Like a Rock

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Like a Rock
Bob Seger - Like a Rock.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1986
Recorded1985-1986
GenreRock
Length43:55
LabelCapitol
ProducerPunch 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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

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 in Chevrolet truck commercials throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. "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 tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(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, Seger4:31
6."The Aftermath"Frost, Seger3:30
7."Sometimes" 3:31
8."It's You" 4:03
9."Somewhere Tonight" 4:25
10."Fortunate Son"John Fogerty3:20

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]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Billboard chart Peak
1986 Top 200 3[citation needed]

Singles and album tracksBillboard (North America)

Year Song title Billboard chart Peak
1986 "American Storm" Mainstream Rock Tracks 2[citation needed]
Hot 100 13[citation needed]
"Fortunate Son" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9[citation needed]
"It's You" Adult Contemporary 22[citation needed]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 8[citation needed]
Hot 100 52[citation needed]
"Like a Rock" Adult Contemporary 21[citation needed]
Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[citation needed]
Hot 100 12[citation needed]
"Miami" Hot 100 70[citation needed]
"Tightrope" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35[citation needed]
"The Aftermath" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9[citation needed]

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