Face the Promise

Face the Promise

by Bob Seger


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It's been more than a decade since Bob Seger last sauntered onto the pop-culture landscape, but from the opening notes of Face the Promise, it's clear that he hasn't changed his working-class heartland-rock stance very much in that span -- a decision that's far more blessing than curse. The Michigander can still peel out with octane to spare, which invests songs like "Wreck This Heart" (a tough-guy romantic spiel that harks back to his most muscular early-'70s work) with a surprisingly youthful vibe. Seger puts brawn to use in an entirely different manner on the disc's title track, a jut-jawed saga of a small-town guy desperate to latch onto an El Dorado and get out of his dying hamlet -- a desire that's nicely underscored by a swath of unvarnished rockabilly guitar. Like many of his peers, Seger has also begun addressing his advance through middle age by exploring some new territory -- but rather than mine the customary catalog of standards, he's chosen to strengthen his connections to Nashville. Face the Promise is peppered with country-flavored tunes, and when they hit the mark, as on the Patty Loveless duet "Answer's in the Question," the heartstrings get quite a workout. Seger conquers that landscape -- as he has so many others over his career -- with such effortlessness that it's easy to overlook the difficulty of the goals he sets for himself. Welcome back, Bob.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094635450620
catalogNumber: 54506
Rank: 27362

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Seger   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Synthesizer Strings
Patty Loveless   Vocals
Kid Rock   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
David Angell   Strings
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Steve Brewster   Drums
John Catchings   Strings
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
David Davidson   Strings
Thornetta Davis   Background Vocals
Connie Ellisor   Strings
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Strings
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Hoke   Tenor Saxophone
John Jarvis   Piano
Randy Leago   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Leim   Drums,cowbell
Sam Levine   Baritone Saxophone
Gordon Mote   Piano
Eric Sean Murphy   Vocals
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals
Craig Nelson   Strings
Larry Paxton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Brent Rowan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Biff Watson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Bernie Barlow   Background Vocals
Bill Huber   Trombone
Elisabeth K. Small   Strings
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Strings
Steve Herman   Trumpet
Leslie Mills   Background Vocals
Barbara Payton   Background Vocals
Matthew Walker   Strings
Zeneba Bowers   Strings
Billy Payne   Piano
David Cole   Percussion,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Kid Rock   Producer
Vince Gill   Composer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Bob Seger   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Kristin Wilkinson   Orchestration
Tom Nikosey   Logo Design
Eric Roinestad   Art Direction
David Cole   Engineer

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Face the Promise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Face The Promise presents Seger-------NOT a worn out rock god trying to hang on-NOT a guy trying to capture a totally different genre'- NOT Seger repackaged- This project is clearly Seger but it is fresh, great writing and outstanding and tasteful arrangement- Great musicianship- (I've worked with Gordon Mote,piano on Real Mean Bottle) Hats off to Bob Seger- Mr.Seger,this project clearly isn't "Against The Wind",This ones' got the wind at its' back and it should be flying-Thanks for a great one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Bob Seger's music since Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, and I honestly feel that this is his best album ever. It's even better than Stranger in Town which has been on my Top 10 Great Albums list since it first came out. Anyone who has thought that mainstream rock was dying out, or that Bob Seger may have lost his touch, needs to listen to this great, great album, it will reconfirm your faith in rock as a viable form of music that has a lot of life in it still. If you only buy one album by a major rock musician this year, this should be it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! The CD is WONDERFUL! The DVD is icing on the cake! Bob Seger at his BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello- Mr.Sprague mentions the title track "Face The Promise" as about a guy wanting to latch onto an Eldorado and get out of town-Not so- Seger is writing about a place,"theres got to be an ElDorado" as in Edgar Allen Poe of 1849 re: "In Search of ElDorado" , a place,a Nirvana, Ya' gotta give Seger credit where its due.The review was great but wrong on this point. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it seemed like Bob Seger had been missing in your life since the early 80s, all of a sudden this disc blows in like the coolest breeze. Hard to describe how great and unassuming this music is...it's neither self conscious nor fashion clad, just straight up relevant to a wide swath of Americans. Buy it now and enjoy with close friends and loved ones.