New Bob Seger Album, I Knew You When

Since 1969, Bob Seger has released a string of satisfying, if not all successful, albums on Capitol Records. With such rare long-standing trust, Bob Seger and Capitol Records have forged a relationship that not many Rock artists enjoy. From the beginnings of a career with Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (1969) through his refining of his ’70s output (with self-named and Silver Bullet Band credited albums) like Smokin’ OPs, Beautiful Loser, and the immensely successful string of classics like Night Moves (1976), Stranger In Town (1978), and Against The Wind (1980), Seger has shown time and again that he was able to produce. Those last three albums generated ten high charting singles including “Mainstreet”, “Still The Same”, “Old Time Rock and Roll”, “Hollywood Nights”, and memorable others.

His last album, Ride Out, was released in 2014, did quite well on the charts.

On November 17, Capitol will release the next Bob Seger album, I Knew You When. The album is dedicated to Glenn Frey of The Eagles. It will offer ten songs, a blend of originals and covers. Of the covers, there will be Seger versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”, and Lou Reed’s “Busload of Faith”. There are an additional three songs that will be made available on a Deluxe Edition. One of those songs is a tribute to Glenn Frey called “Glenn’s Song”.

I Knew You When will be offered on CD, Deluxe Edition CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

I Knew You WhenBob Seger

01 – Gracile
02 – Busload of Faith
03 – The Highway
04 – I Knew You When
05 – I’ll Remember You
06 – The Sea Inside
07 – Marie
08 – Runaway Train
09 – Something More
10 – Democracy
Deluxe Edition Adds
11 – Forward Into The Past
12 – Blue Ridge
13 – Glenn Song

 

Review: Wind River OMPS – Nick Cave/Warren Ellis

For Rock artists who choose to become composers for film, a tremendous amount of energy must be expended. Certainly far more than what is used for creating a tune for an album. An additional element enters into the mix that demands a direct tie in to the emotional pool based on someone else’s visual realizations. That’s difficult for any composer, but even more so for one used to writing a complete song based on one’s own thought process, beginning to end, over all territories. Having said that, few are as conditioned to putting music to the human condition than Nick Cave, and his musical partner, Warren Ellis. Both have honed their film composition skills over more than a few films that includes The Road, The Proposition, Hell Or High Water, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Wind River is the sad, engaging story of the murder of a young teen girl who ended up running for her life through the deep snows of the mountainous regions of the Wyoming Wind River Indian Reservation. Once her body is discovered, the FBI is called in. A rookie agent is sent in and the events that unfold reveal a darkness of humanity. From the meth house to the security detail of an oil-drill site and on to the deeper, darker realities of unrecorded, and under-investigated sexual assaults and disappearances of woman on reservations, Wind River steadily crafts a bleak story that presents no heroes, only losers.

Nick Cave and Warren Harris’ atmospheric score of Wind River is felt as much as heard throughout the twenty-three short pieces used for the film.  The music is sad and unrelenting, and completely tells its story as it complements the unfolding events. Not only does the movie explore the story-line of a murder investigation, it details even more accurately, the intense displays of  emotional pain and human frailty. With it, we come to realize for a short time, that we exist in a dark lifespan, surrounded by evil so thick that it can’t help but become visible at times. And Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is there to capture that with the effective emotional impact of their music.

Like their previous works on like films, both Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, whether together or separate, have become the go-to composers for movies that showcase no hope. With Wind River, they artistically capture every essence of sin with a hint of sadness and realization that we are knee deep and unable to extricate ourselves.

The Wind River score is, all by itself, chilling to the core with an ache of beauty inside it.