Bob Seger’s spectacular “‘Live’ Bullet” – one of the greatest concert recordings in rock ‘n’ roll history – is finally available on vinyl again.
Sure, you could find it on CD, or stream it online pretty easily in recent years. But this multiplatinum offering from 1976, recorded live a year earlier at Cobo Hall in Segar’s hometown of Detroit, is worth listening to on vinyl—the format that most longtime fans probably experienced in the first place. Is. (However, some went the 8-track tape route instead.)
Just drop the needle on track one—”Nutbush City Limits”—and let it ride through all those awful opening serger cuts, of course, to flip/exchange records when necessary. (Interestingly, the 2-LP set was originally cut to run on a stacked turntable spindle, meaning that after Side 1 is finished, the second LP will drop – technically on that side of the set. Make 2.)
Segar and his Silver Bullet Band are at the top of their game as they steamroll through rockers like “Get Out of Denver,” “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and the Glorious “Travellin’ Man”/”Beautiful Loser” jams – In what may be the most exciting 8 minutes and 53 seconds of live music ever. Then, of course, there’s the astonishing version of “Turn the Page,” which features such wonderful saxophone works from alto reed.
Silver Bullet band member Drew Abbott shines throughout the album, underlining why he knows he is considered one of the true unsung guitar heroes in rock history. In particular, his work on the bridge between “Travellin’ Man” and “Beautiful Loser” will leave you breathless.
The newly remastered, long-out-print 2-LP “‘Live’ Bullet” is available in two versions—150-gram black vinyl ($29.98) and translucent orange and red swirl vinyl ($42.98). Travel bobsegger.com For details.