Live Bulletby Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Live Bullet introduced Bob Seger to a wide audience, revealing a rocker of unbridled passion and a songwriter of considerable talent. Prior to its release, Seger had been toiling away, releasing seven albums and touring constantly ever since his debut scraped the national consciousness in 1968. The psychedelicized days of Ramblin' Gamblin' Man are long gone on Live Bullet, leaving behind a rocker who loved the Stones for their toughness, Dylan for his honesty, and Chuck Berry for his narrative -- and one who found his own sound when the Silver Bullet Band came into its own through countless tours. Live Bullet was recorded live at Detroit's Cobo Hall, in front of a passionate, loving hometown audience spurring him into a great performance. The song selection relies heavily on Beautiful Loser, yet it dips into the previous albums enough to prove that Seger had been delivering consistently as a songwriter for years. But what really sold Live Bullet is how these terrific songs are delivered with a ferocious, committed intensity. This might not be much more than a simple rock & roll album, but it's one of the best of its kind, establishing Seger, in the eyes of skeptics, as a first-rate performer and writer. Here, "Heavy Music," "Get Out of Denver," "Turn the Page," and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" all become hard rock classics, as does the band itself. It's a rare occasion when a double live album captures an artist at an absolute peak, while summarizing his talents, and that's exactly what Live Bullet does.
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Performance CreditsBob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Primary Artist
Drew Abbott Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Campbell Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Rick Manska Keyboards
Alto Reed Percussion,Horn,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Robin Robbins Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Mellotron
Bob Seger Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Charlie Allen Martin Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Snare Drums,Vocal Harmony
Technical CreditsJim Bruzzese Engineer
Bob Seger Producer
Thomas Weschler Art Direction
Punch Andrews Producer
Roy Kohara Art Direction
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A hot slab of meaty Motor City Rock-n-Roll. Bob Seger's 'Live Bullet' was a mainstay of Detroit's FM rock-n-roll radio in the 1970's and 80's, the dying days of the legendary underground WABX, W4(yes once the morning home of Howard Stern) and AOR powerhouse WRIF. 'Live Bullet' and other Seger LPS were played as an equal to the Beatles, Dylan, Stones, The Who, Floyd and Zeppelin. Seger was the local hero, the hard luck touring machine whose years of playing anywhere and everywhere (as described in the road song "Turn the Page") had finally paid off. I remember it fondly and playing 'Live Bullet' all the way through again recently it became clear what a truly great live album it was and still is. Recorded over two nights at downtown Detroit's Cobo Hall, the performances are fast and furious, passionate on the verge of desperate. "Nutbush City Limits" sets the pace from start for the album, a hot slab of meaty Motor City rock-n roll doing Tina Turner proud. The medley of "Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser' just soars, a great ensemble piece of spirited Silver Bullet blended bliss. "Jody Girl" calms the atmosphere a bit, a nice ballad that foreshadows future acoustic based Seger hit ballads to come. "I've Been Working" is a sweaty inspiring Van Morrison cover, "Turn the Page" with its signature sax hook tells the tale of being on the road in a long haired rock-n-roll band in the early Seventies. Seger pays homage to his great early Detroit hit singles "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and "Heavy Music" with faithful but faster versions. "Get Out of Denver" and "Let It Rock" absolutely bring down the house as the closing numbers on the original album. Seger and the Silver Bullet Band deliver rock-n-roll salvation on this historic live recording. Yes it is a cliché to say but listening to this album makes you feel as if you are present at the concert. The newly remastered 2011 CD makes the music seem even more alive than the original recordings as it sounds even more vibrant. This CD adds an additional track, "I Feel Live Breaking Up Somebody's Home" that was recorded a couple of years later at the cavernous Pontiac Silverdome in suburban Detroit. Although an enjoyable song, it does not belong on this release and should have instead been saved for the boxed set of Seger music that Seger devotees keep waiting and waiting and waiting for. Yeah you may say I'm a dreamer but I am not the only one. Come on Bob, you have WAY too much music that has never been released on CD. It is time to open up the vaults and give your fans what they want. But the unnecessary added song is a minor complaint when measured up against the treasured listening pleasure that is the rest of 'Live Bullet'. A truly great live album. Then and now.
Bob Seger at his live very best. Recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's Home town.