Greatest Hits 2

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although Bob Seger has been out of the spotlight for a number of years, this retrospective shows that the Motor City rocker hasn't lost any of his abundant heartland appeal. The 16-song set picks up where Seger's first hits collection left off, touching on both his plaintive balladeering best represented by the radio staple "Beautiful Loser" and his sly party groove evinced on the percolating "Shakedown". It's not exactly a chronological set, since it takes in both older rockers like "Katmandu" and more middle-of-the-road material, such as his duet with Martina McBride on the fireside classic "Chances Are," but it does make a nice companion piece for the multi-platinum...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although Bob Seger has been out of the spotlight for a number of years, this retrospective shows that the Motor City rocker hasn't lost any of his abundant heartland appeal. The 16-song set picks up where Seger's first hits collection left off, touching on both his plaintive balladeering best represented by the radio staple "Beautiful Loser" and his sly party groove evinced on the percolating "Shakedown". It's not exactly a chronological set, since it takes in both older rockers like "Katmandu" and more middle-of-the-road material, such as his duet with Martina McBride on the fireside classic "Chances Are," but it does make a nice companion piece for the multi-platinum first volume. Seger offsets the classics with a pair of new recordings -- his first in nearly eight years -- that fit nicely into the warm, slightly gruff tone of his latter-day work. The burnished "Satisfied" reflects its title well, with Seger's throaty musings chafing only slightly against a thick, smooth melody that's flecked with pastel guitars. "Tomorrow," on the other hand, is slightly more aggressive, with an insistent chiming melody that's not a million miles away from George Harrison's "Brainwashed." Sure, the bulk of Greatest Hits 2 is within easy reach of anyone in shouting distance of a classic rock radio station, but the taste of newer material alone is reason enough for any Seger supporter to dip into these grooves.
All Music Guide
In 2003, when "deluxe editions" and "definitive collections" were the name of the game in reissues, it was refreshing to see Bob Seger's defiantly retro Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 hit the shelves. The title and the approach hark back to the days when a hits compilation was followed a few years later by a supplement, covering roughly the same territory and adding a few new singles. Seger's first Greatest Hits had all the big hits, from "Night Moves" to "Old Time Rock & Roll," and while it was very effective at that level, many of his big hits were ballads, so by extension the hits collection downplayed his rock & roll, which is was kind of odd for a singer/songwriter known as a passionate rocker. And while there was no arguing with what was on Greatest Hits, it left off many songs that illustrated his depth as a songwriter -- and that's not even counting that it left his handful of non-LP singles and songs unaccounted for or the fact that it ignored his early Cameo/Parkway singles, the Bob Seger System, or his first seven albums. Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 solves a lot of these problems and is a stronger album than the first Greatest Hits because of it. While it's still frustrating that Seger ignores his early material the Cameo/Parkway songs are owned by somebody else, but he certainly could dip into the first seven albums, at least for "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", it's also true that they're of a different aesthetic than the anthemic blue-collar rock that he first etched out on 1975's Beautiful Loser. That is the music that made him a star, and that's the music that fuels this collection, all the way through to the lesser-known latter-day sides "Manhattan" and "New Coat of Paint," as well as the brand-new cuts "Satisfied" and "Tomorrow," two hard-rocking songs that are some of his best music in years. These are good, but they are naturally overshadowed by the songs that form the heart of this collection: the terrific plea for compassion "Understanding," previously only available on the soundtrack to Teachers; grinding hard rockers "The Fire Down Below," "Her Strut," and "Sunspot Baby"; the delrious Chuck Berry homage "Katmandu," one of his funniest and toughest songs; the country-tinged ballads "Shame on the Moon" and "Fire Lake"; the aching elegy "Beautiful Loser"; the life-afirming "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," one of the best songs about aging within rock & roll. In this context, even the too-produced heavily synthesized "Shakedown" -- his contribution to 1987's Beverly Hills Cop II and his only number one hit, never available on a Seger album until now -- turns into a good time. Sure, there are a few songs that probably should have made the cut -- most notably "Feel Like a Number" and "Even Now" -- but as it stands, Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385277207
  • Catalog Number: 52772
  • Sales rank: 27,318

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Primary Artist
Bob Seger Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Soloist, Vocal Harmony
Don Henley Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Pete Carr Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Keith Forsey Percussion
Pamela Moore Background Vocals
Martina McBride Vocals
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Drew Abbott Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Barry Beckett Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Piano (Grand)
Roy Bittan Piano
Larry Byram Guitar
Harrison Calloway Trumpet
Chris Campbell Bass, Background Vocals
Laura Creamer Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades Baritone Saxophone
Harold Faltermeyer Synclavier
Glenn Frey Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Craig Frost Organ, Piano
Bob Glaub Bass
Roger Hawkins Percussion, Drums
Richie Hayward Drums
David Hood Bass, Bass Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Russ Kunkel Drums
Randy McCormick Organ
Shaun Murphy Percussion, Background Vocals
Buell Neidlinger Acoustic Bass
Spooner Oldham Organ, Electric Piano
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Bill Payne Piano
Alto Reed Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Charles Rose Trombone
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Joan Sliwin Background Vocals
Harry Stinson Drums
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar
David Teegarden Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
June Tilton Background Vocals
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Kenny Bell Guitar
Charlie Allen Martin Drums
Dan Huff Guitar
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Keith Forsey Composer, Producer
Jim Bruzzese Engineer
David Campbell String Arrangements
David Cole Engineer
Greg Edward Engineer
Harold Faltermeyer Composer, Producer
David Hewitt Engineer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Jerry Masters Engineer
Steve Melton Engineer
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Bob Seger Composer, Producer
Greg "Frosty" Smith Engineer
Bill Szymczyk Producer, Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Don Was Producer
Eugene Williams Composer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Caroline Greyshock Cover Photo
Terrence Bert Inlay Photography
Ryan Freeland Engineer
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, For What It Is

    This is just a continuation of the GH1 package from 8, yep that's right, 8 long years ago. Its great stuff. One could ask why if they insisted on including songs from "Its a Mystery" they chose "Manhattan" (a well intentioned but preachy, pretentious little song) and left off "By the River". And if they were going deeper into "Beautiful Loser" why not include "Nut Bush City" as well? "Fire Inside" still rates as his most underappreciated work, with 2 great songs "Take A Chance" and "Real Love" getting omitted. So for what it is, this is a good collection. Gathering the songtrack hits and the addition of the two new songs makes it a "must have". It sucks for what it is not. Dedicated Seger fans will grow old and die waiting for RG Man, Seven, Mongrel, Smokin' OPs, Back In '72, Noah, and the earlier singles to ever get released. "RG Man" (the song) would have been out of place on this collection, but Seger has a helluva anthology he should be obligated to work on and release. Check out the web site "Seger Files" for great info on Seger and quotes where he says he's maybe going to do just that. Yeah, right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could Have Been Better, Like GH1

    Why include "Manhattan" and "New Coat of Paint" (both medoicre at best) and leave off "Even Now", "American Storm" and "By The River"? Why round up the soundtrack songs and forget the wonderful "Living In My Heart" from "About Last Night"? Why include a throw-away song like "Trying To Live My Live" and leave off "Nine Tonight"? And don't get me started on not having an anthology album of his great early stuff. I love Seger, but it sure hase been a frustrating love affair.

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    Posted September 14, 2009

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