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Mongrel (The Bob Seger System album)

Mongrel is the third studio album by American rock band The Bob Seger System, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). Until recently, the album was unavailable on CD or digitally.

Mongrel
Bob Seger - Mongrel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1970
Recorded1970 (?)
GenreHard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length33:44
LabelCapitol
ProducerPunch Andrews
The Bob Seger System chronology
Noah
(1969)
Mongrel
(1970)
Brand New Morning
(1971)
Singles from Mongrel
  1. "Lucifer"
    Released: 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Rolling Stone reviewed Mongrel on January 7, 1971. Ben Edmonds called the album "...easily [Seger's] best work to date, but there are still some crucial musical problems he must come to grips with if he is to realize the tremendous potential he displayed on his earlier Cameo-Parkway singles (most notably 'Heavy Music' and 'Persecution Smith')." Edmonds continued: "[Seger] writes marvelous rock and roll songs in the virile 1965 mold, somewhat of a lost art these days." The band itself, however, he said, is "like Mountain" and "often degenerates into 'heavy' overstatements of the most cliched sort." Edmonds called "Lucifer" the strongest cut on the album, but his review may have had a dampening effect on sales.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Song to Rufus" 2:46
2."Evil Edna" 3:12
3."Highway Child" 2:49
4."Big River" 3:10
5."Mongrel" 2:22
6."Lucifer" 2:27
7."Teachin' Blues" 1:59
8."Leanin on My Dream" 3:16
9."Mongrel Too" 3:16
10."River Deep, Mountain High"Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich,
Phil Spector
7:24

PersonnelEdit

The Bob Seger System

ProductionEdit

  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
  • Engineer: Jim Bruzzese, Greg Miller
  • Design: Thomas Weschler
  • Cover art: Thomas Weschler
  • Photography: Thomas Weschler

ChartsEdit

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 171

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Lucifer" Pop Singles 84

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger: Mongrel > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.