Bob Seger's Smokin'
O.P.'s is primarily a CD of cover versions of primarily straight
forward rock and blues standards. Seger is backed by a three piece band of
organ, guitar, drums, with Seger serving primarily as the singer and front man.
Though he does play guitar and piano on a few tracks.
interpretations of the material is all very good resulting in a worthwhile album or better. They
certainly nail the Chuck Berry cover "Let it Rock"
exceptionally, with "If I Were a Carpenter" being a close second.
For the blues standards, both "Bo Diddley" and "Turn On Your Lovelight,"
two good timer rockers are perfect for this line-up. The latter
serves up some good
soloing that is split between guitar and organ.
Several tracks include
female vocal contributions, One is on the Stephen Stills cover "Love the One You're With."
It starts with a nice guitar introduction, but then goes down hill
as this song doesn't exactly fit this band. Perhaps it will grow on me.
A few originals close the
disc; "Someday" is a pretty ballad track that features
Seger on piano. The disc closes with the upbeat "Heavy
Music," another very good song that unfortunately suffers
in the fidelity area.
All in all, Bob Seger's Smokin'
O.P.'s offers strong versions of some great songs. For Seger
fans, these may among your favorite renditions of these standards. by Barry Small ©
Order: Bob Seger Smokin' OP's
1. Bo Diddley
2. Love The One You're With
3. If I Were A Carpenter
4. Hummin' Bird
5. Let It Rock
6. Turn On Your Light
7. Jesse James
9. Heavy Music
Bob Seger - vocals
(Piano on "Someday," guitar on
"Jesse" and "Carpenter."
Skip "Van Winkle" Knape - organ and organ bass, piano on
David Teegarden - drums and maracas
Michael "Monk" Bruce guitar on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Pam Todd and Crystal Jenkins vocals on 2, 4, 7
Eddie Bongo - Congos
Jim bruzzese - Tamborine on "Carpenter"
Al Yungton - String arrangement on "Someday"