I Knew You When

I Knew You When

by Bob Seger

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Overview

I Knew You When

Mortality is on Bob Seger's mind on I Knew You When, an album dedicated to his departed friend Glenn Frey. I Knew You When contains two tributes to Frey -- the sepia-toned title track and "Glenn Song," the latter available only on the album's Deluxe Edition -- but the onetime Eagle isn't the only dead rock star to haunt the album. Seger covers Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen, both selections -- "Busload of Faith" and "Democracy" -- nodding to the American mess of 2017, another element that adds a sense of immediacy to the record. Despite these undercurrents of sentiment and politics, I Knew You When can't quite be called a meditative, melancholy record, not with roughly half the record devoted to fist-pumping arena-fillers that feel piped in from several different eras. "Runaway Train" is confined by a robotic pulse that channels "Shakedown," "The Highway" is dressed with '80s synths, and "The Sea Inside" is a clumsy nod to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir," sounds that not only fight with Seger's protests and tributes but fight with each other. These old-fashioned album rockers are so loud and awkward, they overshadow the excellent singer/songwriter album that lurks at the core of I Knew You When. Such imbalance makes I Knew You When a bit incoherent, yet in its quietest and angriest moments, it offers some of the best music Seger has made in the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602567055068
catalogNumber: 002759802
Rank: 16064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Seger   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Rick Vito   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Herschel Boone   Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
David Cole   Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Craig Frost   Synthesizer,Clavinet
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Richie Hayward   Drums
John Jarvis   Synthesizer
Tim Mitchell   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Greg Morrow   Drums
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Steve Nathan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Alto Reed   Saxophone,Soloist
Deanie Richardson   Fiddle
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Gerard Smerek   Percussion
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond B3
Mark Byerly   Trumpet
Keith Kaminski   Saxophone
Michael Rojas   Piano
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar,Soloist
John Rutherford   Trombone
Jim "Moose" Brown   Synthesizer
Barbara Payton   Background Vocals
Rob McNelley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Jim Kaatz   Rhythm Guitar
Billy Payne   Piano,Background Vocals
Bob Jensen   Trumpet
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Chris Campbell   Bass
Seth Morton   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Terena Boone   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
David Cole   Engineer
Craig Frost   Composer
Tim Mitchell   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer,Producer,Artwork
Gerard Smerek   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Nicole Frantz   Art Direction
Scott Gatteño   Engineer
Tom Weschler   Artwork,Back Cover Photo
Bill Blackwell   Insert Photography

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