Greatest Hits (Bob Seger album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released October 25, 1994 (1994-10-25)
Recorded 1972–1994
Genre Rock
Length 61:54
Label Capitol
Producer Various
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
The Fire Inside
(1991)The Fire Inside1991
Greatest Hits
(1994)
It's a Mystery
(1995)It's a Mystery1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, released in 1994. Certified Diamond by the RIAA, it is Seger's most successful album to date. In December 2009, Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan confirmed that with nearly nine million copies sold, Bob Seger's Greatest Hits was the decade's best-selling catalog album in the United States, even out-selling The Beatles' 1 and Michael Jackson's Number Ones. By September 2011, the album had sold a total of 9,062,000 copies in the United States.[2][3][4]

Album Art[edit]

Californian photographer Karen Miller took photos of the band as part of two photoshoots for the album. The most popular pictures out of the first photoshoot were the railroad track scenes taken on the Southern Pacific railroad tracks north of Mojave, California. The single picture of Seger holding his guitar became the cover photo as well as the most recognized photograph of Seger to date. Another photograph of the entire band on the same tracks was used for the centerfold of the booklet that came with the It's a Mystery CD, released the following year.

Other photos on the album include pictures of Seger's newborn son, Cole. The back cover of Seger's son at a water pump was taken at Seger's home at the time in Miami, Florida. Cole was 17 months old at the time. The inside of the booklet includes photos of Silver Bullet Band members Craig Frost, Chris Campbell, and Alto Reed with their kids as well. Seger's manager, Punch Andrews, was skeptical about the idea of using the band's children as album art at first. However, Seger had seen it done before with other artists and insisted on the photographs being used on the final copy of the CD's insert.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

No.TitleOriginal AlbumLength
1."Roll Me Away"The Distance4:36
2."Night Moves"Night Moves5:25
3."Turn the Page (Live)"Live Bullet5:01
4."You'll Accomp'ny Me"Against the Wind3:59
5."Hollywood Nights"Stranger in Town4:59
6."Still the Same"Stranger in Town3:19
7."Old Time Rock and Roll" (George Jackson, Thomas Earl Jones III)Stranger in Town3:12
8."We've Got Tonight"Stranger in Town4:38
9."Against the Wind"Against the Wind5:32
10."Mainstreet"Night Moves3:42
11."The Fire Inside"The Fire Inside5:53
12."Like a Rock"Like a Rock5:53
13."C'est la Vie" (Chuck Berry)previously unreleased2:58
14."In Your Time"previously unreleased3:05

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.

Track 2
Track 3
Track 4
  • Ginger Blake – background vocals
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Sam Clayton – percussion
  • Laura Creamer – background vocals
  • Linda Dillard – background vocals
  • Bill Payne – piano, organ, synthesizer
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David Teegarden – drums
Track 5
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Bill Payne – piano, organ
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals, guitar
  • David Teegarden – drums, percussion
  • Julie Waters, Luther Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters – background vocals
Track 6
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Venetta Fields – background vocals
  • Clydie King – background vocals
  • Shirley Mathews – background vocals
  • Robyn Robbins – organ
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
  • David Teegarden – drums, percussion
Track 7
  • Ken Bell – guitar
  • Stanley Carter – background vocals
  • James Lavell Easley – background vocals
  • Roger Hawkins – drums, percussion
  • David Hodd – bass guitar
  • George Jackson – background vocals
  • Randy McCormick – piano
  • Howie McDonald – guitar
  • Alto Reed – saxophone
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals
Track 8
  • Barry Beckett – keyboards
  • Pete Carr – lead guitar
  • Venetta Fields – background vocals
  • Roger Hawkins – drums, percussion
  • David Hood – bass guitar
  • Jimmie Johnson – rhythm guitar
  • Clydie King – background vocals
  • Shirley Mathews – background vocals
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals

Strings conducted and arranged by Jim Ed Norman.

Track 9
  • Drew Abbott – electric guitar
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Glenn Frey – background vocals
  • Paul Harris – piano, organ
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David Teegarden – drums
Track 10
  • Barry Beckett – keyboards
  • Pete Carr – lead guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Roger Hawkins – drums, percussion
  • David Hood – bass guitar
  • Jimmie Johnson – rhythm guitar
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals
Track 11
  • Roy Bittan – piano
  • Bob Glaub – bass guitar
  • Russ Kunkel – drums
  • Steve Lukather – acoustic guitar
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals
  • Jai Winding – organ
Track 12
  • Izora Armstead – background vocals
  • Dawayne Bailey – acoustic guitar
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Craig Frost – organ
  • Douglas Kibble – background vocals
  • Russ Kunkel – drums
  • Bill Payne – piano
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals
  • Rick Vitoslide guitar
  • Martha Wash – background vocals
Track 13
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Craig Frost – piano
  • Alto Reed – saxophone
  • Jimmy Romeo – saxophone
  • Bob Seger – vocals, guitar
  • Crystal Taliefero – saxophone
  • Tomo Thomas – saxophone
  • David Teegarden – drums
Track 14
  • Rosemary Butler – background vocals
  • Chris Campbell – bass guitar
  • Laura Creamer – background vocals
  • Donny Gerard – background vocals
  • Russ Kunkel – drums, percussion
  • Tim Mitchell – electric guitar
  • Shaun Murphy – background vocals
  • Alto Reed – saxophone
  • Bob Seger – lead vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, synthesizer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 49
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 46
US Billboard 200[9] 8
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 6
Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 3× Platinum 300,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] 1× Diamond 10,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Greatest Hits > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2011 (2011-07-04).
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  3. ^ "Seger CD one of the decade's best sellers". United Press International. December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  4. ^ Hammerstein, B.J. (December 17, 2009). "Eminem, Seger top Billboard". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on December 20, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "Bob Seger – Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Bob Seger Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bob Seger – Greatest Hits". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Bob Seger & Silver Bullet – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Greatest Hits in the search field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Seger, Bob and The Silver Bullet Band – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.