Bob Seger’s new album will include tributes to some of his musical heroes.
More details are emerging today on I Knew You When, Seger’s 18th studio album for Capitol Records, due Nov. 17 — including a cover image sporting a ’60s-era photo of the 72-year-old Michigan rocker.
The record will include Glenn Song, his poignant remembrance of late Detroit friend and collaborator Glenn Frey, along with a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Democracy. Seger has long talked about Cohen’s influence on his work starting in the ’60s, when the Canadian singer-songwriter’s poetic, storytelling work was drawing a cult following.
Seger told a Palace of Auburn Hills audience last month that the album is dedicated to Frey, the Eagles co-founder who died in 2016. Frey and Seger became close as budding musicians on the Detroit scene, and stayed tight following Frey’s move to L.A., where they eventually co-wrote the Eagles’ Heartache Tonight.
As previously announced, the album will include Seger’s gritty cover of Lou Reed’s Busload of Faith. The track was released this morning on streaming services and can be heard here:
The album’s Nov. 17 release was set to coincide with Seger’s U.S. tour, but he was forced last week to postpone his remaining 2017 shows because of a back problem. Rescheduled dates haven’t been announced.
I Knew You When is now available for pre-order at Seger’s website and at iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music.
The album is the follow-up to 2014’s Ride Out — marking the quickest turnaround for Seger studio albums since Against the Wind (1980) and The Distance (1982).
A media release today offers descriptions of other songs on the album, including the “reflective title track” and “uptempo rockers” such as The Highway and Runaway Train. The track Blue Ridge is a called an ode to the Appalachian Mountains, and I’ll Remember You is described as a “passionate guitar-driven ballad.”
The album will be offered in a 13-track version via CD, download and streaming. A 10-track version will be offered on CD and vinyl.
Capitol Records — historic home to the Beatles, Beach Boys and others — is touting Seger as its longest-running solo artist, spanning the 49 years back to his 1968 single Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. (That period includes a break from 1972 to 1974, when Seger released work with the Palladium and Reprise labels.)
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Bob Seger, I Knew You When, track list:
2. Busload of Faith
3. The Highway
4. I Knew You When
5. I’ll Remember You
6. The Sea Inside
8. Runaway Train
9. Something More
11. Forward Into The Past (deluxe edition)
12. Blue Ridge (deluxe edition)
13. Glenn Song (deluxe edition)
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