Mongrel (The Bob Seger System album)

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Studio album by The Bob Seger System
Released August 1970
Recorded 1970 (?)
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 33:44
Label Capitol
Producer Punch Andrews
The Bob Seger System chronology
Brand New Morning
Singles from Mongrel
  1. "Lucifer"
    Released: 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Mongrel is the third studio album by American rock band The Bob Seger System, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). Until recently, the album was unavailable on CD or digitally. Rolling Stone reviewed Mongrel on January 7, 1971. Ben Edmonds called the album "...easily [Seger's] best work to date, but there are still some crucial musical problems he must come to grips with if he is to realize the tremendous potential he displayed on his earlier Cameo-Parkway singles (most notably 'Heavy Music' and 'Persecution Smith')." [The reference failed to mention "East Side Story", which many would consider to be a significant oversight.]

Edmonds continued: "[Seger] writes marvelous rock and roll songs in the virile 1965 mold, somewhat of a lost art these days." The band itself, however, he said, is "like Mountain" and "often degenerates into 'heavy' overstatements of the most cliched sort." Edmonds called "Lucifer" the strongest cut on the album, but his review may have had a dampening effect on sales.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Song to Rufus"     2:46
2. "Evil Edna"     3:12
3. "Highway Child"     2:49
4. "Big River"     3:10
5. "Mongrel"     2:22
6. "Lucifer"     2:27
7. "Teachin' Blues"     1:59
8. "Leanin on My Dream"     3:16
9. "Mongrel Too"     3:16
10. "River Deep, Mountain High"   Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich,
Phil Spector



  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
  • Engineer: Jim Bruzzese, Greg Miller
  • Design: Thomas Weschler
  • Cover art: Thomas Weschler
  • Photography: Thomas Weschler


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 171

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Lucifer" Pop Singles 84


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