Picks and Pans Review: Nine Tonight
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Seger wails with a quivering, tensile urgency un-equaled in rock these days—and this four-sided live LP captures it perfectly. (These 16 cuts are mostly from his Night Moves, Stranger in Town and Against the Wind LPs.) Indeed, not since Eagles Live has a concert album transcended the inherent limits of live sound reproduction to achieve such remarkable clarity and balance. Every whack on the snare drum, acoustic guitar chord, piano run or vocal harmonic layer is in place—alongside the fierce lead and bass guitars. And in front of it all is the mighty Seger, hoarse, howling, tender and hot. The title track (from Urban Cowboy) , Hollywood Nights, Feel Like a Number and Her Strut all roar with awesome, locomotive power; Night Moves, Mainstreet, You'll Accomp'ny Me, Fire Lake and Against the Wind are tamer, softer, sweetly emotive. As for the cuts in between, Seger, as self-critic, sings, in Rock and Roll Never Forgets, "the band still plays it loud and lean." And how: His Silver Bullet Band is the Magnum .357 of road groups. Don't wait until Nine Tonight to hear one of the prize LPs of the year.
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