Night Moves (album)

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This article is about the Bob Seger album. For other albums with the same title, see Night Moves (disambiguation).
Night Moves
Bob Seger - Night Moves.jpg
Studio album by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Released October 22, 1976[1]
Recorded 1976 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (Sheffield, Alabama), Pampa Sound Studios (Detroit, Michigan), and Nimbus Nine Studios (Toronto, Ontario)[2]
Genre Rock
Length 36:50[1]
Label Capitol
Producer Bob Seger, Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Jack Richardson[2]
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band chronology
Live Bullet
(April 1976)
Night Moves
(October 1976)
Stranger in Town
(May 1978)
Singles from Night Moves
  1. "Night Moves"
    Released: 1976 (1976)
  2. "Mainstreet"
    Released: 1977 (1977)
  3. "Rock and Roll Never Forgets"
    Released: 1977 (1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Night Moves is the ninth studio album by American rock singer Bob Seger, and his first with the Silver Bullet Band. It was released in October 1976 (see 1976 in music). Although the front cover only credits backing by the Silver Bullet Band, four of the nine songs on the album feature backing by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.[2]

The album was well received by critics and gave Bob Seger nationwide success. Three singles were released from the album, with two of them making the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album became Seger's second to become certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and was his first to be certified platinum by the same association.[6] It later achieved a certification of sextuple platinum.


Popular music critic Robert Christgau wrote that the riffs on Night Moves are classic rock and roll riffs, like those performed by Chuck Berry or the Rolling Stones, and that the album is about rock and roll for those who are no longer in their teens, like the song "Rock and Roll Never Forgets".[4] The Rolling Stone review of the album by Kit Rachlis stated that the album is one of the best to come out of 1976-77, that Seger sounds like Rod Stewart and writes lyrics like Bruce Springsteen, and that album is classic rock and roll. The only problem that Rachlis had with the album was the production not being strong enough.[5] A later review of the album by Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic says that the album was very similar to Beautiful Loser, but Night Moves is harder than Beautiful Loser. Erlewine also feels that the album has a wide range of styles and has not lost any of its influence years later.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Night Moves" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the fictional radio station Los Santos Rock Radio.

The song was also featured in the film American Pop.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bob Seger, except where noted. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Rock and Roll Never Forgets"   3:52
2. "Night Moves"   5:25
3. "The Fire Down Below"   4:28
4. "Sunburst"   5:13
Side Two
No. Title Length
5. "Sunspot Baby"   4:38
6. "Mainstreet"   3:43
7. "Come to Poppa" (Earl Randle, Willie Mitchell) 3:11
8. "Ship of Fools"   3:24
9. "Mary Lou" (Young Jessie, Sam Ling) 2:56

Tracks 1, 3, 4 and 9 were recorded by the Silver Bullet Band in Detroit.[2]

Track 2 was recorded in Toronto.[2]

Tracks 5 – 8 were recorded by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, Alabama.[2]



All tracks[7]
The Silver Bullet Band[2]
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section[2]
Additional musicians[2]
  • Drew Abbott – guitar on "Ship of Fools"
  • Jerry Luck – accordion on "Ship of Fools"
  • Joe Miquelon – guitar on "Night Moves"
  • Doug Riley – piano, organ on "Night Moves"
  • Sharon Lee Williams – backing vocals on "Night Moves"
  • Rhonda Silver – backing vocals on "Night Moves"
  • Laurel Ward – backing vocals on "Night Moves"


  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Muscle Shoals Horns, Jack Richardson, Bob Seger
  • Engineers: Jim Bruzzese, Brian Christian, Jerry Masters, Steve Melton, Greg Miller
  • Mixing: Jim Bruzzese
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Photography: Tom Bert



Chart (1977) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 8
Canada RPM Top Albums[9] 12
New Zealand (Top 50 Albums)[10] 18

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Night Moves" Pop Singles 4
1977 "Mainstreet" Pop Singles 24
1977 "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" Pop Singles 41


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2010). "Night Moves - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band > Overview". Allmusic Guide. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Night Moves (CD Liner). Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. U.S.A.: Capitol. 1999, 1986. p. 2. 72435-24034-2-4.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Consumer Guide Reviews" (PHP). Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Rachlis, Kit (January 13, 1977). "Bob Seger - Night Moves". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 7, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 
  7. ^ "Night Moves - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bob Seger: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 5, 2011.