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Stranger In Town - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

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      14.06.2014 10:55
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      One of the American classics of its era

      Released in 1978, the follow-up to the classic ''Night Moves'' this was Bob Seger''s big breakthrough album, with almost all the nine tracks surefire winners. The opener, ''Hollywood Nights'', also his debut UK chart single (No. 42), a song about life in the fast lane, with neat lyrical touches - ''All those big city nights, in those high rolling hills'' - is driven by a galloping beat, chugging piano from Little Feat''s Bill Payne, funky bassline which delivers a glorious little run towards the end. An edited version is still heavily played on radio today, but there''s no substitute for the full five-minute version. ''Still the Same'', the previous single, is more or less a ballad, featuring mainly acoustic guitar and piano in the backing. ''Old Time Rock''n''Roll'', one of only two non-self-penned numbers here, is a delightfully infectious song in which he laments that ''today''s music ain''t got the same soul...don''t try to take me to a disco'', with guitar and sax sharing honours on the instrumental break. ''Till it Shines'' is a mid-tempo number with the Eagles'' Glenn Frey on guitar. ''Feel Like a Number'' finds more passion, an angry song about the dehumanisation of society and the average person in the street being treated as just another statistic. Side two of the original album opens with a gutsy bluesy rocker written and first recorded by Frankie Miller, sometimes regarded in the 70s as a Scottish Seger or Springsteen. Next up is the best-known song ''We''ve Got Tonight'', a gorgeous ballad since devalued by numerous inferior cover versions. But it''s a true classic with Seger''s tender vocal pitched at first against gentle keyboards, drums holding back until the interlude, and a terrific build-up with the backing vocalists joining in much later. ''Brave Strangers'', at six minutes plus, the longest track, has echoes of his earlier classic ''Night Moves'' in the lyrics, a song about not being lovers, ''just brave strangers, as we rolled and tumbled through the night''. It starts with a Northern soul kind of tempo, then slows down about halfway through, with smoky late night sax and backing vocals, then picking up speed again. It''s topped off with ''The Famous Final Scene'', a poignant piece about the end of a love affair. With a wonderfully subtle string arrangement, piano and organ complementing each other, and restrained lead guitar, it makes a brilliant closing track. Now on CD, at the time it was a collector''s dream - on black vinyl silver vinyl, and even picture disc. Those were the days. This s one of the seminal American rock albums of the seventies, and still sounds just as powerful nearly forty years on.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Hollywood Nights
      2 Still The Same
      3 Old Time Rock & Roll
      4 Till It Shines
      5 Feel Like A Number
      6 Ain't Got No Money
      7 We've Got Tonite
      8 Brave Strangers
      9 The Famous Final Scene