Some of Bob Seger’s earliest recordings, long sought by fans, will become available again during September.
“Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967” comes out Sept. 7 and will feature 10 tracks Seger and his band the Last heard recorded while under contract to Cameo Records during that time. The set includes the two-part “Heavy Music” and vocal and instrumental versions of the 1966 hit “East Side Story” (the latter as “East Side Sound”), along with the topical “Persecution Smith,” “Chain Smokin’,” “Vagrant Winter,” “Very Few,” “Florida Time” and the seasonal “Sock it to Me Santa.”
The set includes full details about the recording sessions for each song along with a lengthy essay titled “The Gritty Glory Story of Bob Seger’s Beginnings.” It marks the first time in decades that the early Seger material has been available.
“Heavy Music” will be released in CD, digital and vinyl formats, the latter done at Third Man Pressing in Detroit’s Cass Corridor.
The release appears to be legal but not necessarily authorized by the Seger camp. A spokesperson for ABKCO Records, which owns the Cameo catalog, said that Seger and his representatives were informed about the release but do not plan to participate in promoting it. Seger’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
“Heavy Music” can be pre-ordered at http://www.smarturl.it/qi616s