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Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Bob Seger System - Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (1968)



Ramblin' Gamblin' Man (1968.) Bob Seger's first album. Although it was in the seventies that Bob Seget would achieve his true rise to fame with his classic Silver Bullet Band, the fact of the matter is that he had actually been making music for well over a decade prior to his Bullet days. In the sixties, Seger had played with a number of bands, none of whom were ever commercially successful. The main part of Seger's career, though, began when he formed a group called the Bob Seger System. It was with this group that seger would record and release his first albums. And his debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, got released in 1968. Read on for my review of this album. The Bob Seger System of the sixties really is nothing like his classic Silver Bullet Band of the seventies. They sound like two completely different groups, with Seger's voice being the only real linkage between the two (and this younger incarnation of Seger is certainly distinctive enough from the "popular" one.) On this album, Seger delivers the classic sixties hard rock you've come to expect from many other bands of that long lost era, complete with distorted guitar riffs and organ playing in the background. Seger's take on this style of music is great! The only really popular song on this album is the title track, and sadly, it wouldn't become popular for another eight years, and that was only because Seger revived it for his Live Bullet album (I still think this, the original version of the song, is the best.) Another noteworthy track is 2 + 2 = ?, Seger's protest against the Vietnam war. This was a pretty common theme in sixties pop/rock songs, and Seger's take on this theme is pretty damn good. There are plenty of excellent songs on this album - in my opinion, not one of them is weak. It's certainly a transition from the man you know and love, but any true fan of Seger's will be able to appreciate this record. Unfortunately, all of Seger's pre-Beautiful Loser material is currently not readily available on CD. This is a crying shame, because it's some of his best material! If any record company executives are reading this - YOU DESPERATELY NEED TO MAKE THIS RECORDINGS MORE READILY AVAILABLE ON CD!
Take a look at the prices the CD versions have been fetching in eBay auctions to see what I mean. Having them available on CD as imports only just isn't good enough! Who wants to pay upwards of fifty bucks for one album! Ramblin' Gamblin' Man is a tough album to find (as are all of Seger's pre-Beautiful Loser recordings), but they (this one in particular) are well worth hunting down. With this materpiece, you will explore a side of Bob Seger you likely knew never existed - a side I like even more than his popular stuff! If you're a Seger die-hard, it's worth getting. Just be warned - you're gonna have to search for it.
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(info by Darth Kommissar)
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01. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
02. Tales of Lucy Blue
03. Ivory
04. Gone
05. Down Home
06. Train Man
07. White Wall
08. Blackeyed Girl
09. 2+2=
10. Doctor Fine
11. The Last Song
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Bitrate: 224 mp3
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10 Comments:

At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm in my fifties and I live in Michigan so I grew up listening to and seeing Seger and other Michigan bands. I agree that his earlier stuff was his best. Thanks for the post.

 
At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks interesting, im going to give it a try.Thanks a lot man.

Chris.

 
At 1:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the great stuff Caravan, Kinks and the Bob Seger, Im new to all this blogging stuff and just found yours. I ve enjoyed it.
Charles

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its Segers best!

HoneybeeIT

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Pieter Bos said...

Yo Grunn, ex-Platenworm here bedankt voor de koele muziek

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Steven K said...

Thanks so much for this album! Any chance you could also give us Seger's "Noah" and "Mongrel" as well? If so, great! If not, I understand. Thanks so much!

Steven

 
At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing this gem, I have been looking for this, his "Back In 72" and Mongrel for a long time.

 
At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just bought it a few days ago from an old skool hippie for 15 bucks on vinyl. i love it !!!!

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Boy Warren said...

Please, re-up the link!!! Thanks.

 
At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smokin' OP's has been remastered and is available of the pre- Beautiful Loser records. Hopefully the others will get released but right now Seger seems to want to put out a few songs with a few unreleased songs and call them Early Seger, volume 1 so far, but 2 and 3 shouldn't be far behind.

 

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