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not quite ultimate (even now!),
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This review is from: Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets (Audio CD)
Bob Seger is criminally under-rated in the UK, although to my knowledge he has rarely, if ever, performed here. As has been previously mentioned, the first attempt to compile his greatest songs back in 1995 was far from satisfactory. This is a much better representation of the legendary American rocker's output, featuring at least a dozen classics including the brilliant Hollywood Nights (the best driving song ever!), Old Time Rock'n Roll, Night Moves, Still The Same and Mainstreet. There are some good live songs plus lesser known album tracks such as The Fire Down Below, a blistering mid-tempo rocker on the subject of prostitution!
So why not 5 stars? firstly, the definitive (and rather beautiful) Seger ballad We've Got Tonight is an abridged version which omits the 'quiet' refrain near the end: this seems careless! Secondly, Even Now, one of his biggest hits and with a splendid intro, is not included: Seger must really hate this song as it doesn't feature on any of his compilations: I really cannot imagine why! Thirdly, The Fire Inside, a consistently good album from 1991, is not represented at all, while instead the CD is back-loaded with a handful of forgettable covers and Christmas fillers, none of which are worth listening to in the slightest! Still, this is by far the best Bob Seger compilation available, and for that reason I recommend it. Perfect for playing at full volume as you drive down the M3!
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Initial post: 7 Jun 2012 10:14:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jun 2012 10:15:11 BDT
Noel Gannon says:
Hi Jeremy S. He did indeed play live in the U.K. I was lucky enough to see him in Novermber 1980 at Wembley Arena - such was the demand that he played a second sell-out concert the following night. Wish I'd got a ticket for that too!!
This a fine album. It's impossible to be fully satisfied - we all have our favourites but this a great introduction to a great and very honest artist. I'd love to see a DVD of the 1980 concerts - Vintage TV regularly shows Hollywood Nights live - surely there's more from that concert as multiple cameras were used???
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jun 2012 08:46:32 BDT
C. B. Wood says:
Yes. I saw him at the Manchester Palace Theatre as part of the same tour.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 19:52:58 BDT
Hi Noel and thank you for correcting me! I would love to have seen Bob Seger live in his heyday
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 19:56:17 BDT
Thanks for the reply. I would have been 14 at the time of these gigs, too young to know of or appreciate the great man!
Posted on 10 Sep 2012 12:08:50 BDT
Dusty Bin says:
Jeremy - you're spot on when you say "The Fire Inside" should have been represented. The title track of this album is a no-brainer for any Bob Seger compilation so "Ultimate" is certainly a misnomer for this hits package.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2012 17:35:53 BDT
Hi Dusty, agreed. The Fire Inside is a rich, eclectic mixture of songs, well performed and produced. Real Love is another highlight, but there are no bad tracks.
Posted on 22 Oct 2012 15:39:15 BDT
I'd just like to reiterate that not including The Fire Inside is a massive oversight - more so to me than Even Now! It's a songwriting masterclass: fantastic vocals, lyrics and that sensational piano playing which I always thought was Bruce Hornsby but apparently is Roy Bittan from the E Street Band - nice playing Roy.
Posted on 19 Oct 2013 17:09:13 BDT
Saw him at Hammersmith Odeon poss late 70s.....one of the best live bands of that era
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 06:51:31 BDT
Peter James Ogle says:
I also saw him live in the mid-late '70s. It was at the Birmingham Odeon around '76/'77 to promote the 'Live Bullet' album and to this day, it's still one of my favourite concerts. I can recall saxophonist, Alto Reed, actually climbing up onto the towering speaker stacks to play one particular solo!
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