Seven (Bob Seger album)

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Seven
Studio album by Bob Seger
Released March 1974
Recorded 1973 (?) at Quadraphonic Studios, Nashville
Genre Rock
Length 31:05
Label Palladium/Reprise
Producer Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
Bob Seger chronology
Back in '72
(1973)
Seven
(1974)
Beautiful Loser
(1975)

Seven is the seventh album by American rock singer/songwriter Bob Seger, released in 1974. It is currently out of print.


Background and recording[edit]

Seven was the first Seger album to feature "The Silver Bullet Band", which he would steadily rely on for the rest of his career. The album gained notorious recognition and is a fan favorite despite its rarity. The very successful tour for this album was kicked off with Seger and his newly formed Silver Bullets as the opening act for Kiss. Kiss asked Seger & the band to support them for a few shows. After seeing the band's first set, they offered Seger the rest of the tour, which gained the band much needed recognition.

Early vinyl copies of the album featured the word "contrasts" at the bottom of the cover, leading people to believe the album had two titles. Others believed the album was titled "Seven Contrasts." However, Contrasts is the name of the artwork featured on the album. The word in parenthesis is simply a reference to the artwork rather than an actual subtitle or title of the record. A later bootleg of the album released in the 1980s was entitled "Seven Worlds."

Reception[edit]

Although the album failed to make the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the single "Get Out Of Denver" reached 80. Critics and longtime Seger fans tend to regard the album as a lost classic, much like its predecessor Back in '72. For example, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album 5/5 stars, calling it "one of [Seger's] strongest, hardest-hitting rock records".[1] Summing up, Erlewine wrote:

"Only nine songs, lasting just over a half-hour, but it's one of the most infectious sets Seger ever cut, proving that he wasn't just a dynamite rocker, but he had the songs to match. And, again, it didn't have any success — it didn't even chart, actually. That doesn't change the fact that this is one of his very best albums. "[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Seger. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Get Out of Denver"   2:44
2. "Long Song Comin'"   4:30
3. "Need Ya"   3:22
4. "School Teacher"   2:45
5. "Cross of Gold"   2:23
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)"   3:15
2. "Seen a Lot of Floors"   3:00
3. "20 Years from Now"   4:32
4. "All Your Love"   4:28

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
  • Engineer: Gene Eichelberger, Jim Bruzzese, Greg Miller
  • Cover art: Thomas Weschler
  • Photography: Thomas Weschler, Scott Sparling

Charts[edit]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Get Out of Denver" Pop Singles 80

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger: Seven > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.