Monday, October 10, 2011

Deep Cuts: Bob Seger - Come to Poppa


With Deep Cuts I highlight a lesser known song from a classic album you may think you know.

Bob Seger's 1976 platinum album Night Moves is best known for its brilliant title track, a Top 5 hit inspired by both Springsteen's "Jungleland" and a dark haired Italian girl he dated when he was 19. The album has two more singles,  "Mainstreet" (US #24/ Canada #1) and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" ( US #41).  But there's a great Track 7 called "Come to Poppa", co-written by Al Green producer Willie Mitchell and Hi Records staff songwriter Eric Randle. "Come to Poppa" finds a mean groove and stays right there. Just one of the great tracks on an album I figured I'd never have to hear...until I did.

In '76, Rolling Stone Magazine's Kit Rachlis said "If there's any grace in heaven, Night Moves will give Bob Seger the national following which has long eluded him. It is simply one of the best albums of the year." Robert Christgau gave Night Moves an A- citing "lyrics as hard-hitting as the melodies".

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