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Ride Out [Deluxe Edition]
     

Ride Out [Deluxe Edition]

by Bob Seger
 

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Arriving a mere eight years after the decade-in-the-making Face the Promise, Ride Out nearly feels rushed by Bob Seger's latter-day standards. At 34 minutes, it's brief and nearly half of its ten songs were composed by songwriters other than Seger, two characteristics that would suggest something of a patchwork job if it

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Arriving a mere eight years after the decade-in-the-making Face the Promise, Ride Out nearly feels rushed by Bob Seger's latter-day standards. At 34 minutes, it's brief and nearly half of its ten songs were composed by songwriters other than Seger, two characteristics that would suggest something of a patchwork job if it weren't for the fact that in the days before the Silver Bullet Band, Bob used to regularly split his brief albums between originals and covers. In its construction, Ride Out mirrors early albums like Back in 72, but it comes from the days after the Silver Bullet Band, the days when Seger surrounded himself with highly paid professional musicians who didn't leave a note out of place. Oddly, even with all the pros aboard again, Ride Out feels like the homespun work of an old millionaire rocker, a record that prefers to amiably ramble instead of driving full-speed ahead. Often, Seger sticks strictly to his wheelhouse -- a charging rendition of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made" is textbook Seger, from its fist-pumping chorus to its rapturous odes to bucket seats -- but he's just as likely to veer into gutbucket blues (the hard-hitting "Hey Gypsy," his best original here) or country story-telling (Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" and Kasey Chambers' "Adam and Eve," the two best covers here). Unfortunately, this light restlessness is somewhat undone by Seger's surprisingly chintzy self-production, which alternates between anonymous gloss and constrictive sequenced synthesizers, the latter reaching a tacky peak on the stilted title track where a four-on-the-floor drum loop vies for attention with canned electronic horns. Other stumbles can be found, such as the well-intentioned and mercilessly literal pro-environmental anthem "It's Your World" ("Let's talk about mining in Wisconsin/Let's talk about breathing in Beijing"), and while there's some charm in the fact that Seger is loose enough to keep his ends untied, Ride Out is hobbled by that exacting production: conceptually, it's something of a ragged mess and it'd benefit from sounding like one. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2014
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537918904
catalogNumber:
002184302
Rank:
24601

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Seger   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Rick Vito   Slide Guitar
Glen Duncan   Banjo
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
Eddie Bayers   Drums
J.T. Corenflos   Acoustic Guitar
Laura Creamer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
David Davidson   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Strings
John Jarvis   Synthesizer
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Gordon Mote   Piano
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Kathryn Plummer   Strings
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle,Violin
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Reese Wynans   Accordion,Hammond B3
Mark Byerly   Trumpet
Keith Kaminski   Saxophone
Monisa Angell   Strings
Elizabeth Stewart   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Julie Tanner   Strings
Janet Askey   Strings
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Rutherford   Trombone
Jim "Moose" Brown   Synthesizer,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Synthesizer Strings,Hammond B3
Barbara Payton   Background Vocals
Rob McNelley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Sarighani Reist   Strings
Zeneba Bowers   Strings
Joel Reist   Strings
Bob Jensen   Trumpet
Carole Rabinowitz   Strings
Elisabeth Small   Strings
Carolyn Huebl   Strings
Eberhard Ramm   Strings
Glen Worff   Bass,Upright Bass
Conni Ellisor   Strings

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Jay Bennett   Composer
David Cole   Engineer,Inside Photo
Bob Seger   Composer,Producer
Peter Thompson   Inside Photo
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Justin Neibank   Engineer
Tom Bert   Back Cover Photo
Kasey Chambers   Composer
T.W. Cargile   Engineer
Shane Nicholson   Composer
Cybelle Codish   Inside Photo
Steven Cohen   Inside Photo
Tom Weschler   Artwork,Inside Photo
Terry Bert   Photo Courtesy
Karen Hunnicutt-Meyer   Cover Photo,Inside Photo
Joe Lemke   Inside Photo

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