Thursday, 28 November 2013

Bob Seger and the Borneo Band - The Cleveland Connection, Cleveland, OH 1973 (Bootleg)

Size: 136 MB
Bitrate: 320
Found in my Blues Mobile
Some Artwork Includd

A good sounding recording of a live in studio broadcast. Bob & the band seem to be having a good time jamming. Of the 10 songs performed only 4 were ever recorded by Seger. The rest are just songs they liked playing together. The Borneo Band, or My Band as they were fist called, was Bob's first backing band. The Last Herd or The Bob Seger System, as they are better known, was a band with Bob being the main song writer. When Bob first went solo he used Teegarden and Van Winkle, or played with just an acoustic guitar or piano. He formed the Borneo Band to record the Back In 72 album. This was the beginning of his long musical relationship with Alto Reed, then called Tom Cartmell. By the end of 1973 Bob would fire The Borneo Band for being too unreliable. Simms, Oldaker, and Levy joined Eric Clapton's band, Bob formed the Silver Bullet Band, at first without Alto Reed. He wouldn't join the Silver Bullet Band till Beautiful Loser.

In 1974, Seger formed The Silver Bullet Band. Its original members were guitarist Drew Abbott, drummer and backup-singer Charlie Allen Martin, keyboard-player Rick Mannassa, bass guitarist Chris Campbell, and saxophone player Alto Reed (then known as Tom Cartmell). With this new band sitting in occasionally, Seger released the album Seven, which contained the Detroit-area hard-rock hit "Get Out of Denver". This track was a modest success and charted at #80 nationally.

In 1975, Seger returned to Capitol Records and released the album Beautiful Loser, with help from The Silver Bullet Band (with new keyboardist Robyn Robbins replacing Mannassa) on his cover of the Tina Turner penned "Nutbush City Limits". The album's single "Katmandu" (in addition to being another substantial Detroit-area hit) was Seger's first real national break-out track since "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". Although it just missed the US Pop Top 40 - peaking at #43 - the song received strong airplay in a number of markets nationwide including Detroit.

Bob Seger album 1972
In April 1976, Seger and The Silver Bullet Band released the album Live Bullet, recorded over two nights in Detroit's Cobo Arena in September 1975. It contained Seger's rendition of "Nutbush City Limits" as well as Seger's own classic take on life on the road, "Turn the Page", from Back in '72. It also included his late 1960s successful releases — "Heavy Music" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". Critic Dave Marsh later wrote that "Live Bullet is one of the best live albums ever made ... In spots, particularly during the medley of "Travelin' Man"/"Beautiful Loser" on side one, Seger sounds like a man with one last shot at the top."
 An instant best-seller in Detroit, Live Bullet began to get attention in other parts of the country, selling better than Seger's previous albums, getting progressive rock radio and album-oriented rock airplay, and enabling Seger to headline more shows. Yet still, Seger had a popularity imbalance. In June 1976, he was a featured performer at the Pontiac Silverdome outside Detroit in front of nearly 80,000 fans. The next night, Seger played before fewer than a thousand people in Chicago.

Seger finally achieved his commercial breakthrough with his October 1976 album Night Moves. The title song "Night Moves" was a highly evocative, nostalgic, time-spanning tale that was not only critically praised,
but became a #4 hit single on the Billboard pop singles chart as well as a heavy album-oriented rock airplay mainstay. The album also contained "Mainstreet" (written about Ann Arbor's Ann Street), a #24 hit ballad that emphasized Seger's heartland rock credentials as well as guitarist Pete Carr's haunting lead guitar. The album also featured the anthem "Rock and Roll Never Forgets". Night Moves was Seger's first top ten album in the Billboard album chart, and as of 2006 was certified at 6 million copies in the United States alone - making it the biggest-selling studio album of his entire career. Furthermore, it activated sales of Seger's recent back catalog, so that Beautiful Loser would eventually sell 2 million and Live Bullet would go on to sell some 5 million copies in the United States. 

Indeed, Live Bullet stayed on the Billboard charts for 168 weeks and it remains one of the ten best-selling live albums of all time.

The following year, original Silver Bullet drummer Charlie Allen Martin was hit by a car from behind while walking on a service road, and was left unable to walk. David Teegarden, drummer for Seger on the Smokin' O.P.'s album, replaced him. Despite the loss, Seger followed up strongly with 1978's Stranger in Town. The first single, "Still the Same", emphasized Seger's talent for mid-tempo numbers that revealed a sense of purpose, and reached #4 on the pop singles chart. "Hollywood Nights" was an up-tempo #12 hit rocker, while "We've Got Tonight" was a slow ballad that reached #13 on the Hot 100. 

Bob Seger album 1972
(The latter became an even bigger hit when country music superstar Kenny Rogers and pop singer Sheena Easton teamed up for a 1983 treatment of it that topped Billboard's Country and Adult Contemporary charts.) "Old Time Rock and Roll", a song from George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones III that Seger substantially rewrote the lyrics for, was not a big pop hit initially, but achieved substantial album track airplay. Moreover, it would later become one of Seger's most recognizable songs following its memorable Tom Cruise-dancing-in-his-underwear use in the 1983 film Risky Business. Indeed, it has been ranked the second-most played Jukebox Single of all time, behind Patsy Cline's "Crazy". The iconic recording of "Old Time Rock and Roll" was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. (Seger has ruefully remarked that not taking one-third writing credit on his recording was "the dumbest thing I ever did" financially.)

Seger also co-wrote the Eagles' #1 hit song "Heartache Tonight" from their 1979 album The Long Run; their collaboration resulted from Seger and Glenn Frey's early days together in Detroit.

Bob Seger & the Borneo Band
1973-03-xx FM Broadcast
The Cleveland Connection, Cleveland, OH

Bob Seger - guitar, vocals
 Bill Mueller - guitar, vocals
 Marcy Levy & Shaun Murphy - backing vocals
 Jamie Oldaker - drums
 Dick Simms - keyboards
 Sergio Pastora - percussion
 Tom Cartmell (then named Alto Reed) - saxophones

01. Think  07:12
02. Higher & Higher  03:26
03. St. Dominicks Review  06:12
04. Circle Song  03:54
05. Bo Diddley  06:50
06. Someday  02:40
07. Rosalie  03:39
08. Long As I Can Play  05:38
09. Born Under A Bad Sign  06:29
10. Turn On Your Love Light  13:24 

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Bob Seger System 1968


Anonymous said...

Forever Zappa.Muchas gracias.

E Craig said...

Great Blog and another great post. Please keep up the work you're doing here.


Alixvaldo said...

Play that funky music, white boy! This version of 'Bo Didley' is better than the 'Live Bullet' 76' cover!

Anonymous said...

Now my favourite B.Seger!Good choice Chris!Thank you!

waitsfornoone2005 said...

Thought I had just about everything from Seger, but this was a surprise. Thanks for posting it!
Regards, Dave.

saomusubi said...

Awesome! Many thanks chris!

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