Smokin' O.P.'s

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Smokin' O.P.'s
Studio album by Bob Seger
Released August 1972
Recorded 1972 at Pampa Studios, Warren, Michigan
Genre Rock
Length 33:59
Label Palladium/Reprise
Producer Punch Andrews
Bob Seger chronology
Brand New Morning
(1971)
Smokin' O.P.'s
(1972)
Back in '72
(1973)
Singles from Smokin' O.P.'s
  1. "If I Were a Carpenter"
    Released: 1972
  2. "Who Do You Love?"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Smokin' O.P.'s is an album by American rock singer/songwriter Bob Seger, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). The album was reissued on CD by Capitol Records in 2005. It is currently the earliest Bob Seger album available on CD. The cover art is a parody of the Lucky Strike cigarette logo. Smokin' O.P.'s refers to Smokin' Other People's Songs, a derivation on the slang phrase "Smoking O.P.'s" meaning to smoke other people's cigarettes exclusively (never purchasing your own for consumption). Most of the tracks on this release are covers of songs written by other artists.

The album cover was created by Thomas Leroy Weschler, who was Seger's road manager at the time. The cover was inspired by an advertisement for Lucky Strike cigarettes. Tom Weschler also went on to co-write "Traveling Man: On the Road & Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger".


Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bo Diddley/Who Do You Love?"   Bo Diddley (Ellas McDaniel) 6:17
2. "Love the One You're With"   Stephen Stills 4:17
3. "If I Were a Carpenter"   Tim Hardin 3:47
4. "Hummin' Bird"   Leon Russell 3:46
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let It Rock"   Chuck Berry (E. Anderson) 3:25
2. "Turn on Your Love Light"   Don Robey (Deadric Malone), Joseph Wade Scott 4:44
3. "James, Jesse"   Traditional 3:26
4. "Someday"   Bob Seger 2:31
5. "Heavy Music"   Bob Seger 2:28

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Punch Andrews
  • Engineer: Jim Bruzzese
  • Assistant engineer: Greg Miller
  • Mixing: Jim Cassily, Mabel Louise Smith, Thomas Weschler
  • Photography: Thomas Weschler, Peter Lumetta
  • Cover Design: Thomas Weschler

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 180

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "If I Were a Carpenter" Pop Singles 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger: Smokin' O.P.'s > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.