In the early 2000s I was turned on to a website that was solely devoted to providing a history of Michigan’s, and more specifically, Detroit’s early rocknroll and garage rock scenes from the early-mid 60s. I have the site to thank for my first taste of early Bob Seger; and by that I mean the raw primordial shit that was a far cry from the spit-shined, ready for prime-time, Silver Bullet Band of the 1970s. Which brings us to 2010’s Never Mind The Bullets: 1966-74, a fan-made 27 track compilation that rounds up Seger’s early days in Detroit banging around solo, with various pick-up bands and with the Bob Seger System. Stylistically the set varies (a lot) from era-appropriate psychedelia, obligatory blatant Dylan ripoffs (“Persecution Smith“) to parody(?) (“Ballad of The Yellow Berets“). But it’s the rock ‘n roll that’s worth the price of admission – or in this case, seeking out the bootleg online.
Here’s a little taste. 1966’s “East Side Story ” – Seger’s first single with his group The Last Heard. A fuzzy mix of, say, Them’s “Gloria” – if Ray Manzarek were on loan – fronted by…well, Bob fucking Seger. Dig it.