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The Fire Inside

The Fire Inside is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger. The album was released in mid 1991 on the record label, Capitol. It was Seger's first album of entirely new music since Like a Rock in 1986. It features contributions from Joe Walsh, Bruce Hornsby, Roy Bittan, Steve Lukather, Don Was, Waddy Wachtel, Rick Vito, Mike Campbell, Patty Smyth, Lisa Germano, and Kenny Aronoff.

The Fire Inside
Bob Seger - The Fire Inside.jpg
Studio album by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Released August 27, 1991
Recorded 1990
Genre Rock
Length 52:24
Label Capitol
Producer Punch Andrews,
Barry Beckett,
Bob Seger,
Don Was
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Like a Rock
(1986)Like a Rock1986
The Fire Inside
Greatest Hits
(1994)Greatest Hits1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars [1]

On release, The Fire Inside received a mixed critical reception, but was still a commercial success peaking at number 7 on the US Billboard album chart, and achieved Platinum status from the R.I.A.A.


Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Bret Adams wrote of the album "Overall, the 12-track album is a disappointing piecemeal effort with five different production credits, and Seger uses two Tom Waits covers and one other outside song to pad it."[2]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

1."Take a Chance" 3:41
2."The Real Love" 4:40
3."Sightseeing" 3:39
4."Real at the Time" 3:53
5."Always in My Heart" 4:14
6."The Fire Inside" 5:56
7."New Coat of Paint"Tom Waits3:26
8."Which Way" 3:57
9."The Mountain" 6:45
10."The Long Way Home" 4:24
11."Blind Love"Tom Waits4:23
12."She Can't Do Anything Wrong"Bill Davis, Walt Richmond3:38



  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Barry Beckett, Bob Seger, Don Was
  • Engineers: Allen Abrahamson, Bryant Arnett, Craig Brock, Ed Cherney, Denis Forbes, Ed Goodreau, John Kunz, Michael Mason, Justin Niebank, Thom Panunzio, Gerard Smerek, Randy Wine
  • Assistant engineers: Tom Banghart, Dan Bosworth, Buzz Burrowes, Jim DeMain, John Hurley, Marnie Riley, Don Smith, Brett Swain, Don Was
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, Ed Cherney, David N. Cole, Bob Seger
  • Photography: John Abeyla


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 7

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Take a Chance" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
1991 "The Fire Inside" Adult Contemporary 45
1991 "The Fire Inside" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1991 "The Real Love" Adult Contemporary 4
1991 "The Real Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
1991 "The Real Love" The Billboard Hot 100 24