Beautiful Loser

Beautiful Loser

by Bob SegerBob Seger


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Beautiful Loser winds up sounding more like Back in '72 than its immediate predecessor, Seven, largely because Bob Seger threaded reflective ballads and mid-tempo laments back into his hard-driving rock. He doesn't shy away from it, either, opening with the lovely title track. And why shouldn't he? These ballads were as much a part of his success as his storming rockers, since his sentimental streak seemed all the more genuine when contrasted with the rockers. If anything, Beautiful Loser might err a little bit in favor of reflection, with much of the album devoted to introspective, confessional mid-tempo cuts. There are a couple of exceptions to the rule, of course -- "Katmandu" roars with humor, and his cover of "Nutbush City Limits" shames Tina Turner's original -- but they are the only full-throttle rockers here, with "Black Night" coming in as a funky, swaggering cousin. It's the exact opposite of Seven, in other words, and in its own way, it's just as satisfying. Occasionally, it might be a little too sentimental for some tastes, but it's all heartfelt and he's written some terrific songs here, most notably the album's heart of "Jody Girl" and "Travelin' Man." Seger had started turning inward, searching his soul in a way he hadn't since the since-disowned Brand New Morning, and in doing so, he was setting the stage for his first genuine blockbuster.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1995
Label: Emi Special Products
UPC: 0724381982020
catalogNumber: 19820
Rank: 25486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Seger   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Pete Carr   Acoustic Guitar
Muscle Shoals Horns   Horn
Drew Abbott   Guitar
Barry Beckett   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Piano (Grand)
Ken Bell   Guitar
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Chris Campbell   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tom Cartmell   Saxophone
Ronnie Eades   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
David Hood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Paul Kingery   Guitar
Charlie Martin   Drums
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Electric Piano
Robin Robbins   Organ,Keyboards,Mellophonium,Mellotron
Charles Rose   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone
Stoney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Silver Bullet Band   Guitar
Stoney & Rocky   Background Vocals
Harry Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Bell   Guitar
Charlie Allen Martin   Drums

Technical Credits

Pete Carr   Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Jim Bruzzese   Engineer
Roger Hawkins   Producer
David Hood   Producer
Jimmy Johnson   Producer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
Spooner Oldham   Producer
Bob Seger   Producer
Greg Smith   Engineer
Silver Bullet Band   Contributor
Punch Andrews   Producer
Roy Kohara   Art Direction
Charlie Allen Martin   Contributor
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section   Producer

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