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The Bob Seger System
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"

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Year of Release: 1969

track listing
  • Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
  • Tales Of Lucy Blue
  • Ivory
  • Gone
  • Down Home
  • Train Man
  • White Wall
  • Black Eyed Girl
  • 2 + 2 = ?
  • Doctor Fine
  • The Last Song
    (Love Needs
    To Be Loved)

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    Bob Seger's debut 1969 album featured his band, which at the time was called The Bob Seger System (the name would later be changed after their first 8 releases to Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band). And it's always a treat to discover a major successful artist or group's beginning years and their early releases.

    Songs such "Tales Of Lucy Blues" and "Ivory" have a rock/blues grit; with Seger's unique voice, you can see his musical style forming into later releases, that would give him his signature voice and band style.

    "Gone" is very different for the common Bob Seger fan. Being a ballad, it has the late-1960s sound, that could match the psychedelic era. (If you hear this song for the first time, you wouldn't believe that its Bob Seger; the vocals is not rough-edged, and doesn't even sound like him, vocally.) Back to the common Seger sound: "Down Home" is another rocker, as his vocals are a little rougher than average in the beginning, but as the song goes on, you can easily identify that this is Bob Seger.

    "Train Man" is not as rocking, as it is a medium-tempo song, but still, the vocals can easily be identified as Bob Seger's. "White Wall" has a psychedelic touch, with the "whah-whah" guitars, some background vocalization, and very psychedelic towards the end. Otherwise, it's another good rockin' Seger tune. The overall guitars are a good listen-to on this one.

    "Black Eyed Girl" is another medium-tempo rocker, displaying Seger's unique voice, with some soul and grit. "2 + 2 = ?" has a touch of psychedelic rock, "Doctor Fine" is a short instrumental, and the closer, "The Last Song (Love Needs To Be Loved)" is another medium-tempo rock song, that could fit the middle-of-the-road country-rock format.

    The Bob Seger System's Ramblin' Gamblin' Man began Bob Seger's career, as it was the beginning foundations of a man with a unique voice, and unique sound. His early releases with the System were the stepping stones in a very successful future in the music business. Seger's music would become greater in the years ahead, and hearing his early years is always a treat. Ramblin' Gamblin' Man has the styles of rock, and psychedelic, and listening to these songs, it's quite obvious that the vocalist is definitely that of Bob Seger, and for any Seger fan, listening to his earliest albums will always spark interests.

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