Those of us who can't get enough of that old time rock and roll, the kind of music that soothes the soul and gets you reminiscing about days of old, are in for a treat. No one plays that old time rock better than Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, and no one has ever played it any better than they did on the 1981 album Nine Tonight, which features live recordings taken from concerts in Detroit's Cobo Hall in June of 1980 and Boston Garden in October. And now in tandem with the release of a remastered edition of Seger's other signature live album, Live Bullet, and his continuing North American tour, Capital Records is releasing a remastered Nine Tonight as well. Between the two albums you can get yourself some electric performances of the best of Seger's music, and the best of Seger is just about as good as you can get.
Whether they are rocking out on classic pieces like "Old Time Rock and Roll" and "Let it Rock" or one of Seger's own tunes—soon to be classic in its own right—like "Her Strut" or "The Fire Down Below," this is a band that knows what rock and roll has been and they know how to take that tradition and build on it. They play up tempo with a joy and abandon that echoes through the audience like a tidal wave. The ballads will have you arms up and swaying to your iPod. Even the darker songs are played with a throbbing passion that can hardly be contained. Just listen to the sax highlights (it may not be the Big Man, but the aptly stage named Alto Reed will do in a pinch) and the guitar solos on "Mainstreet," as dramatic a plaint as you'll find on some of the best of the best of Springsteen.