Friday, January 11, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (1969)

"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" - Bob Seger System (1969)

This isn't the "Old Time Rock and Roll" Bob Seger.  Huh-uh.  Not yet, anyway.  This is the experimental Bob.  The risk-taking Seeg.  And he doesn't disappoint.  The lost gem killer "2 + 2 = ?" is on here.  Plus the classic title track.  But there's plenty of goodness to go around.  There's some psych flavor sprinkled throughout and a bit of tasty fuzz-g.  Plus there is an enjoyable ethereal presence on a song or two.  And it all works.  Bob Seger hadn't yet fallen into that comfortable sweet spot trap he would later ride to the bank.  On this, his 1969 debut album, the 'ramblin' gamblin' man' is true to his name...taking chances and letting chips fall.   And for me, the entire listen was a head-nodding surprise.  For whatever reason, this album has been a hard one for me to pick up.  But last month I stumbled on a nice clean copy...a 70s record club reissue...for a good price and I've spun it many times since.  Don't sleep on this one, you might be surprised.

"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (back)

Capitol label

"Gone" - Bob Seger System / "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (1969)

A1  "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" 2:20
A2  "Tales of Lucy Blue" 2:23
A3  "Ivory" 2:25
A4  "Gone" 3:25
A5  "Down Home" 3:10
A6  "Train Man" 4:05
B1  "White Wall" 5:15
B2  "Black Eyed Girl" 6:30
B3  "2 + 2 = ?" 2:47
B4  "Doctor Fine" 1:05
B5  "Last Song (Love Needs to Be Loved)" 3:02

Bob Seger – vocals, guitar, piano, organ
Dan Honaker – bass, vocals
Pep Perrine – drums, vocals
Bob Schultz – organ on "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"
Michael Erlewine – blues harp on "Down Home"
Glenn Frey – b-vocals/acoustic guitar on "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"
Penny Lawyer – b-vocals

Good stuff.


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