1969. They were perfectly situated to ride the tsunami wave of the Age of Aquarius 1970 which was a paramount year for music. The red album caught on like wildfire. Everybody I knew was raving about Grand Funk. I wasn’t sold on Grand Funk at all. I thought they were crap to be quite honest with you. I would get into some heated debates with my friends about their sound.
It turned out I was wrong about Grand Funk Railroad (although many music critics agreed with me…). They continued to accelerate on the charts, the radio and with fans. Their third album, Closer to Home broke the band into super group level (it is double platinum). “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)” proved to be a major classic hit on progressive FM radio where they would play the entire 10 minute track (it was a 5:31 length single).
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The three members Don Brewer, Mel Schacher, and Mark Farner featured prominently on the cover of Closer to Home. I bought this album in 1970 as my opinion began to change about Grand Funk Railroad. I regret not ever seeing them live as an original power trio. They hold the record in 1971 of breaking The Beatles’ Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.
I did get to see Grand Funk Railroad later in my life. I first caught Mark Farner in 2001 at the Milford Oyster Festival for free. That was a cool outside show on Fowler Field.
Then we saw Grand Funk Railroad with Don and Mel at Mohegan Sun‘s Wolf Den. Don took his drum stick and threw it in the air and it landed right at my feet. I have it in my memorabilia collection now. It’s the only drum stick I have ever gotten at a live concert (close to 500 concerts in 42+ years).
I have seen Don Brewer playing drums for Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band twice as well.
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It drops today. Bob Seger’s ultimate hits package. The recording that Bob Seger didn’t want to do but Capitol Records convinced him otherwise to release. Hard to imagine Capitol Records would repackage Bob Seger greatest hits again, when Greatest Hits Vol, 1 has sold 10 million copies…
Oh well there is some cool stuff on here, mono Ramblin Gamblin Man being my main interest. His best song ever to me. How I discovered Bob Seger in 1968. Still a fan today 43 years later.
Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets also includes the Detroit rocker’s two #1 radio singles from this year, “Downtown Train” and his current #1 Classic Rock hit, “Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back To Birmingham).”
We saw Bob Seger live in concert this past April in Atlantic City. He and the Silver Bullet Band rocked the house that night.
Should have my copy tomorrow from Amazon. I’ll let you know what I think when I have given it a quality listen.
You won’t find this recording on Spotify….
1. Old Time Rock And Roll
2. Hollywood Nights
3. Night Moves
5. Roll Me Away
6. Turn The Page
7. Her Strut
8. Still The Same
9. You’ll Accomp’ny Me
10. We’ve Got Tonight
11. Like A Rock
12. Fire Lake
13 .Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You
1. Rock And Roll Never Forgets
2. Against The Wind
3. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
4. The Fire Down Below
5. Travelin’ Man (Live)
6. Beautiful Loser (Live)
8. Shame On The Moon
10. Little Drummer Boy
11. Wait For Me
12. Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back To Birmingham)
13. Downtown Train
The year was 1968. I was a junior in high school. It was a tumultuous year. We lost Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the assassin’s bullet. Detroit had major riots protesting Dr. King’s untimely and senseless death.
Detroit has also been the home of several popular music genres, rhythm and blues, soul music, high-energy rock music which begat punk rock in England and the US) . Detroit also made a significant contribution to rock music with Bob Seger and hip-hop with Eminem (Marshall Mathers).
A band from Detroit, The Amboy Dukes released a song and an album in April, 1968, entitled “Journey To The Center of the Mind”, which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song and album became known as the progenitor of U.S. acid rock.
It was unique rock song with its center piece rock guitar runs byTed Nugent. His unique talent for multiple guitar sounds sets this recording apart from much of what was popular. Granted Jimi Hendrix was also redefining acid rock in 1968 with his compelling, “not from this planet” guitar crescendos.
The album cover and the sub-genre promoted drug use. It was ironic that Ted Nugent one of the founding principles of The Amboy Dukes was very public about his sentiments against drug use. Ted Nugent has performed more than 6,000 concerts and sold more than 30 million records.