Like a Rock

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Like a Rock
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released April 1986
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Rock
Length 43:55
Label Capitol
Producer Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
The Distance
(1982)
Like a Rock
(1986)
The Fire Inside
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
This article is about the album. For the song, see Like a Rock (song).

Like a Rock is the thirteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). The title track is best known for being featured on Chevrolet truck commercials. "Fortunate Son" is a live cover of the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival hit, recorded March 31, 1983 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. It was originally available only as the B-side of the American Storm single, and was added as a bonus track to the CD release of the album. The vinyl version ends with "Somewhere Tonight". The song "Miami" is featured in an episode of the TV series Miami Vice. This is the first studio album credited to "Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band" that doesn't feature the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section replacing the Silver Bullet Band on any tracks.

Despite having sold upward of three million US copies, it has never been certified above Platinum status.

History[edit]

The album was originally going to be named "American Storm" after the first track and was going to be released in December 1985, but it was delayed and the name was changed.[2]


Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Seger, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "American Storm"     4:17
2. "Like a Rock"     5:56
3. "Miami"     4:40
4. "The Ring"     5:35
5. "Tightrope"   Craig Frost, Seger 4:31
6. "The Aftermath"   Frost, Seger 3:30
7. "Sometimes"     3:31
8. "It's You"     4:03
9. "Somewhere Tonight"     4:25
10. "Fortunate Son"   John Fogerty 3:20

Personnel[edit]

Silver Bullet Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Guitars
Drums & Percussion
Keyboards
  • Bill Payne - synthesizer, piano, keyboard on all tracks except "Tightrope"
  • David Cole - synthesizer on "It's You"
Horns
  • Gary Grant - trumpet on "Miami"
  • Gary Herbig - saxophone on "Miami"
  • Jerry Hey - trumpet on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Kim Hutchcroft - saxophone on "Miami" "Sometimes"
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. - trombone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Marc Russo - saxophone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
  • Ernie Watts - saxophone on "Miami" "The Aftermath" "Sometimes"
Additional vocals
  • Laura Creamer - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You" "Somewhere Tonight"
  • Mark Creamer - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You"
  • Donny Gerrard - background vocals on "Tightrope" "The Aftermath" "It's You" "Somewhere Tonight"
  • Don Henley - background vocals, harmony vocals "Miami"
  • Shaun Murphy - vocals & background vocals on "Tightrope," background vocals on "The Aftermath" "Somewhere Tonight," harmony vocals on "Sometimes" "It's You"
  • Timothy B. Schmit - background vocals "Miami"
  • The Weather Girls (Izora Armstead and Martha Wash) - background vocals on Like a rock, Tightrope and The Aftermath.

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
  • Engineers: David N. Cole, Greg Edward, Shelly Yakus
  • Assistant engineers: David Axelbaum, Bob Castle, Judy Clapp, Peter Doell, Steve Himelfarb
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Horn arrangements: Jerry Hey, Alto Reed
  • Art direction: Bill Burks, Roy Kohara
  • Design: Mark Shoolery
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1986 The Billboard 200 3

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1986 "American Storm" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
1986 "American Storm" The Billboard Hot 100 13
1986 "Fortunate Son" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1986 "It's You" Adult Contemporary 22
1986 "It's You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
1986 "It's You" The Billboard Hot 100 52
1986 "Like a Rock" Adult Contemporary 21
1986 "Like a Rock" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1986 "Like a Rock" The Billboard Hot 100 12
1986 "Miami" The Billboard Hot 100 70
1986 "Tightrope" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35
1986 "The Aftermath" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrispell, James. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Like a Rock > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Billboard, November 2, 1985