Seven (Bob Seger album)
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|Studio album by Bob Seger|
|Recorded||c.1973 at Quadraphonic Studios, Nashville|
|Producer||Punch Andrews, Bob Seger|
|Bob Seger chronology|
Background and recording
Seven was the first Seger album to feature 'The Silver Bullet Band', which he would steadily rely on for the rest of his career. The album gained notorious recognition and is a fan favorite despite its rarity. The very successful tour for this album was kicked off with Seger and his newly formed Silver Bullets as the opening act for Kiss. Kiss asked Seger and the band to support them for a few shows. After seeing the band's first set, they offered Seger the rest of the tour, which gained the band much-needed recognition.
Early vinyl copies of the album featured the word 'contrasts' at the bottom of the cover, leading people to believe the album had two titles. Others believed the album was titled 'Seven Contrasts'. However, Contrasts is the name of the artwork featured on the album. The word in parenthesis is simply a reference to the artwork rather than an actual subtitle or title of the record.
A later bootleg of the album released in the 1980s was entitled Seven Worlds.
|Robert Christgau||B+ |
Although the album failed to make the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the single "Get Out of Denver" reached 80. Critics and longtime Seger fans tend to regard the album as a lost classic, much like its predecessor Back in '72. For example, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively gave the album 5/5 stars, calling it "one of [Seger's] strongest, hardest-hitting rock records". Summing up, Erlewine wrote:
Only nine songs, lasting just over a half-hour, but it's one of the most infectious sets Seger ever cut, proving that he wasn't just a dynamite rocker, but he had the songs to match. And, again, it didn't have any success – it didn't even chart, actually. That doesn't change the fact that this is one of his very best albums.
All tracks written by Bob Seger.
|1.||"Get Out of Denver"||2:44|
|2.||"Long Song Comin'"||4:30|
|5.||"Cross of Gold"||2:23|
|1.||"U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)"||3:15|
|2.||"Seen a Lot of Floors"||3:00|
|3.||"20 Years from Now"||4:32|
|4.||"All Your Love"||4:28|
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
- Bob Seger – guitar, vocals
- Drew Abbott – lead guitar (A5, B1, B4)
- Tom Cartmell – saxophone (later known as Alto Reed) (A2, B2)
- Robyn Robins – keyboard, mellophonium, Mellotron (B3)
- Chris Campbell – bass guitar (A4, A5, B1, B4 )
- Charlie Allen Martin – drums (A5, B1, B4)
- Dave Doran – lead guitar (A2)
- Jim McCarty – lead guitar (A1, B2), slide guitar (A3)
- Charlie McCoy – rhythm guitar (A1, A3)
- Bill Meuller – lead guitar (A4)
- David Briggs – piano (A1, A2, A3, B2, B3)
- John Harris – organ (B3)
- Rick Manasa – organ, piano (A5, B1, B4)
- Bobby Woods – piano (B3)
- Tommy Cogbill – bass (A1, A2, A3, B2, B3)
- Kenneth A. Buttrey – drums (A1, A2, A3, B2, B3)
- Randy Meyers – drums (A4)
- Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
- Engineer: Gene Eichelberger, Jim Bruzzese, Greg Miller
- Cover art by Thomas Weschler
- Photography by Thomas Weschler, Scott Sparling
Singles – Billboard (North America)
|1974||"Get Out of Denver"||Pop Singles||80|
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger - Seven (1974) album review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Bob Seger - Seven (1974) album review by Robert Christgau
- Bob Seger - Seven (1974) album releases & credits at Discogs.com