The Best Songs From Bob Seger’s ‘Heavy Music” Album
Bob Seger live at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 2017 - Jim Johnson / Youtube
While Bob Seger’s career with The Silver Bullet has spawned catalogs such as Night Moves and Live Bullet, Seger’s journey reaches far back into his early 20’s, but with an equally youthful and success-hungry band, Last Heard. Seger was reported to have started writing material for the band Underdogs, who recorded his composition “Get Down On Your Knees”, but failed to deliver on succeeding commitments. Edward Andrews, who became Seger’s producer and manager in the future, suggested that he record his compositions himself, to which Seger responded with the inception of Last Heard. Here are some of the best material Seger and Last Heard recorded together.
The bluesy inspiration of the track is heavily laid with a base of funk riffs, with his distinct vocals cutting through the track like a hot knife through butter, making it one of the most multi-dimensional songs on Seger’s catalog.
“Sock It To Me Santa”
A novelty song based on Christmas gives off a fast-paced energy that only Bob Seger could deliver. Starting with a comic conversation between a child and his dad, “Sock It To Me Santa” blasts of into fiery revelry, a fitting way to celebrate the season.
Bob Seger shows off his versatility in this track, adapting a surf rock sound that was quite an unexpected move by him. The catchy progression and infectious drum beat gives “Florida Time” quite a kick of its own, and a testament to Seger’s innovative vision in his works.
Bob Seger pays tribute to another Bob with this track, with the very obvious Dylan imitation, from the arrangement, down to the vocal delivery. Seger sure had a good time recording this track, with his infectious energy prevalent throughout the arrangement.
The catalog’s title track is one of Bob Seger’s best work ever recorded, split into two slightly unique parts for that stylistic flair. Seger felt at home with this degree of freedom, and was evident in the recording. The constant beat and rhythm is accentuated by Seger’s freestyle vocals and scat singing, becoming one of his most enjoyable tracks to listen to.